Coach’s Corner: Kathleen and her first Crossfit Open

The CrossFit Open.  It will be here before we all will probably be ready.   Each year The Open brings with it great hopes and memories.  I still vividly remember my first Open.  I had only been doing CrossFit for about three months. Barely.  I didn’t really think I should sign up because I figured I would not be able to do any of the work outs, but I signed up anyways at the encouragement of my coaches and friends.  I could not have been more grateful for the push.  That Open was the turning point for me with CrossFit.  Yes there were some workouts where I had single digit scores (I couldn’t do Chest to Bar Pull ups that were programmed early in a workout), but I also PR’d about three times as well.  I accomplished things I never thought I would be capable of.  After that Open, I amped up my attendance per week and never looked back.

For someone who is new to CrossFit, never done a competition, or unsure of their skill set in general, the Open is an excellent chance to ease into these settings and have fun doing it.  The best part is there have been some excellent changes made in the past few years to make it even more accessible to beginners or those who might be intimidated by the Games style weights (YIKES) by developing a scaled division.  It is a fun time to challenge yourself outside of your comfort zone with the full support of your entire gym community.

My favorite part about the open is probably the fact that each year it sneaks up on me.  I think we all constantly set goals and work hard throughout the year, but somehow the competition setting of the Open and having the whole gym surrounding you and cheering you on to work harder pushes you to a place you didn’t know you were capable of.  It makes you want more each year.

Watch out for the first open WOD announced on Feb 25th!  I am predicting something similar to last year with a AMRAP triplet burner WOD (like last years T2B, deadlift, and snatch) followed by a one rep max snatch.

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