Dani Wimmer loves Crossfit and running, is an Event Manager for Sole Motive and has just completed her first Crossfit Open workout at Crossfit Collingwood. We asked Dani to share her thoughts about her first Crossfit Open experience. Over to Dani:
My first ever encounter with the Crossfit Open
The week before the release of “16.1” – Crossfit Open workout 1:
I arrived at my local Crossfit Box (Crossfit Collingwood) on a Tuesday night, full of excitement and ready to get my sweat on.
However, little did I realise that my coach was in the middle of filming a video talking about his top 5 reasons to participate in the Crossfit Open. Suddenly he turned the camera and said – ‘Wimmer is doing it’ – and from then on there was no getting out of this….
The Crossfit Open consist of 5 workouts that are released online weekly over a 5 week period. Everyone around the world does the same workout and puts their score into an app in order to rank themselves against their age group and gender.
My fellow Crossfit Collingwood members created the hashtag, ‘Imwithwimmer’, and from there I was practically forced to sign up for the Open. At first I thought, “Thank god its only $20 to enter, because there’s no way I can do this!”
If you’ve not participated in Crossfit before, let me tell you – ‘cannot’ is not a word used/liked or accepted by Crossfitters. You are facing a challenge and you just simply have to suck it up and deal with it.
The night before
So here I am sitting on my couch the night before my first Open workout (16.1 – the first of 5 Crossfit Open workouts), reading online on how to prepare physical and mentally.
I feel this one is not so bad – weighted front rack lunges, burpees and chest to bar pull-ups. If you are a novice like me (even after 2 years I call myself a beginner, simply because there is so much I still have to learn and improve on) – you can do the scaled version (THANK GOD) which means a lighter weight on the bar for the lunges and supported chest to bar pull-ups.
The day of the workout
Oh boy – I couldn’t have been more wrong! Here I am now, 1 hour after the workout has finished and I am stuffed. The 20min workout felt like an hour workout. All I feel like doing is curling up in the fetal position on my living room floor.
However in saying that – it was an amazing experience at the same time. Having your crew cheer you on through this workout, yelling your name over and over again and encouraging you the whole way – it just felt incredible. I felt like I could conquer the world in those 20 minutes.
Now I am a day away from completing 16.2 – the 2nd workout in the Open and I have to be honest with you, it still feels like I have rocks in my butt – this is how sore I am – still!
I am eagerly awaiting the online announcement of the next workout (at midday today) but I know once it’s out I will be too nervous to sleep and hope I can make it through the next one.
Thanks to my coaches at Crossfit Collingwood for encouraging me to do the Open and thanks to Ali for getting me on her blog. #wimmerisfamous now.
Thanks so much for sharing your experience of your first Crossfit Open workout Dani, we hope you continue smashing out those lunges and burpees and all the best for 16.2!