We are already well into the 2017 Crossfit Open and who better to offer us advice about our performance than athletes that made it into the previous Regional and Games. We have the tremendous honor of collaborating with great national and international crossfitters.
Their advice ranges from close to home to a world away, such as; Samuel Gallego from Málaga and Janine Enslin Pennia from Pretoria, South Africa.
Tips from the Pro Crossfitters for 2017 OpensSEE ALSO: Ones To Watch: 2017 CrossFit Open
We have asked for two pieces of advice from each athlete and as you can see, many of them echo each other.
1) If possible, do the workout with someone who pushes you for a good performance. Treat it like an actual competition.
2) Find the right mindset. Make sure you are ready to hit the workout with 100% intensity giving your absolute best performance.
Always give it your best, 100%. Remember that every rep counts in the Open, so even if there’s a second left, take it.
Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. You can’t control what they’re doing, so focus on your game, and nothing else.
Alexandre Jolivet (Másters 35-39)
As a Masters athlete, your competition is no less important. Treat these workouts with the same intensity as any Open workout you might have done before.
You’re in competition now, so give it your all. Don’t compromise on anything, and don’t worry about what might be coming later on.
1) Perform each WOD of the open stress free, do not confuse speed with precipitation. Take your time and trust in your training.
2) Give the best each week to achieve the best performance.
Treat every Open workout as though it was the final event at the Games. Give it everything you’ve got, and you’ll reap the rewards later.
Even if you’re not trying to get to Regionals or the Games, if you’re signed up, you’re in it to win, so go hard..
Give 100% and don’t stop until you’re done. If you’ve given everything you’ve got to the workout, that’s what matters.
Make sure that your nutrition and sleep are up to scratch before the Open, so that you give yourself the best chance of success.
SEE ALSO: Velites Pros. Alexandre Jolivet gives us his take on the Open this year
All of us handle competition in a unique way, most of us do the open for different reasons. Not everybody in the open is necessarily aiming for Regionals this year. My tips for the 2017 CrossFit Opens are:
If I felt like I was able to go harder right after an Open workout, I’d do it again.
I have to say: “I couldn’t have done better than that for where I am now” after I’m done. – If I can say that, I am happy, regardless of the outcome.
I don’t change anything; diet, supplements, kit, clothes, shoes etc. all stay exactly the same. For me it’s just another workout in the week. I’ll continue with my program as soon as it’s done, even training straight after and in the evening again.
Getting obsessed with other people scores only drives up stress levels, ruins recovery and effects my training too much. It’s 5 weeks long, and it’s about consistency, not winning every WOD and getting obsessed with winning 1st or 2nd place.
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You should never give up on a workout because it’s hard or because you’re tired, but that’s especially true in the Open. It will be over soon, so suck it up and keep going.
If you don’t do as well as you’d hoped, figure out where you went wrong, recover, and do it again. Simple as that.
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1) Watch the live stream more than once and try to analyze the pacing and approach of the top athletes.
Then try to prepare a game plan that is individualized on your ability. It doesn’t make sense if you try to go the same pace as Froning did. Find out how you should structure your sets of toes-to-bar, boxjumps or snatches, then go to the gym and crush it!
2) Don’t put yourself under too much pressure. I did that two years ago and it neither paid off nor worked out well. Set yourself a reasonable goal on each workout and readjust your scoring goal after each week. Enjoy the Open, these are the 5 weeks we all worked hard for throughout the whole year. Kill it!
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Stay focused. Take each workout, and each part of the workout as it comes. Don’t worry about what’s coming next, focus only on what you can control.
Don’t overthink it. When you try to control what’s coming, you lose a grip on what’s happening at that moment. Do your best in the moment, and take each new thing as it comes.