Sunday 1.26.14

Thanks again to Dan, Greg, Doug and Tyler the work you put into the gym yesterday!  We truly appreciate it.

Thank you to everyone else for putting up with the ongoing changes in the gym!  It's improving slowly, but its in the right direction!

"Stone Cold" Dan getting the door in in the
coolest shirt ever made!
Greg securing some rings to the stucture and project manager.
We came in under budget!

Doug putting up his "masterpiece" in spite of the rest of us
making wise cracks and trying to figure out how to use
a level.

Here's Brad playing with some Wall Ball shots.  The height wasn't a problem, but targeting a 14' target and stringing reps together was!:


So far our team consists of:

Men:                                                       Women:
- Dietrich                                                 - Patti
- Mike                                                     -Tiffany
- Peter                                                     - Annie
- Phillip                                                    - Holly
- LA                                                        - Erica
- Craig

The CrossFit Games Open is starting soon, registration began January 15th. Last year 120,000+ people from around the world competed in the Open, then it was whittled down to several thousand individual and team athletes in the Regionals and then finally the top 50 men and women (and teams and masters) competed in a huge number of workouts to find out who was the fittest on earth. These guys put their body through a ton of pain and pressure and are definitely awesome to watch.

I know many of you are unsure on how the Open works, but that's part of the fun and what we train for; the unknown. We are all more capable that what we think, and competition is the time that that shows. It's the reason why Olympic Weightlifters can lift 5-30 lbs higher in competition than when they simply lift in training.  Or CrossFitters get a muscle up, or lift their max weights for multiple reps in competition.  We all try just a little bit harder.

Competitions are fun, but stressful to many. I'm not saying anyone needs to go into The Open with the idea they may win the CrossFit Games and be the fittest person in the world! Heck, those people are training many hours a day, 6 days a week, and constantly fueling up on expensive supplements and proteins, etc. They have state of the art recovery methods and training tools that most of us can't afford.  And frankly, the majority of them are or were collegiate level athletes at least and are sponsored in some way or another.

But, in spite of the level of competition, pushing yourself into the Open does have its advantages. Whether you know it or not, if you have been following our programming, you have already been training in the way that we feel will best prepare you for the CrossFit Open and provides you with the "minimum dose, maximum return" The CrossFit Open is just a continuation of our programming, because you only compete in one workout a week (not 3-5 workouts in one day).

How it works is, The first Open workout will be released on Thursday, Feb. 27. The fifth and final Open workout will be released five weeks later on Thursday, March 27. You will have four days to complete and submit your workout score before it closes each week on the following Monday (5 p.m.). All athletes then submit their score to the Games website. For CrossFit HQ, this helps them figure out the winners of each region to help them narrow down the fittest on earth.

For The Compound, that Open workout will be added into our programming each week, so we are all going to get a chance to do the workout regardless. This is a fun tool we can use to test our fitness while one of your workout partners judges you reps and gives you a precise score. Then if we sign up (it only costs $20), we can see how we rank world wide. And the database can give you your rankings by stats.

Lastly, the competition helps everyone push a little bit harder and that increases your intensity, which makes you fitter. And the more of us that do it, the more we all push each other and everyone wins in the competition against yourselves.  Which is why we train, to be the best YOU that you can be.

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