The Open: A Learning Tool

The 2017 CrossFit Games Open came and went.  For many of us, the open is the last stop in the CrossFit Games season because only an elite few qualify for regionals. The open is definitely a means to find a select few to advance to the next step but it can also be used as a learning tool. You performed some tough workouts for 5 weeks in a row, why not learn from them?


Using the open as a learning tool is a great way to attack your weaknesses and increase your overall fitness. With the variance in workouts and movements, the open can be used to find weaknesses and or specific objectives that we’d like to work on. It’s usually not tough to find out what needs to be worked on. Determining what movements or time domains you struggled with most, is an easy way to hone in on what needs to be done.


To do this, there are some important questions you need to ask yourself. Did you perform well on the short workouts? Or were the long workouts more of your jam? Did you have every movement down? Or were there movements that you could not do? Simple questions like these will be key to determining what you need to work on and once you know, all that’s left to do is ask a coach what you can do to improve your overall fitness and head towards your goals.


What your coach tells you to do may involve working on some things outside of class times, or working on some things that you may have been avoiding. This is because whether you need to build overall strength, perfect technique on Olympic lifts, increase your aerobic capacity or improve your gymnastics movements, CrossFit classes are constantly varied and may not always include what you need to work on.


Want to use the Open to get better but don’t know where to start? Ask a coach during any class time and we’d love to help you figure out what would be best for you. Improving your skills is why we do what we do and watching you get better is why we love what we do.