If you’re still on the fence, here’s one last perspective from 4 Open first timers and why they chose to sign up this year!
I started CrossFit in August of 2016 and did not participate in the Open last year. I did, however, attend four of the Friday classes and completed my own versions of the workouts. This gave me a chance to see the atmosphere change everyone talks about. The quiet athletes became strong cheerleaders, and the folks who are already the best cheerleaders somehow got even louder. Everyone is fighting for their first, or their most, or their quickest. I found myself excited to watch the live announcements on Thursdays, ready to push myself the next day even though I wasn’t registered. And then Open workout 17.5 came along (thrusters and dubs). I wasn’t prepared for the exhaustion that came with completing that workout. I also wasn’t prepared for the positive emotions that came immediately afterwards. I still get a little chill thinking about how hard I fought for those dubs, while three (THREE!) coaches cheered me on. I spent that entire day tired and overwhelmed in a way I never thought possible, and it was absolutely amazing.
I don’t regret not signing up last year. But this year? This year is different. I’m scared, but I won’t be a bystander. I’m all in.
Signing up for the open this year was a pretty easy choice. As soon as I learned about it I was interested. This is my first year of doing CrossFit, and I quickly fell in love with it. I’ve been a competitor my whole life, but I’ve also learned so much from my coaches and new friends at CrossFit torque. When they encouraged me to do the open, and by that I mean they said “Sam you have to do it!”, I was in! This new group of coaches and friends have already pushed me beyond what I ever thought I was capable of. I can’t wait to see what I can do in the open!
I’ve seen the Crossfit Games on tv. I’m in awe of the athletes and what they are capable of. In the 6 months I’ve been doing Crossfit I have been able to do more than I ever thought I could. I like to compete and I want to push myself to be better than I was yesterday. So why not try the Open! I’m a little nervous about being able to keep up, but being a part of something that spans the globe will be such a positive experience. I’ve felt so supported in everything I’ve done so far at Torque. I know this will be no different. The other athletes and coaches will be pushing me and in the end it will make me stronger both physically and mentally.
Plus, Jane said I should do it! 🙂
I signed up for the CrossFit open because I think it will be a good test to see where I am at. I have only been doing CrossFit for 8 months and I still have a lot to conquer! I like the idea of pushing and challenging myself in an encouraging environment along with my fellow CrossFitters. I know it is going to be amazing!
“Ann has been consistent since the first day she joined CrossFit Torque. She constantly is working on improving her skills, and has recently added the Average2Awesome boot camps two days a week to her fitness schedule! Each coach that has the pleasure of having Ann in class and just LOVES coaching her!” ”
– Coach Amanda
Member since: September 7th 2013
I am a former city/south shore/beach girl that somehow, through the weird twists and turns of life, ended up living on a farm in Rutland (yes, there’s a Rutland in Massachusetts) and even have days where I learn that there was a need for my husband to bring a baby cow into our bathtub… We have two little blond hair, blue eyed farm boys, Drew and Chase, that were destined for this life and at 5 and 7 already have numerous hours of farm work on their resume and have moved 100s of bales of hay. I may live out in the country but my full-time job is here in Foxboro where I am a Liability Manager in the ever-fascinating world of insurance.
My husband and I both love to ski and are working to get the boys into it as well so we can make that a family fun activity… we also love the beach and spend our summers down in Marshfield soaking up the sun.
What was it about CrossFit Torque that made you want to join?
After my 2nd son was born, I was looking for something to motivate me. A co-worker of mine had done some classes and told me about it. I reached out to Amanda to get some info and now it’s been 4 years! I needed something that was structured, challenging and that I could do on my lunch break. If I went to a gym on my own, I would wander around for a bit wondering what to do and leave after a short period of time, out of boredom.
What has kept you coming back to Torque, day after day??
It’s like having your own personal trainer with a great support group every day. I love seeing a movement or a workout and being able to look back at what I did previously and see improvement. It’s very motivating to look back at my numbers from when I first started and see how far I’ve come.
What is your favorite thing about working out at Torque?
The people and the coaches. Every coach works hard to push you to do your best and help you succeed and hit new goals. You know that coming to class you’re going to get a good workout in and also have some laughs… and it’s comforting to know that no matter how challenging the workout is, you’re not doing it alone and you’re surrounded by others working hard to get through it.
What is your proudest accomplishment thus far?
My deadlift PR and sled push PR. Also, I struggle with flexibility and before starting CrossFit couldn’t bend over and touch my toes which I can do now!
What has been your biggest challenge?
Anything on the bar and double-unders. I had high hopes of getting that unassisted pull-up before turning 40, but it didn’t happen! I know I need to work harder at it for it to happen and I also struggle with my diet on a consistent basis and have to work on that as that will help get that pull-up!
