Posts Tagged ‘CrossFit Games’

As some of you know, I started this blog a years ago, and have given my thoughts on a lot of topics in that time. When the video below from four years ago popped up in my feed today, I took a few minutes to watch it.

First of all, yes, I’ve always been a huge nerd and watching this video made me laugh. Second, aside from the gym where I work, not much has changed in regards to my feelings on the integrity of athletes who compete in this event. So, instead of writing a huge post on it, I’ll be brief, and then just share my thoughts from 2012 with you guys once again.

My friends and I always joke with each other about how one’s ranking or placement in “The Open” really has no impact on any aspect of practically anyone’s lives (unless you make it to the next level.. then, you’re a better exercise racer than other people… congrats). So, to be 682nd in the Region, and to do so by cheating even though your squats weren’t low enough, or you didn’t lock out your arms, is honestly just kind of sad.

Most people, nearly all in fact, who compete in The Open do so honestly and fairly. Most of us simply enjoy the spirit of competition and the excitement of being pushed out of your comfort zone for a few weeks. Most of us think it’s fun. However, as the next five weeks come and go, and you start seeing names you’ve never heard of before, and scores from people you DO know that jusssst don’t seem right…. my advice is simple:

Don’t worry about it. Smile. Have fun. And enjoy the competition and sense of community that this event brings to the CrossFit world.

Good luck. Have fun. I believe in you guys!

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THE OPEN IS HERE!!

Here are my initial thoughts on workout 14.1, which is a repeat of the first ever Open workout, 11.1.

14.1

What do you think of my advice? Let’s talk.

It finally happened, everyone! CrossFit HQ has made a change to the rules that states if and when an individual qualifies for Regionals and goes as an individual, their point totals will be REMOVED from their gym’s team total, and the team will be reranked accordingly.

Here is the official post from the CF Games site:

“Athletes who accept the invitation to compete as Individuals at their Regional will have their contributing Open scores removed from their respective Teams. The Team Leaderboard will then be re-sorted and the top 30 teams will be invited to compete at their respective Regional competition.”

This addresses an issue that many CrossFit athletes felt was unfair in the past. Example, sorry to use Froning as the example, but it’s the easiest way for most of us to understand!

If he qualifies #1 in the world, that would obviously give his gym a HUGE boost in the TEAM rankings as well. If he chooses to go individual, his point totals would NOT have been removed from his gym’s Team ranking…. until now! Now, once the athlete declares that they would like to go individual, their points would then be reevaluated MINUS the totals earned from Froning.

My opinion: That is much more fair, and will open the door to several more of those “bubble” teams who missed qualifying their gym by only a few spots.

Important additional details to note (also from the CF Games article):
“Those athletes who choose to compete individually at Regionals will not be barred from returning to their team for the Games (if the do not qualify as individuals). Additionally, team competitors who sit out of the Regional to recover from injury, etc., may compete on their team at the Games.”

All in all, I say GREAT JOB, HQ! Moving in the right direction to try and make this selection and qualifying process even more fair.

 

Travelled all day, and then had internet issues in the evening, so this is going to be late to some of you that asked my take on 13.2. Sorry!

Nonetheless, here is my Advice video for how to attack 13.2, and as your bonus for it being late…. footage of me SUFFERING through it, merely a few hours after it was announced.

Wowzas.

Enjoy, and GOOD LUCK!!

Advice Video:

Suffer Fest:

Here we go! The first workout of the 2013 CrossFit Games Open is under way!

The first video below is my “Advice” video, which I’ve been doing for the past few years for the Open. Basically, I just talk about the workout, and then my own personal strategies for attacking the workout. Below that will be the two featured videos from the CrossFit HQ YouTube page that review Official Movement Standards and a “Workout Demo” by none other than the beautiful Julie Foucher.

Here’s a summary of 13.1 one from me:
– Find a comfortable pace for those burpees, so shoulders and heart rate aren’t RACING when you get to the bar for Snatches.
– Feel strong on the snatches. If doing 10 snatches unbroken will destroy your grip/lower back/form, then every snatch thereafter will be a disaster.
– BREATH. 17 minutes is a long time. Don’t think you need to sprint at any one part just to make up ground. Control yourself and know your pace.

Have fun out there, and GOOD LUCK!

My advice:

Official CF Movement Standards:

Workout Demo Video:

This year, I will be competing in the CrossFit Games Open for the fourth year. It’s crazy for me to think about how much this event has grown in that time.

I wanted to try and record a quick video giving a little bit of insight as to WHY I decide to sign up for this thing.

While I am someone that can be pretty competitive, the main motivation behind registering is more about the sense of community for me. It’s fun for me to be able to check in with, and relate to, friends from all over the country about how they did on a particular workout. Not to see if I beat them or not, but bc it’s fun that for five weeks, everyone does the same workouts!

