Opens Are Here, You Should Sign Up

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Stacey at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games

 

 

It’s Opens Season! The Reebok CrossFit Opens are one of the most fun times of the year at this gym. It is an incredibly special time for me because it really shows the growth of our community with the involvement of you all through the years. We opened in late January of 2013 and since the Opens start at the end of February we had 17 people sign up that year. Last year we had over 60. This year? Let’s hit 100!

The Opens are the start to the CrossFit Games season. The CrossFit Games are a 5 day event held live in California where truly the fittest people in the world qualify to compete in events just like we do here at CrossFit Lando. The entire thing has become massive in nature, grown from a few hundred spectators in 2007 on a ranch in Aromas, CA to 40,000 people selling out the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA with a vendor village that rivals that of a music festival. To get to the Games athletes have to qualify from a Regional. This year the Regionals have changed to even more exclusive events where athletes qualify out of the Opens to get to them, many times regions spanning many states, countries, and even continents.

The Opens are the start of it all and it is where ALL of us can be involved. It is an open sign up and small registration fee and you are officially competing in the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games season. Starting in late February a workout will be released 1x a week for 5 weeks where you have as many chances to get a score which you submit to the official website. Then you can see where you stack up in your gender, age group, region, and world wide.

So, why should you do it? Mainly because it is an incredibly fun experience. The way we do it here at Lando is we do a huge group go at it on Saturday. You have never experienced energy and push like you will feel during an Open Saturday at CrossFit Lando. You will do things you never thought possible in a workout because of all the people cheering and pushing you and everyone else through the whole thing. It might be nerve wracking to think about but trust me when I say literally EVERYONE can and should participate. The workouts that are released are just like the ones we do every day here at Lando. There is even a scaled division. The only difference is you get to measure your score against people around the world, something that might seem daunting but becomes something very cool. This in turn becomes a measuring stick every year. I have done the Opens 4 years in a row and know where I finished each and every year.

Regardless of your experience level I strongly encourage you to participate in the Opens. To register simply go to this link and sign up. It’s a pretty straight forward process but we can help you if you run into trouble. The 5 weeks are some of the most fun you will have and truly bring you into being a part of the community here at the box and the greater community around the world. Everyone remembers workout “12.1” and the horror/wonder/excitement we all had. You will be able to go to another box on vacation in a year and see the WOD is “15.2” and be able to talk with members there about your experience doing it last year. Pretty interesting if you ask me.

Nothing is quite as cool as seeing everyone of all different ability levels going after something as an individual but completely together. CrossFit at it’s heart is about measuring yourself. You come in every single day pushing yourself against a clock and a score, so why not do it on a global scale. They say there could be 300,000 people signing up this year, you know you want to be one of them! While I know it seems like pressure suddenly added to your daily activity, it is a fulfilling experience beyond words. Truly something you need to experience to understand.

With absolute honesty, I have never heard a person say they regretted doing it. I use this comparison all the time. Everyone can toss a football around, but not many people can say they did it the exact same way Tom Brady did it. Many of you know the names Rich Froning and Camille Leblanc, and if you don’t you soon will. If you participate in the Opens you will get to say you did the same thing as them this year and any other year.

I will announce more info about exactly how the Opens will work here at CFL as we get closer. For now get over to the Games website and check things out. This year is going to be a big year for the Opens at CF Lando. This is the first year we will have a legitimate shot at qualifying a team for Regionals, something that will be amazing beyond words. I am not saying it is a sure thing because it is very competitive but it is the first year we have run our competitor program for a full season of training and we have a lot of very good athletes beyond just the coaches who are going to do very well in this year’s Open. If anything your participation will be part of the journey of Operation Lando!

BASE
Strength: Strict Press
5-5-3-3-3

WOD: 10m AMRAP- score is total reps completed
9  Jerk 155/105
12 Box Jump  Over 24/20
7 Jerk
9 BJO
5 Jerk
6 BJO

PLUS

Strength: Strict Press
5-5-3-3-3

WOD: 10m AMRAP- score is total reps completed
9  Jerk 155/105
12 Box Jump  Over 24/20
7 Jerk
9 BJO
5 Jerk
6 BJO

SkWAT Team
a: Barbell bent over row (axle) 4×5, rest :60
b: 4×4-8 Ring Dip, rest :60

 

THE PROGRAM

1. 4×3 Weighted pullup, then 30 strict CTB pull-ups

– This IS your warmup. Do not do it after class.

2. Strength: Strict Press
5-5-3-3-3

3. WOD: 10m AMRAP- score is total reps completed
9  Jerk 205/135
12 Box Jump  Over 30/34
7 Jerk
9 BJO
5 Jerk
6 BJO

4. SkWAT Team
a. 4×5 Barbell Bent Over Row (axle), rest :60
b. 4×3-8 Muscle Ups, rest :60

5. Airdyne sprint for 50 cal