Originally, CrossFit Games Open workout 15.3 was met with some trepidation, anger, disappointment, etc. Really, the entire spectrum of emotions was had. It all had to do with the inclusion of muscle-ups, a movement many people have difficulty with. Those negative emotions quickly disappeared, however, when, to the surprise of many, multiple members were able to perform at least one muscle-up. The weekend turned into one of our most successful to date.
Below are the newest members of the CFK muscle-up club!
- Erik Olson
- Erik Leslie
- Mike Lopez
- Brad Kerr
- Charlie Vetter
- Javier Gonzalez
- Scott Melendrez
- Ron Kane (ADP)
- Don Kane (ADP)
- Tamara Friday
- Karina Mendez
- Val O’brien
Special mentions are also in order for those members able to get a muscle-up utilizing the magic rings:
- Shan Thompson
- Sean Elliot
Managing Your Expectations
It’s easy, and expected, to get overly emotional about the Open. It’s a time filled with highs and lows. Many of us train year round for the chance to challenge ourselves against the world-wide community. That’s also precisely the reason it’s so important to keep things in perspective. Below are things to remember about the Open that should help to keep you more level headed throughout.
Why It Exists
It’s sole purpose is to find the fittest man and woman on planet Earth. The fittest man and woman on Earth likely have the ability to do muscle-ups. CrossFit HQ wants to make sure that everybody qualifying for the Regional places deserves to be there. They don’t want anybody undeserving squeezing through the cracks. They have to test muscle-ups.
It’s A Competition
Competitions should be challenging. It’s part of the fun. None of the above newest members of the Muscle-up Club believed they could do a muscle-up before the announcement of 15.3. The challenge put forth by 15.3 gave them the courage to try, and they were successful. Without adversity, there isn’t any triumph.
Each and every year of the Open CrossFit has added muscle-ups to a workout. It isn’t a secret. It will be in next year’s Open, and in the Open the year after that. Use the emotions of this year’s Open to fuel the next year’s worth of training.
Why CFK Loves The Open
Progress can’t be made when in the “Comfort Zone”. The Open, because of the difficult movements, forces you to step out of your comfort zone. In the 4 day span alloted for 15.3 I saw more muscle-up attempts and progressions than I have all year long. The Open encourages people to try new things, and, as a result, thousands upon thousands of people world-wide achieved their very first muscle-up. It’s a beautiful thing.
The announcement of 15.4, because of the inclusion of handstand push-ups, is likely to bring up some of the similar, negative emotions brought on by 15.3. If you haven’t been able to perform a HSPU up to this point, you can let the disappointment bring you down, OR, you can let the challenge fuel you.
Use the pointers above to stay level-headed. Remember, fitness is a journey to be enjoyed. You aren’t amazing at everything right now, and you wouldn’t want to be. Adversity makes the triumphs so much sweeter. Now go out there, put in the work, and let’s add your name to our Handstand Push-up Club.