Here we go! The 2019 Open is just one day away! The upcoming 5 weeks are sure to be an exciting time, whether it’s your first or umpteenth time participating in The Open.

My advice for The Open? HAVE FUN. That’s ultimately why most of us do CrossFit to begin with, right? Because we enjoy it? The Open shouldn’t be any different. Certainly, try your hardest and maybe even (safely) push yourself a little harder than you might during an everyday workout, but don’t forget to enjoy the journey. Most of us aren’t going to or trying to qualify for the Games, so other than trying to perform your best, try not to put too much pressure on yourself.

Use this as an opportunity to see how much you have progressed over the past year. Regardless of how you end up performing in an Open workout or where you place overall on the leaderboard, you’ll most likely find that you’re stronger, faster, and more physically and mentally resilient than a former version of yourself – that’s a win in my book!

Enjoy bonding with your fellow athletes and coaches. You’ll find that The Open really has a way of bringing the whole gym together. Whether it’s through all the support and encouragement you get during Friday Night Lights, strategizing with friends before a WOD, or decompressing after the workout over a meal, you’re bound to strengthen existing friendships and probably even make some new ones.

Some tips for the upcoming weeks:

  • Focus on eating nutritious foods and drink your water. (Although, this probably isn’t the best time to test out a new diet or supplement. Maybe a few tiny tweaks here and there to maximize performance and endurance, but you certainly don’t want to make any major changes at this point.)

  • Be sure to get plenty of sleep.

  • Go with what you know. An Open workout is not the time to try out a new pair of shoes or abandon your tried-and-true technique for something you have never practiced before.

  • Familiarize yourself with the workout standards ahead of time and discuss any questions you have with a coach or judge before you do the workout. You don’t want to find yourself being no repped during an Open workout and having to stop and waste precious time clarifying movement standards with your judge.

  • Don’t stress. Placing too much pressure on yourself is only going to add unnecessary, well, stress on your system which will only hinder your ability to meet your full potential.

  • Stay positive. Even if you don’t perform as you had hoped, that’s ok! Enjoy and learn from the experience and give yourself credit for what you DID accomplish.

  • Give it your all! But most importantly, ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE.