Reflecting on the past 5 weeks, and preparing for what lies ahead. 

The 2016 CrossFit OPEN has come to an end. 

For some of you, it's a relief.

For others, it went too fast, and you're hungry for more. 

Wherever you sit on the spectrum, it is critical for your Fitness success moving forward to ensure that you take some time to reflect on the experience of the OPEN. Whether this was your first OPEN experience or your 5th, there will ALWAYS be things to learn from. The good, the bad, and the ugly. What did you love, what did you kick a$$ at, where did you fail, where did you struggle, what would you change.........etc. 

There were soooooooo many EPIC moments from this OPEN season!! As a gym, CrossFit Five Cities had the largest participation in the OPEN this year than any year since the OPEN began in 2011. So many of you achieved your "first" something (and potentially many more). Some of you learned how to push beyond your perceived limits, some of you lifted more than you ever have before, some of you learned how to get comfortable with the uncomfortable, some of you learned how to be mentally strong(er). Others may have felt a sense of defeat. Perhaps every week was like a punch to the gut when movements were announced that you don't have in your wheelhouse......yet. 

Now what? 

The weekly surprise workouts, the all out effort tests, the high energy, competition atmosphere will all fade away as we go back to what we call "Training". Now is when you make the decision on what you would like to accomplish in this next training season to be prepared for 2017 OPEN. 

Unless you are competing in the Sport at some level (Regionals, local competitions, TEAM competitions, etc.), it is likely that the only thing you are "training" for is life, and now perhaps, the 2017 CrossFit OPEN. 

If you workout at C5 to be a more Fit version of yourself, to be healthy and strong, and to be more awesome at life, thats wonderful! We support that motivation 100%! Please don't feel like you "should" be training for something other than life. However, we do know that when you have some form of accountability, a test to study/practice for, it keeps you focused on the end goal. 

We like to use the CrossFit OPEN as a metric for everyones Fitness every year. Sure, we have plenty of actual Fitness tests that we look at throughout the year to ensure our program is continuing to make everyone more Fit. But, the OPEN, adds another level to the testing that is community wide.

MAKE the time to reflect so we can help ensure you're on the right path to success in your Fitness Journey friends!! 

We will be notifying the C5 community when our next phase of "testing" is coming. Expect to spend the next month (April) having fun with Fitness. Don't stress on all the things you want to get great at right now, just have some fun and exercise with your friends! 

We will have some testing coming your way at the beginning of May to support our next phase of training that will begin that same month! 

Make it a great week of Fitness friends!!