The 2015 CrossFit Games Open is coming to an end! Everyone did a great job, whether they think so or not. It's a test, a way to gauge your current level of fitness for the next year.
One of the things we strive for at The Compound,is to provide simple and effective training, for a healthy life. That's one of the reasons I enjoy The Open, it is a great example of simple and effective training. Its that simple training, working on the basics like a beginner, that give you the biggest benefit. I've been lifting for almost 20 years, and I still consider myself a beginner and go back in improve on the simple basics again and again and again.
If you look at all the Open workouts, not one of them has any crazy or super advanced movements we don't already work on at The Compound. There aren't these crazy reps or mixes of lifts. They are simply 2 or 3 everyday movements done for fastest time or max reps. The only thing that makes it hard is you; your stress level, your effort you put into it, your watching the leaderboard, etc.
Come CrossFit Games Regionals, and the CrossFit Games in the summer, you are going to see crazier and more advanced workouts being programmed. And many "crossfitters" from all over the world will flood social media with crazy videos of people doing tougher wods, or russians weightlifters doing advanced workouts, or professional athletes doing marathon length workouts, etc., etc, etc.
No one will be remember the Open workouts. But we will!
Many people forget, the athletes doing those crazier, tougher, more advanced workouts and movements at Regionals and the CrossFit Games FIRST had to excel at the basic simple programming in the Open. They kicked our butts, they kept near perfect form while doing double, triple, quadriple the amount of reps we did.
Why? Because they are masters of the simple, basic, beginner movements.
This week we're going to play a bit more with those simple workouts and complete some Benchmark CrossFit WODs. Those are the workouts with mostly female names that you may have heard of. They look simple enough at times, but they are some of the best workouts!