The CrossFit Games Open is the yearly competition which leads elite athletes into Regionals, with around half a million athletes worldwide signing up to join in. This includes teens, masters, teams, newbie CrossFitters, and those who have been doing it since day one. But they’re not all going to Regionals – there are only 50 spots per division. So why do we do it?
This was my second CrossFit Open, and I do it for the camaraderie with my fellow CrossFitters, but also to benchmark my progress. Last year I set the bar, and I was really keen to prove my progress over the last year during the workouts. Read on to hear about my five reflections on the past five weeks and how they compare to my 2016 attempt.
Let’s be real here – I am not a morning person. I don’t leap out of bed as soon as my alarm goes off to meditate and drink a green juice, though I know many people do this and they love it. I say, “that’s just not me!”. They say, “you can train yourself to do it!” But you know what? I like my sleep, I like my bed, and I’m perfectly OK that the extra hour in bed means sacrificing seeing the sun come up.
However, sometimes a girl has gotta do what she’s gotta do – sometimes I’ll have a busy day of meetings or travel (or sometimes I’ll have to be on a Navy boat to train at 6am, like in the above photo!), so the only way I can get my workout in is going first thing in the morning. Gulp. This is only going to increase in the run-up to my first individual CrossFit competition as I ramp up my training and look to get two sessions in some days.
Katrin Davidsdottir is a two-time Fittest Woman on Earth. This doesn’t come from genetics, or luck, or from doing a bit of exercise here and there. It comes from strategic training, eating, and sleeping, and a strong network around you, supporting you whatever happens.
I know that already. You know that. But thinking you know what somebody’s life is like and actually experiencing it are two very different things. I was lucky enough to spend some time with the champ – to find out what she really eats (a lot at breakfast, for one), how she trains, and how her network operates around her – and I was amazed by her quiet determination and focus.
Here, I’ve documented a workout I did with her – which for her was just a warmup, and one that keeps her ticking over on active rest day – so you can hear for yourself what kind of athlete she really is. Maybe you could even give the workout a go yourself..!
CrossFit is hard, right? Sometimes it’s a fun hard, and sometimes there’s not so much of the fun. Sometimes you actually feel like you had a really crappy workout and you could’ve done a lot better. Now that Christmas is over, Open season is approaching and we’re smashing through some tough workouts, this feeling might come more often – especially if you’ve put a lot of pressure on yourself to do well this year.
So how do you get over a bad workout? I’m slowly learning to bitch less, and to use bad WODs to my advantage and learn some lessons through them.
When was the last time you tried a new fitness class? Last month? Last year? Can’t remember? It’s easy to settle into a routine with fitness, especially as so many of us struggle to enjoy it at first and keep motivated, but hear me out – there are good reasons to try out new fitness classes every now and again.
I’m not saying dump your current programme, as consistency is so important in hitting your goals, but there are definite positives to throwing in a curve ball occasionally. Read on to find out what these benefits are, and the easy way to slot new activities into your schedule!
Lynne, Linda, Roney and Justin. What do these 4 names have in common? Are they all going out on a double date? Are they the newest band on the X-Factor? Nope – they’re all benchmark CrossFit WODs which feature bench pressing.
In the year and a half I’ve been doing CrossFit, I’ve managed to avoid doing any bench pressing in WODs, and have benched maybe two or three times during the skill and strength portion of a class. But what’s the big deal? CrossFitters don’t need to bench press, do they?
Actually, benching may be more beneficial for functional athletes than you may think. I chatted to PT and powerlifter Tom Ludley about why benching is important – he also happens to be a firefighter, so knows a thing or two about real life functional fitness…
They say time is a healer, which is why women decide to have another child, or someone decides to run another marathon. “It wasn’t so bad, was it?”, they muse, as their brain busily hides away the worst bits for self-preservation reasons.
As I type this, it’s actually many, many moons from the final CrossFit Open workout, and whilst the memory has faded somewhat of the actual workout, I haven’t forgotten the fact that workout 16.5 was the worst workout I’ve ever done. I knew from the moment I heard what the workout was that we wouldn’t get along well in the slightest, but after fighting a virus through the rest of the Open, I wasn’t going to give up at the last hurdle.