“I remember my first open…” can be used as constructive criticism or a way to make fun of you. Either way, it doesn't matter. What does matter, is that you register for the 2018 CrossFit Open.
But Why ?
Even if at first, you think you don’t like it, you’ll never know until you try. Here are our best reasons why you should sign up and show up for the 2018 CrossFit Open.
The Open Serves as a Benchmark
The Open only happens once a year. They’re variable workouts and your programming should prepare you for whatever Dave Castro and CF HQ is going to throw at you. It’s a great way to gauge your fitness, your training, and to see areas that need improvement. Better yet? It doesn't matter where you rank on the worldwide leaderboard, it matters that you did it. Compare your performance and scores against yourself, next year, and see the performance improvements time and time again.
Learn: Proper Scaling Technique
Most every athlete will scale something during the Open workouts. The Open teaches you about pain, about enduring, about sticking through something and gaining some resilience. It forces you to remove yourself from your comfort zone in the best way possible and it shows you what you’re made of. The Open workouts teach us a thing or two about scaling and mentally preparing for WODs.
Work smarter, not necessarily harder. Once you do the workouts, you'll be able to take a big lesson from the Open back to your training: efficient scaling. There are specific movement standards you must follow during the Open which test your ability to plan and follow directions. So why is that a good thing, again? Because you will grow as not only an athlete but a human too. Remember? It’s called functional fitness for more reasons than one.
It’s a Great Way to Spend a Few Weekends
The open runs for 5 weeks. It’s a month-long CF community celebration at nearly every box and affiliate out there. It’s a wide variety of emotions from excitement and anticipation to anxiety and learning experiences. It’s a great way to get more involved, to meet local box-mates, to set some new goals and to probably even have a beer and a donut surrounded by some really great people.
The loudest cheers will be for those who finish last, and even if you’re a complete and total beginner to CrossFit, it will prove to be one of the most unique and positive experiences you’ve had at a box to date. We promise.
Looking back on all the CrossFit Opens in your mind will give you a sense of perspective, appreciation, and probably some humor. It’s a time where people come together to celebrate triumphs and to embrace failures. It’s a way to see how you get better when you do things in life consistently and efficiently. It's humbling. The CF Open is even a motivating factor for those days and months later in the year where you feel like your training hasn’t been so illustrious.
You remember how hard you got your ass kicked during that year's Open and suddenly you find yourself motivated and smashing weights like you were a few months previous.
You Will Be Better Because of It
Nobody does an Open workout and walks away right after. It kicks your butt no matter what level of athlete you are, or think that you are. They’re meant to be very hard. They’re meant to be a means of testing. They’re meant to be absolutely awesome.
"It never gets easier, you will just get better"
And it’s something that most live by. Why do people do the CrossFit Open? A lot of reasons. Find yours, sign up, show up and compete. You won’t regret it.
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