Wednesday – Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead to the 2017 Online Qualifier

By: Crossfit

The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is behind us, and it’s time to look ahead to what’s next: the Online Qualifier, which will take place Thursday-Monday, April 20-24, 2017.

Much like the CrossFit Games Open, the Online Qualifier challenges athletes’ mental and physical game with max lifts, high-skill movements and tests of general physical preparedness. In its fourth year, the Online Qualifier will be a stepping stone for both masters and teenagers on their journeys to get to the CrossFit Games.

The top 200 teenagers and masters from each division after the Open will be eligible to compete in the Online Qualifier. The four-day competition will decide which 20 teens and masters from each division will head to Madison, Wisconsin, for the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games.

In the Online Qualifier, athletes will submit scores and/or videos for four workouts. Once the Online Qualifier workouts are released, athletes will have four days to complete them. Athletes submitting scores must use a registered judge for each workout and have their performances validated by a licensed CrossFit affiliate in good standing. In addition, all four workouts must be videotaped. Alternatively, athletes may elect to submit videos of the four workouts online for judging and validation. All videos submitted for review must adhere to standard Open video submission guidelines.

Athletes will have five scores tabulated in order to determine their final rank in the Online Qualifier: four scores from the Online Qualifier workouts and one score based on their final overall rank in the Open. If an athlete fails to post a valid score in an Online Qualifier workout for any reason, they will receive a score of “0” for that workout.

Ties on the overall Online Qualifier Leaderboard will be broken by awarding the best position to the athlete who has the highest result in any single Online Qualifier workout. This includes the score based on the athlete’s final Open rank. If athletes remain tied after this first tiebreaker, the process continues to their next highest single result, and so forth. Results from individual Open workouts will NOT be used to break ties on the overall Online Qualifier Leaderboard. Ties will not be broken for single event results. More than one athlete can share an event result and each will earn the original point value.

Also . . .Regionals Tickets Are On Sale Now!

Tickets are on sale for the second stage of the CrossFit Games Season: Regionals.

After the Open, the top men, women and teams move on to prove their fitness at the Regional level. Only the top five from each division in each of CrossFit’s eight Regionals will advance to the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.

Regional Schedule

May 19 – 21, 2017

  • East Regional | Albany, New York |Times Union Center

  • South Regional | San Antonio, Texas | Alamodome

May 26 – 28, 2017

  • Pacific Regional | Wollongong, Australia | WIN Entertainment Centre

  • California Regional | Del Mar, California | Del Mar Arena

  • Central Regional | Nashville, Tennessee | Music City Center

June 2 – 4, 2017

  • Meridian Regional | Madrid, Spain | Caja Mágica

  • West Regional | Portland, Oregon | Portland Expo Center

  • Atlantic Regional | Atlanta, Georgia | Georgia World Congress Center

Get Tickets

Regional tickets cost $75 for three days or $30 per day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge with a ticketed adult. You may purchase tickets here.

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Tuesday – How to Avoid the Workout Blues

We have all been there!! Dragging our feet to the gym and trying to get in a decent workout for an hour or so, but somehow always falling short.

The most common excuses are a hard day at work or not getting enough sleep. Every now and then those excuses are true and we do need a day off, but there are times when we use the excuse and truthfully it’s just us being lazy. That’s when things start going downhill. We miss a day, then a week and then we rarely workout.

When we get back to it, the uphill battle starts in order to get back to where we were. By spicing up your workouts you can push those excuses away and avoid losing your hard-won progress.

Energy Foods

Imagine that you are coming home from work. You promised yourself that you would hit the gym on the way home, but you’re feeling run down and tired. One common mistake is when individuals slam back energy drinks.

While that much sugar will give you a momentary surge of energy, it’s a substance that will never be any good for you. Your energy will simply die after a short time. There are plenty of foods that you can snack on to give you a more sustainable boost.

