(pay particular attention to #2 and #4!)
By Coach Chris
In a little more than a month, Dave Castro will end the suspense, which he will undoubtedly spend weeks ratcheting up, and announce 18.1. This will mark the beginning of the 2018 Open season. We’ve all been waiting for it since the moment the suffering of 17.5 mercifully ended (remember those thrusters and double unders? I certainly do!).
Open season is the highlight of any CrossFit gym’s year -- the camaraderie, the friendly competition, the support shown are all at a fever pitch. If you haven’t experienced it yet, just wait.
You might think that you aren’t ready. I’m here to tell you that you are wrong. You are ready, and if you follow my 5 suggestions below you will be even more ready to tackle this challenge.
1. Be more consistent.
The Open is generally a test of aerobic capacity, so now is the time to be more consistent with your attendance. You still have time to build your engine, but you need to get into the gym to build it. There’s nothing worse than staring at the clock during a WOD unable to breathe, knowing that you could have done more to prepare. I’ve been there too many times to admit.
2. Learn a new skill.
This isn’t rocket science. Although Dave Castro likes to throw in new movements (hello dumbbells!) many of the movements we will see in the Open have been seen many times before. Don’t have double unders? Now is a good time to get them. Have a problem with thrusters? Practice them. Every previous Open workout is online. Look them up and notice the patterns of movements and choose a new skill to learn betwee now and February 22. We have plenty of Open Gym opportunities to practice and practice some more. Do it. It will pay dividends.
3. Practice previous Open workouts.
From now until February 22 we will program an Open workout once a week, usually on Sundays. Don’t miss these classes! The best way to become better at something is to practice it. Get used to the “Open style” workouts by experiencing classes with Open workouts.
4. Find a workout buddy.
Not only can you practice with your workout buddy, but this person can also be a source of inspiration during your Open workouts. Each person registered for the Open is judged during each workout by another member. Your judge is there to count your reps, but also to cheer you on and coach you through it. Find someone you click with, and make a plan to cheer each other on and help each other.
5. Have fun!
I know every time I step in the gym I have fun. Use the time between now and the Open to be even more thankful that you have your health and that you are able to perform this kind of physical work. Don’t take it too seriously; just come into the gym each day with the plan to enjoy yourself during that hour.
I can’t wait for the 5 weeks of the Open. I’ll admit, I do get stressed during it. I get caught up in “Leaderboarding,” constantly analyzing the gym’s Leaderboard to determine where I stand and how I can beat Coach Matt or Coach Sal. But, it’s a heady thing to think that during the Open I am “competing” against the absolute best in the world at competitive exercising. Embrace it. Have fun. Come on Thursday nights during the Open to watch the live announcements. Cheer on others. Take the time to help with judging. Accept the fact that none of us are going to win the CrossFit Games this year, but use the Open to do things you never thought you could.
Sign up here: https://games.crossfit.com/.