The Open is almost over and as bummed out as I am of the removal of the Regional step of getting to the Games, what I have seen is one of the best things ever: the true importance of the Open! Many boxes were so upset at the way the CrossFit Games season has unfolded that they just decided to bail out of anything to do with CrossFit at all, including the Open. I think that's a mistake. When the qualifying for Regionals was an important feat, the getting of the first double under or pull up or bar muscle became a very distant second. Now that the Open is only a qualifier for about 200 in the world, the ENTIRE thing is built for the community. At the very beginning of CrossFit Coach Glassman said that anyone can so a workout by themselves but put two people together and now they will push harder than they have before. Sure there might be a little bit of ego mixed in there that makes you do more, but more importantly, is the group of people surrounding you while you do it. I have seen people cheering for individual members as if THEY were in the CrossFit Games! This kind of community power is undeniable and extremely powerful. It helps people to do things they normally wouldn't be able to do. But it also gives the opportunity and time to REALLY try to do something they have never been able to do before. In a regular class, if someone is trying something they can't do, you might get three or four attempts. Then it's done. But in the Open setting, the attempts are very real, very focused and I see people break those barriers ALL THE TIME!! The new skill that is achieved, the joy of getting so close or actually making it, the camaraderie of the group, the yells, and screams for every person, makes the Open important. It's not about getting money for CrossFit, it's not about qualifying for the Games, or being the top 100 in your area. It's about having the focused opportunity to do something incredible. And I have seen some VERY incredible things each and every week! One more week to GO! LET'S CRUSH IT EVERYONE!!! :)

FEEL THE BURN!! 

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