One and Done: A Practical Guide to the CrossFit Games Open

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by LARRY PALAZZOLO

The 2014 CrossFit Games Open is quickly approaching. For some, this news will send you into a tailspin of panic. Freak out. Throw stuff. It’s okay. We’ll get through this. It’s just exercise. Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be happier, healthier and far more sane than your misguided gymmates.

A Carnival of Fitness

One and Done: A Practical Guide to the CrossFit Games Open

You don’t need to strategize these workouts to death, or forego the rest of your training for 5 weeks to get two extra reps.
Whether this is your first year or your fourth of doing the Open, the main focus is to be level-headed throughout those 5 weeks. For 99% of us, there is no reason to do these workouts more than once. Just look at it as a friendly competition amongst your gymmates, the same as any other workout. The main reason to do the Open, and the main reason we do CrossFit in the first place, is for the community aspect. Getting fitter is great and all, but the people are what keeps us coming back.

The Open is a carnival of fitness where each week your local box is transformed into a mini competition. You will judge your friends. Your friends will judge you. And at the end of the workout we’ll all eat wings and drink adult beverages together. If you’re lucky maybe someone will treat you to a bottle of Old Smuggler. Booze and wings? Who wouldn’t want to do the Open?

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