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Casual Exerciser Guide to De-Stressing about the Open

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Casual Exerciser Guide to De-Stressing about the Open

Joshua Baldovino

1. Remember: It's only you against you.

Too many people think about the big number. The maybe 1,000,000 people competing, the 15,000 in your state, or 100 in your local box. That large number is scary. You might even think to yourself, “Wow, that’s a lot of people judging me.” However, much like your everyday crossfit workout, all of these people are too focused on themselves. You can easily get lost in the sea of almost a million other people doing the same workout. Don’t worry about where you stack up, and just think of it as another workout to tackle. And do your personal best.

2. Set a small achievable goal

In the same light, you paid $20. Might as well use that weekend Starbucks money to light a fire under your crossfit booty. Take the next 5 weeks and set a small goal for each workout. If the workout requires a lot of burpees, maybe you conquer more unbroken then you normally would. Maybe you add 2.5 lbs to your snatch.  Most likely, you’ll improve on a new skill or PR on a lift. I’ve coached dozens of athletes who ended up getting double unders or pull ups for the first time, just because they put in the effort and tried.

3. Talk about it

People will already be constantly talking about it. At the gym, on group texts, on social media… If you think CrossFitters already talk a lot about CrossFit, well, this is far worse. Everyone is excited and nervous. Use that energy to build a support group and build each other up.

This works out even better if you’re a new member of the gym. You have the easiest conversation starter to meet new people in your gym, see what they thought of the last workout, and what their goals are. Who doesn’t want more friends?

4. Look back at how far you’ve come

If this is your first time doing the open, you probably feel as nervous as the first time you set foot into a CrossFit gym. But now look at you! Doing heavy deadlifts, pull ups, and way too many burpees to count. I bet you even had to buy new shirts and a couple of Shakas and Snatches’ shirts along the way. Now is the perfect time reflect back on your fitness journey, see how far you come, and look at the open as another notch to your fitness belt.

5. I guarantee you’ll surprise yourself

Okay, let’s be honest. We’re all secretly competitive. From looking at your gym’s whiteboard, to eyeing the person next to you in class, everyone judges their performance next to others. So if you have to look at the Open Leaderboard (let’s be honest, everyone will), I can promise you you’ll do better than you think.  If it’s any consolation, over 15% of people don’t complete or score all the workouts, so you can already beat 10,000 just by showing up. Regardless, you’ll  see that just by signing up and doing the workouts, you’ve found a newfound passion and motivation to keep the gainz coming this year.

So that’s it, Shaka Ohana. Hopefully you can use my easy tips to destress about the open. Remember to have fun and I hope you have an empowering test of fitness this year. I’ll see you on the leaderboard!

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Coffee addict. Fitness aficionado. Advocate for all things fun. Joshua Baldovino is the Founder and Co-Owner of Shakas and Snatches. Joshua is passionate about fitness, business, but not as much as he craves a nightly ice cream scoop.  You can find him on Instagram: @shakajosh_ss.