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Making the Most of the Open

11
Feb

Making the Most of the Open

Reminder!  Valentine’s Day workout is Friday at 5pm.  All childcare spots must be reserved by THURSDAY!  Sign-up for childcare at the front desk and for the workout on MBO. 

Thruster / push press / push jerk / split jerk
1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps
A thruster followed by a push press followed by a push jerk followed by a split jerk without dropping the bar is one rep.
Then
AMRAP burpees in 3:00 minutes.

In the interview above, Pat Sherwood of CrossFit Media interviews Nicole Christensen about how CrossFit Roots runs the Open each year.

Making the Most of the Open

Each year, there are a number of folks who aren’t sure if they want to sign-up for the Open.  Their apprehension, often, is rooted in the unknown – fear of not being able to do a certain weight, having to enter a score, being judged, having lots of folks standing around on Friday nights watching and cheering, or just not really knowing what to expect.  That’s understandable.

But it’s always been my belief that if you’re a fan of fitness, a fan of sport, or a fan of CrossFit, the Open is for you.  

The Open really isn’t about competing.  Sure, if you’re Rich Froning or Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet (last year’s Games Champions) then yes, it’s about competing and there is an element of competition to it.  But if you’re like the 99.52% of us that won’t be headed to Regionals or the Games, the Open is about celebrating CrossFit.

I mean shit, many of us have stories about how we’re fitter (happier, leaner, healthier, etc.) now having done CrossFit than we ever were in the past – doesn’t that deserve some recognition and celebration?  We have stories of friends or family members putting us down for how we workout or how we eat, telling us that this thing CrossFit isn’t safe, isn’t right, or is just a “cult.”

They don’t understand or care to know that when we walk up the steps to the shop, we enter a place where fitness happens, friends are made over a set of back squats, and folks work at their own level to each achieve something they couldn’t do without the support of the community around them.  

In a lot of ways, the Open is a time to tell the non-CrossFitting world – go F%*$ yourself.

As coaches, our intention is never to push an athlete into doing the Open.  Sure, we might heavily suggest, but if it’s not your thing, that’s ok.

We encourage all of our athletes to participate because we know what happens every year during this time – people, no matter what level of fitness they’re at – walk away from the experience motivated and inspired, and that takes them to new levels of fitness in the year to come. 

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