Also, I have seen the sense of solidarity that it can bring to a gym when so many people are committed to giving their best together, once a week. It’s just inspiring to see!

So, as I say in the video… Do I think you should register for the CrossFit Games Open?

Absolutely yes.

BUT, I think you should do it for yourself, not for anyone else. Give yourself a 5-week commitment, and look back in a month and see how you’ve done for 5 workouts. These workouts turn up the intensity a bit in terms of ensuring that we’re all held to legitimate range-of-motion standards. Sometimes a change as simple as that can help our own focus and standards improve.

The Competition starts in just over a week! I hope you sign up, it’s going to be a blast!

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to go to California to watch the 2012 CrossFit Games. I knew some of the athletes, had friends from all over the country going to watch, and made some really great new friends, too. It was kind of a win-win-win-win-win scenario!

One of the people I met there, and now consider a friend of mine, was a woman named Leah Van Hoose. Leah is the owner, and a trainer, at CrossFit Nation in Easton, Maryland.

Now, most of the stories from the Games aren’t appropriate for my blog… mostly because our group had free beer and promised not to post stories from that weekend on the internet! 🙂 I’m just kidding, but what I CAN say, is that Leah is amazing! (She is the young lady to the right of me in this picture below.)

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Part of the awesome crew I got to hang out with at the CrossFit Games!

Today, she posted a link to an article she wrote a while ago on Facebook, and I read it for the first time… it is amazing.

The post is called “Confidence Learned Confidence Earned” and was featured on WODTalk.com. I’m just going to direct you guys to the link to read it there yourselves, but let me summarize it the best way I can:

One day she started to lose her hair. Over time, her two boys would also lose their hair. There has been no medical or chemical explanation as to why this happened, but the post discusses her challenge(s) and her journey into accepting the change in appearance, and how she realized that (even though she DOES look great) looks aren’t everything in life!

I have to share my two favorite quotes from the piece, though… as they’re incredible.

1- “What happened was with acceptance for me, everyone else accepted it to. People see what you project. If I wasn’t comfortable with my head why should they be? We feed off each other’s emotions. I had to be confident. I was still Leah. I just looked a little different”

2- “The hardest time not wearing my bandana was in the grocery store that first time. I felt like everyone was staring at me, and they probably were. How often do you see a tall, fit, bald woman in shorty shorts and tall socks in the grocery store? I embraced it after I got over the initial fear. Yes people were staring and it was OK, I just smiled, they smiled back and I continued on my way. The lady at the checkout told me that she had been waiting for me to ditch the bandana and I was much more beautiful without it. Exactly what I needed to hear!”

Please click here and go read her post, and then come back here so you can comment and we can chat about it. I am so thankful to know such awesome people!!

It feels like it’s been a while since I got to visit a new gym, but when I stopped to think about it, it was only last December that I dropped in to a few spots out of town. To me, it’s so fun to see and visit different gyms!

Last week I went to the booming metropolis of Indianapolis, Indiana. The purpose was to cheer on my Alma Mater as they competed in the NCAA Division III Swimming Nationals (ok, swimming AND diving). There were some mind-blowing swims, but that wasn’t the only competition going on at the time. The 2012 CrossFit Games Open still had 3 days left!

I attempted Workout 12.5 once on Wednesday, but after doing some research learned that I had done worse than when I did it last year as WOD 11.6. I did not feel good about doing worse a full year later, so I decided to give it another go! After searching for the best CF Gym in Indy, there was a clear favorite… CrossFit NapTown was the clear winner, so that’s where I was going to get in my final WOD of the Open.

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CrossFit NapTown!

Not only was the gym awesome, but the coaches were incredibly nice (letting me do the workout in the middle of one of their classes, while one of the owners judged me), and the members were incredibly supportive before, during, AND after I was done with the workout. Stand-up people there, thank you guys so much for the encouragement!

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Part of their awesome space. Thanks again, guys!

The best news of all, is that even with a late night the night before (c’mon, it was a mini college reunion for me!), I still improved my score to end the Open on a high note. CrossFit NapTown = Awesome!

Alright, everyone… the final workout has been released! It just happens to be the same workout that ended the Open last year. Interesting, huh?

My advice and strategy video is featured below. GOOD LUCK!!

I had to give it a go last night because I leave for the airport in a few minutes for a weekend trip, so here is that attempt. I checked my score from last year after I had completed it, and I actually got two MORE reps last year…. not exactly the improvement year-over-year I was looking for, BUT I don’t think I paced myself properly last night. Here’s to hoping I get around to trying it again, and can get a few more reps if I do!

Workout 12.4 was released last night, and here it is:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
150 Wall balls
90 Double-unders
30 Muscle-ups

Not bad, huh? I’m a little under the weather, so I didn’t get to it last night, but my advice on strategy still stands. Enjoy the video, and let me know what you think… and how you do!