Late February / early March is always an exciting time of year for us CrossFitters, it is what’s known as the start of “the season.” For a large percentage of us, our season ends 5 weeks after it begins after our last attempt at 15.5 (15 for 2015 and .5 for 5th week’s workout, (this is how CrossFit HQ “names” their Open workouts). If you’re lucky enough to extend your season, you will then be participating in the Regionals, or “Super” Regionals with the new parameters rolled out this year. If you manage to then activate your “Extreme Beast Mode” from there, you’re on your way to Carson California for the Reebok CrossFit Games.
Sadly the “grand”, and “grander” stages of the Regionals and the Games are only set for a few percent of our global community to participate in. This doesn’t take away from the fact that the CrossFit Open is the greatest celebration of community the Sport of Fitness has to offer. Gyms ban together to support all their athletes through 5 grueling workouts, athletes put their heads together and figure out the best strategies to tackle each WOD, and newbies gain a huge amount of confidence, friendships, and PRs!
Whether you’ve started CrossFit post-2014 Open, this is your first time signing up, or you’re on the fence (hopefully this article will help you join the party!). Listen up for these 3 tips for gaining the most out of the Open, these notes will set you up for success.
Tip # 1 – Now is not the time for drastic changes:
If you’re paleo, stay paleo. If you smash donuts as your pre-workout, smash a donut. Whether you make a drastic diet change for the good or the bad, it causes real issues in the early days of the change. This thought process also goes for your training. You are not going to get much stronger before the Open and you won’t get too much more efficient at that pesky gymnastics move you’ve been struggling with. However, if a movement or weight requirement comes up that you’ve never done before, it is OK to try and get your first rep, second rep, third rep, and so on in the days prior to your Open 15.x attempt. You’ll be surprised at what a little practice, pinch of technique cleanup, and a LOT of adrenaline will do on “game day.” If you happen to grab a PR or two during the open, it will do wonders with your transfer or “perceived confidence” to “earned confidence” with that particular movement. Watch the 2008 Champ Jason Khalipa explain. This new confidence will catapult your success into the coming year.
Tip # 2 – Go into each workout with a plan, and try like hell to stick to it:
Sometimes you look at a workout and say, “I can do that whole dang thing unbroken” and you end up doing singles to finish out your last two rounds. That’s OK, you analyze the workout, see where you went wrong and try to make better adjustments next time. Setting the ego aside, knowing your strengths and your WEAKNESSES (more important), and conferring with your coaches and fellow athletes will help you develop a personalized plan to get the most reps or fastest time (yikes!) (Open Wod 14.5). There are many great outlets that analyze and put out great tips and tricks for all the Open workouts mere hours after the announcement. Try barbell shrugged if you’re looking for my recommendation.
Tip # 3 – Have Fun!!!:
Seriously, take this as an opportunity to push yourself harder, support your friends and gym, and really REALLY feel good about yourself (earned confidence). If you are self-conscious about putting your scores and fitness out to the public, just remember there is only one person who will remember your scores a week after the Open closes (maybe 2 if you have a good COACH!) and that’s you! No one is judging you (well, during the workout there will be a judge), but besides that minute detail, everyone at the gym only wants you to do your best!
So…hopefully you’ve either been “amped up” or convinced to sign up and kick some Open butt!!! For registration info go to http://www.games.crossfit.com.
Any other questions? Ask a coach!
Author: Trevor Methena