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Old 04-08-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
Ross Gaydon
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After the open

now the open has finished just wondered on everyone else's take on things and where to next?

my veiw is that i should be proud of myself for competing but i can't help but be a little anoyed i could not complete all of the challenges, i am of the mindset of i will come back stronger but for the moment my confidence has taken a knock and i am struggling to lift as heavy as i am used to. maybe beause this is what let me down or it could be the fact that i am focusing on strength to much.
maybe i just need time to re-evalute my training

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Old 04-08-2013, 03:15 PM   #2
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Re: After the open

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now the open has finished just wondered on everyone else's take on things and where to next?

my veiw is that i should be proud of myself for competing but i can't help but be a little anoyed i could not complete all of the challenges, i am of the mindset of i will come back stronger but for the moment my confidence has taken a knock and i am struggling to lift as heavy as i am used to. maybe beause this is what let me down or it could be the fact that i am focusing on strength to much.
maybe i just need time to re-evalute my training

Ross
I think my strategy has been to just seen the Open as five different workouts that you jusst so happen are able to compare to the rest of the CF world in. Thats all you can do if you arent a Games-aspirant athlete.

If your goal is to make the Games, and that goal is actually realistic, sure you can reevaluate your training.

If not, you need to think about what your goals actually are and if you are progressing toward them.

Dont let five workouts over fire weeks time dictate your entire approach to fitness.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:27 PM   #3
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Re: After the open

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I think my strategy has been to just seen the Open as five different workouts that you jusst so happen are able to compare to the rest of the CF world in. Thats all you can do if you arent a Games-aspirant athlete.

If your goal is to make the Games, and that goal is actually realistic, sure you can reevaluate your training.

If not, you need to think about what your goals actually are and if you are progressing toward them.

Dont let five workouts over fire weeks time dictate your entire approach to fitness.
Pretty much sums it up. Great post.

If doing well in the open is really important to you for next year I think we all know what to expect from it now. Get your strength/conditioning up as much as possible and practice thrusters, pullups, wall balls, muscle ups, clean and jerks, burpees, T2B and snatches. The same movements year after year. Also learn butterfly pullups
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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I think my strategy has been to just seen the Open as five different workouts that you jusst so happen are able to compare to the rest of the CF world in. Thats all you can do if you arent a Games-aspirant athlete.

If your goal is to make the Games, and that goal is actually realistic, sure you can reevaluate your training.

If not, you need to think about what your goals actually are and if you are progressing toward them.

Dont let five workouts over fire weeks time dictate your entire approach to fitness.
yeah i understand where you are coming from with your first 2 points but with the next couple we should all be looking for improvements if we are elite athletes or weekend warriors.
focusing on negatives will help lead to improvements in my opinion.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:17 PM   #5
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yeah i understand where you are coming from with your first 2 points but with the next couple we should all be looking for improvements if we are elite athletes or weekend warriors.
focusing on negatives will help lead to improvements in my opinion.
Sure, focusing on weaknesses is a must. If you're anything like me though (relative newcomer to the functional fitness game), weaknesses at this point are more general things than specific movements - strength, stamina, balance, all of CF's ten characteristics of fitness as opposed to specifically toes-to-bar, double-unders, muscleups, whatever - and there's a hierarchy to developing these.

If you did the Open and if you've been training for any length of time, you should know where those weaknesses are and should be taking them into consideration when you're setting goals. By that, I mean the GENERAL weaknesses, not SPECIFIC movements. Heavy squatting will improve your strength and probably make it easier to do high-rep light thrusters a la Fran - the same cannot be said vice versa. You get where I'm coming from?
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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Re: After the open

Ill be honest this open shower me how important endurance / cardio is for the open (and me).

Having basically been off since October my tank is terrible none of the workouts were heavy (210 snatch yes, but outside of that).

Every weight I lifted with ease. What stopped me was my ability to continue
Moving.

Since I squat 400+ it didn't help me once I reached my cardio threshold.. What hurt me was the ability to do movements for long periods of time... Regionals becomes more strength (cardio is important) but I think a motor plays a huge roll for the open (outside of a 100lb weakling person)

So on to cardio
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #7
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Re: After the open

Happy overall with how it turned out. Huge improvements over the past year. I really tanked on 13.4 but otherwise, it was a great experience

Finished 19th in my region 45-49 age group Masters. 241st Worldwide in same age group. Certainly not at the top but I saw where my engine is at (good I think) and where I need the work (overall strength, wall balls and some skills like butterfly PU's). If OHS were in there, I would have tanked as those are a problem but getting better.

Overall, I would like to see more variety in the Open WOD's but I can't control that. Being only 16 months into my training, I am happy with where I ended up.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:46 PM   #8
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Re: After the open

Strength. Primarily upper body, specifically shoulders. 13.1 killed me. Really happy with how I did on everything else.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:09 PM   #9
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Re: After the open

happy. Finished 4 in my region ( women 60+ ) and 72 in the world. Really need to attack skills in the coming year. get reliable toes to bar, same for DUs.
but as wonderful as the open is.. greta fun, great incentive to really push for a good result ( look at all the PBs during the open - great stuff)

For most of us i think we need to keep in mind why we do CF.. is it just for the open or is it for the love of CF and our lifestyle? To train only for the open ( if we are not elites) then we are at risk reducing the wide ranging aspects and benefits of crossfit.. just a thought.

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Old 04-08-2013, 07:37 PM   #10
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Re: After the open

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where to next?
It's just a workout program. Proceed with life. Try to get more fit and better at life as you go along.

Life neither begins nor ends with the Open or with Crossfit itself.

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