The first Open Workout will be announced tonight at 8pm. Prepare for the unexpected, as well as a complete uproar on your social media accounts! No one saw a 7 min Burpee AMRAP coming last year. Who knows what will happen in 2013!
For the athletes who are competing in the Open, your workouts must be judged by an assigned athlete or trainer (we’ll provide) and your score must be submitted online before 5pm every Sunday. We have opened up the days and times below to give athletes the opportunity to complete the WODs. Please note that if you are unable to do the WODs during these times, you must either make a video submission to HQ, or contact us to inquire about other times. There is no guarantee for availability aside from what is listed below. The following are scheduled times for the Open Workouts:
Thursdays @ 6am, 4:30pm, & 6:30pm *please note that if you do not intend on competing in the Open, you are still more than welcome to participate in class during these times!
Saturdays @ 10am *please arrive early to stretch and warm-up. We will be kicking off the first heat no later than 10:15am
*Schedule is subject to change based upon demand
That being said, we are so happy and excited that SO many of our SMCF members have signed up for this epic event! The turnout has exceeded our expectations, and we look forward to creating a positive, motivating, and supportive community vibe over the next 5 weeks. The Open can have an incredible impact on people, and we are pumped for each and every one of you. But as with anything in CrossFit, that positivity can turn into a vicious cycle of torment and frustration after just one disappointing workout. We are by no means trying to scare anyone off, but these are a few things I (Kacie) wish someone would have told me before I signed up for the Open in previous years. Be warned: It’s raw, personal, and not always sunshine and rainbows!
2. Leader Boarding: The Open is mentally challenging, especially since the accountability factor is going from a tiny whiteboard at our box to ginormous a worldwide platform that over 100,000 people will be viewing regularly. CRAP! Thousands of people who will know your name and your numbers, but will never meet you in person. Remember this: your standing each week on the leader board does not define you as an athlete or as a person. However, the manner in which you respond to it does. If stomping around the house for a day because you didn’t hit one more snatch that would’ve moved you up the leader board 15 spots makes you feel a teeny bit better, then go ahead and do it. (That damn guy in Asia you’ve been neck-to-neck with just pulled ahead because he did one more chest 2 bar than you…..wat the &O$^!! And yes, that is a very likely scenario). However, if you’re not able to get over it and move on or you offend others in the process, you will feel a lingering negativity and toxicity weighing on your shoulders constantly. Yes, it will impact your mental “game.” Yes, it will affect your workouts. If you haven’t figured it out yet, living in the land of “shoulda, coulda, woulda” will get you nowhere fast. In the opposite scenario, don’t let a good performance go to your head. As soon as you start to get an ego or think you’re great at something, this sport will swallow you up and spit you back out onto the sidewalk before you can blink an eye.
5. What We Want for You, our Community: As gym owners, we hope that this Open experience proves to be positive for everyone, and we will do our absolute best to keep every single member feeling proud of their accomplishments. For many, this is your first time participating in any form of CrossFit competition. For some, you are veterans and have already had a taste from years past. Regardless of what you are able to do or not do over the next 5 weeks, there is one thing for certain: you will learn more about your inner athlete and psyche than you ever have. Use that valuable information to help propel you forward as an individual, not to hold you back as an athlete. We want the Open to light a fire within you….or under your a$$, whichever is most appropriate! Your trainers may or may not be armed with lighters in their pockets as we speak…… 😉
Let’s get ready to kick some Open butt!!
The SMCF Team