If you're nervous or not super excited for the Open to begin, after reading how 2 of our MO2DT athletes and Coach Dilon prepare and what they enjoy about Open Season, you'll get EXCITED and you'll be at the box on Friday, read to go! You'll see they all mentioned the community aspect of the Open, our first After Party event is at Fuzzy's!! Find details here.
One thing they all forgot to mention was that we take high quality photos, lots of them, (thanks to Coach Nick) and get some videos of your PRs and accomplishments each week. They'll be edited, so you're muscles will be poppin' and you'll look strong and great. (note to self: brush hair).
How many years have you done the CrossFit Open?
Andrew: This year will be my fourth.
Chris: This will be my third year. (I’ve been Crossfitting since September 2014)
Dilon: I’ve (successfully) participated in the CrossFit Open 1 year. In previous years I got sick or was coming off an injury. I’ll also be celebrating my 6 year CrossFit anniversary in March!
What is the best part about participating in the CrossFit Open each year?
Andrew: Just the extra challenge of being able to compare my scores to the entire CrossFit community.
Chris: Definitely the community aspect of it. Coming in and seeing someone who has never hit a PR in some lift or seeing someone do their first chest-to-bar or muscle up is awesome. Seeing others succeed as opposed to myself is what I look forward to. Friendly competition is also a big part of it. Nobody here is looking to compete at regionals, but a little friendly competition usually results in progressions (big and small). It challenges you to push yourself to be better knowing that others are doing same.
Dilon: The gathering of everyone and the excitement. Seeing athletes from all different classes interact. 6:00 AM classes working out with those from noon or evening classes-It’s Exciting!
What is your favorite way to celebrate after an open workout?
Andrew: Craft beer.
Chris: Watching other people do the workout with a beer in my hand-I learned that from Coach Brett.
Dilon: Going to Fuzzy’s!! Like the last open workout of last year was a blast-we went to lunch afterwards. That was memorable.
What advice would you give to someone who is competing in the Open for the first time this year?
Andrew: Just enjoy it and have fun.
Chris: It’s always harder than it actually looks. It’s a different level of intensity. Don’t underestimate the intensity of the workout. We are not professionals, so don’t get discouraged. Look at it through a lens of “I have a 9:00-5:00 job (most likely),”. Don’t expect to blow everyone away. Just remember-it’s a huge community. If I didn’t like everyone I worked out with, I wouldn’t come. It’s not just the daily workouts and the coaches, it’s really about the community aspect of it.
Oh-and drinking socially with everyone afterward and celebrating accentuates the community aspect. It’s all about surprises, too. Surprising yourself and others-Mike Maller hit his first bar muscle up in 17.2 (I think) last year. That was cool to watch.
Dilon: So, sign up for the Open online, games.crossfit.com. Show up and have fun. Don’t take it too seriously.
Is there anything you do to specifically prepare for the Open workouts?
Andrew: No I don’t change anything necessarily, I just continue to look sexy and attend evening classes. I do take a rest day the day before I do an Open workout because my body needs a day to recover so I’m not too sore.
Chris: I’ll go lighter the day before. I don’t like doing an open workout after a rest day. I hate that. I would do something that wouldn’t destroy my hands, though.
Dilon: This year I’m just going to treat it like any workout since I’m coming off an injury. In the past, I would take a rest day the day before. Nothing at all. Full rest day. But, next year if training goes well and I’m healthy, I’ll treat it like a competition again.