Why You Should Compete

Written by Kenz

The CrossFit Games Season of competition is upon us.  The worldwide “Open” begins on February 25th.  When most of our gym members hear this, they think that competing in the Open applies to our “competitive” group of athletes but not to them.  But in my opinion, they couldn’t be more wrong.  I believe that the Open is the perfect place to participate in your first (or 50th) competition.  If you follow my 3 “F”s reasoning, I think that by the end of this blog, you may just agree with me.

  1. By participating in the month-long competition it gives your training focus.  Simply working out in the gym day after day, month after month with no end goal, can lead to burnout.  The challenge of fitness is to treat it like a marathon, with a few quick sprints thrown in.  You have your whole life to be fit, but doing a few dedicated seasons of training for specific goals, helps break up the monotony of training for your whole life.  The Open lasts for one month.  Every week you will get a new workout, which will contain its own set of challenges, and skills to FOCUS on.  By having this focus it will push you to work a little harder, and recommit to your fitness.  This re-commitment will in turn will keep your training fresh, and by the end of the Open most of us feel rejuvenated and ready to take on new goals, and training challenges.
Carla looking very FOCUSED during last years competition.

Carla looking very FOCUSED during last years competition.

2. The second “F” is Fear.  Most of us live our lives in fear.  We fear saying the wrong thing, making the wrong decision, or looking like an idiot.  Honestly, fear is why most people don’t compete.  Self-doubt runs rampant when you are on a big stage.  When I ask people why they don’t compete, they typically tell me something like “Well what if there is something I can’t do?” “What if I can’t lift the weight?”  Here’s the thing about fear…most of it is all made up in our heads.  So worst case scenario, a workout calls for pull-ups and you can’t do a pull-up yet, does it make you less of a person to try to do a pull-up for 10 minutes in a workout?  Will people make fun of you, and publicly humiliate you for actually trying?  NO!  We create these crazy scenarios in our head where we let everyone around us down when we are not able to do something.  In actuality here is what happens if a movement comes up in the Open that you cannot do (trust me I’ve actually lived to tell the tale.)  3, 2, 1, Go… you do the movements you can do, you get to “THE movement of terror,” you attempt the movement until time runs out.  You get a high-five from your judge, and other people in the room.  You go home, eat a sandwich, go to work, play with your kids, and still have to pay your bills.  Then a week later a new workout comes up and the world spins round once again.  Don’t limit your life experiences because you are afraid of what “might” happen… (Editors note:  Jumping off a mountain in a squirrel suit may be the exception to this rule.)

3.  And finally, what lives on the other side of Fear? It’s our third “F”, FUN.  In most of my life experiences the activities I have feared the most, have lead me to experience the most FUN that I have ever had.  FUN is our final “F” word in my hopes to convince you to compete in the CrossFit Games Open this year.  And it’s an easy sell, because why?  Because you already KNOW the gym is fun or else you wouldn’t still be here.  Doing the Open workouts in the gym is really not that different.  You will still be with “your” fun people in “your” fun gym.  You will be doing workouts that you have done in different varieties COUNTLESS times, so there is nothing to fear.  Plus being a part of 200,000 + people from across the world, who are all doing the same workout creates an incredible sense of community that most people never get to experience.  You get butterflies in your stomach, you have a judge cheering you on, and you are a part of something bigger than just YOU.  And that my friends is FUN.

After a weekend of competition, smiles all around.

After a weekend of competition, smiles all around.

Barring an injury, or doctors’ orders, there is no reason NOT to participate in the CrossFit Games Open.  It will give focus to your training, it will help you let go of the fear of living outside of your comfort zone, and it’s a ton of fun.  So stop thinking and start doing… go to games.crossfit.com to register.  Fill out all your information, including the affiliate that you work out at (Glenwood Springs CrossFit) and join the Glenwood Springs CrossFit team.  At some point during the Open you may be thinking of another “F” word if thrusters come up, but I promise you won’t regret this experience as a whole.

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