It’s that time again – the CrossFit Open. If you aren’t familiar with the Open, the CrossFit Open is the official start of the CrossFit Season. For most of us, we do CrossFit to improve our general health and wellbeing. We do it to push ourselves to be better and to strengthen our mental toughness and resolve. For a select few, however, CrossFit is a sport as well. The sport of CrossFit is a three tiered competition, starting with the Open. The top athletes in each Region advance to Regionals, and the top athletes from each Regionals advance to the CrossFit Games.
The Open is broken into 5 weeks, and each week features a new workout. The first workout is announced on Thursday, February 22nd, and then there is a new workout announced every Thursday evening for the following 4 weeks. Pretty much every CrossFit gym around the world participates in the Open, and for these 5 weeks most of these gyms feature the Open workout as the class workout on Friday. Think about it like high school football – remember how excited you used to get to watch the game on Friday night? The Open is the same. There is a ton of anticipation and excitement all week leading up to the announcement of the workout on Thursday night and then actually doing the workout on Friday.
So that begs the question – why should you participate in this competition that only a select few will even be competitive in? Great question; if you’ve never participated in the Open, then the answer is for your future self. Sure it seems silly when you think about participating this year. You might feel like you’re not ready or you aren’t good enough. That’s totally fine. The reason you want to participate is so that in a year from now you can look back and see how far you’ve came and how much progress you’ve made. That’s the main reason. If you decide not to participate, then in a year from now you will definitely be kicking yourself wishing you did.
There are a bunch of secondary reasons as well. It’s a great community bonding event – busting your butt with the whole gym is sure to bring everyone together and become a more cohesive bunch. You’ll strengthen your relationship with each other and in turn push each other more during the year of training ahead. It’s also a great way to push yourself! I can’t tell you how many first pull-ups, first double unders, and first muscle-ups the Open has produced. It’s just a great environment for athletes to push past what they think they are capable of. Lastly, and most importantly, it’s just super fun! There’s nothing like a good ole throw down with some friends. And of course celebrate a little afterwards!