And just like that, the CrossFit Open 2018 ended. It’s been a grueling 5 weeks of tough workouts, sore muscles and good times with friends. Now that the Open is over, we must look forward into the full year of training ahead of us. It doesn’t matter if this was your first Open, or if you are a veteran, chances are you found a few flaws in your fitness. How do we go about addressing them, so we get fitter for next year? How do we create and achieve new goals?

Before addressing that question, let’s look back at the Open and see all the good things it taught us.

There’s always something to improve on.


One of the most captivating aspects of CrossFit. The feeling that there is always something you can get better at. Got pull ups? Go for muscle ups. Already squat 200 pounds? Go for 300. Can you walk on your hands?

CrossFit gives us the opportunity of doing things we have never done before. Just look at all you have done throughout the Open. But it also shows many things you have yet to achieve. Don’t settle for where you are now. Strive to be the best you can be. You have over 300 days to learn these skills and improve your fitness, until the Open comes around again and show us what else we can work on.

Cherish your body and where you’ve gotten so far.


If you went back before the Open and told yourself all the amazing things you would’ve done through these 5 weeks, would your old self believe it? I bet most of you would answer “no”. All the hard work and sweat you put in during classes pays off. Celebrate how far you’ve come and being able to go through this tough fitness test. Your body is incredible and it can do more than you think, you did it!

This is the best community in sports.


Where else would you see competing athletes giving each other high fives and moral support? Even though we all competed against each other, there was nothing but encouragement going around while each athlete did the workout. Everybody present wanted to see all competing athlete do the best they could possibly do. Never forget that we are all in this journey together, and we have each other’s backs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and keep making friends in the gym!

If you want a more specific breakdown of each of the Open workouts, click here.

Now, for how to move forward on your goals.


Like I mentioned above, the Open probably exposed a few thing you should work on. Maybe it was gymnastics, maybe weight lifting, or maybe it was just general endurance. Either way, what you don’t want to do is to just acknowledge it and move on like nothing happened. Write it down, put it on your fridge, keep it in your bag.

Just like everything in life, the best way to reach a goal, in fitness, is to be specific, measurable and it should be broken down into smaller goals. Use this opportunity to come up with a plan to work toward eliminating your weaknesses. If one of your goals is to get handstand push ups, for example, you should come up with a game plan on how to get there. Reserve a little time every day to hold a handstand, come to open gym for some accessory work, and work on those progressions.

At Celebration CrossFit, we really care about our athletes and where they want to be. So if you do have specific goals, or if you want to get fitter but don’t know where to start, we would love to sit down with you and help you come up with a plan. Not only can we help you find the fastest way to get to your goals but we also love learning what exactly each of our athletes is working on and what their goals for the future are. Schedule a Goal Setting Session today, so we can work together on getting you ready for the 2019 Open season!

by Coach Matt