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When I initially heard about the Open I had no intention on participating. Competitions typically make me very anxious and I had zero desire to put myself through that. Well…peer pressure is a funny thing and before I knew it, I was signed up. To be honest, I had no idea what to expect. As the Open approached I started researching past years, trying to grasp what I was in for. I learned quickly that no amount of research could prepare me for what I was about to experience.

17.1~ The Big Day~
What a strange experience. I walked in the gym and felt instantly overwhelmed. So many people and a bit chaotic. I had a weird mind-set that day. I didn’t have any sense of urgency. I was only concerned with finishing under the time cap. When my heat was over, I did finish under the time cap (barely). At the time I felt satisfied. Until I went home that night and reflected on my first event. I was not satisfied anymore. I was really frustrated at myself for not pushing harder and trying to get a better time. I physically had it in me, but mentally I stopped myself. #1 Lesson…Do not let your mind bully your body. If there’s more fuel left in the tank, run it until it’s empty.

For the upcoming weeks I had a different attitude. I couldn’t wait until Thursday nights @ 7:00 to find out what kind of hell we had in store for us. I was pretty unproductive at work on Fridays. I found myself constantly on-line trying to strategize for the next event. As Mike Tyson once said “Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth” 🙂 That pretty much summed up 17.1-17.5 All the Friday research went out the door when that timer started.
As each week went by I would find myself frustrated at my performance. I would reflect on how I could have done better or pushed myself harder.

As I’m writing, I can’t help but think that this sounds like a bunch of negativity. Well, the reality is the Open in hard. It’s hard not only physically but mentally.
Was I happy when it was over? You bet I was.
Will I do it again in 2018? You bet I will!!!!

See, even though I didn’t love participating in the open I LOVED what I learned about myself during that 5 weeks. I LOVED hanging out with other CF-100 members and supporting each other. I LOVED learning what weaknesses I needed to improve on. We train hard all year, but I believe you need to be part of the Open to see just where you stand. I now know what I need to work on for next year. I have goals set that I wouldn’t have had, had it not been for the Open. For me, I want to be able to compete next year RX. That’s a big goal but I have a year to do it. This year I did every week “scaled” as for there was always one move that I couldn’t do RX. My drive comes from competition with myself. For others, that drive might come from competing against other people. In either case that drive pushes you to be better than you were yesterday. Open or not, that should be something we all strive for. Let’s be better than we were yesterday!!

As a side note: MY favorite part of the Open was watching the “Dottirs” compete 17.5 in Madison. A selfie with Sara Sigmundsdottir was a pretty big deal!!
Till next year…….

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I joined CrossFit 100 last October, and had not previously been involved with CrossFit elsewhere.  So 2017 was my first and only experience with the Open, and I did not know what to expect.  To put it mildly, I was very pleasantly surprised.

 

CrossFit regularly provides a positive and encouraging atmosphere, but the Open is a whole different animal.  It takes positivity and encouragement up to 11.  The way people stuck around, even after their work was over, just to encourage others was awesome.  On the surface, sure, it’s competition, but on Friday nights everyone’s in it together, strategizing about the best way to break up reps, serving as a judge for one another, or just generally trying to get through those unreal workouts.

 

And those workouts!  As terrible (in a good way . . . mostly) as they were, each one had its memorable moments.  In 17.1, Herb’s time was incredible.  The guy can MOVE.  17.2 – remember Colin’s hands after those C2Bs?  Pretty gross.  But a testament to how hard that dude was working.  17.3 – Douglas helped me get a P.R. on my overhead squat.  Thanks again, Douglas!  (He also no-repped Jens during the movements demonstration, which was hilarious).  17.4 – the number 55 is forever wrecked for me.  But it’s hard to forget Roger and his 8-foot wingspan rowing at about five calories per pull or Jessie doing countless HSPUs (actually, come to think of it, someone should probably check on her, she might still be going . . .).  And finally, 17.5.  Thrusters and double-unders.  10 rounds.  Because, why not?  John H.’s score tied him for third in the State of Wisconsin.  Enough said.

