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Why I’m Doing The Open: Joe B.

Age: 62

Occupation: Retired

Classes per week : 3

Family: Married, 3 kids (55, 43, 33),  5 Grandkids (3 boys, 2 girls)

How long have you been doing CrossFit? 1.5 years

How many times have you competed in the Open? This is my 1st Open

Why did you choose to compete in the Open this year? I knew it would be a great challenge. I also wanted to join my classmates that I train with weekly.

What has been your favorite part about the Open so far? The anticipation leading into the workout and the camaraderie that we have built in our Master’s program.

Anything else you would like to add? The Open is really challenging and personally rewarding. Reaching physical and emotional limits that I thought weren’t possible and pushing through those barriers feels good. That’s CrossFit in a nutshell and why I love CrossFit. Doing the Open, and group class with great people that teach you and make you better is the icing on the cake.

Why I’m Doing The Open: Trevor H.

Age: 47
Occupation: Recruiting (Headhunter)
Classes per week: 3-5
Family: Married 3 kids – 28, 24, 22 and a Savannah cat named Nala

How long have you been CrossFitting?  It will be 2 years this May.
How many times have you competed in the Open?  This is my first year doing the Open.
Why did you choose to compete in the Open this year? Heard it was fun and challenging so thought I’d give it a go.
What is your favorite part about the Open?  I love how the CrossFit Games website tracks everyone participating worldwide. The database can track scores based on each workout and age division. This allows me to see how I stack up globally against others the same age.  I also like the high energy “game day” environment on Saturday when we all go through the work out together. I also get nervous anticipating what the workout will be every Thursday when they announce it online.
Anything you would like to add? The Open has really “opened” my eyes to how far off I am and where I would like to be in my personal fitness.  Going to class you can always choose the lower weight or the scaled movement.  In the Open, you are forced to do a higher weight or the RX movement.  I’ve decided to work on the harder movements this year and try to master exercises like the double-under while pushing myself to use heavier weights used in RX workouts. Isn’t that the whole point? Otherwise, I might as well be going to Planet Fitness.
P.S. I’m gonna smoke Mario in the Open… NEXT YEAR.

Athlete Spotlight: Lilith S.

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Age: 37

Profession:  I have no profession per se, I just work hard at everything I do. ????

What did you do for fitness before CrossFit? Did you play any sports growing up? I did nothing before CrossFit, I smoked cigarettes, drank liquor, and relied on my charming personality to get dates.

How did you first get exposed to CrossFit? About 4 years ago I found out about CrossFit. I was at home scrolling in FB and an ad for an Introduction CrossFit class came up hosted by a local CrossFit gym, it was an all women class that was held later in the evening and it briefly explained what CrossFit was and how it could benefit my life. The price was right and the time worked for my schedule and so I gave it a try.

What was your first workout and how did it go? How did you feel after? I can’t remember what my first workout was, what I do remember though was the team atmosphere that the group class created. Despite the age differences, cultural differences, socio-economic differences,  I felt like I was among linked minded people. Although we were completed strangers when we first started out we all became good friends at the end. To me, CrossFit is great because it always pushing you under the pressure of high intensity. I compare the feeling to being in the military and being forced to perform under pressure regard of the situation with people you would go to war with. CrossFit offers a very similar feeling to that.

Favorite Cheat Meal: I wish I had a favorite cheat meal but most of my cheat meals turn into a cheat day to hell ????????????. My cheat meal usually starts with coffee creamer, a polish omelet with deep-fried potatoes, then for lunch I eat French bread with unsalted butter and brie cheese and for dinner a large pizza with ranch dressing (lol I know, I know, I know) , and to end finally satisfy the carving, ice cream or a whole box of mini snickers ice-cream bars.

Favorite Healthy Meal: My favorite cheat meal includes a lean hamburger patty with steamed green beans and air fried potatoes. Salmon is a close second with rice and cauliflower.

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health and fitness since starting CF (before/after)? Being introduced to CrossFit has become more to me than just exercise. It has helped me create a  higher standard of life for myself. I don’t mean the typical higher standard of living in the form of money or material wealth.  What I mean is what I believe to be life’s true gift, which is the overall health of your mind, body, and heart. CrossFit has also taught me how important it is to forge great relationships to others around you. Before CrossFit, I was all about myself and instant gratification. This was usually short-lived. It was fun while it lasted but it never lasted long leaving me feeling empty. I’m in a good place now thanks to CrossFit. They’re not just better, their actually really great now.

What sort of unexpected changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like CrossFit? An unexpected change that I experienced is the way that I have changed my whole lifestyle in order to make sure that I am 100% ready to perform to the best of my ability when I come to workout. I cut out drinking, eat healthier and make sure I get enough sleep.  Like during the staff Christmas party last year, I chose to eat the steamed broccoli and grilled chicken that was available while everyone else chose to eat the fried onion rings and pasta. I would have never done that before CrossFit.  I’m not even mad about what I had to give up to be healthy. At this point, I don’t miss any of my old habits. Living a fitter and healthier lifestyle is really satisfying life. It’s really amazing to see what CrossFit does to people. I’m so very thankful that I am one of those people.

Any advice for people just getting started or new to CrossFit? My advice would be to try different CrossFit gyms, each have their own personalities and the energy within them is contagious, so find a gym that speaks to you, then find a gym partner and push each other to be excellent, day in and day out, every day that you show up, look at it as  “THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY” to make a difference in your health, today, right now.

What are your hobbies, interests and/or talents outside of CrossFit? I would say that my hobby and my interest outside of CrossFit is investments, I like to invest my time and energy in promising opportunities.