Sumo Deadlift 3-3-3-3-3
Man, there are some strong opinions about this year’s Open workouts! It’s understandable to be frustrated when a movement (or even a scale of a movement) pops up that isn’t in your wheelhouse but that doesn’t mean the Open isn’t worth doing. I like to think of the Open in a couple of different ways. In one respect, the Open is a test. It is a once a year, closed book, closed notes test of your fitness. It will reveal weakness with what feels like a harsh and blinding light. However, the Open is just five workouts. Does it mean that the last year of your CrossFit life was meaningless because you couldn’t do a muscle up over the weekend? Of course not! All of this is a journey and we all progress at different rates. For those of us who were really close to a muscle up, or chest-to-bar pull up, next year’s Open will be an opportunity to demonstrate your growth in that skill. For others, it’s going to take more time, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t getting fitter in the process.
There’s nothing wrong with failing, or not being able to accomplish a task. It really is the only way to know our limits.
I also like to think of the CrossFit Open as a giant party that CrossFit puts on for the community. This year that party is for more than 270,000 people. Sure, some people at this party are here to get down to business, but an overwhelming number of us are here for the fun, excitement and community. With anything that is done for a large group of people, you aren’t always going to be happy with the offerings; music is going to be played that you don’t like and they may not have your brand of beer. You can choose to focus on the small things you don’t like about this party and let it ruin your experience, or you can focus on the aspects you can control and create some great memories with friends.