Monthly Archives: February 2018

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Why sign up for the Open? Alexa and Griffin

Now we get to hear Alexa and Griffin’s reasons for signing up for the Open!

Don’t forget to join us at the gym tomorrow, Thursday, at 8PM for the first Open Announcement Viewing Party!

Alexa: “I’m doing the 2018 CrossFit Open for me… to prove to myself that I CAN do it! CrossFit has taught me to push myself past my physical/mental limit.  When I first started 2 years ago, I would stop during a workout or give excuses such as “I can’t do that anymore” or “that’s too hard for me.” During 17.1, Griffin yelled for me to get one more lunge in the last 5 seconds of the workout and I *dramatically* dropped the dumbbell from overhead and said “I can’t.” In the past year of training, something clicked. I decided for myself that I would never have that same attitude again while training or with anything in life. When you start believing in yourself, great things are to follow. So bring on 18.1, I’m ready for it! ”

Nutrition Seminar

Nutrition Challenge Winners!

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Congratulations to all who completed the Nutrition Challenge!

It was a solid four weeks of trial and error, perseverance, and progress. Many people struggled during the first week, but then made some changes and finished strong. Some started strong and finished even stronger. But everyone learned a little more about their nutrition and their body.

So the time has come…

The moment that everyone has been waiting for…

The winning team, whose members will all receive a $5 gift card to Artie’s Paleo on the Go

The winning individuals from each level, who will receive a float from A Place to Float

A fight to the finish…

Individuals and teams battling it out for the number one spot…

It was almost too close to call…

We had to go back to review the footage…

And, without further ado..

The winners are…

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Going to be announced this Saturday Feb. 24th at 11am at the Nutrition Challenge Recap and Seminar.  Come to class at 10am and stay for the seminar. Bring a snack or grab an Rx Bar and come ready to learn with questions.

Nutrition Seminar

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Why sign up for the Open? Becca P.

This week we are going to highlight some of our coaches and why they have decided to sign up for the Open!

Here is what our amazing Yoga teacher and awesome athlete Becca has to say:

“4 years ago, Betsy and I did Intro class (taught by Eileen Cantrell) right smack in the middle of the CrossFit Open. Shortly after joining, we were invited to watch some very competitive Regionals candidates from 3 Indy CrossFit gyms go head-to-head on the south side.

I’m not gonna lie, I thought everyone was crazy. There were all these terms like “15.3″ being tossed around. At the time, I didn’t even know what “AMRAP” meant. I didn’t understand who Dave Castro was or how this crazy event worked and was convinced I would never be able to do a pull-up.

The next year (2016), Betsy and I both decided this year we would participate. I even agreed to go head-to-head against Eileen in front of everyone. That first year of the Open had its ups and downs. Sure, there were workouts in which I only completed 10 reps. But that workout Eileen and I did….it was repeated last year (16.4/17.4…the long one that starts with deadlifts that finishes with HSPU). I’m telling you, I’m like 23095823059x better at HSPU now and I”m not confident I could beat my old score and this is why:

The Open pushes you to do crazy shit.

Going against Eileen, having people cheer for me, having everyone watch, having Zane personally coach me right by my side (Jared coached Eileen of course)….my adrenaline was ON FIRE and I far exceeded what I would normally be capable of. (In case you’re wondering, Eileen won).

Last year, I participated in the Open with my infamous torn meniscus that I’m tired of referring to. I scaled all the workouts and had a blast. But let me tell you, I still pushed myself to crazy points I would normally never get to.

That’s why I do the Open. It pushes me to be better. And at the end of the day, that’s all I care about. It’s me vs me.

In Summary:

1. The Open is for everybody just like CrossFit is for everybody.   I guarantee there will be 90 year-olds doing the Open.  You can scale.  I will still be scaling movements that affect my knee, and I’m more proud of myself for that.

2.  The Open is like March Madness meets Christmas for CrossFit.  There’s an air of excitement and fun all around.  Come be a part of it.

3.  The Open supports good reps and correct counting. It’ll show everyone how hard you work when you’re honest #HWPO

4. What do you have to lose?

More questions on the logistics of the Open? Ask a coach!”

Register for the Open at https://games.crossfit.com

First workout announcement is on Thursday!
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Friday Night Lights!

Since The Open is an excellent opportunity to challenge yourself and cheer on fellow athletes, we have planned an Open season (5 weeks long) starting February 22nd that encourages both of these aspects.

