I wrote this for my CrossFit community at BeachSide CrossFit and figured I’d share it here with all of you. Each week of the Open I’ll be announcing a special MeeNut promo so stay tuned for details and maybe some silly videos documenting my Open WODs. My training this year has been haphazard and riddled with injuries so I’m hoping to just survive the next five weeks lol. Good luck to all you beasts! – Mee
4 Legit Reasons Why You Should Participate in the Open
So a lot of you CrossFit noobs, or maybe even OGs, may be wondering what the heck is this “Open”?? And why all the recent fuss? Simply put, it’s basically what you do day in and day out at the box, WOD, lift and be awesome, just on a global scale and over the span of five weeks.
Starting Thursday, Feb 26, CrossFit HQ will announce 15.1, the first WOD in this series of five weekly workouts (the second week 15.2, then 15.3, etc.) and the worldwide CrossFit community, and actually ANY interested Joe Shmo with access to a camera and the internet (which is why this is called the Open, since it’s “open” to anyone anywhere willing to participate), will all do the same WOD and enter their score online. After five weeks, the best of the best in each region will then move on to compete at Regionals, and ultimately vie for the title “Fittest on Earth” at the annual CrossFit Games (basically the Olympics of CrossFit).
I know what you’re thinking: “Big deal, so what? Why should I even care?? It’s not like I’m any good or have a chance to win anything!!” Let’s be up front and honest, with the current level of elite competition out there, hardly any of us are going to compete at Regionals, let alone the Games, however that shouldn’t be a reason to not join in on all the Open shenanigans! In fact, it’s all the more reason why we should, because the absence of pressure results in 100% pure FUN!
4 legit reasons why you should participate in the Open:
1. Fun. I repeat, it’s fun! Might I remind you that all of you voluntarily come to BeachSide CrossFit to lift heavy things and endure grueling WODs. Why? Because in our twisted minds, we enjoy fitness and strength and have fun throwing down with our friends and family, right?? Right!! As an added bonus, you get to watch your dear coaches suffer and yell at us for a change to “pick up the bar”, get “one more rep”, or even “no rep” us! Ooo, tempting, isn’t it? You know you want to.
2. NO excuses! Anyone can do it! No more standing on the sidelines because something was too heavy or too hard! Now with a modified division, truly ANYONE can participate! 95 pounds too heavy? Can’t do muscle ups yet? No problema! The scaled division will have the option of lighter weights and/or modified movements! Get it? Got it. Good.
3. Progress & PRs baby! The Open is such a great measure of progress because you will have the opportunity to test and see how far you’ve come. Not gonna lie, not everything will come easy during these five weeks; your weaknesses will be exposed and the workouts will be challenging. However, there’s something about the atmosphere of friendly competition that just brings out the best in people. It’s so exciting to see members accomplishing things that they didn’t even dream possible. I can recall so many instances during the Open when members, myself included, have been so inspired that they actually PR! Awww yeah! Be stoked!
4. Community. Last but not least, the Open helps to build and strengthen our community here at BeachSide. We are a pretty rad and beautiful group of humans here and now you get a chance to meet them all! You actually get to see the 5:30am class in person, that they indeed exist, compete against them and show them who’s boss! Yup, that was a call out! This year we will officially be hosting the Open workouts under Friday Night Lights at 6pm, starting this Friday, February 27. Bring family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and come pumped and ready to throw down! Cheer on your fellow swolemates and after the bloodbath, enjoy some protein shakes and brewskies (BYOB) and have a good ol’ time here with the community, our community. Ohana.
How to sign up if you haven’t already, simply go to www.games.crossfit.com, pay $20 and register. Easy as pie. Once you’re signed up and registered, join our team Beach Side CrossFit (Note, it’s two words on the site). That’s where you’ll go to enter in your scores as well.
Alrighty folks, that’s it! See you all next week at Friday Night Lights! 3-2-1-GOOO BEACHSIDE!
P.S. If you can’t come to Friday Night Lights, just let us know and you can do the workout Thursday night after the announcement, Friday during the day, or Saturday morning. No excuses!