The CrossFit Open 19.1 Recap

The tall man's workout!

CrossFit, The Open, CrossFit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Community, 19.1, Reebok CrossFit Games
25 February 2019 | by Dustin

On Friday the 22nd of February the CrossFit Open kicked off with 45 CFA members deciding that wall balls and rowing would be a fun way to spend their evening.  With many members experiencing the atmosphere of Friday Night Lights for the first time, they weren’t disappointed.

With a 15 min AMRAP of 19 wall balls and 19 calories rowing being on the menu we all knew that this was going to be leg burner with a side of heavy breathing thrown in for good measure.  One thing CrossFit has always preached is simplicity, it doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective - This was realised about 3 minutes into this workout by most members when they looked up at the clock and realised how much time was left to go.

After the first few rounds the wall balls felt considerably heavier and the target line looked much higher than it had a few minutes earlier but everyone kept going, digger a little further into the pain cave and getting through far more reps than they would have imagined.  It always helps to have people alongside you quitely, or in most cases not so quietly, cheering you on encouraging you to pick that wall ball up or pull the rower handle just a little faster.

At the end of each fifteen minutes the gym floor resembled a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie, with some people wishing that zombies had actually eaten their legs.  There was rolling around and moaning and sweat - and despite there being rowing and wall balls somehow there was still chalk on the ground! Didn’t matter what strategy was implemented the end result was exactly the same - carnage and having difficulty walking up and down stairs the next day was the final outcome.

It is a worldwide competition, it’s fun to compare your scores against your training buddies, but ultimately the open is all about proving something to yourself.  It might be as simple as completing your first pull up or you might be striving for something much greater, but ultimately every single person who steps on to the floor to have a crack is improving themselves.  

There were many nervous people for 19.1 - for some it was their first time doing the open and for others who had previously done the open they knew what was coming, but everyone dug deep and gave it everything they had and as coaches that is all we ask from everyone.  But, it’s only the first week - four more workouts and four more sleepless nights to go, so be prepared for anything!!