As I sit here and see another CrossFit Open come and go, it seems like yesterday we were doing those walking overhead lunges, or maybe my legs are still sore from it. As a coach, member, and participant in the Open this year, it different to me in a lot of different ways. I have participated in the Open since 2013 and have seen my fitness have moments of greatness and had me also questioning if I should keep doing CrossFit. This year gave me a proud feeling to be a part of CrossFit Beloit (it’s not that I don’t feel this on a regular basis), and see how great everyone did and how far they have come. We had people complete zero Open workouts Rx to all five this year. We had people get first bar muscle ups, first double unders, people beating their 14.5 time and everyone trying new things for the first time and having success.
This year the most amazing workout to watch was 16.3, the workout with the bar muscle ups. This was the first year we saw the bar muscle up in an Open workout and really in a work out at the CFB gym. I saw people fight for their first bar muscle up, and I think to myself now, would they have tried that on a normal day or workout? My guess is no, which is why the Open is so great, it makes us get out of our comfort zone. It would be so easy to look at a bar muscle up in a work out and automatically say… I can’t do that, I’ll do a pull up instead, or dips. The Open almost forces us to try things we never thought possible. I saw people get their first ever bar muscle up, followed by another, and another, and just this moment of greatness in the gym. I also saw people not get their first bar muscle up and a look in their eyes that they weren’t satisfied and wanted to work to get one.
After last years Open I was dissapointed on how I did compared to other people’s scores and didn’t look at my overall year of growth when it came to Crossfit, being a part of the gym and being a coach. I was down on myself last year, but this year after the Open I have a this feeling of accomplishment and wanting to do better for myself, not what others are doing or scoring on workouts.
I think it is important to constantly set goals, and in CrossFit world the Open season is now over and we have a year to work on ourselves and our overall levels of fitness. If your goal is to do one of these workouts again and do better, so be it, work on those skills. If your goal is to compete again, there are lots of opportunities over the next year to do that. If your goal is to simply sign up for the Open next year and complete all 5 workouts, we can help with that too. If your goal is to simply workout and make yourself better each day, then that’s your goal. I think this is a great time for each and every one of of us to look back and reflect and see what it is we want to accomplish over the next year.
A fun side note... Matt and Mike finished in the Masters 55-59 category tied for 2nd fittest in the state of Wisconsin, and 66th and 68th in the North Central Region! The also had a little head to head battle at the gym if any of you had a chance to see!