What is your favorite CF movement to do?
Definitely deadlifts and I love sled push days.
What piece of advice would you give to someone who is looking to start CrossFit but hasn’t yet?
Just do it and stop thinking about it! And don’t be intimidated… I definitely was at first, but you learn that there is a modified move for everything and the coaches are so helpful at figuring out what is best for you. I am certainly better after starting this crazy journey!
Wondering why you should sign up for the Open?! Take a second to read part 2 of why your friends love this time of year at the gym!
The last time I officially did the Open was 2014, before there were any scaling options. The burpee thruster wod nearly killed me. I literally thought I was gonna die; 84 thrusters at 65lbs and 84 bar facing burpees, was definitely not fun.
So the next few years I stayed in the background because that is where I am comfortable. But then January rolled around and before I could change my mind I went on and signed up for the Open. Because I know, as hard as it is, ultimately it is such a fun experience and everyone is so supportive and wants you to push yourself as far as you can! And as we all know so well, life is short, and Ali will be cheering us all on so let’s make her proud!
Over the past 3 years I’ve been participating the Open, it’s fun and there is nothing like the energy and camaraderie in the gym during those workouts. Every year I look forward to it and I feel kind of sad when it is over. We work hard for 11 months and this is the perfect opportunity to test the effectiveness of our training and see how much we have improved. Because we push ourselves harder, the open is where the magic moments happen. That first muscle up, finishing a set of heavy squat snatches or even stringing together some toes to bar. It’s really amazing what we can accomplish during these WODs. We are so much more capable than we think, just sign up and have some fun. You wont regret it!
I enjoy the Open because of the extra buzz around the gym. Like many who participate, I have no illusions of making it to regionals but you wouldn’t know it based on how we cheer each other on, it’s really in your face stuff. I’m pretty competitive and I like to see how I stack up against others in my age group and how well I do from 1 year to the next. We suffer through it together and wear our sore muscles like a badge of honor. We talk about how much we hated it or how we thought we were going to puke but guess what, we all survived and are stronger for it. I’ve said for years that crossfitters are masochists and the open proves just that. Is it tough? Absolutely! Will it hurt? Yes, but only for awhile. Will you feel an amazing sense of accomplishment when you’re done? Hell F’n yeah! There’s no excuse. It’s $20, pony up and join the fun!
Before I had started CrossFit, I used to talk with a friend about Crossfit and then later, the Open. CrossFit alone sounded daunting, and the Open was like something I would never do – just being in ok shape was enough for me. Then, I started Crossfit and a few months later the Open was upon us. “Are you going to sign up?” people would ask. “Nope, there’s no way I can do any of that”. After talking with my fellow members and coaches, I did sign up – and loved it. Could I perform a 25 foot overhead walking lunge with a 95lb bar? No, but I did perform a 25 foot front rack walking lunge with a 45lb bar. The following weeks were more scaled workouts, but there was one workout that I felt could RX and so I did – felt pretty damn proud of myself. No one judged me on whether I scaled or RX’d a workout, whether I could perform a bar muscle up or not. I was encouraged to do what I can, and challenge myself safely when I could, and so I did. That’s when I came to love the challenge of the Open. Push yourself, but don’t break yourself. Encourage and support others, whether they are performing RX, using a prescribed scaling option, or something else. What matters is the fact that we are all out there challenging ourselves to be better, and to grow as a community. To me that’s why I love Crossfit and the challenge of the Open. Oh, and it’s pretty cool to be able to see my name on the same list as Mat Fraser 😉
Competing in the Open is a lot of fun for me. The workouts are definitely harder than normal, but there is a really good chance you will PR at least once during the 5-week competition which is a great feeling. You also get a chance to meet new people at the box. Since they announce workouts on Friday and you need to get your score in by Monday, people that you don’t normally workout with tend to show up at odd times to finish their workouts before the deadline. That’s a big benefit for me since it gets a little lonely at 7 AM sometimes! I highly recommend you sign up for the competition. You won’t regret it.
The Open is the best opportunity each year for every person who trains in CrossFit to try and push them self outside their comfort zone. I love it because there is consistency in the structure (5 weekly announcements) yet always surprises in the design of the workouts. It’s a great chance to cheer on our fellow Torque athletes, as well as compare some scores with relatives, friends, coworkers, or whoever else you know that takes on the challenge. The live announcements are pretty cool, and the ability to scan through the results on the worldwide leader board to see how you stack up is motivational. It adds a sense of leaving a snapshot of where your fitness is each year, and is certainly humbling when the fittest in the world are also on that same leader board!
