Sorry for the time it took to construct this post. We wanted to try and bring in 2013 data and have some overall comparisons between the two Opens. However, after some debate, it was decided we are still too new to really have anything of interest from 2013 to 2014. So, with that being said, in this post we will stick to how 14.5 shaped up only.
Chipper! 14.4 was the classic CrossFit chipper. A well designed workout geared towards testing your capacity and skills. Our initial thoughts on 14.4 was that this would be a good workout for our athletes. However, CrossFit Reflexion was bested this week by six other gyms in the Portland area and was closer to the average line than in any other previous open workouts.
This week we got to test strength! As a box we were excited for this workout and theorized our athletes would perform well. It's worth noting that 14.3 required relatively low skill as compared to 14.2. Hence, we figured nothing would stand in the way of more great performances.
14.2 was a tough workout. Very skill oriented. It was fun to see something highly technical in the second workout of the 2014 CrossFit Open.
In an effort to determine if Rebuild. Advance Arise. is working, we wanted to take a quick moment to checkout how CrossFit Reflexion stacked up as a whole against other gyms in the area for this year's open. Given that team scores include only the top 3 men and women, we wanted to take a broader picture by viewing all athletes of a given box. So, we pulled some data from the leader board and made a fancy chart.
In continuing our theme about why we train and why we want everyone to experience the community through the CrossFit Open, we wanted to post a piece composed by our friend Christina Lion. Christina writes about her friend Stephen who, despite being diagnosed with cancer, continues to inspire so many people through his quest for fitness.
I believe in CrossFit we find ourselves losing the real purpose of why we train. We sometimes compare ourselves to others and fail to celebrate our little victories. If you find yourself questioning whether or not you should participate in the open, I offer you the story of my friend Robin.
It’s that time of year again and you’ve probably heard whispers about the CrossFit open and you might be getting a little nervous even though we have a little time to prepare. We as coaches have been planning and will continue to plan in order to give you the best shot at attacking this yearly test of fitness.
CrossFit continues to gain in popularity as a great exercise program. CrossFit and its basis in programming functional movements, has helped many achieve their goals to move better and feel stronger in their day to day lives. The high intensity and compound movements allow people to see rapid results in both performance and body composition. However, with the growing trend it can be difficult to select an affiliate that ensures you are working with qualified coaches.
I just came back from the 2013 Games, where our very own Joy Bruening took 3rd in the 50-54 Masters competition. It was a tremendous weekend and I'll have more to say about it in a few days, but I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about something that I see affecting brand new beginners to Games athletes