One of my favorite energy snacks is nuts, mostly pistachios. Nuts are a healthy source of energy, filled with nutrients and fats to get you through your slump. The fat is monounsaturated, which is the good kind of fat, though moderation is always a good idea. Do some research and find out what works for you. There are a variety of energy food options available in addition to nuts; bananas, apples, and yogurt are all good choices.

If you feel like you’re dragging throughout the day, it may not be a good idea to workout. It is okay to take a day off and catch up on rest. Your body will probably thank you later. But you do want to get back to it the following day, even if it’s only for 15 or 30 minutes. By giving yourself a day to recuperate you may avoid going overboard by working out too hard, or even not making the trip worth it by quitting after a few minutes. Just remember not to get into a habit of skipping days.


Variation is also a good idea when it comes to your workout. We spice up everything in our lives, so why not our workouts?  That is why I love CF!

The key is varying your workouts to constantly work other muscles that can get missed out by standard exercises. This also gives the different muscles a chance to heal between workouts.

Heavy or Light

Another question a lot of people have is whether they should go light or heavy for the day. The answer is easy. How do you feel right at that moment? I have had days where I would plan to lift only light, but once I got to the gym I went heavy. Afterwards, it felt like just what I needed. Do you have aching or trembling muscles? Opt for light weights, or perhaps a brisk jog. If you listen to your body you can never go wrong.

Slow or Fast

How fast should you workout? Again, listen to your body.  Watch your heart rate to make sure it never falls under your targeted pace. Heart rate is one of the biggest keys to a great workout.  The basic way to calculate your maximum heart rate is to subtract your age from 220. For example, if you’re 45 years old, subtract 45 from 220 to get a maximum heart rate of 175. This is the maximum number of times your heart should beat per minute during exercise.


We all use the excuse of having no time in the day to workout.  BS!! Unless you are working a 14-hour day and only have enough time to come home and eat before going to sleep, you have time to workout.

Instead of coming home and watching TV, take that time to do a short workout. Even if it is only thirty minutes it will help. Sometimes we all get busy with chores (I have my fair share), however, there is a solution: do a little each day and spread it out. I am sure you can find three total hours sometime during the week to workout. Quit making excuses and get out there.

Break through the slump if you are in one!!  Summertime is around the corner;) NO EXCUSES.

Dr. Meghan

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Wednesday – Mastering Box Jumps

Congratulations to all athletes who have completed the 2017 Crossfit Opens. Over the past 5 weeks Dave Castro has definitely thrown some curveballs our way but it was nothing we couldn’t handle! Strengths have shined through, weaknesses exposed, overall a great experience to push through to whatever our journeys have in store for us!

**REMINDER** Come out this Saturday (April 1st) morning to celebrate the end of the 2017 Opens and another year of Crossfit Factory Square! You can sign up for the partner wod on the white board and write down any food items you plan on bringing for the potluck after.

Now let’s get to business. . . . tips on mastering box jumps. This movement terrifies me for no reason other than a box has eaten my shin on more than one occasion. I can do them all day BUT as soon as I let my mind get to me it’s like my life suddenly flashes before my eyes before every one. lol Yea I know I’m ridiculous. Anyways. . . .he’s a good article from Box Life Magazine for a few quick tips.

By Bryant Perkins

Box jumps have long been an integral part of functional movement training. Like running, box jumping is one of those things that looks simple but is often dangerous when performed the wrong way. However, it can be very effective when performed the right way.

Practice and perfect three key elements and you’ll be well on your way to feeling more confident in your jumps.

4Stabilization & Strength
It’s about core stability and core strength. Stable core muscles allow you to hold your initial position, as you land on top of the box, and as you land back on the ground. Strong core muscles allow you drive powerfully into the air, hold your position while in flight, and protect your body from the shock of landing back on the ground.

Plank to achieve better stability
Planks help engage the muscles of the pelvis and lower abdomen, which are vital to the execution of a proper box jump.

