Why Do You Love The Open?

by Arena Ready on January 5th, 2016

​It's that time of year again - the 2016 CrossFit Games Worldwide Open begins on February 25th and registration stars on January 14th!

Experienced CrossFitters at Arena Ready know what lies ahead (well, sort of ;-p), while newer athletes/members will likely be curious what all the hubbub is about these next several weeks (and months). We will post more detail (and many reminders) about The Open in the coming weeks, as well as some flashback moments from several awesome and inspiring performances over the last few years during The Open at AR.
For the time being, particularly for the newcomers, we'll leave you with the cool little video above - several of the world's best CrossFitters from the recent CF Invitational (including our buddy Chyna Cho!) talking about why they love The Open... particularly in terms of participation by newcomer and veteran athletes alike, and the positive self-discovery one tends to encounter in the encouraging, inclusive, and competitive environment that is The Open. 

Last year OVER HALF of Arena Ready's members registered and participated in The Open - a participation level much higher than any gym we are aware of - so this year we are looking forward to the same enthusiasm and participation from our athletes. The Open workouts are inclusive, will have an option for scaled versions, and will challenge you to tackle your weaknesses and push hard on your strengths.  And few things can beat the unbelievable energy and camaraderie that transpires over the course of The Open workouts hosted at AR.     

"But I'm still pretty new to CrossFit, and I'm so far from being considered a 'high level' CrossFitter... should I participate in The Open?"  Assuming you are healthy (free of major injury) and training fairly consistently (at least 3x per week on average), then the answer is likely YES!  We always like to use the example of entering a 5K or 10K running race as an analogy - nearly everyone who enters a 5K or 10K (or even a marathon for that matter) knows they probably won't win, but they participate and compete anyway.  Why?  Because it gives them an opportunity to train for something and get better, to compete with and support friends new and old, and to learn a lot about what you're actually capable of... often times it's more than you think.  

More details to come but if you have immediate questions please speak with a coach at the gym!

WOD for 01-06-15:

Alternating EMOM for 5 Rounds (20 Minutes):
MINUTE 1: 40 Unbroken Double Unders
​​MINUTE 2: 10 Unbroken Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
​​MINUTE 3: 18/15 Calorie Row
​​MINUTE 4: Rest

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