Sunday Post-OPEN

Sunday’s are Make-Up days and through the Open season it’s a chance to get in the workout or re-do it for a better score.

Several of our athletes have been taking advantage of the higher levels of oxygen down in the Valley and performing the Open workouts with great success down there!  Big thanks to CrossFit Chaparral and Wildfire CrossFit for welcoming our athletes and helping them reach their goals!

Huge rounds of applause to Tara, Jay, George, and Sam for their stellar performances in these workouts!  They have trained hard, supported each other as well as so many others in the gym, and have shined in their efforts!  Congratulations on an incredible showing in the 2017 Open, representing CrossFit Flagstaff well!

And with 17.5 in the books, the CrossFit Open comes to a close. While we had a GREAT time these past 5 weeks, those DU’s may have left some mental scars…. Many would like Dave Castro to know that their jump rope joined the empty BBQ tins in the trash! 😉

Filthy 50th Birthday

In honor of a long-time friend and athlete of CrossFit Flagstaff – one of the OG’s! – we celebrate 50 years of amazing life with Bruce Hungate!  Happy birthday and best wishes to another 50 years of thriving!

CrossFit Benchmark WOD – “Filthy Fifty” [wmv][mov]
Chipper For Time:  
 

  • 50 Box Jumps – 24″ Box
  • 50 Jumping Pullups 
  • 50 Kettlebell Swings – 1 pood
  • 50 Walking Lunge Steps 
  • 50 Knees-to-Elbows 
  • 50 Push Press – 45 lb.
  • 50 Hip Extensions 
  • 50 Wall Ball Shots – 20# M/14# W
  • 50 Burpees 
  • 50 Double Unders

Compare to April 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BRUCE!!!

SO MUCH FILTHY FUN!

Thank you for all who came out and helped Bruce celebrate being alive for half a century – and working out to his choice of classical music! 😉

Open 17.5

Workout 17.5

10 rounds for time of:
9 thrusters
35 double-unders

Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.

 

THEN, we “Close-the-OPEN” with an after-party!

WHY the Open?  Why have we pushed our athletes to participate?  The Open is the first step in determining the fittest on earth and it leads to finding the 20 athletes in a region that will go to Regionals. The top 5 athletes from each of the Regionals goes to the CrossFit Games. The best part is this first step is for everyone, and that’s what we love about it. It’s a chance to compete. It may only be for five weeks, but just like me, you too can sign up and test your fitness against your friends at CrossFit HellBox or around the world. You can see where your numbers stack up against the best athletes on the planet no matter how far back you might end up.

If you love to compete, than it’s a chance to compete across the whole CrossFit world. It’s also a forum to test your fitness and make sure you are getting more fit and becoming a more well rounded athlete.  I know not everyone loves to compete but everyone should love the fact that they have proof they are improving their weaknesses. Another reason I love the Open is because of the atmosphere it creates in all the affiliates.  Everyone is focused on the same tough workouts, sharing their struggles and accomplishments, and reveling in their fitness.  Yes, the open workouts are tough, really tough. Not because they are super intricate but because they are simple tests of fitness covering a certain core group of movements in perfect combination. CrossFit always prides itself on the “unknown and unknowable” element of competition, and that aspect remains true today just as it did in 2007 at the very first CrossFit Games.

One of the greatest things about the Open is that every year people post videos of themselves getting their first pullup, or muscle up or handstand pushup, that amazing accomplishment is always pushed by competition.  Here in our own community we saw MANY break-throughs and PR’s this year!  The power of the Open and of the strength of community drives this!


HUGE congrats to these 3 for their persistence and subsequent break-throughs on Double Unders!!

Almost every workout is designed as an AMRAP with the majority of them being short, 10 minutes or less, to the longest at 20 minutes. Almost every year a workout is repeated from a previous Open, what better way to see how much you have improved than by repeating the same workout a year or 2 later?


Parents are competing alongside their children, our young athletes are growing in their skills and PR’s alongside the adults, through the Open, further deepening bonds and the love of a strong work ethic and shared adversity.