How-To: Begin in a plank. Hold 45 seconds. Extend your arms, one-at-a-time, until in a full push-up position. Bring your right knee to your chest and hold for 30 seconds. Take your leg back and bring your left knee to your chest. Hold 30 seconds. Take your leg back to its original position and rest. Repeat the sequence for 3 sets of 4 to 6 holds per leg for max benefits.

To build strength: Wrap a band around the base of a rig. Slip your foot inside the loop and instead of bringing your knee to your chest, pull forward for 12 reps on each foot.
Repeat entire sequence for 3 to 4 sets of 12 reps for max benefits.

3Takeoff Posititon
Your takeoff position is key to achieving lift and accuracy in your jumps. Imagine your body is a tightly coiled spring. Your objective should be to release that spring straight up, not out, and as close to the box as possible.

Positioning yourself closer to the box forces you to drive vertically, decreasing the distance between you and the box before, during and after each jump. A closer position forces you to drive your knees higher, increasing your trajectory, enabling you to achieve maximum lift, clearing the height of the box. The shorter the distance from the box, the faster you can perform each jump.

How-To: Position your body as you would during the start of a hang clean. Rise up slightly onto your mid/forefoot. This foot position will trigger the reflex needed for the initial take off.

Position your arms behind you so that they follow the angle of your torso. Good arm placement aids in timing and balance at takeoff and landing. Your head along with your eyes and chin should be focused forward, not up or down.

2Takeoff & In-flight Mechanics
When you are set to jump, violently swing your arms up towards the sky. This motion will begin to draw your torso up initiating the movement. At the same time, drive your knees up towards your chest in order to leave the ground and complete the lifting process. Your main objective is to clear the height of the box, not necessarily to land on top of it. Think height first!

Tuck Jumps
Tuck jumps are great for practicing your takeoff form and in-flight mechanics without a box.

How-To: Start in the takeoff position. Takeoff from the ground as you would during a box jump, violently throwing your arms up, and driving your knees to your chest at the same time. Land back on the ground and repeat for 2 -3 sets of 4-6 reps for max benefits.

1One-Leg Low Box Jumps
These are perfect for building up the lower leg muscles needed in both the takeoff and landing of your jumps. This exercise will also ensure that you are building the strength, stabilization, and endurance of each individual leg. Legs that are conditioned separately and equally have fewer imbalances, and will be twice as powerful when used together.

How-To: Find a flat surface to jump on about 1ft off the ground. To start, tuck the leg you’re not jumping with behind you and hold that leg, bending it at the knee. Standing on one leg, position your body in the correct position to do a standard box jump. Leave the ground the same way you would during a standard jump as described above. Repeat for 2-3 sets of 5-10 reps per leg for max benefits. Do not alternate.

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Wednesday – Cherry Picking


cherry picking

Found this online and couldn’t help myself . . . it’s brilliant.

Cherry picking you say? What? Have I gone off my rocker?? Most certainly not. When I refer to cherry picking I am definitely not referring to those delicious little nuggets of fruit that grow on trees. I’m referring to the term that no one likes to hear or even admit that they tend to do. Let me explain. . . . Like when going to pick cherries, or anything else for that matter, you always looks for the best ones. The pieces that appeal most to you and that you know you will enjoy better than the other not so fortunate ones left behind. Some are easy to find, others may be hidden gems. However no matter what any of them may actually look like, in the end each one picked still holds the same value. One magically isn’t going to give you super powers and the other one won’t suddenly turn into a completely different fruit. (If this does happen to you and you gain super powers, let me know because we need to talk! Lol)

Take the same premise explained for cherry picking – now apply it to your workouts. Yea I know I’m the big meanie that just went there. In all seriousness, REALLY think about it. From time to time we all have a tendency to cherry pick our workouts. Now you’re probably going to say, “But Jen, I never cherry pick. I simply don’t go to class when my body tells me it needs a rest day.” That’s great! You should be doing that to keep yourself safe and give your body time to recover. I’m more so referring to looking at the programmed WOD, seeing something that you HATE doing (or one of your weaknesses) and suddenly deciding that you’re not going to go just because. THAT is cherry picking.

