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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tip Of The Week - How To Approach The Open

The CrossFit Open is almost upon us.  Tomorrow evening the first of five workouts will be announced.  The past couple days I posted interviews with two different athletes at CrossFit Syracuse.  These athletes have very different goals for the Open and will be approaching this competition in very different ways.

Dan Goldberg is doing the Open as a competitive athlete.  His goal, and only goal, for the Open is to qualify for Regionals.  Lilly Thomann is doing the Open for other reasons.  Lilly wants to be part of the community.  She wants to test herself against herself.  Within the next couple weeks I will be posting more interviews with athletes at CrossFit Syracuse.  I want to see what makes people tick, why they want to participate in the Open and what drives them to be better.

No matter what your goals are for the Open, or your reasons for participating, here are two important tips to help you be successful in the Open.
  1. Have Fun!  Competition can be stressful.  Don't let that stress take over your life.  Remember, you have been training at CrossFit Syracuse.  We have prepared you.  Just work as hard as you can and see where you stand at the end.  Talk to fellow members about your experience.  Laugh about how much those burpees sucked.  Predict what you think the next WOD will be.  Cheer on everyone else in the gym.  Just enjoy the experience!
  2.  Learn From Your Performance.  One of the great things about the Open is that it shows you where you stand.  You may find you are able to do things you didn't think you could do.  You may also find that you don't do as well as you expected at a given workout.  This is what CrossFit is about.  Finding your weaknesses then working to make them your strengths.


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