Workout of the Day

A Test That 99% of Us Will Fail

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Every year, the CrossFit community at large comes together to compete for five weeks in the largest collective fitness competition in the world. And you know what? You’re invited to participate. And as a member of this movement and improvement culture, I would even argue that you’re obligated.

Registration for the CrossFit Open has officially begun, and I think it’s worth talking about why we get so hyped up about this worldwide fitness competition. The CrossFit Open is put out as an open-to-the-public first stage to find the “Fittest on Earth,” the first step to the annual CrossFit Games. Most folks entering the Open, however, aren’t looking to attend the CrossFit Games or vie for the title of “Fittest on Earth.” Yes, they’re competing in the same overall pool as those who are looking to rise to the top, but they’re doing it for very different reasons. And honestly, I think this is the heart of the Open. It’s a competition in which hundreds of thousands of participants knowingly enroll in a contest they know they won’t win. Most participants join not for cash prizes and renown, but because it's a fun, exciting opportunity to perform and to engage with a like-minded community at large.

The Open is an opportunity to put your training to the test, to get a taste for the application of your fitness in a competitive setting. And, most of all, it’s a humbling experience and a beautiful lesson in progress and failure. Because the reality of the matter is that if you participate in the Open, you’re more than likely going to encounter some failure. You’re going to run across a movement you’re unable to do, a lift you’ll be unable to complete at the prescribed weight, you’ll see yourself in 100,000th place on the leaderboard. And that’s totally okay. Along with these failures will be victories: personal best lifts, record fast times, unparalleled effort, a sense of community and teamwork and fun.

The Open isn’t an activity reserved for the elite level athletes of the world. It’s an event open for pro athletes and grandma and high school kids alike. The Open is a time when hundreds of thousands of people all around the world with a common interest in improving their fitness and their life get together, put in some sweat, and celebrate what they’ve earned and take stock of ways they can continue to improve. And that’s available to every single participant.

The Open is a test that 99% of us will fail, but 100% of us should do. Get registered, folks. It’s going to be a good time.

- Preston Sprimont

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1/13/17

  • Pro agility shuttle - 6 attempts, rest approx 1 min between each attempt

  • 4 rounds

  • For time:

    • 150’ sandbag carry (AHAP)

    • 150’ sled sprint (3 plates/2 plates)

    • 200m run

    • Rest 2 mins

*record slowest time