The reason why I bring this up is because I recently caught myself cherry picking. I know I cannot be the only person who is guilty of this. If I’m going to pep talk myself out of this, might as well for everyone else too right?? One good way to help prevent this is to pick a schedule and stick with it. Most of us have a pretty good idea of what our bodies are capable of and know when we need rest days. Use that when picking a schedule. If you can only go 3 days a week, select those 3 days and be consistent. Even something like switching around your days because of what you see is programmed I still consider to be cherry picking. Not going to class on heavy cardio days will never make cardio any easier. OR only going on heavy lifting days won’t help us when gymnastics are programmed.

Like cherries, every one (workout) still holds the same value as the rest. Just because we may not like how one “looks” it doesn’t mean it’s not as beneficial as the rest. For those participating in The Opens, you haven’t had the option to cherry pick a programmed WOD. If Dave Castro says you are going to do burpees, guess what . . . you do the burpees (he’s evil I know). If we only ever do the WODs that we like, we will never get any better at the WODs that we hate.

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Wednesday – Mentally Handling Failure

When it comes to our training it’s not all about the PR’s and the successes that shape us as athletes. It is easy to forget that our failures have just as big of an impact on us and from time to time it’s important to reach failure. Sure no one likes to fail at a lift but it’s part of the process and the journey. A necessary evil if you will. That being said, here’s a good article from Catalyst Athletics on how to mentally handle failure . . . Happy Reading!


Our fearless leader getting the troops ready to battle 17.3

Mentally Handling Failed Attempts in the Heat of the Moment
By: Matt Foreman

Let me tell you a quick story. I was coaching a lifter at the American Open once, and we were in the back getting him warmed up for the snatch. This was his first Open, and we were planning to start him with 113 kg (his PR was 120).

Even with 70 kg, his nerves were starting to get to him. The bar looked a little shakier than usual, positions were tight and hesitant, etc., but he still made his warmup snatches up to 95 kg fairly solid.

Then he missed 100 badly, out in front. We repeated and he held on for a good lift. Then he missed 105 a couple minutes later, big overpull that went behind. At this point, the meet was moving quickly and we didn’t have time to repeat the 105, so we went straight to 110 (his last warm up). He missed this one too. Now the bar was already at 113 out on the competition platform, and we only had about 3-4 minutes before we had to go out there. I couldn’t move his opener down to anything lighter. He was crapping his pants, obviously.

Want to know what I did? I took the bar down to 70 kg and told him, “Snatch it.” He snatched it easily, then looked at me. I could see his eyes settling down a bit. So I said, “Snatch it again.” He snatched it easily again, and I literally saw him take a deep breath and exhale calmly after he made it. I looked at him and smiled and said, “Okay, now you’re fine. Just go out there and do the same thing.”

He made his opener with 113, made his second attempt at 118, and came extremely close with a big 123, which would have been a 3 kg PR. Pretty good day, considering the debacle that led up to it.

Sometimes athletes just lose their rhythm. They lose the feel of the lift. It’s got nothing to do with strength, or even technique. It’s about timing and composure. After they’ve screwed up a few lifts, their movements are rattled. Panic often sets in when this happens, especially if it happens in competition.

If you’re an athlete, one of the best weapons you can ever have is the psychological ability to stay cool in these situations. When you mess up a lift, you don’t piss down your leg and start getting excuses lined up in your head, planning out what you’re going to tell your family and friends when they ask why you blew it. You simply think about what you did wrong, think about what you need to do to fix it, and move on to the next one without blowing a gasket.

Most athletes aren’t born with this ability. It has to be developed through experience. This is why you rarely see veteran competitors having mental meltdowns. They’ve been there before. They’ve stepped into big holes and had to dig themselves out. Once you’ve done this multiple times, you simply develop the confidence that you’ll be able to do it again if you need to.

