The Open is Coming! The Open is Coming!
Registration for the CrossFit Games, Open begins today, January 15th 2015 and with it kicks off a season of competitive athletics in which the methodology of CrossFit Training can be tested in the Sport of CrossFit. However a mistake that too many athletes make, here at CrossFit Beverly and in boxes around the world, is thinking that the Open is just a competition. It’s so much more than mechanism for winnowing the world wide population of CrossFitters down to the elite few who should have the chance to compete on a Regional, and eventual National stage to be crowned the “Fittest On Earth®.” The Open is a critical tool that you as an athlete and we as your coaches can track your progress, validate your strengths, and take note of areas for your development. All of that data can be extrapolated from reviewing the scores you post.
“Well, can’t I just do the workouts? Why should I register and give CrossFit my 20 bucks?”
Those are great questions. Here are three simple reasons that we, your coaches think the Open is important.
First, it is a way that you can show your pride in the CrossFit Beverly community and your membership in it. By registering your name and gym affiliation for the Open you show the world that you are proud of being a member of CrossFit Beverly and you think your training plays an important role in your life.
Second, your score, regardless of what it is, contributes to the overall standing of the CrossFit Beverly team. Even if your individual score isn’t close to the regional competitors every point you earn helps CFB show our successes as a team, as a community, as a family.
Lastly, if you register and pay your money you are more invested in the process. This means that when that WOD you dread is revealed by Dave Castro (you know the one that has double-unders, burpees, or thrusters, or which ever movement, couplet, or triplet you hate) having few dollars you have invested gives you a reason to show up and compete. We all have WODs that we cherry-pick. There are days we “have too much happening” to make it to the gym, sometimes those days are when we see a movement we hate. For example, last year in the Open we had athletes who PR’d by getting their first double-under, their first Toes to Bar, or PR’d their deadlift. This is huge. The added competitive element of the open can help give you the psychological edge to break through barriers and achieve things that you don’t believe you can do until you have to.
So, whether you join to show your pride, to help the team, or to incentivize getting that PR, there are lots of reasons to sign up and compete. We’ll see you on floor.