Open

Post-Open Thoughts from Julie

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How long have you been a member of MO2DT and what motivated you to join?  

I’ve been with MO2DT for almost 2 years. At the time, I worked with Jordyn and she had joined.  She kept telling me how much I would love it.  I wanted to try it, but I kept putting it off and putting it off.  One day, I finally just decided to try it.  I completed foundations and then started coming to noon class. I absolutely loved it and basically never looked back.  I have started sporadically coming to 5:00 A.M. too lately, because of my schedule, but I usually go to noon.  I’m a nooner!

What was your favorite part about the 2018 Open?  

I think I was more relaxed this year but I had more confidence in my ability this year.  Even though I did it scaled, I did it!  I’m now more aware of what I am capable of-and what my body is capable of.  I had more of a game plan this year after the workouts were announced each Thursday night.  My endurance was much better this year, too.  

I think my favorite part was getting done with a workout and thinking “there’s no way I could have done this last year”.  It was also just great to see everyone on Friday nights.  I liked that we did it on Fridays and had a different theme each week.  The intramural aspect of it was a nice too.   The Open was really organized this year and I had a blast doing the workout at noon, then coming back after work at night to watch everyone from different classes complete the workouts.    

Who has played a key role in helping you develop a new skill or has pushed you to try something new?  

Coach Leah and Coach Brett have really helped me with my front squat form.  They had me move the bar back up off my shoulders so my elbows could be up and range of motion would be better.  Into my throat, basically.  They happened to be working out at the same time I was that day, and helped me work through it.  

Coach Jess and Coach Nick have also helped me with keeping my back straight and upright and have worked with me on my shoulders/midline not collapsing.  It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been Crossfitting-you may still need to adjust your form on something, and coaches are there to let you know when that happens-so that you can get better.  I’ve been able to squat a lot heavier since I’ve fixed my form.  

What is your life outside the box like?

I’m an Executive Assistance for a family owned company that makes fats and oils for animal feed for poultry, swine, broilers, and layers.  I also am on the marketing team there, I oversee our administration team, and I do project management.  I’m almost done with my Project Management certification, too.  

I spend a lot of time with my daughter, Marilyn and all her activities.  

I really like to cook-I enjoy meal prepping.  I love spending time with family.  We like to go to Flix Brewhouse to see movies.  I do enjoy reading.  In the summer we are lake people-we love to go to the beach!  We are outside if it is nice out, so I am looking forward to that. 

How to prepare for Open Workout 18.1

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).

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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. 

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Chris (top) & Dilon

Chris (top) & Dilon