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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.

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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.”

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”

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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!

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