It's that time of year again - the 2017 CrossFit Games Worldwide Open begins on February 23th and registration is live!
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 couple of 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 below - it highlights a couple of new athletes looking forward to participating in their first Open this year. The level of positive self-discovery one tends to encounter in the encouraging, inclusive, and competitive environment that is The Open is something most athletes never forget (or regret).
In the last two years OVER HALF of Arena Ready's members registered and participated in The Open - a participation level much higher than just about 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 AND masters athletes (AKA older athletes), 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! When you register please make sure to SELECT ARENA READY AS BOTH YOUR AFFILIATE AND TEAM.
So what are you waiting for? Are you IN THE OPEN?
WOD for 02-04-17:
In Teams of Three, For Time:
A) 30 Wall Balls @ 20/14 lbs to 10/9 ft (EACH ATHLETE COMPLETES 3 ROUNDS)
B) Max Reps Toes-to-Bar
C) Max Reps Hang Power Cleans @ 135/95 lbs
Athlete A completes 30 wall balls while Athlete B performs max reps of toes-to-bar and Athlete C completes max reps of hang power cleans. Once Athlete A is done with 30 reps of wall balls everyone rotates as such:
A > B, B > C, C > A
Continue until ALL THREE ATHLETES HAVE COMPLETED 3 ROUNDS OF 30 WALL BALLS, at which point time is called.
The team must continuously count the total reps of toes-to-bar and hang power cleans through the entire workout. Each rep of toes-to-bar and hang power cleans counts as one second SUBTRACTED from the team's time to complete the workout - this "adjusted" time is the team's official score.
So... go fast, do lots of reps, and be good at math. Easy, right?
(I'm not sure I'm even going to attempt to put this one into BTWB for scoring... LOL)