If you're involved in the sport of CrossFit, you've probably heard about the CrossFit Open (and that it's just around the corner). Coach Rob provides some insight here as to what we think the Open is all about, but we wanted to hear from our members... "what does the Open mean to you?" From two-time to four-time Open competitors, our members share their perspective:
MARYLIN TSAKOK - 2nd Year Competing In The CrossFit Open
I joined Solid Ground in June 2016 and after 8 months of doing CrossFit (plus a bit of encouragement from the Solid Ground community), I signed up for my first CrossFit Open. I thought it was such a cool idea that anyone could participate regardless of age or fitness level.
Last year’s Open showed me that I was capable of doing things I hadn’t been able to do before, and despite some of the gruelling workouts, I made my way through each week’s WOD! By the end of last year’s Open, I began setting goals for what I wanted to achieve in 2018 and asked the coaches for help to achieve these goals. One of the skills I’ve been working on over the last year are toes-to-bars and with the support and encouragement of the coaches, I’ve seen significant improvement in this area and have been able to do them in class workouts.
Why am I participating in the Open? The Open gave me goals to work towards. I want to see how far I’ve come since last year in my training and where there’s room for improvement. Rather than focusing on the way I look, I focus on my form, my technique, and how I feel after a workout. At my age (57 turning 58 this August!), I am very happy to be able to learn new skills and to continue to get better every day.
PERRY DOODY - 4th Year Competing In The CrossFit Open
I started CrossFit five years ago and the Open is a definite highlight for me each year. So why do I sign up each year?
1. In general, CrossFit has been a helpful tool for me to measure my progress and the Open is an opportunity to keep re-measuring that progress through five weekly workouts that you record on the CrossFit Games website. It is great to look back and see the progress on certain movements year over year.
2. When each workout is announced, it's a lot of fun to discuss strategies to approaching the workout and then perform the workout alongside other members. Nothing beats the collective energy of a WOD and it’s a great way to get to know your fellow members a little bit more.
3. RX vs Scale. It doesn’t matter- the workouts are always challenging and fun. Depending upon your CrossFit journey, you can elect what version of the workout suits your skills and get after it.
4. It is so inspiring and gratifying to see and achieve “firsts”. I spend a lot of time watching videos of CrossFitters achieving their first movements, including pull-ups or bar muscle-ups, and what is even more inspiring is seeing your fellow member achieving a first or achieving it yourself. The Open WODs are a great opportunity to do this.
5. The CrossFit open website and app are great links to useful information, such as movement standards and detailed analytics– it's well worth the $20 registration fee.
CATHERINE HART - 2nd Year Competing In The CrossFit Open
The CrossFit Open is a competition where any level of athlete can compete, and the spirit of the sport encourages you to push a little harder and dig a little deeper in every workout.
If you knew me prior to my CrossFit days, you would know that I would have shied away from this type of environment and any competition, but the great part about the Open/ CrossFit is that it brings the (Solid Ground) community closer together. I feel honoured and blessed to be a part of this incredible community and I’m excited to participate again in this fun and challenging event!
EMILY d'ENTREMONT - 2nd Year Competing In The CrossFit Open
This year will be my second Crossfit Open, and even though I am no longer in the teen category, I am thrilled to compete alongside so many other strong and fit people. Last year, right after the 17.2 live announcement, I got my first pull-up and I did 12 more while actually doing 17.2 the next day. Fast forward to now, I can string together 5-7 pull-ups and have done over 80 (!!!) in a single workout. The biggest thing I have realized over the past year is that if I had never been pushed to try to do a pull-up, I never would have believed I could do one. The Open has pushed me to do things that I previously thought were impossible.
While I spend a lot of time celebrating my personal victories, I also love celebrating your victories too! Last year I had the opportunity to see so many people get their first pull-up, toes-to-bar, double unders and so much more. Nothing makes me happier than seeing someone else genuinely excited about their accomplishments (plus it gives me a reason to scream and jump like crazy). Besides that, the Open is a great way to have the whole community come out and support each other in fitness.
The Open also gives me a reason to push harder during training (because we all know wall balls will be in the Open, so I might as well start practicing now.) It also motivates me to work harder during the year because of all the goals I set for the following season.
If you are still on the fence about signing up for the Open, I strongly encourage you to do so. Let’s do all the fitness and represent CFSG together!
Special thank you to Marylin, Perry, Catherine and Emily for taking the time to share their experiences/ perspectives with our community :)
P.S. You can register for the 2018 CrossFit Open by clicking here.