Witnessed a conversation between a couple of members yesterday. One of them was recruiting for a team to compete at a local affiliate throwdown. The other said, "thanks, but no thanks, I am focusing on building a base of strength and technique first, but then I will be very keen to get involved in the competition side of CrossFit."
Crazy talk right? Why on earth would you do everything you can to ensure that your first competitive experience is fun, enjoyable, rewarding, and safe?
I jest somewhat of course (and I'm not suggesting that the others competing in this event are no prepared either). But it's a great attitude and approach to have towards not only competition, but longevity with your training and fitness.
If you pick the right competition, you can enter and be perfectly safe, even if you game still has a few major flaws. But emphasis on the right comp, and the right attitude going in (one that is there for the experience, the comraderie and the fun.......winning is allowed, it should just come later..... :). Talk to your coaches, talk to the members about their experiences and decide on the right comp for you. Our annual birthday competition, is in house only, team based, and designed to be more fun than challenging. Look out for that in June.
Team comps can be a way to share the load and delegate your weaknesses to other team mates.
And of course there is The Open.
These workouts will range from the fairly simple to the nightmarishly tough. Yet it's open to all and sundry to enter? Yes, that's right, but if you're sensible, you can test yourself, without risking your health. And now that there is a scaled option this year, the level to which you will be able to participate and complete the workouts will be much greater.
At the end of the day, the coaches have your back, we will make sure that you get the best possible experience in the most supportive environment that is CFNZ!
Curious as to what one of the more difficult Open workouts looks like? Give the Performance metcon a try today! This one is not as technically difficult as muscle ups and snatches, but has a high demand on mobility and movement efficiency. Keen to enter? Go HERE.
5 x 5, building
5 Renegade Rows
10 DB Thrusters
AMRAP in 9mins
C. Optional Finisher
200m Sandbag Carry with Sled Drag
2 reps E90s x 7, building
CrossFit Games Open 14.2
Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
Two rounds of:
10 OH Squats 42.5/30kg
10 CTB Pull-Ups
Two rounds of: 12/12
Two rounds of: 14/14
Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds within the 3-minute period.