I once lifted in the National Championship and opened with a 180 kg C&J. I missed the jerk on my first attempt, repeated and missed the clean on my second, and then jumped to 185 kg (which was a PR at the time) and made it on my last attempt. If I made that last lift, I set a new PR and won the bronze medal. If I missed it, I bombed at the Nationals. I got the job done and showed a lot of mental strength that day, but this meet happened after I had been competing for almost 10 years. I don’t know if I could have done this when I was a beginner. Probably not.

I once heard actor Al Pacino say, “Pressure is a funny thing. You squeeze some people, and they focus. You squeeze other people, and they fold.” Those words have stuck with me for a long time, more than some of the other great quotes I’ve heard.

Are we all going to pull it off and work miracles every time? Hell no. Naim Suleymanoglu, the greatest lifter of all time, bombed out at his last Olympics. So did Vasily Alexeev and David Rigert. These guys were the ultimate veteran miracle workers in the game, and even they got melted down to nothing at some point. It can happen, no matter how good you are.

But the reason we remember Suleymanoglu, Alexeev, and Rigert so well is because they won the battle a lot more than they lost it. They might have failed at times, but their successes completely overshadowed it.

You can become the same kind of athlete if you hang in there and keep trying long enough. You might never have the ability to win an Olympic gold medal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become a great competitor who rattles off your own list of successes.

A lot of things go into the building of a tough fighter. But the main one is always going to be the willingness to simply…keep fighting. You can’t get experience without time, and you can’t accumulate time if you quit and walk away. You have to pay your dues.

Remember that.

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Tuesday – Gym Closed

At Crossfit Factory Square, in Southington, Connecticut, our goal is to enable you to perform at your best. For some, this may mean having more sustained energy throughout the day, losing body fat and/or life long health. For others, this may be important for athletic purposes and performance enhancement. Our programming is based on CrossFit methodology. This means we follow a program consisting of constantly varied, functional movements (like squatting, pushing, pulling,running), executed at high-intensity.

Contact us today to get started!

37 West Center St. (Suite 114)
Southington, CT 06489

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Wednesday – Food, Fun and Fitness

For those of you who have not seen it yet – Crossfit Factory Square is proudly celebrating another year and what better way to do it than with all of the Factory Square community! Join us for some Food, Fun and Fitness. This year’s celebration with include a 2 or 4 person partner WOD (your choice) followed by a potluck brunch around 11 AM. We hope that everyone can join us for both but please feel free to come to one or the other.

Now that you know about the event, how about some of those important details . . . .

WHEN: Saturday, April 1st – Doors open at 9:30 AM, WOD at 10:00 AM

WHO: All are invited!

WOD: 4 Person Team WOD

40 Handstand Push Ups (mod:pike)

60 Burpees

800 meter Run

100 Kettlebell Swings 53/35

120 Hand Release Push Ups

140 Abmat Situps

160 Wall Balls 20/14

180 Hurdle Hops

All movements must be completed in order and only one athlete working at a time. Team must also complete a 2 mile run (sub will be a 4k row). This can be broken up however you wish with one working at a time and can be done at any time while other team members are working on the reps of each exercise. The run can also be done as a buy in or cash out (if done as a two person team the reps/mileage will be cut in half).

Hope to see everyone there!

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Disc Problem???

Most disc injuries occur in the neck and lower back. Herniated disc of the mid back occur much less often. Disc injuries often cause pain radiating into an extremity. The herniated disc of the neck (cervical spine) pinch nerves that radiate pain into the arms often into the hands and to the upper mid back region. Herniated disc of the lower back (lumbar spine) cause pain in the lower back and radiate into the leg often to the toes. Herniated disc in the lower back often cause leg pain without any lower back pain. Ninety percent of the time when you have radiating leg pain below the knee it is related to a herniated disc of the lumbar spine.

Three at home tests for lower back discs you can do to indicate if you have a herniated disc are:

Slump Test – Sit on a chair. Then slump your shoulder forward and let your lower back curve toward the back. Then raise one or both of your legs straight out in front of you. If you have radiating pain in the leg you probably have a herniated disc.

