Here are some great testimonials about what participating in the CrossFit Open means to our members:

Mark Glynn:  For me, the Open isn’t about being the fittest or the strongest in the community; it’s about achieving something I once couldn’t do. It’s about pushing the limits of my own challenges and breaking those barriers. To me the Open is about celebrating the growth of each of member, from beginning to experienced. Everyone during this period has personal bests… It’s what ultimately makes CF different from Gold’s or LA Fitness.

Stefanie Millner:  For me, the Open is all about coming together and training in an environment #Interbae that is full of encouragement and celebration of full effort!  The Open presents hurdles that seem insurmountable – 17.3 scaled (so hard). However, those hurdles are accomplished by the energy and cheer from the coaches, members and their families. The encouragement and energy instantly drives me to push harder. …and that’s why I love the Open.  I’m looking forward to making new memories.  Stay hungry. Stay humble. Stef

Carly Avery:  The Open is about our community. From watching the announcement on Thursday, to showing up ready to work on Saturday, to the celebration after each workout; all of this is done not only with your #interbae family, but with every other Crossfitter around the world. We are all in this together. The Open is full of adrenaline and excitement. Get ready to surprise yourself by finding out you are stronger than you realized. Get ready to accomplish things you thought you’d never be able to do. Most of all, get ready to have fun. It is a freaking blast and one of the coolest things I have ever been a part of. Let’s do this!

Chelsea Ferrari:  I’ll go ahead and say it: I’m afraid of the Open. I have yet to compete in one. That being said, I’m so proud to have been able to watch the accomplishments that the Open brings about. I got the pleasure to wear a white wig (judge) last year and I feel like that allowed me to see what really happens in the WODs. A lot is painful, and let’s be honest, mostly painful, but more importantly is the amount of heart that has been exhibited. I watched Andrea Hough get her first kipping pull up, then was witness to number two and three. I got to watch Peggy Mathison straight KILL each workout as she brought it each week. I loved watching Michael Fullan overcome and be a solo BEAST in an Open WOD. All these experiences have inspired me to put myself out there this year and hurt with all of you. This community is amazing and I can’t wait to celebrate after the workouts because I know they will be challenging. To every new member who’s never competed, I’m right there with you. #interbae

Michael Fullan:  The Open gives me that extra motivation to push a little bit harder than I would in a regular class WOD. It has made me try things I didn’t think I could do or was ready for (muscle ups, squat snatches) which I came out of it with surprising results. It’s the only time I’ve finished a workout in complete agony while at the same time thinking “I could have gone faster” or “I could have gotten one more rep in.” The fact that it’s a worldwide competition introduces nerves I haven’t felt since playing baseball in college, but as soon as you start, those nerves turn into positive energy and help push you to achieve things you didn’t think you were capable of. I realized there’s no reason to be intimidated or scared because you have someone judging you. In most cases they’re going to be suffering through the same exact thing in a matter of minutes. Everyone is in it together. The community we have at Interbay makes all five weeks even more special. I can’t wait to see what themes we come up with this year!

Kendra Bergstrom: I’m so glad I jumped into the 2017 Crossfit Open for the first time. About two years into Crossfit, I initially worried about skills I’m weak on or can’t yet complete.  So I came in with no expectations, and decided to just try each movement and see how it went. I really liked competing and timing with our gym-mates, and appreciated the flexibility to do the WOD on my own if my schedule got tight or was out of town for a day or two.  As it turned out, I accomplished some things I had never even tried before, like chest-to-bar pull-ups and those 150 reps of dumbbell snatches in 17.1. Now every time I see these movements in a WOD I remember the Open and know, I can definitely do that. The Open gave me a lot of confidence to try new things, and challenged me to set goals for the coming year.

Robert Polakoff:  The Crossfit Open is just around the corner, and I wanted to offer some thoughts about participating.  I have competed in the Open three times, and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t done so, or may be on the fence.  I’d like to offer three compelling reasons to give it a try.