Join Coach Michael either this Tuesday at 7pm or Saturday at 10am for his final Open Prep sessions, where he will teach you various gymnastic skills that will improve your efficiency and comfortability! He will go over skills like; kipping handstand push ups, butterfly pull ups and skin the cats, things that will help prepare you for whatever this years’ Open throws your way!
Come to Open Prep and Learn:
Kipping Handstand Push Ups
The Butterfly Kip
Skin the Cat
First text, first serve. 508-543-1126 Reserve your spot today!
Wondering why you should sign up for the Open?! Take a second to read why your friends love this time of year at the gym!
I had a great time participating in my first Open last year and am super excited to go for it again this year! It is such a supportive environment where everyone was excited to see people accomplish their goals. It pushed me to try some new skills and see what areas I needed to focus more on. I also surprised myself with how I did on some of the workouts that I was initially intimidated by. The Open is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, be a little competitive, and have a great time!
I’ve participated in The Open many times before (this will be my 7th). Some years I feel prepared and ready to tackle any workout, though most years I have felt the complete opposite. Either way, each week brought a bundle of nerves and excitement, and a world of surprises. After some workouts I felt on top of the world, doing better than I ever thought I would. After others, I wanted to crawl into a dark hole! The best part is, no matter how I felt immediately after, within minutes everything was better; why? Because I worked out alongside my fellow athletes and friends who felt the same way, and somehow our high-fives connected each other. I always receive the question- can I do The Open? Is The Open right for me? My answer: we will find out! I’ve never met anyone who regretted signing up. And no, it’s the not the same if you don’t sign up, yet do the workouts anyways. You have to mentally commit to The Open. So, who’s joining me?
The Open is a great time to test the fitness you have been building up all year. We put our bodies through so much day-in and day-out, that we need opportunities like this to see what we’re truly capable of. Where else are you surrounded by super encouraging friends who want you to succeed and can appreciate what you’re going through during that workout? The community atmosphere is amazing and only serves to push you past your own limitations!
I think there’s something so deeply fun about suffering with your friends; I used to notice it back when we would do landscaping jobs in high school. Me and my friends were hired to do sh*t work in the hot summer sun, and it sucked but we made it fun. That’s the feeling The Open gives me: this is gonna be difficult but god dammit we’re gonna have fun while we do it (or a few minutes after it’s over). Combine that with a healthy sense of competition and reasonable expectations… oof! We’re off to the races.
The CF open is starting soon!! This will be the 6th (or 7th?😬) time I’ve signed up to participate in the open. The main reason I love it and participate every year is because it brings our gym community closer. You can’t beat the camaraderie during the open! It’s so fun to see people accomplishing what they thought was impossible; cheering each other on for that one muscle up or that one heavy lift; giving everything they have to finish under a time cap. The vibe of the gym is so positive and uplifting during the open.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the encouragement we give to one another is what helps us to accomplish what we think is the impossible. Last year I was 5 months pregnant during the open. That in itself was a huge challenge and fun to see how I’d do. During the last week of the open I got devastating news that there were serious issues with the pregnancy. I did the last workout the day after I got that news because I needed the encouragement and support. I needed my friends to tell me to keep going and to fight harder. I needed to be uplifted, and during that WOD I was. That’s why I do the open every year, because I’m a part of a community and I want to be there to support it and everyone in it, like they do for me.
Why do I like the open so much? Have you ever looked forward to the coldest part of winter? The end of February to me is the BEST part of the winter. The colder the better, the snow falling, the plowing, the shoveling, the digging out. It all means one thing to me. The CrossFit Open is here. It is my favorite time of year in CrossFit and it will be yours too if you sign up http://games.crossfit.com
The anticipation this year for 18.1 in my house is big. My daughter and I watch the announcement(s) each week and then decide how we will tackle the workout. It is fun to imagine that 350,000+ people worldwide will be doing the same workout as you will.
It is also one of those times where your entire family comes to the gym to watch you do CrossFit. I am sure they hear all about it over and over and over again. I try to actually limit myself now from talking about it leading up to the end of February. Each week is the same with the announcements on Thursday nights and the workouts done on Fridays but the workouts are usually very different. Thursday night is anticipated by texts, posts, messages of “2 days till 18.5” or “4 hours till the 18.1” etc. I even have a countdown on my phone each year for the announcement shows. The emotions of the workouts are also unlike any other sport or event. The anxiety of the athletes before the 3-2-1 go is a little different since it means something now to the athlete.
If you feel you aren’t ready this year to sign up for the CrossFit Open then you should speak to a coach this week. You will find those Fridays/Saturdays a different atmosphere with more people cheering and more people invested in each other.