I left you alone until yesterday (you’re welcome) but this is now officially the start of my 2020 Open Campaign…
It's that time of year again (again?)… except it’s now going to be a different time of year moving forward. But I digress. The worldwide 2020 CrossFit Games Open begins IN JUST 16 DAYS on October 10th with the announcement of 20.1 and registration is live! This is one of the most exciting times of the year at Arena Ready, and this time will be the first “fall” Open ever at AR.
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. 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, start by clicking here for a simple summary of what The Open is all about. 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 five 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 (i.e. injury free) 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 YOUR AFFILIATE.
So what are you waiting for? Are you IN THE OPEN?
A look back at Open 16.1 at Arena Ready nearly four years ago (video courtesy of Brian Campbell)
WOD For 09-24-19:
With a Partner For Time:
250 Double Unders
Back Squat a Total of 9,000 lbs (FM Pairs = 8,000 lbs / FF Pairs = 7,000 lbs)
150 Double Unders
Back Squat a Total of 7,000 lbs (FM Pairs = 6,300 lbs / FF Pairs = 5,500 lbs)
50 Double Unders
Back Squat a Total of 5,000 lbs (FM Pairs = 4,500 lbs / FF Pairs = 4,000 lbs)
*Only one person working at a time, switch whenever you like.
*Partners must use the same barbell & squat rack for back squats, but may choose the loading & rep count, and may change the weights as needed between sets, rounds, and/or partners (i.e. you choose how your teams gets to 9, 7, and 5 thousand pounds respectively).