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The One About the CrossFit Open

If you've been around the gym on a Saturday afternoon lately, you'll know that it's CrossFit Open season again! Many of CFK's members have undertaken this five week challenge (officially and unofficially) to see how they stack up against their peers, and of course, the elites.

The Open is a great way to experience CrossFit the Sport, which is similar to, though different in many ways from, CrossFit the Fitness Program. It's worth reflecting on some of the reasons regular people choose to participate in something like the Open, or local CrossFit competitions. 

For some, it's exciting to take on a new, maybe slightly more difficult movement or lift, and see how well you can do. For others, it's fun to undertake this sort of challenge with friends doing to the same thing, for the camaraderie and the experience of having a cheering section encouraging you to do better. It's fun to try to predict the movements or type of WOD that will show up next. And maybe we also try to do just a little better–complete each rep to full depth, hit that lockout, hit the wall ball target, get that chin *really* over the bar. We are encouraged to work harder toward excellence, which hopefully carries into the rest of the year.

So far this season, we have seen many people hit new Personal Records, doing movements they have never done before, or doing them better than they ever have before. And those of us who haven't quite seen the PRs we wanted to have a better idea of which "greatest enemy" they might want to work on for next year. And we have all gained a greater appreciation for the capabilities of those athletes who do make it to the Games.

We are heading into Week 4 of the Open, and you are of course invited to help judge, cheer on, and take on the challenge this Saturday! 

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