 

I know I’m forgetting a lot of good stuff from this year’s Open (Brenda’s unmatched team spirit, that foundationally unsound human pyramid we made, etc.), but if you haven’t done the Open in the past, I’d strongly encourage you to give it a try next year.  It’s tough, but don’t be intimidated by the workouts.  I scaled it every week, and enjoyed it all the same.

 

Looking forward to the Games this summer, and next year’s Open!

Matt
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Are you frustrated trying to shake those last few pounds despite your best efforts at the gym? The closer you get to your goal weight, the harder it is to lose weight. Instead of waving the white flag when you hit a weight loss plateau, try making some simple adjustments to boost your fat burning and get your weight loss goals back on track!  Ask yourself these questions and get some answers!

 

1-Are your eyes bigger than your stomach?

A giant portion of dinner might seem appealing after a workout but when you start to get closer to your goal weight, every calorie counts. Start cutting your portion sizes to match your goals.  Use a scale and measuring spoons instead of “eyeballing” your portions. As you get closer to your goal, every calorie matters, and even a few tablespoons of certain foods can tip you over your calorie goal for the day.  Start measuring out everything you eat so that you are sure you are eating the right amount of calories.

 

2-Are you sabotaging yourself?

Do you ‘’reward’’ yourself too often or too much after a tough workout? Having that bowl of ice-cream or piece of chocolate cake as a reward for going to the gym will offset the calories you burned during your workout.

Instead of breaking out the Ben and Jerry’s, find healthier ways to indulge in small portions. Oftentimes, your reward to yourself is far more calories than you burned in the gym. If you do this multiple times a week or month, the calories easily add up to the point where you may even gain weight. Next time you have a craving, try to keep your treat within 10% of your daily calories.  This way you will be sure to not overindulge.  

 

3-How honest are you with yourself?

Are you really working as hard as your social media updates and gym selfies depict?  Take a good look at your day, are you living an active lifestyle? Or are you hitting the couch for the rest of the day after your morning workout? A one hour is only 4% of your day. If the other 96% of your day is spent motionless in front of a computer or tv screen you will not get the results you want. Instead, remain active throughout your day. Walk wherever you can, take stairs, play outside with your children, or even do a few squats or lunges or pushups between chores!

 

4-Are you consistent?

Do you have an on-again off-again relationship with the gym? Hitting the gym for a solid four days and then taking a week off to recover will not get you the results you want.  Find a pace and intensity level that allows you to remain consistent and avoid burnout.  Consistency is also key in mastering your routine. For example, as you become more proficient at certain lifts, such as the deadlift or squat, you can begin increasing the weight to build and maintain muscle, or start to learn more advanced moves.

‘’Long term consistency trumps short term intensity’’-Bruce Lee.

 

5- Getting enough R&R? Rest and recovery.

Not only does your body need proper nutrition to recover, you also need to get enough sleep and stay hydrated. Weight-lifting causes your muscles to break down, and as a result you need time to rebuild your muscle before you get back in the gym.  If you are new to your exercise routine you will require more rest. If you are just starting out, 3 days a week of exercise is often enough. But if you really want results, you should work up to working out 6 days a week, and alternating which muscle groups you focus on so that they have days of rest in between to recover.  

 

It’s important to remember that you won’t see results overnight. Stay consistent, focused and dedicated to your healthy lifestyle, and you will reach your goals!

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What supplements should you take if you are doing the CrossFit Open? If you’re reading this we are going to make a couple of assumptions.

 

A.) You are a CrossFit athlete who is wanting to compete for a spot in the CrossFit Regionals line up… or at least plan to run through the CrossFit Open workouts like greased lightning so you can post up your score for bragging rights over your peers.

 

B.) You have a good handle on your diet. Your whole foods game is on point and the only missing link to you gaining that extra edge is a crafty supplement strategy.

 

If you fit either of those assumptions, this article is for you my friend! Here are our top five supplements recommendations to decrease your CrossFit Open times, increase your chances at a trip to regionals and bring some more separation between you and your trash talking friends.

 

1. GlycoDrive: Highly Branched Cyclic Dextrin or cluster dextrin is a designer carbohydrate and the single source carbohydrate found in GlycoDrive. This high molecular weight carbohydrate passes quickly through the stomach where it can be transported throughout the body for storage as glycogen. This fast burning, easily converted to energy, fuel is stored in your liver and skeletal muscle cells. High intensity CrossFit style workouts are fueled by glycogen. Having an adequate supply in the tank is vital to performing at your peak!

Our recommendation: Take 25 grams 20 min prior to your WOD with 12 ounces of water (For an added pick-me up consider adding either Pre-wod or Dysrupt). Immediately following your workout consume another 25-50 grams, this will make a huge difference for you leading into the next WOD.

 

 

2. Driven Whey: The key to a top placing in the CrossFit open is putting together several stellar performances. This could require more than one go at a good time for the posted workout, not to mention the WOD’s your doing on top of the open workout. Helping heal those broken down muscles between workouts is the keep to longevity. The fast acting proteins in Driven Whey send a rush of amino acids into the bloodstream where they can repair and rebuild your hard working muscle tissue, speeding recovery time between workouts.

Our recommendation: Take between 25-50 grams (depending on lean mass body weight) immediately after working out. If you are not getting enough protein through whole food meals throughout the day or are forced to miss a meal, keep some on hand so you can get a quick shake.

 

 

3. Creatine: If you are new to this planet OR have been lifting weights without enjoying the benefits of Creatine now is the time to start! Easily the most studied performance enhancing supplement over the last two decades creatine can have you moving more weight, faster from day one. Without diving into the inner working of the Krebs Cycle, (sorry exercise science nerds) creatine or phosphophocreatine as it is stored in the body (enter exercise nerd smiles) donate a phosphate to inert ADP transforming it into the fast energy powerhouse ATP.

Why is this important? You know the feeling of sprinting and you suddenly can’t achieve maximum speed? When your doing a 3 rep max squat and can’t stand the third one up? THAT my friend is the rate your ATP storage and production is exceeded by your ATP usage. More creatine in your system and you might add 10 yards at a full sprint, or get that final rep on your max! To add further fuel to the fire (pun intended) creatine increases the size of the muscle cells allowing more nutrients to flood in and more recovery to take place!

Our recommendation: Creatine is beneficial before and after workouts. 15 min before workouts take 3-5 grams followed by 3-5 grams immediately post workout. *For best results take with a fast carb like GlycoDrive for better nutrient transport.

 

 

4. Driven Aminos: Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine make up the three Branch Chain Amino Acids. These three are the major amino acids oxidized and broken down during ATP production. They help to convert fuel to energy by increasing the availability and rate of carbohydrate breakdown helping optimize performance. BCAA’s can reduce muscle damage or breakdown (catabolism) while working out. Leucine in particular has an anabolic (muscle growth) effect, signaling the body to build more skeletal muscle. They also promote immune health which can be weekend after prolonged or especially intense exercise. This could help you avoid getting a cold or worse the flu, a certain derailment for your open score. If you want to decrease your workout times, decreasing your recovery time is a good place to start.

Our recommendation: Driven Aminos can can be enjoyed anytime, especially between meals to bridge the gap between protein intake and preserve muscle mass. For performance benefits take one serving 5 min prior to your workout and if you have time, add them in your water bottle for an intra workout boost.

 

 

5. R&R: We cannot overstate the importance of getting enough zzz’s at night. Not just clocking in for some downtime but ensuring that your are getting quality recovery sleep. While we can’t increase the hours you spend with the lights off, we can increase the quality and benefit you receive from it. Driven Nutrition R&R night time formula has a three step process to better recovery while you sleep.

One, natural sleep aids ensure a restful sleep where you can drift off to the deep stages of sleep where recovery can take full effect. In this deep REM sleep cognitive functioning is restored, growth hormone is secreted and protein synthesis is taking place.

Two, digestive enzymes and probiotics were added to aid the digestion and absorption of nutrients. With better nutrient partitioning your last meal or protein shake is put to better use as a muscle building and repairing agent. They promote a healthy digestive tract which is the single the most important area you can improve for better immune health. Three, natural hormone boosting ingredients help boost your bodies normal hormone output elevating an already anabolic state of rest and recovery.

Our recommendation: Take 2-3 capsules 30 minutes before you plan on going to bed. Allocate at least 7 hours of sleep time for best results and no drowsiness. Then wake up refreshed and ready for the next WOD!

 

 

There it is, our all-star lineup of supplements to get you through the CrossFit Open performing at your peak and finishing as strong as you started!

 

Good luck and let’s see those times!

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crossfit-openThe CrossFit Open is coming to Crossfit 100! Got questions? Here are some answers:

 

What is the CrossFit Open?

The CrossFit Games Open is the world’s premier test of fitness. Since 2011, the five-week, five-workout online competition has accurately ranked the fitness of thousands of competitors.

Held in CrossFit affiliates and garage gyms, the Open is designed to be accessible to all athletes while rigorous enough to challenge the world’s fittest. Fourteen-year-old high school freshmen compete in the Open, as well as their 77-year-old grandparents and everyone in between.

Workouts are released on the CrossFIt Games website each Thursday and athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores.

More than 272,000 athletes from around the globe competed in 2015, ranging in age from 14 to 86 years old.

The week’s workout is released each Thursday at 5 p.m. PT, Each time a workout is released, athletes will be given an RX’d and Scaled version. Athletes have until Monday, 5 p.m. PT to enter scores for that week.

 

How can I participate in the Open at CF100?

CF100 is hosting an Intramural Open for the five weeks during the official CrossFit Open in the form of Friday Night Lights throw downs. The box will divide up into three teams. Regardless of whether you officially register for the Open online (although you really should go for it!), you have the chance to participate in the CF100 intramural competition.

Each Friday night, CF100 will host a throw down for the Open workout of the week. Athletes can complete the workouts, earning points for their team just by doing so. They can earn additional points for spectating, cheering on their teammates and even more for kicking ass and scoring well. Regardless of RX or scaled — even super-scaled — participation in the Open will be a fun, exhilarating, community-building event at CF 100. We’ll compete for prizes and glory. Oh, the glory.

Team Captains are getting ready to rumble. As soon as teams are randomly selected (with a tiny bit of drafting fun to get us started), we will start up an Intramural Open Facebook page to talk about the WODs, cheer on our teams, plan throw down events, etc.

 

When is the Open?

The CrossFit Open begins Thursday, February 23. Friday Night Lights Events will be February 24, March 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Plan to be traveling during one or some of the events? No worries. You can complete Open events at any CF box in the world (or make it up during open gym times at CF100 on Saturday or Sunday).

Will the Open change my CF100 classes?

Open workouts will ONLY be done at Friday Night Lights events OR during Sunday open gym. Regular classes will be programmed as usual. Only Friday 5pm and 6pm classes will not be held, but you can participate in the FNL event to get your workout in at that time.

 

Should I Participate in the Open at CF100?

Yes, yes, yes. Whether you just started CrossFit yesterday or you’re still miserable about muscle ups, the Open is for you. Not only is this a great way to see how far you’ve come or how far you want to go, it’s a chance to compete. To strive. To learn. To support others. To be awesome!

Finally, the Intramural Open will be a great chance to get to know each other at CF100. The morning peeps and the night owls, recent Basics grads, the lifers and our families all coming together.

What do I have to do to get signed up?

Simple. Put your name in the fishbowl at the front desk to join the draft. On Friday, February 17, CF100 will host a kick-off event to draft teams and get excited for the Open.

 

THEN, to “officially” compete on a worldwide basis:

Register for the CrossFit Games Open!

February 23rd – March 27th, 2017.

CrossFit 100’s coaching staff fully supports this event and we encourage everyone to participate. Even if you’ve been CrossFitting for a month or for 5 years, the CrossFit Games Open is a chance for you to (re)ignite that competitive spirit that’s in all of us, set new goals, and maybe even surprise yourself with your performance. We expect to see everyone coming out for what is arguably the most fun part of the year at CrossFit 100

Don’t forget, there is a scaled division. Athletes unable to perform a workout as prescribed may opt to choose their division’s scaled workout. Athletes may:

1. Visit the official CrossFit games site or click here https://games.crossfit.com/affiliate/388

2. Create a new profile; or if you are returning user, log in using your prior login info.

3. Continue through the 5-step registration process – it will be $20.00 to register.

4. Once you complete your registration, click the button that says “continue to competition page”.

5. In the Affiliate section, select CrossFit 100.

6. Edit your profile as desired.
Still lost? Check out this video https://games.crossfit.com/videos.