Why I’m Doing the Open Again – Nancy (Shots) Stenger

Just do The Open. Seriously. Just go and sign up.

Ask questions later, but seriously just do The Open. I’m a competitive person by nature, so it really didn’t take much convincing for me to do The Open last year. It was an opportunity to work out and compare myself to others: two of my favorite things. I got more out of The Open than I ever imagined I would. The Games are an incredible thing. I know some of you are on the fence about doing Friday Night Lights or FNL, so that’s why I’m here. There are the obvious reasons to do The Open, like the joy of competing and hanging out with your friends, but I’m going to explain why I am doing The Open again. Just to forewarn you, I did pageants and was a sorority girl so it’s about to get all sorts of cheesy up in here!

New Friends! Yay!

Let’s be honest, making friends as an adult is difficult, and it’s weird, and it’s awkward (I basically just
described myself). The Open gives you the opportunity to meet new people within your own gym. Most people have their regular class times and they get close to those people. While that’s fantastic, some of my closest friends I hadn’t talked to prior to The Open last year. Our gym is filled with some pretty badass jacked unicorns just ready for you to become besties with!

You WILL Surprise Yourself

The Open is designed to find the well-rounded athlete, so I can almost guarantee you that there will be a week that you excel in something. Week 1 last year was a workout with chest to bar pull ups. I didn’t get a single one, but I did get about 20 regular pullups. I had never gotten a regular pullup before, but I never gave myself the opportunity to try them. The Open gives you that opportunity. Not going to lie, there will
be weeks that frustrate you. Week 3 last year I spent 7 minutes flailing around on the bar. It just wasn’t my week. But Week 5 was burpees and thrusters. I finished the workout about 10 minutes sooner than I anticipated. When I could finally breathe again it felt fantastic! Whether you PR or you simply do better than you anticipate, you will surprise yourself during The Open.     

Experience the CrossFit Community

While Icehouse is pretty much the bomb-diggidy, CrossFit is so much larger than our gym in Fargo, ND. Last year there were 324,307 registered participants from 175 countries. The Open is an event that unifies people. People of different ages, cultures, colors, races, religions, genders, ect, come together and do the same workout every week, and with different divisions within The Open, CrossFit is adaptive to include all skill levels. It’s such a humbling experience to be part of such an inclusive community.  

Whether it’s to experience the thrill of competition again or to hang out with your friends on a Friday night, find your reason to do Friday Night Lights. Doesn’t matter what that reason is, just find one and do it. You will thank yourself that you did. I will see you at Friday Night Lights!

Get registered today!  Here is the link: FNL REGISTRATION


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