Why should I do the Open? 2016 edition

It’s that time of year again, Open season.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Open check out this video.

In an effort to encourage participation, we’ve posted articles each year talking about why we do this (here, here, and here) and 2016 will be no different.  So without further adieu, here are a few answers to the question,

Why should I do the Open?

The firsts

Whether it be a muscle-up or pull-up,  toes-to-bar or double unders.  Countless people have hit their first whatever movement during the Open.  When the workouts are announced, we’ve seen numerous people say “I don’t have ___ yet.”  Many of these same folks then proceed to knock out multiple reps. There’s something about the atmosphere that brings the best out of us and it’s damn near impossible to replicate anywhere else.

The accountability

Signing up for the Open is a commitment.  You’re name will be up on the Games website.  Your scores will be available for anyone who cares to see.  If you don’t do a workout, you’ll post a big fat goose-egg.

Knowing that you have these workouts looming on the horizon will help you to get your ass in gear.  If you’re looking for motivation, here it is.

The community

CrossFit is known for it’s tight knit community and nothing brings us together like competition.  The anxiety beforehand and the euphoria afterward are heightened, especially  during the Open.  This bit of adversity really goes along way to create strong bonds between teammates.


In the end, signing up for the CrossFit Open isn’t really a big deal, but it feels like a big deal.  The added pressure of taking yourself out of your comfort zone will help you improve in leaps and bounds. You’ll probably wonder “why did I do this?” during the workouts, but you’ll definitely say “I’m glad I did it” when you’ve finished.

Whether you want to make it to the Games or you just want to get in better shape, the CrossFit Open is for you.  Sign up here.

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