By Chris Roccisano
In 2016, 324,307 was the number of registered athletes from 175 different countries. 58% male and 42% female with a mix between teens, open and master divisions all in the running to be the fittest on earth. For some of athlete this statement rings true, a lot of people out of that 300 plus thousand want to be the ‘Fittest male or female on Earth’ and that is amazing, awesome and truly aspiring but what about the rest of us, why should we be interested in it?
When I first started CrossFit, I was really excited about the “Games”, “Regionals” and the “Open” and to be honest nothing has really changed. I just love being in the gym, pushing myself, learning something new and being part of a community that is so supportive, we have a very special and unique community that is like no other and it is this time of year that always puts a massive smile on my face because it reminds me of my first open experience…let’s go back to 2014.
“Chris are you doing the open 14.1?”
“Al…of course I am, it looks pretty simple and I was hoping for more.”
“Yeah I know, it starts in 2 weeks and the first event is ONLY a 10 minute AMRAP of 30 double-unders and 15 power snatches”
“I know its only two exercise, and now that I have my double-unders its going to be awesome”
I looked at this workout and I thought; Yeah pretty easy, I should get though at least one round per minute. I just got my double-unders last week in practice and snatches are easy as, (mind you my 1RM was 45kg at this point in time) I reckon I should do well. So here I am, 7 seconds before the ‘beep’ focused, ready. I looking at my rope, then at my bar and thinking to myself I just have to keep moving the rest will happen…and boy did it, you should have seen me move, it was something else…no really it was something else I must have looked ridiculous because at the end of it I had whip marks up and down my arms, my shoulders felt like they were on fire and I only completed 2 rounds and 13 reps. After falling to the ground and yelling at the whiteboard for lying to me, I remember getting a helping hand up off the ground, a pat on my back, a hi-five and one of the boys saying good job. Even know I knew I did the least amount of rounds and reps in the box I still had the biggest smile on my face because I felt that I was a part of the something bigger and after 14.1 finished everything seemed to click into place. I started to see the why in CrossFit. The open helped me to understand myself differently and in a much better way.
I wanted to learn more, get better at my weaknesses and to push myself, which then led me to see a small glimpse of my potential but more importantly I started noticing how much happiness it brought me and how much fun I was having.
So I am here today to hopefully help you with a decision. I am not saying that you will get the same experience out of the open as I did or that you will feel the same way but what I am saying is that I hope you take up the opportunity to share in something that could change your life, to find out more about yourself, to be a part of the greater community, to show yourself you can do it and most importantly to have fun. I have seen you work out, the progress you have made, the commitment to your training, all the hard work you have put in and with that said it is time to reward yourself with fun and excitement that the open brings.
As it stands the CrossFit 2017 Open is around the corner. I will be one of the thousands in it this year, a bit wiser and with a different goal in mind but the main priority is always to have as much fun as I can. I really hope that you will join me and the rest of us in creating and sharing this amazing experience too because I can just about guarantee that you will love every minute of every WOD and you will be kicking yourself for a year if you miss out.
I hope you all have a great rest of the week and I will see you at the Friday Night Lights