Why Do We Have The Open?
The CrossFit Games Open started in 2011 for two reasons. Firstly, it served to formalise the process of gaining selection to The CrossFit Games that had grown exponentially since 2007 when it first took place. No longer could a system of an “open invite” to The Ranch or Sectionals suffice. The sport aspect of CrossFit had gotten too big, a qualifying process had to take place.
Secondly, and potentially, more importantly, the powers that be at CrossFit HQ recognised what and where the true heart of CrossFit was; The Affiliates. From the gritty garage gyms, all the way to the glitzy “super boxes”. The people that make up those communities (YOU) are the life-blood of this beast. That’s what CrossFit is. You are CrossFit. The Community is CrossFit. And thank Odin for that. Long may we fight to protect what it is that makes us so special.
What is The Open To The CrossFit Community?
- The Open is truly an opportunity for us to find out more about ourselves.
- The Open is our opportunity to take part in something far greater than us.
- We have the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world through a shared trial.
- We have the opportunity to experience the exact same tests that the very best athletes competing in our sport do, and compare where we stand against them.
- We get to gather as a community every weekend and share the same tests and trials our classmates do and shout them on to achieving that last ounce of performance that only camaraderie can elicit.
- We get to meet people from our own box who we may not otherwise see due to our busy schedules.
- We have the opportunity to test our fitness on the greatest stage there can be: our own box, alongside our friends and adopted family.
Why Am I Doing The Open?
This will be my 6th Open and I’m nervous as hell about it. That’s fairly normal though. I impose a set of expectations on myself for how I want to do, for no good reason really. I know I still have a lot of things I’m severely bad at. I also know that it has not been my best lead-up in preparation for The Open. That will happen when you get married, move a gym and have to rebuild everything in the same year. But, we all have shit going on in life, and I’ve used this year to redefine what it is I want out of myself, and CrossFit. And here’s what I’ve found:
- I am not defined by my results in The Open. My performances do not define what sort of day I will have. My efforts and commitment to each workout will though. I will do my best and achieve the result I deserve. Not more. Not less.
- Training CrossFit allows me the opportunity to test myself in competitions, like The Open. We do CrossFit to prepare for the unknown and unknowable. So if you want to see if your training (and your commitment to training) is working, then do perform a test that you are not in control of.
- As a coach, I need to know if I have not only prepared myself, but have I prepared my box adequately to face unknown challenges.
- Most importantly, I am proud of my gym and what we achieve, individually and as a group on a daily basis, and I want to be part of that. To do that, I need to take part in this competition, alongside my Shumba Pride and feel what they are feeling and help them push themselves to be the best version of themselves possible.
When we take part in The Open we challenge ourselves to step outside our comfort zone and be challenged to raise the standards of our very being. We are accepting that we want to find out what we are made of and what more we can achieve if we are to push the limits of our boundaries out, even if just by a little.
The CrossFit Open was made for you, Embrace It, with everything you have!