Congratulations to everyone who participated in the CrossFit Open this year! We had 48 athletes sign up this year & many more who completed some or all of the workouts. Thanks to the Open we had members achieve their first muscle ups, pull-ups, chest-to-bar pull-ups, handstand push-ups, knee raises and much more! The clean PR's during 18.2a were fabulous and since then we have been seeing even more records during the last two weeks.
DID YOU PR DURING THE OPEN OR DURING OUR TWO TEST WEEKS? Comment below to share!
One of the hardest parts of the Open is judging your friends. Judging isn't just about counting reps - it requires you to make sure the appropriate weight is being used and that every standard is being set. Your complete attention needs to be on the athlete you are judging to make sure you don't miss a rep.
During this Open we had to tell our friends their reps didn't count. We had to make them repeat handstand push-ups again and again until their heels crossed the line. We had to remind them to jump over their barbell with two feet and repeat a press with the same arm if they didn't lock out.
So why do we do this? It is of the upmost importance to have Integrity in our movements and in our scores. We are here to learn skils, get fit and have fun. Having fun is easy. We all learn at different paces but the only way to know if we are getting fitter is if we are tracking our results. The same way we track our deadlift weight in Wodify, we should also carefully track any benchmark metcon - or any benchmark within a metcon. For example, 18.3 was the first time many people did pull-ups in a metcon. That should be celebrated. What if you did 35 unbroken double unders that day? That could be a new PR for you - and you should record it! If you aren't recording your scores and achievements honestly, you will never know if you beat them one day!
We can look around on Instagram and see other CrossFit gyms' perfmormance in the Open. We can see gyms counting handstand push-ups as Rx even if the athlete has an ab mat under her head. Reducing the range of motion is a scaling option and while her efforts should be applauded, the workout isn't Rx. We don't "bro-rep" here because we want to be able to honestly compare ourselves against others on the Leaderboard. If everyone started fudging reps, we would never know if we really made progress. When we travel to competitions at other gyms we want to be able to show the rest of the CrossFit community that our squats are below parallel, our chins are always over the pull-up bar and we fully extend our hips on every box jump.
I hope everyone had fun doing, judging and watching the Open this year. We are now going to start gearing up for Battle on the Border and other events around NYC. Let's start training for 19.1!
Many thanks to Callean, Jocelyn and David C. for taking the CrossFit Judges course! If you want to flex your judging muscles again, please sign up as a Judge for Battle on the Border - 9/22 in our gym!
2018 Team CFBT: