I’ve missed an Open workout (or 2) so should I bother doing the rest?

A couple of guys who had registered for the Open have either been away or sick over one (or both) of the last 2 weekends and asked me whether or not they should bother continuing to rock up on a Saturday and participate in the rest of the open and the answer is a resounding yes. 

Let’s just say you were running a race and you tripped over, wouldn’t you pick yourself up and finish it? Even if you had to crawl yourself over the finish line because your legs stopped working – Do you know how BOSS that is? That’s the stuff movies are made of. OK, so perhaps I went a little over the top but what I’m trying to say is that everyone (and I mean absolutely everyone) has a chance to be an inspiration to others.

Over the last 2 saturdays it’s been an absolute pleasure to watch you guys have a go. For some of you – you got your first and only chest 2 bar pull-up/s. For some of you it was a new 1RM OH squat but here’s the thing: I didn’t care if you didn’t get chest to bar pull-ups and I didn’t care if you didn’t manage a single OH squat. All I cared about (and was inspired by) was all of our Adapt peeps having a go.

Your value is not defined by your Open score

I got to watch Aisling (and I hope she’s OK with me sharing this?) get the barbell OH and then hit a full depth squat – she’s never gone that heavy before and while she wasn’t quite able to stand it back up, this was the first time she’s 1) ever had that much weight over head and 2) hit a full depth squat with that much weight overhead. Attempt after attempt, she couldn’t quite stand it back up but she never quit. To me, that’s  inspirational and while her score for that workout was 0 – it doesn’t even come close to reflecting the amount of effort, determination and self belief she displayed last Saturday morning #effortEarnsRespect

So you’ve missed an open workout (or 2) – that’s OK. Just get back on it the following weekend. Then when next year’s Open comes around the aim will to be 1) do all the Open WODs and 2) have trained consistently enough throughout the year to improve on what you did this year.

I know some people who start to build a mental wall after they’ve taken some time off (due to life, work, sickness, etc.). They skip on sessions they could have made because they think they’ve fallen too far behind. They skip session after session which makes it even harder to come to the next session and eventually, they just stop showing up altogether. You know if this is you (because you haven’t been in the gym for a while) but here’s the thing: All the guys at Adapt love it when you show up. The more the merrier yeah. Nobody’s judging you for not having been there for a week (because work,life or sickness got in the way) They’re genuinely stoked that you’re having a go – because that’s what we’re all doing. It’s the way we roll – stop building it up in your mind and get back on the horse already. Putting your shoes on and showing up is always the hardest thing – you’ve just gotta walk through the front door…

There’s been some really great posts on participating in the Open – eg. why you should and how you should go about it, etc. If you haven’t read them yet, I’ve linked them below:

  1. Chris Spealler: Your Role in the Open
  2. Lisbeth Darsh: I only Got 306 Fewer Reps than Talayna 

 Share your story

Have you been inspired by any of the guys in the gym over the last couple of weeks? Did you get your first chest to bar in 14.2? What inspires you to keep showing up at Adapt (or your own gym) Post your thoughts to the comments section below…

Coach B

Coach and Owner of Adapt CrossFit

  • Kylie J says:

    Couldn’t have said it better Coach B.

  • eliza says:

    Yep that’s me, building it up in my mind 🙂
    I will be there

  • Craig W says:

    Could not agree more with this, it’s been incredible to witness all the guys and girls in the box achieve personal bests and inspire others to give everything they have. Keep going team #effortearnsrespect

  • Mark says:

    I also judged Aisling in 14.1 and watched her hit about 17 power clean PBs – that is my highlight so far this year, and will be tough to beat.

  • Amanda C says:

    Saturday was so inspiring. Watching Elaine get her first chest to bar (and then some more!) was a definate highlight for me.

  • James says:

    Judging and watching in between I got to see the range of emotions people go through as they get ready, go and then finish the WOD. I saw determination, elation, pride. You know what I didn’t see? Uncertainty, shame or fear. I was inspired by everyone who threw down on Saturday – and I’m psyched up for the rest of the Open.

  • Cindyd says:

    I entered the Open this year, but due to a recent injury I’ve contemplated pulling out of the Comp, but I’m really pleased I haven’t. There’s already been some highs form the Open… Monday I got my first C2B doing 14.2 & doing 14.1 not once, but twice taught me so much about myself & how supportive our Box really is. Even though I’m not competing this year at full strength I can still see gains from my results last year & it’s so great to be part of the Open vibe at Adapt. I can’t thank all the Coaches enough for the help they have given me during the Open, at the end of the day, where you rank, what your score is, doesn’t matter…..it’s just training & every day we just get a little better than yesterday. The highlight for me thus far was watching Alli string Double unders together during 14:1….#lovedit

  • Ben M says:

    I agree with everything that is being said, it really doesnt matter if you are getting 0,1,2 reps or 200 you can inspire through effort.
    My favorite moment is in 14.2 when Bec B got her first C2B, she only manged her first chin up 3 days earlier. Her excitement is infectious and I couldnt be happier for her.

    Congrats to everyone who has pushed themselves past what they thought possible in the first two weeks of the open, you are noticed and continue to inspire!

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