This year, like many athletes, was my first year doing the CrossFit Open. I went into it with a mindset that I wasn’t really sure what to expect but was going to try just for the fun of it. I told myself that I knew I wasn’t going to the games so this was just for fun.
After completing all 5 workouts, I realized the Open is something more than just working out and comparing myself to other athletes.
“It was about learning about my strengths, weaknesses and what I am able to accomplish if I actually push myself to do it.”
- I under estimated every workout. Now I know to never underestimate the programming of the Open. They are meant to be challenging in different ways.
- Scaling a workout is never something to be ashamed of. Every movement is a scaled version of something (for example, double unders are a scaled version of triple unders). The most important thing is that you are doing your best and getting a great sweat in!
- Don’t be afraid to try. With a little coaching and a will to try, you will be surprised what you can do. I was inspired to see some of our Reign athletes try new movements for the first time in the Open and crush it!
- Mobility is just as important as your training. Give your muscles the attention they need with releasing your muscles with lacrosse balls (barbell or kettle bell), foam rolling, stretching, etc.
- The Reign athletes and family are a huge support system that was one of the main things that got me through some of the more mentally challenging workouts.
- Being mentally prepared for a workout is just as important as being physically ready. Getting yourself in the right positive mental state is just as important as stretching.
- The Open workouts are made to challenge your physical strength, endurance and metal strength.
“I am so happy that I competed this year and that I now know what I need to work on for next year.”
Having new goals, a more positive attitude about myself and training, I am ready to take myself to the next level.
Training for next year’s Open starts now!
– Coach Megan!