April 5th, 2018
CrossFit Sona had 20 athletes compete in the Open this year. It was the first time we’ve had athletes officially register and complete the Open experience since Inspire Fitness became a CrossFit affiliate two years ago. Over 500,000 athletes participated this year! That is Amazing!
Impressive stats, achievements, ‘firsts’ and realizations this year!
- Fifty percent of our female athletes finished in the top 25% of 50,000+ open competitors in the scaled division
- Coach Karen Clarke, Coach Trish O’Neill, Jessica Rocco and Sarah Eisele all finished in the top 10%
- Those same women finished 1st, 8th, 15th and 39th, respectively, out of all the school teachers in the North East Region.
- Karen finished 104th overall, 7th in the North East Region, 2nd in the state of NY and 1st in the category of school teachers in the North East; placing her in the top 0.208, 0.149, 0.266 and 0.117 percentile in each of those groups, respectively.
- Frank Ford took on the Rx division this year, comprised of over 216,000 competitors and finished in the top 45%.
- Matt Schilling finished in the top 30% of the men’s scaled division.
- Our 60+ masters’ athlete, Elaine, completed all 5 of the Open workouts, which turn out to be her ‘First’ 5 CrossFit workouts ever!
- First pull-up for several of our women.
- First time doing overhead squats for one of our new athletes.
- Several athletes had clarifying moments of realizing they are capable of so much more than imagined, not only on a physical level but on a mental toughness one as well.
For those who are not familiar, the Open is comprised of five workouts over five weeks, and it starts with 18.1. Open workouts are identified by their year and the order in which they appear.
The Open is the first qualifying stage of the CrossFit Games. Any athlete who wants to compete at the Games must first make it through the Open in their region.
While the purpose of the Open is to find the fittest athletes in each region to move on to the regionals, it’s also an opportunity for any athlete at any level to participate in the competition. It can add meaning and purpose to your training while also bringing your gym’s community closer together. Most importantly, the Open will also give you some interesting data on your performance in the gym, which can be a guide for setting realistic goals for the following year.
Only a very small percentage of athletes will make it to regionals, let alone the Games, so why bother participating if you’re not going to the Games? One of the greatest hooks of CrossFit is universal scalability. Anyone can participate in the Open workouts either officially or unofficially. There is a scale for every movement for every person. Scaling is a beautiful thing. We joke around with our athletes saying that laying on the floor taking a nap during a WOD, ‘could’ be a scale. They’d never get that option, but it is technically one of the infinite scales available to CrossFit athletes 🙂
As we made our way through the 5 weeks we kept track of performance to determine how and why the programming should change for the coming year. For instance, if the majority of our gym can’t do pull-ups relative to every other gym in the region, then our coaches can work on bringing up that skill in the gym’s population.
CrossFit will push you towards something that you think is a weakness and provide the tools with which an athlete can turn that perceived weakness into a strength. The pursuit of always getting better in CrossFit is a never-ending journey. There will always be something for an athlete to work on, whether they are a seasoned professional or a complete beginner.
CrossFit helps us get in the best shape of our lives. We are able to lift heavy things, get stronger, move faster and move better. Every day, every new WOD offers the excitment of conquering a new goal, setting a new PR, or just giving it your all!
Congratulations to our Sona crew. You make your coaches proud every day!