Hey Everybody! Let me start off with saying sorry for being off the blog radar the past couple months! I’m literally saying “I don’t want excuses, I want results!” So with that said I’m hear to talk about the 2018 CrossFit Open, what it entails if your unfamiliar, how to prepare, and some do’s and dont’s for the actual workouts. This five-week, five-workout competition is held in the winter in CrossFit affiliates and garage gyms around the world. Workouts are released online each Thursday, and athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores. With that being said there are Scaled, RX, and Masters workouts for all skill levels and ages. Athletes of all levels spend time preparing, planning, and perfecting skills that they think might be in the upcoming Open Season.
Now I will give you some insight for all the newbies to CrossFit and the Open itself. Last year’s Open was my first introduction to CrossFit and the style of workouts that they program, it was a very humbling experience to say the least. Here are a few of Cousin Eli’s Tips for the 2018 CrossFit Open: 1. Leave your Ego at the Door. Last year 17.1 was Dumbbell Snatch partnered with Burpee Box Jumps @ 50lb for Men and @35lb for Women. Needless to say there were hundreds of people with broken backs for the next week (me included) due to everyone wanting to be the next Rich Froning. These workouts are incredibly challenging and most boxes encourage form over speed, trust your coaches and choose your weights wisely! 2. Test Yourself Against Yourself. The Open is designed to expose weaknesses in your game, program something you love and beat it down your throat, and mentally push you to failure. Understand that everyone is at different levels and may be stronger or weaker then you at certain movements and it’s not fair to compare them to you. Crossfitters LOVE to compete but there is only a small percentage of athletes that will be advancing to Regionals, and then to the Games so keep that in mind when competing next to the Fire Breather who is looking to qualify for Regionals. 3. Don’t Overthink It! The Open is everything you have already been doing! Box Jumps, Thrusters, Wall-Balls, Burpees, Rowing are all movements you do regularly in your box so the last thing you need to do is trip out when a guy with a ridiculous haircut puts them in a workout. 4. Have Fun!! The Open is the beginning of Games Season and across the globe Crossfitters everywhere are coming together to workout together! One of the greatest parts about CrossFit is the community feeling you have when you step into any box, coaches and members are welcoming, and motivate you to become better. Most boxes host in-house competitions which is always fun and brings that competitive nature to the floor every week!
Know that every workout will NOT be in your wheel house, there is always someone better, but keep pushing and NEVER QUIT, but most importantly enjoy the OPEN! 17.1 broke me, 17.2 I was pissed and stayed at the gym hours later until I got my first Muscle Up, 17.3 I couldn’t mobily do (I was PISSED!) which was my weakness, 17.4 was a BLAST and I felt great, and 17.5 was when I learned how to properly jump rope. I did two workouts at RX and three Scaled, I couldn’t OH Squat a 45lb barbell if my life depended on it, Jump Roped backwards days before 17.5, got my first Bar Muscle Up, and had a BOMB time with my gym family. Be Safe, Listen to your Body, and Have Fun! Happy Games Season!!!