My opinion is that everyone should do the Open. I know there are a lot of reasons that people do the Open and don’t do the Open. One I hear quite a bit is that they “aren’t ready” or “haven’t been doing CrossFit very long.” That’s not a great excuse, in fact, with all the workouts for the Open being scalable (as are all CrossFit workouts), there is no level of experience that anyone needs to have in order to participate. If your excuse is you can’t afford it, than your lying! $20 dollars to enter a worldwide competition is nothing compared to the $40 or $50 or even more it costs to enter your local 5K. Why pay $20 to enter the Open?  It creates value and buy-in and lets you see your results up against everyone else. Could you do the Open workouts on your own in your box or affiliate? Sure. Could you go run a 5K on your own around town? Sure. But paying to be a part of the official experience and to put your scores out there for the whole world to see cultivates a vested interest in the process.

At the heart of it all is community.  Every week, we aired the live announcement when the workout was announced and gathered to watch, be inspired, and cheer on our favorite professional CrossFit athlete, and then watch our friends and coaches do the workout Thursday nights and as the WOD on each Friday for 5 weeks. I hope you all saw the value in proving your fitness and committing yourself to the 5 weeks of the Open and felt the wave of excitement and possibility.

From here, we go forward and grow – ready for another year!

Snowy March Thursday

Come in from the cold, surprise snow storm!  Make up a workout you missed this week, develop your core, hang with your friends, or do the final Open workout!


Bottoms Up, Chins Up!


When you work on skills and positions…..SUCCESS!


1st swing at 17.5!  POWERFUL THIGHS in play!


The beauty of community – smiles, chats, camaraderie, sillies, laughter, and supportive cheers!

Take a moment to appreciate the successes you have had through the Open this year – then go out and crush this last one!

Don’t forget – we are having a Close the Open party tomorrow night after the final 5:00 grand finale class!  Come and throw down, bring a side dish, and grab some BBQ!!!  Let’s celebrate the END of the Open and all of the successes, PR’s, and incredible efforts we saw over the last 5 weeks! 

Front and Center

“Front & Center”
3×3 Power Clean
3×3 Front Squat

Then,
3 RFT:
21/15 Calorie Row
15 Pull-ups
9 Burpees

 

Crossfit WOD – “Bell Hoop”

“Bell Hop”
25 Kettlebell Swings (70/53#)
50 Sit-ups
100 Double-unders
20 Kettlebell Swings (70/53#)
40 Sit-ups
80 Double-unders
15 Kettlebell Swings (70/53#)
30 Sit-ups
60 Double-unders
10 Kettlebell Swings (70/53#)
20 Sit-ups
40 Double-unders
5 Kettlebell Swings (70/53#)
10 Sit-ups
20 Double-unders

“17.5 is what?!!! Don’t forget to join us Friday for the Closing the Open party March 24th starting at 5pm”

Crossfit WOD – “J”

“J”

For Time:

200 Double Under Buy In, then:

4 Rounds:

5 Muscle Ups

10 Front Squats 155#/105#

15 hand Stand Push Ups

20 Burpees

Jason Fine was the Co-Owner and CEO of CrossFit North Scottsdale. In 2013 he finished 16th in the CrossFit Games 40-44 year old Masters Division. In 2014 he finished 33rd in the world in the CrossFit Open, later discovering he did so with a lethal brain tumor. He lost his battle with Cancer March 19th, 2015. This work out was created in J’s honor by his gym. The numbers and rep scheme mean nothing, it is simply a WOD he would have loved and crushed!

Compare to: http://crossfitflagstaff.com/j-be-better-today/

Every one has been crushing it this Open season and working hard in the days in between. Keep your bodies fresh and prepared for the last week of the open. If you are still feeling the affects of 17.4 here are some recovery movements to help!

Sunday Core and Make Up Day

WOD:
5 Rounds – 30sec on/ 30sec off
1. Stir the Pot
2. Ring Plank
3. L – Sit Hold/ H – Sits Holds

Then…

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Double Unders
Burpees

 

Crossfit WOD – “Partner WOD”

Free Saturday partner WOD
Buy In: 1000M Row
then
50 Burpees
50 Air Squats
50 Sit Ups
50 Push Ups

                         

Free Saturdays are great days to pair Crossfit Athletes with Visitors to inspire others to begin a new healthy lifestyle with crossfit in it.

Crossfit WOD – “17.4 is… 16.4”

“17.4 is… 16.4”

13min AMRAP:

55 Dead Lifts #225/155

55 Wall Balls #20/14

55 Cal Row

55 HSPUs

Compare to: 16.4 (December 2016 w no HSPU tape line), March 2016

 

                          

No matter how you broke this one up, how you paced it, how it ended, or how you finished this one hurt in all sorts of special ways!!