Be the Unexpected

So here we are, the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is upon us; we are #intheopen. Excitement and anticipation are slowly transforming into apprehension because Dave Castro said, “Expect the unexpected.” What does that mean?! Let’s be honest; #TDC clues are a code that has yet to be cracked. Here’s my take on Dave Castro’s statement; don’t be rattled by the word “unexpected.” Be the unexpected!

CrossFit is about fitness, and it is also about community. The CrossFit Open is a time for box members to encourage each other in new ways. This year, CrossFit Apogee is holding a weekly Saturday Showdown during the CrossFit Open. What’s great about this event is that it brings members from all the weekly class times together at once. This provides an opportunity for new friendships to form. We have so many awesome members at our box, and we’ll all have a chance to make CrossFit memories together during The Open.

Do something unexpected for a boxmate during the CrossFit Open this year. Create a poster for someone, and hold it up high during the WOD. Belt out a cheer, and encourage others to join in. Take some pics of boxmates in action, then post them on social media, praising them for their awesome efforts. Have a cold FITAID waiting for a boxmate post WOD. Make some tasty Paleo treats, and bring them to the gym for spectators to snack on. Send encouraging texts to boxmates during the week with specific accolades on what they did during 18.1, 18.2, 18.3, 18.4, and 18.5! When you see the look of defeat upon a boxmate’s face toward the end of a WOD, scream your heart out for them, or (if there’s space) join in their suffering for their last reps! Be the unexpected!

Additionally, as athletes, let’s push each other past our self-made limitations. Let’s WOD harder and smarter. Whether it is moving just a teensie bit faster, taking shorter breaks between sets, skipping that chug of water, or sprinting through the last 10 seconds of the WOD…accomplish the unexpected; revel in the unexpected! Be in the unexpected!

So here’s to us; let’s join together and make the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Open a memorable event for our box! Let’s show up and show off at the Saturday Showdown! We’ve trained for this! We can do this! Let’s sweat out some reps, cheer each other on, and have fun together as a community. Let’s Be the Unexpected!


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