The 2017 Open: Snake River CrossFit graciously allowed 9 of my students (almost half my class!) to participate in their first ever CrossFit Open. Considering many of them have only ever snatched or done thrusters with a PVC pipe, they did an amazing job and moved fairly well through the grueling Open workouts (some of them even liked thrusters, WHAT!). Quite a few of them placed well in the teens scaled division and more importantly experienced the encouragement of the CrossFit community. I believe they are now hooked for life!
Retesting Workouts: The students are seeing drastic improvement in their scores/times from previous workouts. For example, yesterday we retested the hero workout "Loredo" which is 6 rounds for time of 24 air squats, 24 pushups, 24 walking lunges, & a 400 meter run. Student after student crushed their previous times ranging anywhere from 3-6 minutes faster on this grueling workout. Even though we don't run the mile we test it, and students have improved their mile times by an average of over 2 minutes! The since of satisfaction I see on their faces after they PR a workout is truly priceless. They are showing more determination and more grit than I would have imagined after only 8 months.