Posted: February 24, 2014 by Uncle D in Uncategorized
It’s a good question. There are days when I don’t really want to do it either, especially since I feel like I’m a little behind after a hectic holiday and work travel schedule. But here’s the thing, it’s just a temporary marker for you. This is not an end goal. It is not make or break. It’s simply a way to give yourself a brief representation of your position compared to people of all ages and abilities around the world. In theory you can compare your placement from year to year but even that is difficult as the number of people competing increases by orders of magnitude each year, and the workouts are different each year as well. So at best it’s a very loose way to judge your progress on a year to year basis.
So you’re probably still going, wait why should I do this again? The short answer is that it’s really fun if you let it be. For you golfers out there here’s an analogy, it just takes one great shot to make the whole day of golf worth it. The open is the same, one workout where you do better than you thought possible makes the whole 5 weeks worthwhile. Plus you get to complain and commiserate at a whole new level :).
Don’t take this thing too seriously folks, none of us are going to regionals. However, you do get to put all the skills you have been working on to a test. Will it show you a weakness, you betcha! But guess what that’s good news, not bad. You can know where you might want to focus some extra attention, over the remainder of the year. But here is the real secret to why you should do the open, it’s a tremendously high energy time at the box. It’s like being at a competition but you aren’t competing against other boxes. Everyone that is there is cheering like crazy for you to simply do the best you can. The more people who participate, the more people we have there cheering, and that is a really cool atmosphere to take part in. Plus we started a new tradition last year and do some cool personalized open competitor t-shirts, only people who compete are allowed to wear those shirts for the remainder of the year. So sign up, put yourself out there, it’s a great way to test your skills and generically see where you stack up!
P.S. As an added incentive we are having a beat the old guys list each week. If you beat Dion or Craig’s score (whichever one was highest) we will give you a shout on FB and the whiteboards at the box!
Posted: February 2, 2014 by CrossFit Lewes in CrossFit
Pretty interesting blog entry from a Christian reform site. This person makes some incredibly salient points about what powers the CrossFit community and how churches could take a few cues to ailing declining attendance in their pews.
I laugh at my closest friends who think CrossFit is a cult. Man, if this is a cult, sign me up! In in for life!
Posted: January 7, 2014 by CrossFit Lewes in CrossFit, Newbies
Just read this article on CrossFit. Makes some great points.
One thing it talks about is the intimidation factor that prevents people from joining CrossFit. As someone who was thoroughly intimidated four years ago when I first stepped foot in our box, I can attest that intimidation is a very real issue for many. Even if you are moderately active, a CrossFit work out can appear on the surface pretty brutal. I mean, really – run a mile, do 300 squats, 200 push ups and 100 pull ups, and then run another mile as fast as you can. The thought alone can be vomit inducing.
But while intimidation may prevent some people from starting CrossFit, for me it is what keeps me coming back. Day after day after day.
My mind-set when I walk up to that white board is “If I am not intimidated, then why am I doing this?” I should be scared (or at least a little weary) of what is written up there. I should wonder how am I going to finish this. I thrive on the intimidation, because every workout that I do, I want to walk away with an incredible sense of accomplishment. I want to know I gave it my all, that I dug deep when I thought I was done. And against what ever doubts or concerns or negative thoughts I may have had before 3-2-1-GO , I buried that bitch and walked out of the box with a big grin on my face.
In my world, intimidation is good. It stokes the fires and keeps me coming back for more.
So if you are feeling intimidated by the thought of a CrossFit workout – dig just a little deeper – take your first step into a box (preferably ours if your live in the Lewes/Rehoboth Beach area). And do that first WOD. And then come back and do it again and again and again. Feel intimidated every single day…and then walk away victorious.
Posted: January 7, 2014 by CrossFit Lewes in CrossFit
Our members love CrossFit!
Our members love their friends!
Therefore, the transitive property dictates that our members’ friends will love CrossFit.
What’s not to love? Health, fitness and savings!
Posted: December 4, 2013 by CrossFit Lewes in CrossFit
Haven’t had much to say lately, but every once in awhile an article comes across my newsfeed or Facebook that is kick ass and worth sharing.
The title of this blog post on the AgainFaster Web site – Embrace Them Thighs – is targeted at the ladies. But the quote I pulled for the headline is a universal mantra that I bet you’d find at every box around the world.
CrossFit does change lives!
Posted: November 5, 2013 by CrossFit Lewes in CrossFit
Many of you know who Chris Spealler is – one of the elite CrossFit athletes. Up until last year he had made it to every CrossFit Games since their inception. This blog post he recently shared is an excellent way to describe the degree of CrossFit athletes. All awesome in their own way and each helps to round out our community.
It’s worth the read! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Posted: October 24, 2013 by CrossFit Lewes in Competitions
So we just finished the Eastern Shore Affiliate Challenge – hosted at CrossFit Lewes.
- All the new Lewes athletes and volunteers were awesome. Their excitement level was palpable. So excited they got to experience it first hand. This alone made the event a success and all the work worthwhile
- These events are hard to pull off. It takes an army of people. Our volunteers worked behind the scenes for days (and some for weeks) before the event. And the judges and all of the other volunteers the day of the event we simply awesome – putting in a full 8 hours NON-STOP. And then more people the day after to clean up the mess. Kudos to all.
- Even the best laid plans can go awry. The first WOD went a little long so we had to restructure the planned format of the team WODs (but not the actual WODs themselves). This resulted in some chaos. We recovered. Life goes on.
- For a friendly competition, a lot of people can get their panties in a bundle over fairly small things. Considering the amount of work that goes into these events so everyone can have an enjoyable day, it’s a shame some people just can’t help themselves.
- Poor sportsmanship is alive and well – even in CrossFit. Enough said, can’t give it any more time than that.
- Can’t wait for the next event!!!
So what did you think?
Posted: October 2, 2013 by CrossFit Lewes in Heard at the Box
Again, these are things said at the box that awaken the 13 year old giggling boy in all of us…
One unnamed trainer unleashed this gem, getting tongue-tied while instructing a class on proper snatch form:
“Alright, everybody get their hands on their snatches.”
Umm…OK. I think I’ll just reach for the bar instead.