Prep advice to the Open athletes
If you are doing the Open WOD on Friday, Thursday should be an ‘active recovery’ day — meaning, do the things you normally do like row, go for a run or walk. It is about lowering the intensity but keeping it high enough that you keep blood flowing to help reduce residual fatigue in the muscle. Whether it is recovering from yesterday’s WOD or from weeks of getting after it, let your body have a moment to recover and get ready for the next round!
FUEL YOUR BODY
Really try to find a good balance of quality carbs, fats and proteins. Don’t think of it as just ‘eating clean’ (as you can ‘eat clean’ and only eat chicken for a week) because that just won’t work. We all know that diet is critical to optimizing the human engine, so pay extra attention to it and treat your body well. This also includes staying properly hydrated. BUT that doesn’t mean chugging a gallon of water right before your heat in 16.1. It means hydrating over time. We should be consuming half our body weight (in ounces) every day, plus an additional 16-20 per hour of intense activity. So, start drinking… now!
We should always be working on opening our hips, shoulders, ankles (and more!) but use this week to do a lot of stretching, foam rolling and band work. The more mobile you are, the better your workouts will be – and the better your recovery will be too.
TALK ABOUT IT
If you’re nervous, tell someone! Often times, just talking about it helps shake some of the anxiety. The coaches are always available and we’ve got multiple forums to communicate (our Cove Club FB page and every team has their own page). And chances are, someone is either feeling the same way OR has been there! You might find (like we do every day at the gym) that when you lean on your community, magic happens.
AND YES, MAGIC DOES HAPPEN!
If you come to the Open and do what you do every day at the box (work hard, push yourself and support each other) we promise amazing things will happen. Don’t lose sight of the fact that those things happen every day here at the Cove. We see people do things they never thought possible during a random Tuesday WOD or at Open Gym. Almost daily people do incredible things like getting their first pull ups or lifting something they never thought they could. But with the bright “Friday Night Lights” shining, there’s no limit as to what could happen!INTRAMURAL TEAMS
The “Early Thirties” (30-34)
The “I cant’ believe I’ll be 40 soon” team (35 – 39)