This year we had 65 people from CFB sign up for The Open, which is the most that CFB has ever had. My favorite thing about the Open is that it makes people go outside of their comfort zone and try things they never have in a workout. Yes, sometimes this leads to failed reps, but it also leads to PR's and firsts. We had people get their first bar muscle up, pull up, jumping chest to bar pull up, double under and more. We also had several people PR their snatch in a workout, and many PR'ed their 16.4 score on this years 17.4! Being able to share the energy in the gym and excitement for everyone is why I enjoy the Open so much.
Friday morning through Friday night we had support from members, families, friends and many more came to check out the hard work members have been putting in.
The first and second workout gave us a chance to use those dumbbells we have been trying to collect for the past few months! Some new and fun movements came our way, but everyone did them with zero complaints and went into each workout with a purpose. The last walking lunges in 17.1 never felt so great! 17.2 we saw the comeback of the bar muscle up from last years Open. We had more people look comfortable with this movement and of course the ever-so-awesome first bar muscle up came for some members.
17.3 we saw chest to bar pull ups and squat snatches, which proved to be a hard combo, but also allowed several people to try some new weights on the snatch and even get a PR!
Our repeat workout this year was 17.4, or 16.4, as those doing the open again noticed...55 reps of all the movements! We had several PR's on this workout and even some first handstand pushups!
Some notable end scores include in the state of Wisconsin: (If I forgot any please let me know!)
-14-15 year old category Riya Karne 13th
-35-39 Mellisa Debuck 29th
-45-49 Bobbi Lengjak 16th
-55-59 Nancy Thiedig 12th
-60+ Peg Thiele 5th
-35-39 category Scott Thiele 9th
-40-44 category Steve Smith 41st
-45-49 category Wyatt Warthen 2nd
-55-59 Masters category Coach Mike Morley 6th and Tim Thiedig 14th
-60+ category for the state of Wisconsin Coach Matt Forshee 6th, Bruce Houghtby 9th, and Ed May 18th
Overall it was a success from the Open announcement parties (a huge thank you to all that brought in food, treats and all the bacon!!). The 2017 Open was a success due to positive attitudes and willingness to take a big step out of comfort zones. Congrats to everyone that competed and here's to 65+ sign ups next year! Each of you continue to make yourselves better everyday when you walk into CFB doors and leave your hard work and sweat behind! We are proud of each and every one of your thrusters, jump ropes, box jumps and even those dumbbell snatches and lunges!
If the competition bug has bit you, there is a local Festivus Games competition that is happening April 22nd at CrossFit 608. Check out https://festivusgames.com/divisions/ for more details and talk with a coach at the gym if you are interested! There are always local competitions coming up, so if you are have interest, please talk with a coach!