Why we are going to be upset if you don’t do The Open

Here at Goose Island CrossFit I like to think that we have a very open and welcome environment. I want people to feel comfortable with movements and take their time with progressions before they try something big like Handstands. This is just a part of what we do every day at the box. I believe that while CrossFit can be very exclusive (think the CrossFit Games), it is at its core an inclusive sport.  Competitors at the regional level represent less than one percent of the total number of people that do CrossFit. Every year people pay $20 knowing that they will never go to the CrossFit games. Why do we do this to our self? Let us explore why they do this and why the coaches at Goose Island CrossFit will be upset if you don’t sign up.

You get to set the stage for your next training year.

Even if you don’t see yourself as a high level athlete and do not have aspirations to compete at the Games, you still will be competing against yourself. As you look back on your training with us you will remember that ever year will have a supreme focus on the open. I fondly remember when my first coach, Justin Enders, patiently coached me to my first #135 Snatch during the snatch ladder in 2012. It was a huge moment for me, since I realized I could do something that I originally thought was impossible. Every year since then I have accomplished a goal I didn’t think possible. Use the open as a chance to set goals for the coming year.

You get to compete against yourself.

Every day we fight to try to make it through another day. We fight to think “I can’t yet” instead of “I can’t.” We want you to be able to look at yourself in the open workouts and not to compare yourself to others in the gym. Look at a workout that has Toes to Bar and think about how you can accomplish more reps for you in that day and not about how reps someone else got.

Participate in a worldwide phenomenon.

Every year hundreds of thousands of people participate in the open. You get to see people from across the world do the same workout in different gyms. It’s really cool.

Participate with Goose Island CrossFit every Friday Night.


 We will be doing the workouts every Friday during the open. Every Friday night we will have a huge event starting at 5:30pm. We will do the workouts in heats and have a great time. People will cheer you on, you will accomplish what you thought impossible and you will see your fellow members do amazing things. We want you to be a part of it.

So at the end of the day we won’t really be upset, but we want you all to do this with us. We want you to be the best version of yourself you can be and to be fit for life. We believe that The Open is an amazing chance to see where you are at and to set goals for where you want to get to.


Sign up at games.crossfit.com and register with the gym!­