Maybe you were flipping channels on ESPN last August and saw some really fit people lifting heavy and moving fast.
Maybe you know exactly what The Open is, and this year will be your first. Or second. Or Tenth.
For either of these scenarios: This is where it all starts.
Think: The Olympic trials for The CrossFit Games... but you get to sign up for it and do the workouts. You get to put your name on the leaderboard with the top athletes. YOU get to feel the magic that is Community.
The CrossFit Open is an annual event that unites athletes worldwide in a celebration of fitness and camaraderie. As the gates to this challenging competition swing open, you may wonder if it's the right fit for you.
The resounding answer is yes, and here's why you should dive headfirst into the CrossFit Open, no matter your skill level.
1. Inclusivity is the Name of the Games
The CrossFit Open is a celebration of inclusivity. It caters to athletes of all levels, from seasoned competitors to those stepping into the CrossFit arena for the first time. While the workouts will always be challenging, there is ALWAYS a scaled option available, including considerations for age groups, disabilities, and injuries.
Every Thursday, for 3 total weeks, an announcement will be made by CrossFit headquarters via live broadcast of the workout for the week. You'll have until Monday to submit your score for you to notch a place on the leaderboard.
This is also a wonderful opportunity to watch some of the pro athletes do the workout, as well as scaled athletes. If you like to strategize, watching other people do it first takes a little of the edge off and allows you to determine your attack plan.
2. Unleash Your Personal Best
Participating in the CrossFit Open provides a unique opportunity to discover your true potential.
The varied workouts challenge different aspects of fitness, unveiling strengths and highlighting areas for improvement. Whether you're lifting weights, mastering gymnastic movements, or conquering cardio, the Open pushes you to surpass personal records and redefine your limits.
Imagine hitting your first Handstand Push-up in front of your entire gym cheering you on.
3. Join the Global Community
One of the most unique aspects of the CrossFit Open is being part of a global fitness community. Athletes worldwide unite in the pursuit of a common goal – pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones. The shared experience creates bonds that transcend borders, fostering a sense of belonging that is both empowering and inspiring.
4. Celebrate Progress, Not Perfection
The CrossFit Open isn't just about the elite; it's about celebrating progress at every level.
Completing a workout, conquering a challenging movement, or achieving a personal best is a victory in itself. The Open encourages athletes to appreciate the journey, emphasizing growth, determination, and resilience over perfection.
5. A Lesson in Mental Toughness
The Open is a mental battleground, testing your resilience. Each workout presents a unique set of challenges that require focus, adaptability, and mental toughness. It's very likely that you'll remember your Open experience for the rest of your life.
A core memory, if you will.
Some workouts we'll want to bury it deep, but chances are you'll remember the experience of doing the workouts surrounded and supported by your community.
6. Set and Surpass Achievable Goals
The Open provides a platform to set and surpass achievable goals. Whether it's mastering wall walks, conquering your first pull-up, or completing a workout as prescribed (RX, Performance, etc.), the event propels you towards continuous improvement.
Setting these goals transforms the Open into a powerful tool for personal growth.
7. Cultivate a Competitive Spirit
Competition, in a friendly and supportive environment, fuels growth.
The CrossFit Open ignites a healthy sense of competition, encouraging you to push harder, move faster, and challenge yourself beyond your perceived limits.
Embrace this competitive spirit as a catalyst for self-discovery and elevated performance.
Whether you're a seasoned competitor or a newcomer eager to explore the world of functional fitness, the Open offers a stage where personal triumphs are celebrated, and individual growth takes center stage.
So, lace up your Metcons, join the global community, and let the CrossFit Open unlock your full athletic potential.
What about the Open are you most excited for? We'll take workout predictions in the comments below!
Malia is the force behind Lifting the Dream and a proud mompreneur. When she's not lifting heavy weights or coaching, she's probably at the beach or Disney with her family. She is a Cali girl born and raised, with salt water in her veins and sunshine in her heart. She and her family now reside in Florida soaking up the sun, heat, and all the amazing outdoor activities this state has to offer.