With the 2017 CrossFit Open starting tomorrow night, I wanted to share some simple tips. It’ll be my 6th time competing in the Open, but first time as a Masters athlete. I wasn’t doing CrossFit in 2011, the first year of the Open, but I wrote about my results in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Get together with friends each week on Thursday night and watch the live announcement.
It’s fun to hear everyone discuss what they like and don’t like about each workout when Dave Castro announces each one. Then watching some of the top athletes battle it out in the exact same we’ll all be doing is humbling, horrifying, and impressive.
Plan to rest the day before you do the Open workout each week.
Go in fresh so you can give each workout your best attempt. Try to get some extra sleep the night before you throwdown.
Pay more attention to your diet for 5 weeks.
Eat more carbs on the rest day and in the meal before your workout. Drink more water. Get protein in your body as soon as possible after your workouts. Cut out extra sugar.
Have a game plan going into each Open workout.
Based on other workouts you’ve done you should be able to estimate your score. Have some kind of idea how you’ll need to break up reps and how little rest between sets you can get by on. Don’t be afraid to change the game plan during the workout, but at least have an idea of how you’ll attack.
Battle it out each week with your friends. Push each other. Come up with a fun wager to make it interesting. After the workout, have a big cheat meal or grab some beers.
I’ll see you on the leaderboard!