With the CrossFit Open behind us, we wanted to reflect on some of the great moments we saw in the gym over the course of those 5 weeks. Aside from the nerves we all experienced waiting for Dave Castro’s ominous announcement every Thursday, there was also a level of anticipation and excitement. Will it be something I am good at? Will it be a new movement we haven't seen before? Will this be the workout I finally hit that elusive PR? We loved seeing people from different classes come together for Friday Night Lights to compete, judge, support, and motivate each other. New friendships were made. PR’s were witnessed. Fears were conquered. Fires were lit. Of course, there were also some low points, frustrations and setbacks, but it is from those adversities that we learn and get better. For many, it gave a chance to recognize strengths and weaknesses, and created the motivation to set new goals and get to work on them. Even if you did not participate in the Open, you all got to do the workouts as part of the regular Friday classes, and they were challenging, physically and mentally! Whether you love it or hated it, the CrossFit Open had a special way of teaching us to pursue greatness and strive to be better than we thought we could be. It also taught us to be humble. We gathered some feedback and would love to share some of the highlights that came straight from our members!
What was your favorite part, memory or moment about the Open?
Being able to do an 80lb overhead squat - Anonymous
Actually doing things I didn’t think I could do! – Lauri R.
Watching one of my favorite athletes kill her clean! - Anonymous
I would say every Friday night, the support of the members cheering everyone on and all the high fives! - Anonymous
Friday Night Lights gave me a chance to meet new people and gave me something to look forward to each week. I left the Open with a new sense of belonging to the box and confidence that I pushed my body through those workouts. – Trista Witherspoon
Did you have any PR's or achievements you are most proud of?
PR’d my clean! – Kirsten
I got my first handstand push up and chest to bar pull up – Scott Fry
I got my first pull up! – Madison Vicente
I’m proud of my achievements in improving my endurance and mobility! I didn’t achieve any PR’s, but that’s always something to work on for next year! – Dani Eberhardt
I got through all the pullups in 18.3 – Mike Burnett
I was very proud of my 18.2, 18.2a and 18.4 performances – Jonathan Razinger
Gosh, yes! I think completing it overall is a PR for me. My goal was to not be last in any bracket, and I wasn't. One thing I am most proud of is being one of only 3 people (in scaled from our box) to complete all of 18.4! – Trista Witherspoon
I was very proud of myself finishing scaled 18.4 in the 9 minute time cap. I didn't think I would. – Kimberly
Got better on skills! Next year I’m bringing the fire – Anonymous
Best advice for someone thinking of participating next year?
Just do your best, don’t worry about what someone else can do. Trying hard and having fun is all that matters – Anonymous
Just do it! You will have fun & it may change how you approach your workouts in the future – Phil Oberg
Do it! Don't talk yourself out of it. Every year you do the open it gives you a chance to compare your fitness to previous years. – Mike Burnett
Do it! It's an incredible experience – Madison Vicente
Do it! Yes it’s $20 going to CrossFit blah blah blah... but it’s that buy-in that’ll make you take yourself more seriously and achieve things you might never have tried before. – Anonymous
Just do it. It’s not as scary as we make it out to be in our minds. – Anonymous