That Time Coach Sal Convinced Me To Sign Up For The Open...
I registered for the 2017 Crossfit Open.
I know a bunch of people that follow me don't necessarily do Crossfit so here's a brief 101 to Crossfit, the Open, and the Crossfit Games. (Please, Google this yourself because I am no expert)
What is Crossfit? A high intensity fitness program incorporating elements from different sports and types of exercise. Think burpees, pull-ups, running, weightlifting, etc. all wrapped up into a fast-paced 10-45 minute workout. I've been doing it for almost three years now and I love it, just call me a Crossfit cultist. I think the best part is that the workouts can always be scaled to any athlete's skill level.
What is the Crossfit Open? A five-week, five-workout competition done by athletes from all over the country. These athletes can workout in their gyms, their garages, their front lawns, etc. Workouts are released each Thursday and scores are submitted by each athlete by Monday evening. Pretty much anyone can sign up for the Open and there's divisions like kids, masters, scaled, and RX. You don't have to want to be the fittest on earth, but that is a pretty sick goal; I'm doing the Open for fun this year and to see where I rank in my area, but realistically, I just need a kick in the butt to get me back to my #1 fitness goal for this year: stay consistent. Five workouts in five weeks isn't much but it's a fun way to get myself to the gym on a weekly basis and feel the momentum and energy of everyone competing.
What are regionals and the Crossfit Games? The top ranked athletes from the Open are chosen to compete in 2-3 regions across the country in a three-day competition. From here, the winners of each region are chosen to compete in the final Crossfit Games and some of the fittest people on Earth compete for the official title.
During the past two years of doing Crossfit, I have never signed up for the Open. Sometimes anxiety still makes me see myself as a beginner in my gym, despite all the progress I've made and goals I've surpassed since I've started. Over the past 2+ years, I haven't been as consistent as I would have liked to be in my training. The first year, I was really focused on Spartan Races and even traveled to several states to finish, at the most, 12 races in one year. It was a lot of fun, but I wasn't really getting stronger due to all the time away from the gym and recovering from races. Every year I've told myself that I don't need to sign up for the Open because 1) I'm not at the skill level of a regional or games athlete nor do I really aspire to be and 2) I don't need to pay $20 when I can just do the Open workouts for free because they're released publicly online and my gym uses them in replace of Friday workouts for all five weeks. But tbh, I didn't do all five Open workouts last year or the year before that and my training has been becoming less and less consistent. Over the past three weeks, I've worked out maybe 5-6 times. My body is grateful for the rest and self-care I've been giving it, but I still have goals I want to achieve in the gym. This summer I want to hopefully compete in a scaled partner competition, so I've definitely been looking for some inspiration to get back into 3-5 days a week at the gym for training. So what better way to do so than by having your gym mate sponsor you to keep you accountable? Thanks, Coach Sal. 👊 It's just five workouts over five weeks. I can do that. I will do that. Because I SURE AS HELL don't want to do 200 burpees. Ever.
Over the next five weeks, I also plan to give up all sugary, dessert-like treats. This includes my beloved Starbucks cake pops, cookies from the self-serve bar at my job, chocolate covered pretzels, DONUTS, Halo Top ice cream.....oh god, I'm regretting this already. Last summer and fall, I made it a habit to grab Starbucks several times a week to get a latte always accompanied by a cake pop. I was starting so many of my days off with sugar, that I began to notice I was craving something sweet with every meal. I've tried to tone it down since, but still can't seem to kick my sweet tooth. I figured five weeks isn't too long (or is it?!) and I can finally do my best to put an end to this sugar addiction.
Thanks to my little contract with Coach Sal, I'm going to be recording my Open workouts for the next five weeks, so definitely subscribe to this blog or any of my social media pages to follow along! I can't guarantee you that I'll be beating many scores but I CAN guarantee you some mighty fine lifting faces. Also as always, please comment me, cheer me on, and help keep me accountable!