I can’t believe that time of year is here again already but it’s time to start talking about the 2017 CrossFit Games Open!!!!!
The CrossFit Games registration has already started online and the first WOD will be announced February 23rd. I want to start buzz in the gym about it now. (register at games.crossfit.com pick team CrossFit Interbay)
Some of you may ask, should you participate?
First, for those of you who don’t know, CrossFit is one of the fastest growing sports in America according to Forbes magazine. The CrossFit Games are a worldwide open competition that anyone can enter, aimed at finding the Fittest on Earth. Plus each year there is a regular division and a scaled division, so it's accessible to everybody. Plus they are adding a new Masters division this year for ages 35-39
Sign up for the Open and you’ll get 5 workouts over 5 weeks to do (we will do these WODs in our gym). This year, they will be posted on a Thursday and have to be completed by the Monday each week.
Even if you don’t have big plans to win the CrossFit Games, you may wonder, so what’s the point of doing the Open?
1) Community Spirit – There’s nothing quite like working towards a common goal to bring people together. One of the major reasons CrossFit is such a success is because people love the community it creates. If you’ve wanted to make better friends with the people in your gym, entering a competition together will help do that. We make the WOD a special event every Friday at CrossFit Interbay and do the WOD’s together. It’s great energy, a great time that has everybody talking about it obsessively :-)
2) Personal Gain – It’s useful to have a reason to train in terms of some personal goals, you get a sense of pride in performing to your ability and breaking through personal barriers. It’s long been known that publicly saying you’re going to do something galvanizes the mind and provides extra motivation to do it. Plus they make these WOD’s so they are accessible to all levels and abilities. Don’t be nervous about not being able to do the WOD’s. Remember, they have Rx and scaled divsions.
3) Benchmark Yourself – Last year over 200,000 people from every possible demographic competed in the games, this year there will be more. You’ll be able to see exactly how your fitness compares to that of your peers.
4) Mental Growth – The Games are designed to test the fitness of the fittest people on earth, and choosing to compete in that environment will put you outside your comfort zone. This is a good thing! Ambulating through life, always feeling cozy and snug and comfortable, is a slow, dull life. Push yourself occasionally and marvel at your own ability to overcome. :)
Even if, like most people, you don’t have any illusions of grandeur, there are still some very good personal and social reasons to participate in the CrossFit Open.
If you’re unsure, just ask a coach or someone that participated in it last year. We had over 120 people in our gym participate in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and this year I would love strong participation again. The gym doesn't earn anything for members participating in the Open, this is just something we are passionate about and enjoy seeing everyone involved. The Open is a month away. Our members talk about it, build strategies for workouts, find a new found push they never knew they had, and it's just a fun event that's easy to do and convenient to build it into your schedule.
First work set 3 Reps @ 62% your 1RM
Second work set 3 Reps @ 72% your 1RM
Third work set max reps @ 80% your 1RM
3 Minute AMRAP
12 Thrusters (Mx 75/55, Rx 95/65)
*Rest 2 minutes after each round
**Start where you left off from previous round
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