Why the 2014 CrossFit Open is for everyone (and why it is fun!)

Written by Adam Peters, Brickhouse CrossFit Lead Morning Coach

The Open is around the corner! Are you excited, maybe nervous, or all of the above? The Open can be a fun and exciting event.  For some, it’s the first taste of competition and, for others it’s the test they have been training for all year. Wherever you fall on this spectrum you have to remember this should be fun!

If this is your first Open since joining Brickhouse CrossFit, I would urge you to give it a shot! The Open, for 99% of us, isn’t about qualifying to get to the games. It’s about coming together, competing with yourself, and cheering and supporting others! Don’t make it out to be more than it is. It shouldn’t be a stressful. The Open workouts will challenge everyone, and expose weaknesses. That’s okay, in fact, it’s probably a good thing.

For those of you who are “Open veterans,” don’t stress! I know you want to beat your place last year but in the grand scheme of things your place in the Open doesn’t matter. What matters is what skills have you improved on over the course of the past year? How much of an increase have you had on all your lifts? Those should be your measuring sticks. As CrossFit grows, the number of participants in the Open will grow exponentially. Comparing your place from year to year is inherently flawed. Go into with excitement, a clear mind, and give it your all.

This will be my third Open since my time at Brickhouse I’m excited to see what happens. Every year you can count on seeing someone do something they never thought they could do. The atmosphere is electric and adrenaline is palpable in the air. I hope to see everyone there. If you are on the fence, give it a shot you won’t regret it!

Create an account and register on the CrossFit Games website here.

Read up on the schedule at Brickhouse to tackle the Open workouts here.