We are just over 1 week from the conclusion of the 2016 CrossFit Open and would like to take a minute to reflect on all of the amazing things which have happened over the past month. This year was one of the most interesting, and challenging series of Open workouts to date. Each week presented a unique level of difficulty, and watching all of our athletes overcome this was inspiring.
The Open provides an important reminder that even though CrossFit is, by nature, a competitive program, at its core is community. We push ourselves in the presence of our friends, and without the support of each other would not be able to accomplish the amazing things which happen on a daily basis at Queen Street.
Congratulations to all of the athletes who participated in the Open this year. It was amazing to see everyone push themselves to a level which they do not always find during normal training, and to witness our community come together in support of one another. Each one of you should be proud for taking on this challenge.
Going forward we could not be more excited to continue with training and helping all of your improve your fitness. We are excited to announce a number of gym updates and will be releasing them once we finalize the details.
In the meantime, the programming going forward will be very similar to what we have been doing with a few tweaks.
1. Class Structure: we really like the general class structure which we were following throughout the Open and will be keeping this going forward. Each day there will be a specific focus or teaching progression, a chance to practice those movement skills, and a WOD. We could spend a while going into the details, but all you need to know is this will be very similar. “Constantly varied, functional movements, at a high intensity.”
2. Extra Work: this is where you will notice a large change. We are going to be playing with the details of the programming, however, each day you will notice significantly more extra work than there was before. The goal of this is to provide athletes with a number of training options to address their own areas of need. If you want to get better at gymnastics, follow the extra gymnastics work a few times a week. If you want to get better at weightlifting, follow that. Athletes may do as much or as little as they would like, however, taking the classes should always remian a priority.
3. Individual Athlete Suggestions (what do I do?): given the information above, what does this mean for you as an athlete? Keep showing up, take the classes, train with intensity, and on days when you have the time throw in extra work. If you put the work in and trust the program the results will follow.
Looking forward to another great year of training!
Tada Gan Iarracht