6 Ways to Have a Successful 2016 CrossFit Open

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by ASHLEY MAK|PT, DPT
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The 2016 CrossFit Open is upon us! This will be my second year competing in the CrossFit Open, and I am very excited for what is to come over the next 5 weeks. Could there be muscle ups, clean and jerks, or snatches in the workouts? How will I prepare myself mentally for these WODs?

Last year’s Open was a lot of fun, especially seeing those athletes at my box reach new personal records in lifts or  execute the hardest skills in CrossFit (like muscle ups). However, I did come across some people who either pushed themselves a little too hard or did not prepare their body for the intense workouts. These are my tips on how you can perform your best and lower your risk of injury from this year’s competition.

1. Train smart.

Unless it is a testing day, you should not be reaching failure or sacrifice positioning/form to complete a repetition in a faster time.
This is something that you should have been doing for the past year (you seasoned CrossFitters) or for the past months (CrossFit newbies). Training is the act of improving a skill to be performed at a higher level. Even though the Open starts soon, you can use the time between now and then to see what your weaknesses are and try to develop them. Trying to figure out how to add the hips in a muscle up, or trying to figure out how to do a kipping toes to bar? This is your opportunity to try out some other skill work before you put them to the test.

Training sessions should be used to improve in skills. Unless it is a testing day, you should not be reaching failure or sacrifice positioning/form to complete a repetition in a faster time. This will only facilitate poor habits and can cause accelerated breakdown of your joints and soft tissues. If you want to see your skills put to the test, wait for a testing day — or the Open — to see what you are made of.

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