It is that time of year again! The Super bowl of our sport, the 2017 CrossFit Open! The Open is just over 4 weeks away. The first workout will be performed at Progression on Friday evening Feb. 24th at as a part of our Friday Night Lights series (FNL).
The following is a mini guide to preparing yourself for the best Open yet, or to help you make it through your first Open ever. Remember, this is not about making it to the CF Games, this is about picking a time of year to test our overall fitness, and to set a boatload of PR’s! One thing that can be guaranteed is that every workout will be a challenge. It will require the physical preparedness of a unicorn, and the mental fortitude of a shaolin monk riding that unicorn, to make it through all 5 weeks.
The Open will test all aspects of your fitness, but strength is the basis of making everything easier. For the most part, we know what to expect from the Open, in fact since 2010 there have only been about 14 movements performed in the Open (this year could be totally different). And of those 14 movements only 10 have been featured in every open for the past 3 years. Knowing this, I must stress that you WORK YOUR WEAKNESSES. If you can’t do one of the movements mentioned in this article below, practice it, put it in your warm up or cool down. Read this article and prepare for the knowledge bombs to be dropped (yes, I know this is from the 2014 open, please include recent movement additions like HSPU, and Bar Muscle ups). http://cfganalysis.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-to-expect-from-2014-open.html
- 2 min. Handstand hold / 2 min. Hang from pull up bar (alternate days)
- 25-50 Push ups / Ring rows (alternate daily) – Shoulder stability is a quick way to develop some hardcore baseline strength.
- Core work – Planks, hollow rocks, leg raises, T2B – Your core is what allows you to efficiently or not efficiently transfer power from your legs to your upper body. Core work should primarily be done post workout.
- Mobility – Shoulder, Hips, and Ankle. 15 minutes minimum – More training requires more recovery! Hit up a CFP Yoga Class or page through our copy of the Supple Leopard and pick 3 movements to perform for 5 min. each.
All of these items are great to start your day, warm up before a workout, or post workout.
- Rep Accumulation -2-3x per week add in triplet (3 movements) for your warm up before class focusing on skills you struggle with(DU’s, MU’s, C2B). This should not be performed for time, but instead quality of reps. Focus on alternating pushing and pulling movements. Obviously plan enough time to get through this before class begins. Reference this article again http://cfganalysis.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-to-expect-from-2014-open.html
- Add 1 extra day of Weightlifting per week (Snatch and Clean and Jerk)
- Add 1x per week – 30 min. recovery row, 50-100 burpee workout @ 80% effort, or 1 min. Max Calories on the Assault Bike. – A little extra endurance and doing things that suck will make the open easier. You could also alternate these week 1 row – week 2 burpees – week 3 Max Cal. Bike!
Remember recovery is the key. Here are a few general guidelines that besides for training, will help with life in general.
- 7-8 hrs of sleep per night (best way to naturally produce more testosterone)
- Drink your body weight in ounces of water daily – Our bodies are 98% water, enough said.
- Eat 3 square meals a day of real food. Another good rule of thumb to improve your eating for performance, is trying to eat close to .5 gram of protein per lb. of body weight and 5-6 cups of green vegetables a day.
- Supplements – For supplements to be effective, your sleep and eating should be in place first. SFH Fish Oil with vitamin D3 and a good Whey protein like SFH is a great way to support an already healthy diet. Protein post workout, Fish oil before bed.
Below is a sample week preparing an individual for the 2017 CF – Open using the above mentioned methods. (Make your own weekly schedule that fits your lifestyle. This could easily be converted to fit a 3, 4, or 5, days per week schedule) *This is in addition to your normal workout routine. Also notice some of this can be done in your own home!
25 push ups
5 C2B pull ups
Planks 4 min.
30 False grip Ring rows
Attend CFP weightlifting class
2 min. Hand Stand holds
8 Pull ups
Hollow Rocks – 100
2 min. Hang from PU bar
Attend CFP Yoga Class at
25 push ups
15 min. EMOM
1x Muscle Up
30 Ring Rows
1 min. Max Calories on Assault Bike