Leg Raise Test – Lay on the floor flat of your back and raise your both legs off the floor about 6 inches. If you have radiating pain into a leg or legs or you are unable to hold you legs up you probably have a herniated disc.

Leg Traction Test – While laying on your back have someone pull on your leg from the ankle and foot. If your pain lessens, traction would be a good intervention and treatment.

Two tests to help you understand if you have a herniated disc in the neck are:

Upper Limb Nerve Tension Test: While sitting raise your upper arm to horizontal and your forearm pointed straight up. Then tilt your wrist back. While your wrist is tilted backwards extend your arm straight and then push it backwards. If you have pain radiating into your arm with the Upper Nerve Tension Test you probably have a herniated disc in your neck.

Traction Tests – While sitting gently lift up on your head so to apply traction to the neck. If your pain diminishes spinal decompression would probably be a good treatment intervention.

However to be absolutely positive you have a disc protrusion diagnostic imaging is necessary. MRI of the neck or lower back is best because it not only giving detail of the bone but also the soft tissues of nerve and disc.  CT scan also allow you to see a disc protrusion. CT scans are also best for detail of bone and not as good for soft tissue.

Ultimately, to know if you have a herniated disc consult a doctor who is experienced, knowledgeable, and deals with back related issues daily.  

I have been getting this question a lot lately.  I broke it down to some simple tests that may help you make a better decision as to what to do next!

Have a great week!

Dr. Meghan

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Wednesday – 7 Reasons For The Opens


The 2017 Opens is literally right around the corner. In fact, if you plan on participating and you haven’t signed up yet, time is running out! For those still on the fence, here is a good repost of 7 reasons why you should sign up!

7 Reasons To Sign Up Even If You Don’t Care About Competing

By: William Imbo

With the inclusion of the Scaled division, there will now be more opportunities for athletes of all levels to participate in the Open. Even the ‘casual’ CrossFitter—the athlete who simply participates in CrossFit for their health and fitness—can be tempted to join in with the fun; the question is, why should they? The Open is a time when “CrossFit—the training methodology” and “CrossFit—the sport” merge together. Yes it’s a competition, yes it’s designed to be fun, but it’s also a great way reach your health and fitness goals. In fact, there are several reasons why anyone and everyone (including you) needs to do the Open.

1. Provides you with a benchmark of your current level of fitness
The Open contains some of the most challenging workouts you will ever be exposed to. It’s not only a measure of where you stand in your CrossFit abilities, but also an excellent test of your general physical preparedness—i.e. your current level of fitness. The toughness of each Open WOD is a great way to measure how far you’ve progressed from year to year, seeing as how it’s designed to test multiple elements of an individual’s fitness. Your strength, stamina, speed, mobility and skill will all be put to the test. You may even be able to achieve new movements and weights that you had previously thought unattainable. Once you complete the five workouts of the Open, you’ll be able to look back at your performances and know that you have set new benchmarks for yourself in all areas of your fitness.

2. Highlights your weaknesses
A major goal of the Open is to expose an individual’s weaknesses. The organizers of the Games are trying to trim down the athletes to find the fittest men and women each year, but even if you don’t intend to ever ‘compete’ in CrossFit it’s still incredibly useful to know where your weaknesses lie. Part of the process of developing your fitness and becoming a better athlete is through identifying which areas are limiting your progress the most. Participating in the Open is a great way to achieve that, because you’ll be hit with a different test of fitness from week to week. Whether it’s gymnastic skills, strength, endurance or Olympic Weightlifting, your weaknesses will become immediately apparent to you as you’ll shine in some of the workouts and likely bomb other ones. You can then come away from the Open with that knowledge and develop a plan with your coach to turn those weaknesses into strengths, and become a fitter athlete as a result.

