With the Crossfit Open looming, many will begin predicting, analyzing and planning strategies for potential workouts. This will undoubtedly lead to a number of people around the world doing and re-doing each workout. All in an attempt to obtain the best score possible. But that raises the question, where do you draw the line? How many attempts do you need before you are satisfied with what you have done?
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All bar none
The Crossfit Open is special, it’s different from any other fitness competition in the world. It provides a platform for all of us to compete against the world’s best. No other sport offers this. Imagine lining up opposite Messi or Ronaldo this Saturday or having to mark LeBron on Sunday. It just doesn’t happen.
Crossfit have managed to produce a format of competition that allows all abilities to compete against each other across the globe. They have adapted this even further to allow those who can’t perform all movements fully to participate with the scaled division. You can also see how you compare to those in the same age category and even create your own leader board with friends, family or work colleagues.
However, all of the above still has one common factor running through it. Competition. At the end of the day the Crossfit Open is a competition, the first stage of a longer competition process to find the fittest man or woman alive.
Find your why
It is important not to forget why you’re participating. In reality only the top few percentile from each region will qualify to go through to Regional’s. An even smaller percentile will then qualify to go to the Games. So, unless your name is Ben Smith, Matt Fraser or Katrin Davidsdottir it makes absolutely no sense to pile pressure on yourself in the Open.
The idea of the open is participation, to get involved, have fun and prove yourself wrong. Do something that you couldn’t do yesterday. This is pushed frequently by Crossfit HQ but often overlooked by many considering signing up. The fear of competition puts people off which is a massive shame. This is not the aim of the Open.
Unless your name is Ben Smith, Matt Fraser or Katrin Davidsdottir it makes absolutely no sense to pile pressure on yourself in the Open.
The Open is done in the comfort of your own gym, with regular training partners at a time you want. You can sign up and complete some workouts fully and scale the ones you can’t. You can also miss a workout if other commitments are more import but continue to submit scores for other workouts. It really can be adapted and tailored to fit YOU and YOUR needs.
Ask anyone that has participated in the Crossfit Open and they likely had apprehension, worry and fear of signing up. They will also tell you that by overcoming these, they enjoyed the Crossfit Open more than ever. It allowed them to relax and enjoy a pressure free 5 weeks. They participated in a “competition” at their own pace with their own goals.
How good is good enough
Good enough in the Open is whatever you are happy with. An effort you can walk away with and be proud of. It doesn’t matter what this looks like compared to someone else because you are you and they are not.
If this means re-doing the workouts 3 times in order to make Regional’s then so be it. Maybe you’re one and done, fair enough. It could be your first muscle up, first set of double-under’s or another movement you previously couldn’t do. No matter what it is, all credit to you, you’re better than yesterday. The Crossfit Open brings out the best in people’s performance that isn’t possible year round.
It doesn’t matter what this looks like compared to someone else because you are you and they are not.
So, before you decide to close your webpage when thinking about signing up, remember this. There are no expectations and there is no pressure. Good enough is applicable to you and you only. Good enough is what you are satisfied with. The Open is about participation, it always has been and it always will be. The likelihood is that you will do something you previously couldn’t do with a group of people who want to see you achieve goals. The Open could be the doorway to a whole new set of goals for you.
Sign up, participate, have fun and be satisfied that YOU are good enough for YOUR Open.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Crossfit Open. Please let me know in the comments at the bottom of the page and good luck in 2017.
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