THE 2016 CROSSFIT OPEN has officially ended as of 8 pm (EST) last night. The Open was 5 weeks, with one new workout a week, of some of the best showcasing of CrossFit yet. By this we mean the Open workouts, 16.1-16.5, were the best workouts since the Open made its debut in 2011, to display the level of strength and conditioning that CrossFit is all about. Scores are still being verified so the official, final count won’t be in until later this week.
We had 39 athletes compete this year. The most we’ve had since the Open began. 16 of those athletes were women. Some athletes have dreams of reaching Regionals and higher levels of competition and many just wanted to test themselves. Regardless of your individual goals Lisa and I are extremely proud of all of the athletes who decided to “throw their hat into the ring.” We are also grateful for those who didn’t compete, but helped us out by judging, maintaining the gym or just cheering on your fellow athletes. While it is impressive to watch how many of you were able to rise to the occasion or gut out a demanding workout while you were clearly in discomfort, it is watching the gym come together during the chaos of competition that really makes us proud, impresses us and motivates us to do The Open year after year. We are fortunate, our gym (or “box”, if you prefer), is already legendary for it’s community, but while the Open is going on we pull together even more. Allow me to give some examples:
At some point almost every competitor made mention of doing better because his or her peers were cheering for them to dig deeper.
Tara M. did 16.4 by herself in the corner of the gym. She wasn’t competing, she just wanted to do it. Toward the end of the workout John H. went over to encourage her. He was soon joined by other Spartans encouraging her to keep going. Tara went until the clock reached the time cap, but she wasn’t going to. She didn’t think she had it in her. It was through the support of the people that train with her that carried her through. For a coach there is nothing like watching a person develop before your eyes. There is nothing like watching a person you help train smash through barriers and limitations. For an athlete there is nothing like accomplishing something you didn’t think you could do. All this is made better when the teaching, the instruction and the training is coming from what started as a group of strangers and morphed into a “team”, a network of support.
We watched as competitors and non-competitors alike set up barbells or equipment for those getting ready to compete and nobody was asked to do this.
We watched ordinary people acquire, for the first time, the ability to do something difficult like a bar muscle-up or a handstand push-up, or use a weight they had never used in a workout before simply because a coach or another athlete helped them and believed in them.
We watched as ordinary folks faced difficult tasks while being observed by their peers. It’s bad enough performing under the stress of the workout, but now each and every one of your reps is being judged by another, increasing the stress more. Yet if it bothered any competitor at all it was not outwardly displayed.
While we are glad to get back to training and away from competition, for now, we have a deep appreciation for the magic that occurs during the Open. The competitors, whether they acknowledge it or not, have extended their personal comfort zone a little further. Regardless of how they did they are now a little better. They have come that much closer to mastering themselves and that is what competition is really about. Those who didn’t compete, but got to watch, are better off as well. They have seen, up close, their own potential and that has its own power.
Thank you all for making the 2016 CrossFit Open an exciting and rewarding experience for CrossFit Suffolk!–George and Lisa
Workout of the Day
Clean & Jerk
Find your 1 rep max.
4 rounds for time of:
12 box jumps 24/20″
20 meter prowler push
10 slam ball, 40/20#
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