Good Afternoon CFTP,
Today I want to talk about the CrossFit Open.
What is the CrossFit Open?
Every year, CrossFit puts on the CrossFit Games. Last year it was hosted in Madison Wisconsin. Leading up to these Games, CrossFit puts on qualifiers in order to figure out who will earn a spot at The Games. The first step to this qualifier is The Open.
The Open is a great proving ground for the best but it is also a great benchmark for all of us. In the six years we have been open, we have yet to send anyone to Regionals or The Games. So, you might ask yourself, why even participate? It’s not about going to regionals or the games for 99% of the CrossFit population. I approach it just like I approach every benchmark workout that we do, IMPROVEMENT. I use it as a measuring stick to see how I do year to year. I compare my past scores with my current scores and my past rankings with my current ranking.
Who should participate?
EVERYONE! It is so much fun to get together as a gym and participate in this. We hold Friday night throwdowns and we all judge and cheer each other on. It is a ton of fun and a great atmosphere. The past two years we have had over 100 of our gym mates participate.
When is it?
February 22nd, 2018. That is the start of the 2018 Open. More details can be found here.
How much does it cost?
$20 and CrossFit The Point provides shirts for all participants. We are willing to do this because I believe that everyone should participate. We do not get any kickback from CrossFit at all but we are willing to pay, out of our own pocket, for shirts to give out to each of you.
What do you need to do?
Right now? Train. Just keep on training and preparing yourself for the upcoming Open season. The programming will begin to shift, as we build up your lungs to take on the type of Open workouts we have seen in the past. CrossFit likes to change things up but there is a basic theme to the open that we try to prepare for.
I love the open season and can’t wait to watch you all get excited about it and for you all to give 100 percent in 2018. It’s still a couple of months out but I can’t wait! If you have questions leading up to it, don’t hesitate to ask.
Today’s spotlight goes to our long time member Casey Miller!
1. How long have you been at The Point?
Just right after the gym moved across the parking lot, so somewhere around 4.5 years I think.
2. What do you do for a living?
I’m a locomotive mechanic for Union Pacific Railroad. I’m also in the Air National Guard.
3. Prior to finding CrossFit what did you do for physical exercise?
Prior to CrossFit I just did the typical gym stuff at Gold’s or Anytime Fitness.
4. If you had to pick your favorite accomplishment during your CrossFit journey so far, what would it be?
I think my most memorial accomplishment was during this year’s Open. When 17.2 was announced I kinda of cringed because I saw bar muscle-ups. I was still trying to get those back after having lost them due to my total shoulder reconstruction. When I got to that point in the work out I was set on my score ending right there. Off course I tried a few because Clint and Dan and the rest of the 7:30 crew were encouraging me but after a few failed attempts I just started laughing because I was so frustrated. The great thing about the Point is the encouragement didn’t stop and for 4 min I just kept at it. I finally got one and then proceeded to get 8 additional more in about 2 minutes. I redid the work out a couple days later and got through all 16 MUs and almost made it back to them for the 2nd round.
5. What is one piece of advice you could give new CrossFitters that you wish you knew before you began?
Injuries are going to happen and it’s so easy to push through some discomfort to tackle a WOD. Take time to recover and scale if you have to. Taking time to heal from something that you tweaked a little is so important…and I’m so bad at it, but I’m working on it.
6. What is your favorite movement in CrossFit?
Anything on the pull-up bar, i.e. pull-ups, C2B, T2B, BMUs, and one we don’t do as much as I would like, knees to elbows.
7. What is your favorite all time WOD you have done?
That would have to be FRAN. It’s quick, it’s dirty and in includes pull-ups. I really don’t care for thrusters but I can make up a lot of time on the pull-ups. Plus, I think it’s a good stable to measure where you’re at with your fitness. I’ve only done it 4 times but I’ve been able to improve each time.
8. What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Getting my knee and achilles healthy is my top priority for the ensuing couple of months. Ring muscle-ups have been eluding my entire CrossFit journey but this next year is going to be it, I’ll get em!
9. Before starting CrossFit what was your view of CrossFit? How has that changed since joining?
I hadn’t really heard of CrossFit prior to signing up but I’m so glad I did. I saw Dan’s groupon ad and thought I’d give it a shot and haven’t looked back.
10. Give me a brief summary of your CrossFit journey thus far.
I’ve had a lot of setbacks since I joined and it’s really frustrating when you basically have to start over on a particular movement or technique due to an injury but you’ve just got to stick with it and keep trying to get better. One of the things that I absolutely love about CrossFit is how competitive it is and when you’re competing with friends and just all around good people it’s addicting. The community at the Point is so incredible and such a positive environment to exercise in. I’ve definitely made some friends for life since joining.
Coach Mandy: “Casey is a hard worker and very committed! He is the type of person to keep pushing through the hard times. Fun to workout with and fun to coach!! Always encouraging and helping others as well.”