Are you Ready? – Part 1

Are you ready? Part 1

Charlie Sims

A few years ago, the CrossFit HQ team put together a series of commercials proclaiming that someone we’re supposed to know about in the CrossFit world is ready for the Open, and asking the question, Are You Ready?

They were clever and pretty funny. Here are a few of them.

Jason and Neal are Ready
Pat Sherwood is Ready
Dan Bailey is Ready
Boz is Ready
Sam and Lindsey are Ready

I love the Open. And I love that question.

Are you ready? Are you as ready as you can be?

Every year, the team at HQ makes improvements to my favorite time of year, and every year we at CrossFit Regeneration try to make improvements to your experience of the Open. But when I comes down to it, no matter how much fun we have with Project Teamwork, The Open is still a test of Fitness.

I’ve talked before about three different approaches to CrossFit to help get your mind straight for each task. But here they are again briefly:

1) Training: This is the daily grind. It’s the majority of our time, and honestly, the end-all-be-all for our program. You may or may not see these workouts again, but they’re structured with the end goal of helping you to achieve fitness defined as Work capacity across a broad range of time and modal domains.

2) Testing: These happen on a regular basis as well, and tend to have names associated with them. Think Fran, Helen, and Grace. The task remains consistent which gives us a very objective measure of the effectiveness of our “Training”. If your test shows positive results, it can with confidence indicate that your training has been effective. These tests require a bit of a different mindset, and tend to come with a feeling of anticipation and trepidation, and are usually accompanied with a higher level of effort and attention.

3) Competition: The competition is on a whole different level. In competition, we put our fitness to the test against others in events that are unlikely to be workouts we’ve ever done before. In Competition, there is a combination of Testing with Training.

So, I’d like to give away a bit of perspective to help you get “Ready” as we inch closer to this year’s Open.

The Open is a competition, but the competition is merely stuff you’ve been doing all along. If you’re feeling intimidated about the Open, it’s just a workout. Don’t let it become more than a fun way to keep yourself motivated. It’s no different than our Tuesday WOD. Why Tuesday? Because Tuesday is average. So just come in and do it. Get a score. Have fun.

I want you to succeed. I want you to get your best possible score. If that means you get to have an “RX” score, great! If you need to “Scale” it, also great!

Tomorrow, in Part 2, we’ll get into the weeds a little more about specific tactics and how to organize your week to give you the best opportunity to excel.

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