A Powerful Test of Fitness

A test of fitness.How did heat six go through 15.1 so quickly? I stood there, feeling the nerves shooting along my spine as the athletes on the floor finished their last Clean and Jerk. I mean, heats three through five had dragged along at a slow pace. I enjoyed watching the other members of my Box push themselves to their limits, but that didn’t mean I was ready to do 15.1, at least not emotionally.

But time was up. Heat seven was next, which meant I was on.

There is something about the Open I can’t quite describe. It’s unlike any competitive sports event I’ve been to, and this being the first year I am participating I hardly knew what to expect.

So, Saturday morning I showed up to my Box, proudly sporting my team’s color (see my last blog on Project Teamwork if you don’t know what I’m talking about). Heats were already underway when I got there, and crowds stood around the WOD area, cheering on friends and fellow athletes. It was like an insane party at 10 a.m. in which people were pushing themselves to their limits simply because they could.

I was nervous to do the WOD. I wondered how far I would get. I wondered if I would even be able to Clean and Jerk after such an exhausting nine minutes. However, I got farther than I ever thought possible and I PR’d my Clean and Jerk!

Prior to hitting 15.1 though, my Coaches had done a good job of sharing what most of us — a.k.a. those not looking to move on in the competition — should view the Open as: We should see it as a test of our fitness. You have your everyday WODs as training; you have your Games and other various events as competition. And then you have things like the Open to test where you are physically.

So, when I was standing by my bar, ready to start my first round of knee ups — because this girl doesn’t have her toes-to-bar yet — I realized there is no reason to be nervous. This was simply me against me. It was a test of my fitness, so why wouldn’t I push myself to exhaustion?

That day, CrossFit proved itself yet again to me. As I repped out deadlifts and Snatches, as people cheered me on, as I saw improvement and abilities I had never had before come to light, I truly believed in the sport.

How are you helping your members believe in the power of CrossFit?

Heather Hartmann
Heather is the editor for Box Pro Magazine. Contact her at heather@peakemedia.com.