The struggle you are in today is developing your strength for tomorrow.
The 2018 CrossFit Open has finally come to a close. From seasoned veteran to first timer, the last 5 weeks have physically pushed you to new limits. We have all gone through it together but each of you will have experienced it differently. The Open provides us with a milestone, a measure of our fitness from the past year and offers us with data moving into the new season of training.
Finding weak links
CrossFit HQ gets more creative every year with their programming. This exposes weakness of skills, abilities and fitness. Whether it’s strength and endurance or struggling with certain gymnastic movements. The aim of the open is to not only select the strongest in the pack and gain a sense of achievement, but also offer individuals an insight into their weaknesses.
Spending a bit of extra time on movements you’ve struggled with throughout the year will help you develop into a well rounded athlete and become more equipped for the following Open.
Developing a strategy
Running head first into a workout, like a bull in a china shop is not a great strategy for success. Understanding your abilities for each movement will help you form a strategy, like how many reps you’ll do before breaking? how long your break will be? etc.
This knowledge doesn’t come cheap. You’ll have to train through the year and learn your max reps for each movement and apply it to your training.
Overcoming your own doubt
For those entering the open for the first time, it can be quite daunting, with personal expectations and the competitive nature of the event. But when coach recommends you to go Rx, how many of you were surprised by the result? Who got their first pull up or handstand pushup?
Just going beyond those comfort zones gives you a glimpse of what’s possible for the rest of the year with regular training.
Small things can make the biggest difference
Looking after yourself during the open was crucial to getting the best result. How was your sleep quality? hydration? nutrition; pre and post workout? breath work? Did you spend time warming up and mobilising before the workout?
If any of these areas were neglected it will work to your advantage by making it a regular part of your regime in the new season.
Leaving the ego at the door
This years prescribed workouts got more technical from the 3rd week onward. For many who’ve just started CrossFit it’s important to know if your abilities lie within Rx or still need to be scaled. Coach might even advise you not to Rx if unable to maintain form or safely lift the weight. Try not to be discouraged by this, it was only to save you from the threat of injury, allowing you to carry on training following the Open.
If you struggled to reach Rx for a movement, use this as motivation to develop the strength or to practice the skill to be ready for the next open.
Isn’t this what it’s all about? Accept the suspense of waiting for the new workout to be announced. Enjoy the friendly competition between other members in the box and the drive that gives to achieving more than you thought possible. Enjoy the feeling of support from the community to get the best out of each other.
Well done with everyone that took part in the 2018 CrossFit Open and good luck with training for the new season.