Categorized as: CF Naples

WHY I’M DOING THE OPEN- Suzanne H.

Occupation: Pilot
Family: Married and a son who also does CrossFit. Boyfriend/Life partner of 22 years, does not do CrossFit, loves to ride his bike. I did buy a medicine ball, kettlebell, and dumbbells so he is starting to do a little cross-training with me at home. We are slowly building a gym at home so he can do some weightlifting and also provides a way to train when I can’t make it to class.

Classes per week:
I try for 6 if my schedule allows. If I can’t get in I do my own workout on my own.

How many years have you been CrossFitting?
Just over  2 years

How many years have you done the Open?
This is my first year.

Why did you choose to compete in the Open this year?
I want a baseline score that I can work from so I can see where I stand amongst the masses. I also want to know how much I improve next year. I also think that the Open is a great way to find out what I might need to work on.

What is your favorite part about the Open?
I love the Open competition the most because of the camaraderie and cheering for other athletes. The Open pushes our limits and that’s what is great about competition, you learn that you always have a little more to give.

Anything you would like to add?
I am writing this after my first Open Workout and it was great. Wanted to die after but that means I was pushing myself harder than maybe I would in a regular class because everyone was cheering. I felt like they all wanted me to succeed. I just hope I was as helpful to them when it was my turn to cheer. T

WHY I’M DOING THE OPEN- Drew G.

Age: 54
Occupation: Veterinarian
Family:  Married 28 years. Better every day!
Classes per week: I try to make at least 3 times per wk. or l don’t feel good ( cheating myself )

How many years have you been CrossFitting?

I’ve been doing CrossFit and a very similar version of it for over 7 years. I’ve been at Naples Strength & Condition since 2015.

How many years have you done the Open? 

This is my 2nd Open.

Why did you choose to compete in the Open this year? 

I want to compete in the Open this year because last year it was a great challenge for me. I want to improve my overall ranking in my age division and push myself to new limits.

Anything you would like to add?

Despite what you might hear you’re never too old to improve. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it…quickly!

WHY I’M DOING THE OPEN – Mel L.

Age: 74
Occupation: Semi-Retired Graphic Advertising Consultant
Family:  Married.  3 Children. 3 Step Children. 9 Grandchildren.
Classes per week: 3-4

1. How many years have you been CrossFitting?

I’ve been doing Crossfit for 2 1/2 years I have been doing Personal Training and Group Fitness for 30+ years.

2. How many years have you done the Open? 

This is my third Open.

3. Why did you choose to compete in the Open this year? 

I compete in the Open because I want to challenge myself and try to defy people my age and compare my results with all the other athletes in the 60+ division across the world.

4. What is your favorite part about the Open? 

I’ve been doing Personal Training and Group fitness classes for three decades and I can honestly say that the level of care and competency that Mario and the training staff at NSC represent are second to none. We have a great group of Masters CrossFit Athletes ages 60-78 that I love training with.

5. Anything you would like to add?

Have fun. We all try really hard by rooting and encouraging one another in a kind and caring atmosphere.