21 Feb The G-Force Source: Mateship and Unity
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
– J.K. Rowling
Teamwork, camaraderie, mateship, unity. CrossFit promotes these things, and at G-Force CrossFit, they are the solidified foundations upon which we build. No man’s left to stand alone, and no man gets left behind. The same goes for you too, ladies.
Our daily workouts have our athletes supporting one another, encouraging one another, and ensuring that each and every person gets the most out of the class environment. To extend on all of that, CrossFit has designed the Open, and it is during the worldwide event that we sometimes see the best in what people have to offer; both in mateship, and athletic ability.
In The G-Force Source, we’ve talked about the Open week after week. This week, the competition begins, and we’re excited to see not only how CrossFit plans to challenge us, but to see how amazingly everyone comes together in the weekly workouts.
Think what you want about the Open, but know this: the CrossFit Open brings people together. All athletes are judged by a fellow CrossFitter, and more times often than not, there is an audience in your local box which is there to cheer you on till you reach the finish line. CrossFit and the Open has brought more people together than Tinder. True story.
If you’re worried about the Open, we will tell you to cast those anxious thoughts aside. Instead, focus on challenging yourself and using your mates to get through the workout just like any other workout on any given day at G-Force. Register, and be sure to join the G-Force Team at games.crossfit.com.
The CrossFit Open, and the Games in its entirety, has evolved immensely. Prepare yourself for a short history lesson.
The CrossFit Games was born in 2007 where a backyard-style BBQ day was held at a ranch in California. 123 athletes competed for the title of the fittest on earth with a random workout created out of a hopper barrel, a trail run, and the CrossFit Total (1RM bench, squat and deadlift). In 2008, the Games’ competitors doubled with four workouts being held over two days.
In 2009, the Games went global with a Regional qualifier event. The Australasian Regional saw Commando Steve qualify for the CrossFit Games.
It wasn’t until 2010 that a similar version of the Open was created for qualification to the Regionals. Sectionals were created which qualified athletes for the Regionals, and the winner of the Regionals qualified for the Games. The list of Sectional male competitors for New South Wales can be viewed here. Spot any of your friends?
In 2011, the Open was created. Five years later, the Open continues to be the first stepping stone for athletes who want to venture on to the world stage of CrossFit.
We have seen repeat workouts from previous years of the Open. Will we see another in 2016?
To conclude this week’s Source, here are the week’s new personal bests. Congratulations to everyone who has hit a new PB in their lifts.
See you all in the gym.