I’ve been getting a lot of questions in the gym about what we are going to be focusing on in April. In January we focused on shoulder strength. In February and March we were up to our traps in The 2017 Open.

April is all about Fitness . . .

The Open is amazing for a couple of different reasons.  It brings the CrossFit community together. I’ve never been more in love with the 5280 CrossFit family (appropriately named “Box of Friends” by one of our members) than during The Open this year. Seeing a group of friends come together to willingly participate in some of the hardest workouts we do and do them with smiles, laughs and high-fives is what we live for as coaches.

As athletes, The Open is great at highlighting our strengths and weaknesses. Yes, this can be frustrating but it’s also a great opportunity. Now we have a new list of goals with which to attack the upcoming year.

The best way to start attacking these goals is to go back to the basics . .. Fitness.

CrossFit defines Fitness (in 100 words) as . . . 

“Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar.  Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, clean and jerk, and snatch.  Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds.  Bike, run, swim, row, etc. hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow.  Routine is the enemy.  Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.”

So the focus for April is there is no focus. Come to the gym, do all the movements (no cherry picking), work on your weaknesses (when do we get practice flips!) and have fun! Besides . . . The 2018 Open is 10 months away 🙂