3. Helps set goals
One of the most important aspects of having a S.M.A.R.T. goal is that you make it timely. That is to say that the goal should be grounded within a time frame—otherwise where’s the sense of urgency to complete it? Well, what better time than the CrossFit Open? Just as the Open can be used to set benchmarks and measure your progress from year to year, it can also serve as an opportunity to create and achieve various fitness goals that you have set yourself. You may want to lose 10lbs by the conclusion of the Open, eat clean for the five weeks of the competition, PR a certain weight or movement, etc. It’s a great platform with which to test your fitness on an annual basis, and the fact that it’s a unique and special competition should encourage you to use it as a deadline for achieving your goal(s).

4. Increases motivation
Everyone’s desire to workout and get fitter can dwindle. It’s hard to maintain the energy and enthusiasm for eating clean, working out regularly and spending the necessary time to become a healthier person. Every year, people succumb to the CrossFit burnout. The Open provides a change of pace to your regular schedule and can reignite your motivation to become fitter, healthier, faster, stronger, etc. You’ll know that for five weeks there will be one special workout that thousands of other athletes around the world will be attempting to complete. Use the Open to reignite your motivation to reach your goals—not just for the five weeks the Open lasts, but for long after that.

5. Promotes camaraderie
Every CrossFit workout is tough, but an Open workout is one that you get to share with thousands of other athletes around the world—not to mention the people in your box! This is a unique element of the Open, amplified by the fact that you can also post your scores from each workout online so that you can compare yourself against the other Open competitors at your box and around the globe. That is certainly something you don’t get to do every day, and as such, it places extra ‘weight’ on each one of the five Open workouts. Now you’re not just comparing yourself to other people in your gym, you get to evaluate your fitness against athletes from all over the world. And because each Open WOD is special in that sense, you can strategize with other athletes in the box to try and develop a game plan to produce your best score. You can pull tips from people who have already performed 15.1, and in turn pass on your advice after you perform the workout yourself (unless of course you want to keep those tips and tricks to yourself). This competitive spirit and the knowledge that you’re competing against thousands of other people doing the same workout helps to promote an air of friendly competition and camaraderie at the box.

6. It’s a great way to enjoy the thrill of competition
At the end of the day, the purpose of the Open is to give CrossFitters around the globe the opportunity to compete. As the CrossFit Games site states, “The intent of the scaled workouts is to allow everyone who wants to compete, to compete at an appropriate level.” As a fitness enthusiast but casual CrossFitter, perhaps you have always been apprehensive about joining your affiliate team for a local throwdown or competing in a CrossFit-style competition. But by signing up for the Open, you’ll have the opportunity to compete in the familiar surroundings of your home box, and you can fit the workouts around your schedule. I’m sure that your curiosity will get the better of you and you’ll take a look at the leaderboard to see where you stand against the other athletes in your box—and the world. Who knows? After the Open you might be so fired up from the experience that you’ll be signing up for the next local competition you can find. But of course, as with anything, you’ll only be able to experience all of this if you first make the decision to try.

7. It’s fun!
As you may already know, each live announcement of the Open is a show in itself. The Open has evolved to become a form of entertainment for the CrossFitter, with much secrecy leading up to the workout before it’s announced in front of two elite athletes and a box full of eager fans making a lot of noise. No one knows what they’re going to be hit with. It could be a couplet of movements that are right in their wheelhouse, or a monstrous metcon that makes even the most elite athletes sick to their stomachs. But for five weeks, you’ll be able to test your fitness in unique workouts, achieve some of your goals, boost your desire to become fitter, make new friends and experience the competitive side of the sport. Now doesn’t all of that sound like fun!? But there’s only one way you’ll get to experience all of that—by signing up for the CrossFit Open!

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At Crossfit Factory Square, in Southington, Connecticut, our goal is to enable you to perform at your best. For some, this may mean having more sustained energy throughout the day, losing body fat and/or life long health. For others, this may be important for athletic purposes and performance enhancement. Our programming is based on CrossFit methodology. This means we follow a program consisting of constantly varied, functional movements (like squatting, pushing, pulling,running), executed at high-intensity.

Contact us today to get started!

37 West Center St. (Suite 114)
Southington, CT 06489

CrossFit Factory Square

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