It's time for the CrossFit Open
The CrossFit Open is here! Today is the day that The Dave Castro will announce the first workout of the 2018 season and tens-of-thousands of people will collectively lose their minds. You don't need to be one of them.
Take control of your Open
There are ways you can set yourself up for success in the Open. Here are some in no particular order.
1. Warm up. We talk about the importance of warm-ups all the time at our gym. So this won't come as a surprise to anyone who follows along. Your warm-up is the perfect chance to prep your body for the higher-intensity work that it's about to undertake. While we're at it mobilize. Just make sure it's focused work and not random stretching.
2. Get some reps in. Don't be afraid to load up a bar or jump up on the pull-up rig and get some reps in. You can't "save your reps" for the workout, that's not a thing. We're not talking about taking yourself to exhaustion, but it's important that you feel out the combo of movements that you're about to take on. No surprises.
2a. Get a rep check. Grab your judge and have them watch a few reps before the workout starts. This way you'll be able to figure out exactly where their head is, point out any restrictions you may have, and get on the same wavelength.
3. Control what you can, let go of what you can't. This is a big one. Take control and influence everything you can to put yourself in the best position for success. If you choose to go out and drink a bunch of beers, eat poorly, or stay up all night then you can't expect to perform at your highest level. If you take control of the things you can influence then you can walk away knowing you did everything you could. Set yourself up! With that said, there will be things outside of your control. Let them go. It's futile to spend energy on these things since they won't change.
Things you can control and influence:
- The amount of sleep you get.
- Your mindset.
- Your nutrition.
- Most of your stress.
- Your recovery.
- Hand care.
Things you cannot control or influence:
- What movements show up and their standards.
- Outside stresses ie family, work, traffic.
- The temperature.
- Having an off day.
- Getting sick or not feeling 100%.
In closing - Focus on getting your mind right. You've done the work and now it's time to celebrate your fitness. When something doesn't quite go your way...let it go. Instead of freaking out and stressing about the things you're unable to do (yet) choose to celebrate the progress that you've made!