I have been writing posts questioning the value add of competition. Let me continue because I am not finished with my discouse. I don't want there to be any misunderstanding about my position; and you copping out of the games so easily using my previous post as your excuse.
Higher Purpose v High Performance
- A high performance/competitive culture leads to low success.
- Performance is a mere by product of PURPOSE.
- A culture built around a common and shared purpose leads to ultimate success in the long run.
Our goal for the box is to build a culture the trains around a common and shared purpose. We know this will bring you and everyone else success.
So we do a number of things throughout the year to help build that environment including:
- Nutrition challenge
- Fundraising activities
- Hiking/Foodie tours and other social activities
At this time of year, like every year before us we as box members
- participate in the Open Games together.
The common and shared purpose is to support and help one another push beyond our physical and mental comfort zones.
So rather than asking what the CrossFit Open Games can do for you.....
the better question is "what can you do to help others in the CrossFit Open Games?"
The answer is 1) participate and 2) cheer.
From time to time I get to train with Chris Co and Rich and others bros. Undoubtedly Chris' abilities are head and shoulders above mind (literally he puts 40kilos more over his head than I do). Nevertheless it doesn't stop me from training along side of him because I know we both benefit.
Whether I am going for my personal best or he is going for his personal best - we encourage each other to push just that little more. We are both feeling the same thing. I might be staring down to snatch a bar equal to my body weight. He might be looking at 100kgs. But we are both going through a similar test of our courage and faith. We have a common purpose - lift as heavy as we can without pooping our pants. This shared experience is magical and builds strength.
You may have experienced the same thing too from time to time. Another member who just encourages and nudges you along that little bit more; who gives you a smile and a high five for the EFFORT you put in. Well take that experience and multiply by 100x and that's the CrossFit Open Games.
In the Gym we don't lean on the numbers; nor our times; nor our rank because numbers objectifies me and objectifies him; creating distance between us. Distance leads to a phenom known as "abstraction" - which occurs in the name of performance when moral people become selfish and less ethical and prone to break the rules to achieve a performance outcome.
We don't want this Abstraction. A high purpose takes priority over performance. When this abounds then we will all have long term success in our health and fitness.
If you value helping others improve their health and well-being, what value does participating in the the CrossFit Open Games add? I answer PLENTY.
Help us build that higher purpose culture through your participation.
- Monday evenings from 4pm onwards will be dedicated to the CrossFit Games. If you can't make that time, please let me know so we can organise another time.
- Great to see lots of people entered into the Games already. Just need another 10 more to make it a huge party at the end of the Games....maybe a mexican theme taco party????
- Short version of the above - we don't care what score you get in the Games (your performance). We care about how close you can come to getting your name on the Pukie board. (our common purpose) haha.
60 cal row
30 Power Cleans (60/40kgs)