COMPETITION: LOVE IT OR HATE IT?
Most people have a visceral reaction to the word “competition” one way or another. Some love to stalk the white board daily. Some love to race the clock and crush previous WOD times. And some even take themselves outside of the box and see how they fare in an actual competition.
Then there’s the people who couldn’t care less who’s top of the white board. Or what the clock says. And they are more than happy coming in, generating a good sweat and going on about their day.
BOTH ARE GREAT. One is not better than the other; as long you are motivated come (because when you come you WILL see results)!
But now there’s the CrossFit Open. Which, technically speaking, is a “competition”. And we’re asking for 100% participation. And if you’re the latter type of athlete above you’re probably saying to yourself “You just said I don’t need to be competitive. Don’t you get I don’t like to compete?!”.
Although some might see the Open as the workouts that qualify people to the CrossFit games, that really is only for the absolute elite athletes. For the normal CrossFitter the games are just a series of really great workouts with the people that you love to workout with. And FYI, the Open WOD will be something we do every Friday as the day’s WOD, so in reality, you are all doing the Open in a way! But why we want you to register is that it’s a time to test yourself to see where your relative fitness is right now. It might be a world wide “competition” but in our mind it is just another way to benchmark your own fitness. One of biggest differentiators of CrossFit is that we track data to show improvement. It’s not data to be competitive, it is data JUST TO SHOW YOU THAT YOU ARE GETTING FITTER!
Most importantly the Open is a time for people to push together. When we think of the magic of CrossFit it is in that we are all are suffering together and somehow find a way to laugh when it is over. It’s that togetherness that is the special sauce that allows people to do more with their bodies than they ever thought possible.
This year we are spicing up the competition by doing our intramural league. It is an internal “competition” that doesn’t measure itself on reps or time rather on participation, heart, creativity and the spirit of community. The idea of signing up for the Open might feel REALLY outside your comfort zone or fall squarely against your feelings about the word “competition” generally speaking… but think of all things you have already tried here at the Cove and how you felt about yourself afterwards. This is just another challenge that will make you stronger… mentally and physically. Let’s lose the word “competition” entirely. Let’s just call it a “Friday Night Lights WOD”. One with super-sized high fives and tons of laughing during AND after. Oh, and beer.
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Re-Test: 30 Pull ups for Time
We did this on December 1st so we should see some great results from this!
Try to either use the same band (if you used bands last time) or drop to a lower band and come close to your time.
40 Seconds On 20 Seconds Off Each Movement:
20 M Shuttle Sprint = 1 Rep
Cals on the Rower
1 Min Rest
Score = Total Reps
Cove Coaches Tip: Go all out on the 40 seconds as you will have 20 seconds to recover and move on to the next station. Avoid “gaming the reps” and the movements. What we mean by that is (for example) going slow on the sprints to save energy and time for the rower. It will lead to an extra rep in today’s workout, but a less effective workout and stimulus. Who wants that!? Remember, its not about competition, its about getting fit 😉
Our “WODFather” (co-owner, head coach and programmer!) Geo Rockwell looking on proudly at our anniversary bash. We can’t thank him enough for his incredible programming, continuous drive for excellence and for helping make the Cove what it is today.