Tired of hearing me tell you to sign up for the Open? Well, here's fellow 818er Edwin Belen's perspective on it:
I'm about as stubborn as they come. I remember when first starting at 818 how Armen recommended that I sign up for the CrossFit Games Open. I didn't understand the purpose as I didn't plan on going to the Games but more importantly, I was worried because I didn't know how to do many of the movements I was just starting to learn as prescribed (there is no scaling on these WOD's).
Fast forward a little more than two years and boy am I glad I signed up. Although I couldn't do many of the movements (e.g. chest-to-bar pull ups or snatch 135 lbs), I could look back and see how much I've improved. Further, the way I believe the Open is programmed is to allow many of us including newbies to at least do a few reps. Probably the best reason is to cheer on your class as they also try their best at these WODs.
Last year, there was a burpee and snatch WOD. The snatches for men in the second round were 135 lbs. I had never done close to 135 but tried a few times and failed. While still having minutes to go, I finished my Games WOD but continued snatches at a weight I can do for my Edwin WOD. This approach can be done by everyone at the gym.
I'd like to end by saying that Arin and I were chatting right before the burpee/snatch WOD and his goal was to hit 135. Not only did Arin hit 135, I believe he did it 7 times. It was exciting seeing him hit his goal and then surpass it. I would love to see that for everyone this year.
With that in mind, here are some more details on how to sign up and what to expect. Go to The CrossFit Games website to sign up, click the Sign Up link in the right corner and follow the directions there. Don't forget to include CrossFit 818 as your affiliate!
We'll be doing the workouts at the gym on Fridays during class. The Games workouts require you to have a judge in order to count and verify your score, so we'll be running class in two heats where you'll count and judge a partner while they go then they'll do the same for you while you go. After you've done the workout, you'll go back to The CrossFit Games site, login, and submit your score. From there, I'll double check to make sure you input your score correctly and confirm it.
If you can't make it on Friday or don't want to do it then, you can come to the Wreck Shop on Saturday at 12PM in order to get it done and judged.
Remember that even though The Open is the first round of The CrossFit Games, none of us are going to The Games. We're in this to have fun, test ourselves, and grow as individuals and athletes. Just participating and being engaged will be a great experience, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try. Trying and failing is commendable because there was effort involved, but never trying at all is just weak.
A. Every 3 minutes for 6 rounds:
2 back squats
*use the first 3 rounds to find a heavy double, then use that double across the last 3 rounds
B. For time:
kb swings (53/35, USA)
Posted by Armen.