Fridays will look a little different at the gym: We will be running a 6:00am and noon class each week, during this time you can come in and learn some strategies for the workout, practice the movements, and get some extra coaching.  These two classes will run more like an open gym.  We will have some mobility and movement drills that are designed to enhance not fatigue your Open performance. If you are unable to join us for our Friday Night Lights, then you will be able to perform the workout during these classes.

Friday from roughly 4pm-6pm will be a time where we encourage EVERYONE to come in and preform the workout under our Friday Night Lights. We will have judges there to help score workouts. Fellow athletes will be there to cheer you on, and you’ll have the opportunity to return the favor. This is a time as a CrossFit Infiltrate community where we can all support one another and push ourselves out of our comfort zone.

Additionally, we will implement a team aspect to The Open for CFI this year.  All of those who sign up and participate in The Open will be split into two teams and will gain points towards their team total for various aspects including: participating in Friday Night Lights, bringing a non-member to watch, and performing a new movement!

Stay tuned for more news on the team aspect!

Again, register for The Open here: https://games.crossfit.com

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The Open

What is The CrossFit Open?

1.) The Open is the first stage of a world-wide fitness competition.  For those who see CrossFit as a sport, The Open is the first of three stages to prove you are the “Fittest on Earth”.  The Open is a five week competition open to anyone; each week one workout is released on Thursday night at 8PM.  Hundreds of thousands of people will perform this workout between Thursday and Monday at 8PM when scores must be submitted. For the top 20 men, women, and teams in each region, Regionals are the next stage.  After the Regionals weekend, the top athletes from each region continue on to the CrossFit Games. 

There is no hiding: it is the first opportunity you have during the CrossFit season to “Prove Your Fitness.” If you plan to go to Regionals, make sure you video every rep of every workout because this is now legit folks. You will also get a real sense of how good some of those top athletes are. You will actually be competing against the best in the world. Girls, you’ll be going up against Tia-Clair Toomey, Katrin Davidsdottir, and Camille. Men, you will go head-to-head with Matt Fraser, Rich Froning, and Ben Smith. I am now more appreciative of their greatness.

To register for the Open and see your scores up against the greatest in the world, as well as, fellow athletes at Crossfit Infiltrate go to: https://games.crossfit.com/open

2.) The Open is an opportunity to be vulnerable, face your fears, and compete at whatever level. Every Open workout has an RX and Scaled division, so wherever you are at on your CrossFit journey, the Open is accessible. I competed in my very first CrossFit Open in a country that did not have one single CrossFit Affiliate period. Yes, I had to travel 4 hours at certain points to find equipment just to do the workout, but it was accessible. It was and is certainly more accessible than any other sporting event out there. 

Just because I don’t plan on winning any foot races doesn’t mean I don’t sign up for the occasional race to run with a friend, push myself a bit, and enjoy the community that surrounds me. And so The Open is for many. It’s a great time to get together, push yourself just a little harder with a little more focus.

Ultimately we do CrossFit because we get something out of it. Though the “it” may vary from person to person, we all appreciate overcoming difficulty and coming out stronger on the other side. We persevere through the difficulty of the workout, and this is enhanced during an Open workout.

And though people will take these workouts at different levels of seriousness, we will, at least at some point, find ourselves at that vulnerable point where that destructive voice will pop into our head, the voice that says to give up, to take it easy, to give into the pain. But with that voice comes a choice, and we resolve to conquer. Many will set new PRs, whether it comes by hitting your first toe-to-bar or by scoring a top-100 score in the world, we all share in the victory as a team.

3.) The Open is a team event which galvanizes a community by creating and deepening real relationships. We suffer together and we share in victory together. We cheer one another on. We care about others. Something special happens when you suffer with someone (just ask my wife). Something real happens when you receive encouragement. Many of our limitations are self-imposed, and through genuine encouragement, we are able to break free of some of those limitations. You are capable of more than you believe, others see it, now go do it.

Of course you will be nervous, but as it has been said, courage is not the absence of fear, but the resolve to not be bound by it. I would often not sleep the night before I attempted an Open WOD, and in a weird way, I enjoyed the ride. It is a fun venture. Sure there may be a disappointment here or there, but overall, it is good. It will bring us together.

Stay tuned for more details about The Open! T-minus 10 Days!

-JPC