I have the privilege of adding my first blogger outside of myself to my blog. He happens to be an amazing man in so many ways. A devoted Christian, husband and father of almost two( he has a daughter on the way out of the womb this month). He also is living the American dream and owns his own small business in Redding, California, North state CrossFit. A superior athlete, qualifying and competing at the CrossFit regional on numerous occasions. He is a very dedicated and experienced coach. He earned his right to coach several CrossFit master athletes, including myself twice at the World CrossFit games. In this blog, I appreciate his writing on the up and coming infamous CrossFit open and thought you might enjoy reading it too. For CrossFitters around the world, this is a very exciting time and I wish every athlete, coach and CrossFit box the best. By the way, if you are looking for online programming, Jon does that too. If you are looking for some extra inspiration to get your health back on track, you can read about how I did that. My book is Through The Eyes Of A Master, by Michelle V. Barnes.
It’s that time of year again – the CrossFit Games Open is just around the corner. That means you’re going to be seeing past Open workouts being thrown into our programming here and there.
If you’re anything like me, the idea of redoing an Open workout may make you a little nervous – you’ve felt that pain. The possibility of doing worse than the first time is always there and no one likes being reminded that they’ve gotten worse at something. I want to briefly explain, however, the reasons why we like to retest old Open workouts so that you guys can be more open minded about attacking them and not skip the programming.
1. It preps us for future repeats. If you’ve competed in the Open before, you’re aware that at least once a year a past event is thrown in. There are so many reasons why this is a good idea, but mainly it shows how much more fit the world has become. At the gym, however, it enables us to practice for an event we may have to do again through the course of the Open that gives us an advantage by being prepared if and when that same event comes back out.
2. It shows our weaknesses and strengths. Giving you these workouts in advance gives you some insight on the things you may want to spend more time on before the Open starts (you still have time to get a little stronger, or get closer to learning or perfecting that elusive muscle-up). Or it may show you that your perceived weaknesses in CrossFit may actually be a strength and vice versa. Comparing yourself only to those around you each day doesn’t always give the full picture of where your fitness stands. If you’re in a gym with good lifters or really good gymnasts, you may think your skills aren’t up to par when in fact they might be great compared to the rest of the world or your region.
3. Most importantly, it shows us where our fitness is. This one is critical in so many ways. In regards to fitness, without redoing workouts we have no idea whether we are improving ourselves physically as human beings or not and this goes beyond most people’s idea of fitness. (Warning, rant coming…) Let’s face it – the vast majority of us will never compete at Regionals, let alone the Games. Most people don’t perform an Open event expecting that they will qualify to the next round of competition, but we do it because we have fitness goals. We do it because we’ve established that having those fitness goals tends to produce the best ‘us’. It’s not a secret to trainers that most people that start CrossFit do so to become healthier and change their bodies for the better. But those that last in this program (and ultimately meet their weight goals) are the ones that stop looking at the scale and start keeping track of their fitness instead. I’ve seen so many people quit because they didn’t lose enough weight fast enough. Most in that camp don’t even give it enough time to learn the movements, let alone workout intensely. These people tend to show up and check out, as if checking a daily chore off their of list to-dos. On the other hand, those that eat, sleep, and train, with the idea of improving fitness tend to have a much easier time keeping off body fat and staying healthy. Chasing fitness, not weight loss, produces the best results. And by redoing these workouts, we learn where we stand not only against the world, but also against ourselves.