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If I’m not an elite athlete, what does the Open mean to me?

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The CrossFit open is a unique time of the year! For 5-weeks, energy at the box is contagious, I am excited to go head-to-head in competition, and challenge myself for just one more rep!

The Open is somewhat a rite of passage in the CrossFit community and is an opportunity for all of us to see where we stack up against some of the best athletes from around the world. Looking back today—and about to sign-up for my 5th Open—my perspective of what the Open means, has evolved. The first time I signed-up I was scared that I could barely do the prescribed weight, nervous that I wouldn’t be able to do the movement or that I’d be last to finish. The Open sounded intimidating, and must be something that only the Rich Froning-ings of the world could do. I am so happy that those hesitations did not stop me from taking a chance at competing, because now, I can fondly reflect on how far I have come, and prepare for how much more I have to grow!

For some, competing in the Open is a means to get them to Regionals or the Games. But for most (including myself), it doesn’t matter if I come in 1st or 1,001st in the Region, it is about participating within my community—and sharing the experience with others at the box. You have all experienced it at least once, a coach or another athlete that went out of their way to encourage you during a really grueling workout to help you finish. Well guess what?! This is what it’s like for 5 weeks! Take advantage of this opportunity to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you’re new to this whole CrossFit thing you’ll be glad you did it because it will help you grow closer to your box; and you might even get a PR along the way!

Our box is doing something extra special this Open, we are hosting an inhouse competition! If you haven’t heard about it yet, we are doing the “draft” party this Saturday. All participants will be drafted onto a team that will battle it out for 5-weeks. Yes, we will be doing the Open WODs and will give a prize and awesome trophy (bragging rights!!) to the winning team!!