It’s that time of year again. Five weeks of celebrating our fitness with some great tests. Whether this is your first Open or you are a seasoned veteran, here are my tips to have a great time this year!
Keep calm! Yes, these workouts are hard. Do your best. We are constantly pushing our limits in the gym, this is just another way to do that.
Get some sleep! With the majority of us doing these workouts on Saturday morning, a good night’s sleep is important! Coming in fully recovered will allow you to give a better effort.
Eat breakfast! It’s going to fuel your effort. In a recent study done compared 16 men who were coming out of a fasted state. Half ate breakfast, half didn’t before training. In testing max effort sets of back squats and bench presses, the athletes who ate breakfast performed 20% more reps!
Consider not having a drink the night before. Sorry to be a bummer here. Alcohol typically can impact an athlete’s recovery for up to 4 days! It’s only 5 weeks, give it a try!
Push past your comfort zone! The Open usually forces athletes to try something they have never done before. In my 2 prior Opens, I got my first pull up and my first muscle up. I’m not alone in getting a first of something in the Open. If a workout gets announced with something you cannot do, but are close to, come in determined to get your first. There’s something special about the atmosphere!
Embrace the community aspect of it. So your not qualifying for the 2020 Crossfit Games. This is a chance to workout with people you don’t always get to see, cheer each other on, and celebrate our fitness. Like most things in life, you get out of it what you put in!