Perhaps you read our post last week and you've already registered for the Open. Congratulations!
These next eight reasons will only serve to validate your decision and hope you get even more excited!
If you're still hesitating, hopefully the following eight reasons will help convince you to register before the week's out. Don't worry...we still have plenty of propaganda left (wink wink)
Reason 1. UNCOVER NEW WEAKNESSES
One of the best parts of Crossfit is its constant ability to help you uncover personal weaknesses that need to be improved. This is true for athletes of all abilities, from CrossFit Games winners right through to complete newbies. Case in point, just look at Katrin Davidsdottir and Rich Froning on rope climbs. Each of these CrossFit Games athletes met an exercise that they had not mastered, and severely struggled with it during each respective workout. As a result, they both came back more determined and dominated not only the rope climb but the event overall.
The point is that this can happen to you regardless of ability, and that it's a good thing because ultimately it will lead you towards becoming a better athlete. Entering the CrossFit Open 2019 will surely uncover a weakness or two for you to work on and improve upon in the future. Plus, overcoming weakness isn't just about getting a higher score on the leaderboard. We want to identify our weaknesses because they are usually what leads to injury. If we work on our weaknesses BEFORE it culminates in injury, all the better!
Reason 2. CONNECT WITH THE WORLDWIDE CROSSFIT COMMUNITY
We have a great community at WODen, which is why it’s fun and productive to train there. The CrossFit Open 2019 gives you the opportunity to expand that community internationally. Instead of your small group of fellow CrossFitters that go through the shared suffering of each workout, you will now be working out with the world! There are hundreds of thousands of other CrossFitters experiencing the same hardships, triumphs, and sense of achievement that you will. It's pretty amazing and there's nothing quite like waiting for each workout to be announced and watching it unfold live!
Reason 3. BECAUSE YOU MIGHT SURPRISE YOURSELF!
Stepping out of our comfort zone is always easier said than done. Humans are wired to seek balance, safety and familiar surroundings, but signing up for the 2019 CrossFit Open will give you 5 new workouts to try, and allow you to test yourself against some of the best athletes in the sport.
You still complete the workout in your Box, but the context is different, and that added dimension can be helpful for pushing you further and harder, hitting PRs and new exercises for the first time.
Last year many people nailed their first bar muscle up, pb'd their clean and even mastered their first double under. The added pressure can often be a huge help to spur you on to surprise yourself!
Reason 4. TRAIN YOUR COMPETITIVE SPIRIT
We are all competitive in different ways and to varying degrees. If you are one of the top athletes at WODen, then the Open lets you compete against the best from your area and country. If you are very new to Crossfit, the Open will enable you to see how you are doing against many other newcomers from all around the world.
Reason 5. LEARN FIRST HAND, JUST HOW GOOD THE TOP ATHLETES ACTUALLY ARE
Additionally, for the fun of it, it can be very interesting to measure own your score against the top athletes in Crossfit. This gives a powerful impression of just how fit and talented they actually are! Watching Camille Leblanc Bazinet clean and jerk twice her bodyweight on Instagram is impressive and motivating, but very different from comparing times when you’ve both just finished the same workout!
Reason 6. RECONTEXTUALISE TOUGH MOVEMENTS
Do you have any exercises that you still struggle with? Double unders, muscle ups, handstand push ups or walks for example? Sometimes its easy to put these movements on a pedestal, which often makes them even harder to achieve. The Open can help to change that framework. You can't avoid the movement unless you either scale the workout or don't compete at all. Sometimes the knowledge that you HAVE to get the movement can actually be the catalyst for you getting it!
Reason 7. IT IS SUITABLE FOR ALL FITNESS LEVELS
Since 2015 there has been a scaled division in the Open. This is great because whatever level you are, each workout can be scaled to suit you, yet still lets you compete. Whether that means working with an empty bar or doing jumping pull ups instead of muscle ups, it doesn’t matter. You still get the chance to workout, enjoy the atmosphere, sense of international community and measure your times against others of your level (if you want).
Reason 8. BECAUSE IT’S FUN
This reason is pretty simple and speaks for itself. Just enjoy the experience and give the 2019 CrossFit Open a go!