The Open is upon us.
The open is a yearly assessment of where we are and how we are doing in our health and fitness.
The open has looked different over the years, with different formats, different scoring, and various event types. It has also looked different in our gym, from full-blown Friday Night Lights to doing the workouts during classes. The Open has changed a lot over the years.
For me, however, the open is always the same. Where am I this year compared to last. How have I improved, and where have I slacked. This is difficult to measure because the results are always comparative. You are ranked according to how others do. This is not a good way to track progress. In a nonprofessional setting, it is possibly the worst way to track progress.
I encourage everyone to do the open. But if you do I would like you to think about these things.
- The open should be a test of your current overall health and mindset. What have you done the past year to improve your health? What can you work on this year?
- Think of the progress you have made in the gym this past year or since you started. Keep this progress as your primary focus.
- Take a moment to notice someone else’s progress. Not how they are doing compared to you, but how they are doing compared to themselves. Celebrate success with them. If they need support, give it.