Lisa: Why I'm Doing The Open

by Arena Ready on February 8th, 2016

2016 Golden State Games
"Team Sweaty Ready" finished in 4th place overall at the 2016 Golden State Games on Saturday.  It was an event packed with high level teams, including CrossFit Games teams, GRID athletes, and perennial Regional athletes - and it was hosted by the good folks at CrossFit 209 Sport in their incredible new 55,000-square foot facility (no, that's not a typo... the place is HUGE).

Highlights included Tony nearly making the Assault Bike take off by racking-up 50 calories in one minute (again, not a typo).  Coach Sarah cleared the snatch ladder (the only female athlete to do so), hitting an easy 200 pounds at the last barbell with spectators cheering.  Our friends Bri and JB (the other half of Team Sweaty Ready) both PR'd their snatch on the ladder, making 175 pounds and 235 pounds, respectively.  The foursome came from nearly 20 meters behind to win the sled push relay event outright, passing two teams just a few meters from the finish line.    

After four very challenging events, and a good amount of movement volume and complexity, the team fell just shy of the podium - but everyone was pleased with the effort and result.  Not bad for a team that was working out together for the first time ever!  Nice work, team, and congratulations on a great day of competition!   
Lisa: Why I'm Doing The Open
From her blog post Why I'm Doing the Open (click for the full post), here's an excerpt from our very own Lisa's musings on the upcoming 2016 CrossFit Games Worldwide Open:​

...Saturdays [during the Open] at my gym are electric.  I don’t know how else to describe it other than it’s buzzing with excitement and nervousness (or maybe that’s just my own jitters coming through).  I remember so many people who were able to cross off a lot of their “firsts” because of the Open.  For some, it was completing their first pull-up, chest-to-bar pull-up, snatch a certain weight, or just do the workout as prescribed.  For others, it was PR’ing their clean & jerk, finishing the round of muscle-ups, or beating their score on 15.2/14.2 from the previous year.  For six weeks, I camped out at my gym on Saturday mornings and afternoons and was able to judge and cheer on so many friends and competitors that I would almost forget that I had to do the workout myself...
​Registration for the 2016 CrossFit Games Worldwide Open is live!  The first workout will be announced on Feb 25th and we'll be running our awesome Open heats each weekend at Arena Ready for the five weeks that follow.  You can register through the CrossFit Games website here (registration cost is $20):

When registering yourself please be sure to select Arena Ready CrossFit as BOTH your affiliate and team, so that your name appears on our roster!!!

WOD for 02-09-16:

With a Partner on a Running Clock...

0:00 - 15:00
AMRAP 15 Minutes:
400m Run
25 Toes to Bar
30 Overhead Walking Lunges w/Plate @ 45/35 lbs

The work is shared and partners may spit the run/reps in any fashion they like. 

15:00 - 18:00

18:00 - 28:00
10 minutes to Establish a Heavy Single Front Squat

From a rack. Both partners establish a heavy single within the 10 minute time limit, and must start with an empty/unloaded bar.

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