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30 Burpees over paralette
800 Meter run

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I have made a point, using it more as a barometer reading than anything, to ask our athletes if they have joined the CF Open yet.  I don’t do this to pressure you or call you out if you don’t, I am simply trying to gauge interest level and see the barriers that are preventing some from participating.  I asked one athlete recently if they would be joining, and the response was “no”.  After further inquiry the athlete mentioned, among a few other well-versed reasons, that they did not want to pay the $20 for workouts they would already be doing.  While I am not trying to discount their reasoning nor say they are not correct in their thinking, I wanted to post the reply that Rory Mckernan recently made to a similar comment made to his Facebook page.  Here is the comment that started the conversation:

“Compared to what 99.999% of the open participants get out of it, yes, $20 is a lot of money. Especially when they could just do the exact same workouts for free. I can’t justify paying $20 just to find out whether I’m in 8000th place or 7999th place in my region. It’s not even a good way to measure your progress from year to year because of how different the workouts are and how many more people compete each year.”

This is my response to a recent comment posted on the CrossFit Games Facebook page insinuating that $20 is a barrier to entry for the CrossFit Games Open. I don’t get it.
   I disagree. Let me see if I can address some of your points.  Roughly 500 athletes have competed at the CrossFit Games since 2011. During the same period 443,758 people have participated in the Open. That tells me that hundreds of thousands of people have found the Open to be a beneficial mainstay of their annual training calendar, with ZERO delusions that they will advance to the Games. What does that look like?
    The story of Daniel Casey comes to mind. He has transformed himself through hard work and used the Open to make a statement to himself and the world that he is an athlete. There are about a half million more stories like this. Check it out:
    To say the growing participation numbers detract from your ability to gauge fitness year to year is a backwards argument – it’s actually additive. Casting the largest net possible to measure and evaluate where you stand is a priority of the competition. I personally find it fascinating to know that last year I was 22,080 in the World. More importantly though, let me offer another way to view the leaderboard. My main priority in terms of competition is beating one of closest friends in a tradition we have carried on for 5 years. I’ve also got side pots with friends and colleagues who are similar stages of life as I am (parents, career focused, 30 plus, etc). Regardless the growth of participation in the Open, my fitness in relation to those peers is what I value most. Check out the Custom Leaderboard:
     Programming. The Open is and will always be a test of fitness, not specialization. If the workouts were the same from year to year you would be testing your ability to train for those specific tests. Every year the combination of workouts and your performance against them give you a way point at that point in your life as to where your health sits. We measure our work capacity, observe trends and benchmarks, then repeat that frequently. That’s always been the recipe, and it’s something that I plan to measure over the course of my lifetime. (if you’re short on time, fast forward to 4:00).
    The Open gives you a 5 week period of your year to focus and prioritize. You’re right, you could do the workouts on your own. I could also run the Boston Marathon course on my own, but I guarantee you my training would look substantially different than a serious attempt at the course on race day.
Most importantly, the Open is very fun.
     In light of all of this and when I consider other things I spend $20, money does not seem like a reasonable excuse to not participate. Think about a few cups of coffee, parking and your recent trip to the fair or one meal out at a restaurant. If the $20 entrance is your last barrier to entry, I’m happy to pay it for you. You just have to complete the workouts at a CrossFit affiliate and tell me about your experience when the competition is over.
And… most affiliates have beer. I hope you read all this.
–If you haven’t had a chance to register yet, follow THIS link.  Registration deadline is February 26th.
–If you plan on completing the workouts and are trying to qualify for Regionals and/or the CrossFit Verve Team, we ask that you complete the Judges Course.  If you will need a certified judge to verify your workouts, do your fellow athletes a “solid” and be available to judge them as well.  You can obtain your judges certification here.
– Verve will not be conducting classes in the morning tomorrow, Saturday February 5th.  We will, however, have classes at 4pm and 5pm.  The workout is a charity workout for ONE SUMMIT MISSION, benefitting pediatric cancer patients.  You can see the event flyer here

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