First, if you enjoy coming in, doing the WOD 3, 4 or more times a week, and enjoy the feeling of being fit, preparing for the Open will infuse some intensity into your workouts.  Working out is great, but training for a competition takes it to another endorphin level.  For any of you who were competitive athletes in a previous life, you know that having an event to prepare for adds extra fun and challenges to your workout.

Secondly, competing in the Open itself is really fun.  I never expected to win anything, and frankly, it was initially a little intimidating, but once I was in, I was all in.  I would check the workout once it was posted, and obsessively check the leaderboard, internationally, regionally, and locally to see where I stacked up.  And even though there were 14,750 athletes ahead of me in my age category, I was pretty stoked to see that there were 28,920 athletes behind me, and it pushed me to compete harder.  Competition is fun, even if I was competing against athletes in Oslo, Barcelona, or Atlanta.  

Thirdly, and maybe most importantly for me, it really made me feel part of the amazing Northwest Crossfit Community.  While I was competing, especially if it was on Saturday, I had some of my favorite, fit friends cheering me on, and as soon as I was done, I joined the cheering for my Northwest Greenlake teammates.  

I highly recommend to anyone who has not participated in the Open to give it a shot.  Even if you decide not to sign up, coming down to the gym to cheer on your Crossfit friends is an amazing way to forge a stronger Crossfit community. (member since 2009)

Doris Baum: I’ve done the Crossfit Open twice; it was grueling, humbling, exhausting; and the best kind of camaraderie around.  There is nothing like a judge watching your every movement to keep you honest; there is nothing like a judge saying “No rep” that is more wrenching as you realize that your last effort was not counted.  Do it; there are no regrets.  Just a sky-high euphoria when you’re done and can collapse in a heap.

Joey Yi:  Doing WODs at NWCrossfit throughout the year allows you to BRING IT, every day and leave in all on the floor. There’s nothing else like it. Now the OPEN is upon us. Once a year we as a community get to Facebook chat, anticipate and strategize upcoming WODs and as a community (judges and participants) come together to work and cheer each other on. There’s nothing else like our CrossFit community. Whether it’s your first or tenth OPEN, the excitement the NW coaches bring escalates all the Feb WODs to another level. It gives you a chance to compete, compare and wonder what if….Because at NWCrossfit I’ve come to believe, anything is possible.

Aaron Millstein:  Participating in the Crossfit Open is always a great experience because it gives you an opportunity to see how far you’ve progressed.  The NWCrossfit community always comes together for the Open, providing support to those who participate.  Having your fellow NWCrossfitters cheer you on as you struggle through an Open WOD is great motivation (and its fun to return the favor).  If you’re thinking about doing the Open, just go for it.  You’ll surprise yourself with how you do and with how much fun it can be. 

Patti Sperline:  I completed the final workout of my first CrossFit Open on my one-year anniversary of starting the beginner series at NWCF. I ended up having to scale one workout because I couldn’t do muscle ups, but I was SO excited that I was able to complete the majority of the movements at an RX level. This will be my fourth year of participating in the Open, and it’s something I look forward to every year. There is a sense of accomplishment that comes from pushing yourself so far outside of your own expectations and perceived limitations that simply can’t be found elsewhere. What is even more incredible, though, is the sense of community that the Open fosters. Your friends, coaches and people you’ve never met become personally invested in you and your journey. Everyone has your back and is rooting for you so much that you can’t help but want to push just a little more… be just a little better. I tend to tear up watching my NWCF family complete the WODs because I can FEEL the grit, the determination and the beaming pride that bubbles up in every single athlete as they chip away at some of the toughest workouts they will do throughout the year. It truly is something to behold, and while I realize this sounds a bit over-the-top and cheesy, it is 100% genuine and from the heart. Saturday afternoons at Greenlake in March have become one of my favorite times of year. I can’t wait to cheer on all of my fellow athletes, new and old, and to see what new corners of our ability we will discover! Bring it on, Castro!!