The Crossfit Games Open 

  
For those of you who are die-hard Crossfit fans, you will know exactly what the Crossfit Open is. But those who have no clue what I’m talking about, the Open is the first stage of the Crossfit Games. It is a global, 5 week competition of fitness that consists of one workout per week. Each workout is released weekly and athletes have 4 days to do the workout and log their scores. The workout can be done as many times as one wants as long as a qualified judge with you to ensure that each rep performed is to standard. The top ten of each region then moves on to compete in the regionals, where only a few from each region will qualify to compete in the Crossfit Games (the Super Bowl of Crossfit) 

We are currently in week 3 of the Open, and so far the workouts have proved to be a true test of fitness. 16.1 brought us immense glute pain with 20 minutes of nonstop lunging, burpees and chest to bar pull ups. 16.2 was a true test of strength and speed with a combination of increasing weights squat cleans, toes to bar and double unders. We are now amidst 16.3 which is seriously testing our grip strength with a super quick AMRAP of power snatches and bar muscle ups. So far I have really enjoyed each workout and have done better than I expected to do. At the moment I’m sitting at 69th in South Africa in the RX women’s division which I did not expect at all! 

 

bar muscle ups during 16.3
 
I have learnt so much from the open so far with regards to my training and mental stamina. It truly highlights your strengths and weaknesses and forces you to push yourself past breaking point. I have realized what I need to work on for the next Crossfit open as I am determined to make it to Regionals in the next 3 years. 

The most amazing thing about the open is how it brings communities together and allows people from all levels of fitness to put themselves to the test. Each workout has a scaled option which anyone can do. As a coach, I love watching each athlete push themselves to their limit and fall even more inlove with the sport of fitness.

  

crossfit grahamstown
 
If you are competing in the Crossfit open, I would love to know about your experience so far. As for 16.4…there are bound to be wall balls coming up! Bring it on Dave Castro! 

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The power of positivity

  
I’ve had my fair share of negative thoughts and they still do cross my mind every once in a while. Last year I went through one of the hardest times of my life when my boyfriend of five years broke up with me. My life as I know it did a comple 180 and I was pretty harsh on myself for quite a while. It didn’t help that I was, and still sometimes do, struggling with my skin… So negative self talk became quite a problem for me. This translated into every part of my life… My varsity work, friendships, workouts and my perception of myself. For a couple of weeks I was a mess and did not see myself in a good light at all.

After reading multiple articles, watching many YouTube videos and of course a lot of encouragement from my family (especially mom) and friends, I finally started seeing the bright side of life. It clicked that I had to change my mindset of myself and my capabilities. I needed to stop bringing myself down and concentrate on the good aspects of my life and myself instead of constantly picking on everything that I thought was bad. 

Slowly but surely I began replacing my negative thoughts with positive ones… And you know what? Everything started to get better. My training began to improve- I was getting stronger without having to torture myself. I started feeling more energetic and happier. Good people started coming into my life and I began making new friends. 

I truly do believe in the power of your mind. You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to, but you have to be positive and stop doubting yourself. Be kind to yourself. Tell yourself these things everyday and I promise it will change your life

“I am beautiful”

“I am strong and capable”

“I am happy”

“I am energetic and positive”

Be the best version of yourself. Yes, you will have bad days. Embrace them. Don’t pretend, feel the pain and sadness but then let it go and find that happiness again. Life is a wonderful journey no matter what path you’re on. 

“living your dream is the true reward of gard work and passion”