The Open 2014
If you do CrossFit (or don’t, but you know someone who does and likes to talk about it) chances are you’re well aware that the CrossFit Open kicks off in less than a month’s time. For the people who CrossFit recreationally, it is literally a chance to throw down against “the rest of the world” (who CrossFits) and see where they end up, and for the more competitive athletes it’s a stepping stone to the next level (Regionals); either way and no matter what level you’re at as a CrossFitter, it is one of the biggest “community- building events” in CrossFit.
When the registration opened, I’ll admit I was one of those people who signed up that same day (as soon as I could find the link…)
But I also know there are a lot of people who were much more hesitant to sign up (or perhaps still haven’t) for a variety if different reasons. Perhaps you
- think you’re not good enough
- don’t want to CrossFit competitively
- don’t want to pay the $20 (especially since you know you won’t qualify for Regionals)
- aren’t sure you can make it every week (so may as well just not sign up)
- were considering it but since everyone has been so damn annoying about trying to make sign up …. now you’re NOT going to just to spite them…
And in the end it is 100% your decision. But before you make up your mind to skip the 2014 Open, all I ask is that you take a couple of minutes to read what I have to say, because whatever “level” or “type” of CrossFitter you are (Games, Regional, semi-competitive or recreational) I think that the Open is something every CrossFitter should experience, at least once.
What’s Your Excuse?
1. “I don’t think I’m good enough to do the Open.”
As far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as “not good enough” for the Open. (That’s why it’s called “open.”)
The workouts are specifically designed so that most CrossFitters should be able handle them.
Yes, there are sometimes heavier weights, but typically those come up later and the same is true for the more complicated movements (e.g. muscle ups).
You will probably surprise yourself with what you are capable of.
My first Open (in 2012), I had never snatched more than 70lbs before, but in 12.3 with help/coaching from my judge, I PR’d my snatch and hit 75lbs…30 times!
If the weights are near (or are the equivalent of) your best lifts, don’t automatically assume you can’t — give yourself the benefit of the doubt and challenge yourself. It doesn’t matter if the Regional contender beside you is blasting through reps like they’re nothing because it’s your Open. If you get 1 rep at a PR weight (or even if you end up not hitting it), you had the heart to show up and try your hardest. If anyone thinks worse of you for that, give them a swift kick in the…well, you know (except don’t. I don’t condone violence…just untie their shoelaces when they’re not looking or something…help keep their ego in check).
That being said, as an athlete, it is your responsibility to know if/when the weights are near your maxes and make sure you speak to your coach/judge ahead of time. If you are a coach, it is part of your job to know this about your athletes and make sure they are being judged/overseen by someone who can talk them through each rep and ensure they rest between attempts to help reduce risk of injury.
2. “But I don’t want to CrossFit competitively.”
*I signed up for my first Open because my sister found an affiliate near my University (where I was finishing my degree) and emailed them to see if her baby sister could come out and do the Open workouts with them. They (not surprisingly) said, “Of course!” following which my sister emailed me to let me know I should sign up for the Open and was I a S or XS shirt size.