You’ve heard us talk about it, maybe even explain it a time or two but you might not have any idea why it is relevant to you. It’s the CrossFit Open and it starts on February 23rd. I have done the Open for 6 of my 7 years doing CrossFit and to be honest, I regret that I didn’t take the leap my first year. The Open is a time when the Icehouse community really has a chance to come together and have a great time. This year we are doing everything we can to make this an epic experience. Below I’ve compiled what I think are the top 5 reasons you should do the Open…
1. You, yes you, are good enough
The Open has two levels to compete in just like the white board has Rx and scaled. Just because you can’t squat your body weight or do 20 unbroken pull-ups does not mean you shouldn’t do the Open. There’s a really good chance you are actually stronger than your mind leads you to believe. The Open is a time where so many people get unexpected PR’s. It’s a chance for you to test all the hard work you’ve been putting in. With the addition of Friday Night Lights this year everyone will be able to participate in every workout, no matter your skill level.
2. It has been too long since you have competed
I know not everyone is a die-hard competitor but I believe everyone has a hint of competitor in them somewhere. Have you ever raced a sibling to the car for the front seat? Maybe it was acing all of your spelling tests to enter the spelling bee or maybe you’ve pre-made your snowballs for the epic snowball fight. Either way, we use to compete as kids all the time and it’s time to bring that back. Good ol’ physical competition is fun and healthy. You might not win your heat or even want to try but I bet you’ll surprise yourself with the rush of adrenaline you get when that clock ticks down and you hear 3, 2, 1 Go!
3. It gives you perspective on what being the best really means
There aren’t many other sports in the world that everyone on the planet has the opportunity to do the exact same workout as the best of the best in that sport. That’s what so unique about the Open, you get the chance to do the same workout, on the same weekend, as the best athletes in the sport. Each
Thursday night the workout is announced and you can watch some of the top athletes compete against each other doing the workout you’re about to do. How awesome is that? You can compare your score to Matt Fraser and Katrin Davidsdottir, the winners of last year’s CrossFit Games. It will give you a solid respect for just how strong these athletes are.
4. You’ll learn your strengths and weaknesses
The Open tests the basic skills of all CrossFit athletes with and occasional surprise mixed in. Which makes the Open the most exciting and humbling of experiences. The great news is even if you have an off week or all of your weaknesses are programmed at once (see Thrusters and Rowing) the next week odds are you’ll crush it. So don’t stress out too much about one workout, it’s meant to be hard, challenges make you stronger!
5. Friday Night Lights is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced
This year we are kicking off the Open Friday Night Lights style. We are bringing the Icehouse Community together in a whole new way. Not only will you have the fun of the actual Open workout, you will have so many other opportunities to get involved throughout the five weeks (see theme week participation). We have something fun and exciting planned for each of the 5 Friday’s to make this the most epic Open season we’ve had. We want you to bring friends, family or even a random stranger to come and cheer for you, and your peeps, while you crush each workout. The level of community support during these 5 weeks is unmatched during any regular class experience.
I hope this gives you some perspective on what the CrossFit Open is all about. We look forward to spending our Friday Nights with you and watching you crush your expectations. Oh and did I mention we’re capping of this years Open Season with a huge members only party? You know Coach Shoe throws a good party and you wont want to miss this one!
We’ll be posting a follow up later this week with more specifics on Friday Night Lights at Icehouse so you know what to do next!
Sara Mozingo is the Co-Owner, head coach, and programing wizard at CrossFit Icehouse. When she’s not developing rep schemes and diving into the nerdery she enjoys hanging out in nature hiking trails or climbing rocks with her side-kick Mr. Mosely.