Last week we explained what the Open is. Today we are sharing thoughts from some Sabertooth coaches on why they participate in the Open.
I get excited about the Open for a ton of reasons. I get amped by the excitement in the gym and across social media, by the enormous leaderboard, by the challenging workouts, and by being judged (yeah, they’re keeping you honest, but they’re also cheering for you).
Each year I’ve gone into it thinking – “yeah, I totally push myself on the daily.” I come out thinking – “Uhh, nope, I can push a little harder now and then.”
When it’s all done, I’ll have new knowledge of how it feels to work harder and I’ll have a really concrete list of skills and goals to work on for next year. And, when I reflect on what’s the one biggest event that’s driven me to level up – it’s the Open.
I started competing in the CrossFit Open in 2015 and have genuinely looked forward to ‘Open Season’ every year since. The CrossFit Open is a great opportunity to build community, test one’s fitness and overall capacity, explore areas of improvements / weaknesses in one’s fitness, and, by-and-large, have a lot of fun with our CrossFIt community.
As an athlete, I love to challenge myself mentally, physically, and spiritually. Thus, I am the type of a person who will typically perform an Open Workout more than once (sometimes three times). Why? I like to get a feel for the workout once, strategize, and then do it again. More so than not, I will improve on a workout; sometimes exponentially. This said, I am not saying you need to do each of the Open Workouts more than once. However, it can be fun to test and retest within the time allotted to submit an Open Workout Score.
I did the CrossFit Open for the first time last year, after I had been doing CrossFit for about nine months. I was SO nervous to sign up! The idea that I had to do the workout exactly as written and not be able to scale the weights or the movements to what I thought was best for me was daunting. As it turns out, the Open was one of my best experiences of 2018.
The excitement in the gym during the Open was electric. The community was heightened. The workouts pushed me way outside my comfort zone. And every week I pushed myself a little bit harder than the week before.
I’m registering for the 2019 CrossFit Open because I know it will light another fire under me, I’m excited to see how I’ve progressed since last year and I can’t wait for all the Sabertooth friendship.
How do I register?
You can register for the Open at games.crossfit.com. It’s just $20 to register, and you’ll be coming to do the workouts anyway — so why not give it a try?
Ask a coach! As with all things CrossFit, most of us could talk all day about it.
Up next …
On the next post we will talk logistics and about how Friday nights will work at Sabertooth because it’ll be a little different from your normal class. With all of the moving pieces (equipment and judges), whether you register or not, we’ll need folks to sign up for specific class times.