2 days to the Crossfit Games...
On Friday this week - 2 days time, the Crossfit Open kicks off.
A global tournament, linking gyms across the world, EVERYONE does the same workout for a score with each competitor having a judge checking form and numbers.
The scores are all verified, logged online and scoreboards set up to show your placement in your age group -by country, region and worldwide.
The competition takes place over 5 weeks - every friday the workout programme is announced and you then have until the following Monday to log your scores.
To compete at the Crossfit Games, doing well at the Open is the first step - you HAVE to be in… you HAVE to log your score and you have to be high enough up your leaderboard to be invited to the Regional Finals…
The last month has seen an increasing amount of web and social media activity from Crossfit HQ, top athletes, gyms and affiliates as this is THE competition for the year.
The make up of each workout is unknown, so you can’t practice them - it literally could be anything from the vast array of exercises and movements but also could be something new..
As a newbie, but able to appreciate the amazing high standards at the top, it is exciting to be part of it.
When I say I’m doing the same workout, there are scaled versions that you can choose to do once each workout is announced. This is a brilliant idea and shows why Crossfit is so inclusive of all ages and abilities because it means anyone, everyone can take part and work as hard as they can.
When I started this journey, my goal was to be able to do at least 1 rep of each prescribed movement.. and I think I’ll be able to reach that, so my challenge will be to do as many of them as I can without any scaling.
I can definitely say I’ve improved fitness and strength in a number of areas…
My weightlifting form isn’t very good, but I’ve been able to develop strength and should be able to hit most of the target weights for my age group.
Wall Balls, Box Jumps, Pull Ups, Sit Ups can be chugged through, and while I’ll forever dislike Burpees, I am able to work through them in numbers without dying quite as badly as I used to.
There are still some things I’m rubbish at..
- Press Ups… I’m still not very good at them - too many years of wide elbows, I find the crossfit version more difficult and the muscle set for them is still not very strong
- Toes to Bar… slow, singles, so ugly..
- Double Unders… singles, sometimes I can get 2 or 3 together but only in-between about 5 singles. Too many years of normal skipping, these just don’t work for me.. and combined with tight calves making practice difficult, my progress on these has been irritatingly slow
There may be some slow times from me if any of the above are required.. but I’ll do them!
And there is one movement I have no chance at - the Muscle Up… which is another league away… a couple of years if ever.. BUT - for me it will have a scaled version, and I’ll be able to do one..
So.. come Friday, I will be waiting for the announcement with a little trepidation, but also a little bit of excitement…
I know I won’t win..
I know I won’t be anywhere near the qualifying standard for the Regionals..
I know I won’t be in the top 3 in my age group in my gym.. I may scrape into the top 5…
But I’ll be giving it a damn good go.. and I’ll let you know how I get on!