The CrossFit Open is one of the largest fitness competitions, it is also a lot of other things. I would say without a doubt that the most important part of the open has absolutely nothing to do with the leaderboard. Sure, it is really cool to see how you stack up against people in your community, state, country, profession, or any other cool filter you can put on the leaderboard. At the end of the day, does it really matter where your name falls on some fancy spreadsheet?
4 Steps to Guarantee an Awesome Open
- Participate in weekly challenges
- Dress Up
- Don’t worry about the workout
- CELEBRATE YOUR FITNESS
Participate in the Weekly Challenges
The weekly challenges are not just random tasks for you to complete to earn a point for your team and a star by your name. They are a great way for you to start new healthy habits! Keep drinking enough water, taking your fish oil, and getting enough sleep. Your body will thank you. The plank, squat, and other physical challenges are things that someone does daily to turn a weakness into a strength. Spend your time practicing the things you are less comfortable with. Before you know it you will be comfortable with it! The pay it forward type challenges are great as well. It makes us feel good to help someone out, and it makes us grateful when someone takes time out of their day to help us. You don’t only have to send someone an “atta boy” during that week, do it year round! You never know when someone is having a rough day and you telling them “great job” will give them the motivation to get up tomorrow and do great things. I know it sounds cheesy but it is real! Think about how good you feel doing all of these things. Why wouldn’t you do them all the time?
There is a prize for the coolest costume. It’s almost as big of a deal to win that contest as the “pooping or working out” trophy! Honestly, it is just way more fun to work out as The Rock, or Rocky, or in a sweet tuxedo cutoff than a boring person in a grey shirt and black shorts! You can be black shorts and t-shirt dude or dudette every other day of the week. (Provided you wash them!)
Don’t Stress About the Workout
If you come to Icehouse I can assure you that we prepare you for the open. We don’t know what the workout is, but we do prepare you to handle the work. We won’t trash you on Thursday night. Our programming is designed with the open in mind. You can come every day of the week, and be fine for the workout on Friday. While you are at it come in on Saturday too, the team workouts are designed to help you get moving again. Be worried about getting your costume ready so you can take down the perennial powerhouses, or how much food you’re going to eat after, NOT the workout. You are fit. You already work out. It’s just another workout… except we all do it together on a Friday night while wearing costumes with beers and food afterward.
The Open is a Celebration
The CrossFit Open is a celebration, a celebration of fitness. Celebrate how far you have come. Celebrate how hard you have worked. Celebrate your dedication. Celebrate the small victories in a workout. Celebrate the extra pull-up. Celebrate sticking to your plan and not coming out of the gate too hot. Celebrate EVERYTHING especially the achievements of others! We all love Icehouse for the community, show everyone how much you care by cheering for them, even if you don’t know them! Tell them that they are AWESOME, and then introduce yourself, they will be happy to know that they have your support and will give you theirs in return. CHEER loud and proud! CELEBRATE like there’s no tomorrow when you see someone do something awesome!
Jordan Halvorson is a coach at Crossfit Icehouse who believes that the scientific principles of strength training and the mindset behind personal growth can be applied to everyone to make their lives better. He is also a barbell addict.