CrossFit Open Registration is officially 'Open'! Cue feelings of dread, doubt and anticipation...
Whether or not you've participated in the Open before, if you're a member of a CrossFit Box, you've no doubt heard about the preliminary phase of the CrossFit season.
The Open is a two edged sword...For whilst it allows anyone and everyone around the world to compete in the sport of fitness, it can also be a nerve wracking time for those athletes who have been tirelessly working away all year to see if they can conquer the leaderboard. In fact, most would argue that the better or longer you train CrossFit, the less enjoyable the Open can become.
Why? Because there's this idea that you should always be improving. And that can be scary for an individual who feels like perhaps, despite all their training...they haven't improved since the following year...or they feel ashamed that they might not be able to do all the movements required...
Which begs the question...to do the Open RX'd or scaled?
Well, the beauty is you can start in the RX'd stream and once you come across a workout you physically cannot complete RX'd, you can opt for the scaled version. This will however, ultimately mean you compete in the scale division overall. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the scaled division. We've discussed this many times before. Scaling is not degrading the movement. It allows you to maintain it.
My overall involvement in CrossFit has also changed. My very first year was framed as my initial foray into the Open - a year where I put so much pressure on myself that I truly enjoyed NONE of the actual workouts. My second year was at CrossFit WODen and showed me what a real Open experience is all about - community, effort and family. I loved doing the Open that year. And as a result, I did pretty well.
This year will primarily involve managing Friday Night Lights up at CrossFit Townsville where I'll be helping to organise heats and athletes...I'll be doing the workout on a Monday as part of the main class. Now I'm most looking forward to watching these athletes compete as well as keeping an eye on the leaderboard to see how athletes like Bayden Brown and Jordon Piggot do after making significant changes to their training regimes this year.
If this is your first year doing the Open and you're at a great box like CrossFit WODen, you have no excuse! Do it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Trust me, you'll love it. Those who missed out last year will tell you they wished they had done it.
If this is your second, third or fourth time and you're not really motivated by getting higher on the leaderboard...do it anyway. Do it for the fun of working out in front of your mates. Choose one thing you'd like to focus on and work on this throughout. Whether it's maintaining good breathing, keeping your rests shorter or improving your transitions. It's not always about improving your spot on the leaderboard. It's about improving your mindset too.
If you've been doing the Open for several years...there should be no reason to stop now!
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the CrossFit Games website and register yourself up today!