The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games season is nearly here and I think every one of you should sign up for it.
The Open is a huge online competition in which everyone who chooses to participate completes a specific workout every week for 5 weeks starting at the end of February and running through March. After finishing the workout, everyone submits their scores to the leaderboard where you're ranked in your division, region, state, or any other group you want to look at.
The workouts are tough, fun, and provide a great opportunity for you temporarily change the focus on why you show up to the gym and put yourself in a position to do things you've never done in the past. In years past, Open workouts have included movements like double unders and chest to bar pull ups and many of you who have participated can remember not only how you first got those movements in the middle of those Open workouts but also use those memories to motivate you to further develop over the rest of the year.
Even better, this year the Open will feature a scaled division for people who want to participate but don't have the skills or strength necessary for certain barbell movements or gymnastics movements. Given this new scaled option, it's a no-brainer that everyone should participate.
One of the most beautiful parts of CrossFit is that it's changed the way we motivate people to improve their health and fitness. While everyone wants very similar things (look better naked, earn that cheat meal each week, have more energy to play with the kids, etc), those are goals not motivations. Between the community of people involved in a common task (how much fun is it to finish a tough workout and then talk to everyone in the class about how tough it was?) and the competitive aspects of CrossFit (you vs you, you vs the clock, you vs your fellow CrossFitters), participating in the Open is a really simple way to turn up the motivation to get into the gym, eat cleaner, move better, and therefore will get you better results.
We're also going to be changing up the way CF818 members experience the Open. In years past, we've put the Open workout into the regular class on a specific day each week and allowed anyone who wants to do it to come and get it done there. This year we'll be running what is commonly known as "Friday Night Lights": regular classes on Friday will end early during the Open and in the evening we'll be opening the gym up for a weekly mini competition.
We'll have heats you can sign up for, everyone participating will have judges, we'll have prizes at the end of the Open for top finishes in the workouts and overall, as well as prizes for the people who participate in every Friday Night Lights event. On top of that, we're working with sponsors to put together some free stuff for everyone participating in our Friday Night Lights events, so it's definitely going to be a good time for everyone.
These events will be open to whoever wants to come, so if you want to bring your friends or family to check it out and cheer you on, please feel free to do so! Remember that Friday Night Lights is just an extension of our regular fun workouts, a chance for you to flex your competitive spirits, and a good opportunity to hang out and workout with your fellow 818ers. It won't be the same without, so be sure to join up and keep your eyes open for more details.
Sign up for the Open HERE.
A. Kipping pull up practice
B. 4 rounds for time:
20 back squats (135/95)
*rest 3 minutes after each round
Posted by Armen.