The first workout of the 2015 CrossFit Open is complete. Workout 15.1 included two separate scores: 15.1 and 15.1A. The first portion of the RX division was as many rounds as possible in 9 minutes of 15 Toes to Bars, 10 Deadlifts at 115 lbs for men and 75 lbs for women, 5 Snatches at 115 lbs for men and 75 lbs for women. There is a scaled division this year to allow for more participation, but to get invited to Regionals or the CrossFit Games one must complete the RX workout. The top women’s RX score was 223 reps and a Clean and Jerk of 240 lbs by Maude Charron from the Canada East Region according to the Leaderboard.
On my personal journey as a former track and field athlete, mom of three, competing in the Open for the first time, I completed 169 reps for 15.1 and Clean and Jerk 215 pounds for 15.1A. This workout required a balance of knowing how to quickly pace yourself during the metabolic conditioning portion and still be able to lift a Clean and Jerk close to your personal best to get the best possible two part score.
My teammate, Lindsay Andrew, is the co-owner of CrossFit Max Effort and CFHQ Level 1 Seminar Staff. She is a fast, fierce and determined athlete, who scored 191 reps for 15.1 and lifted a Clean and Jerk of 167 lbs for 15.1A. She is an intense and motivating coach that helps her gym members get past any excuse to accomplish their goals.
When asked what CrossFit means to her, Lindsay replied,”CrossFit is more than just staying fit, it’s a way of life. My training dictates how I eat which in turn keeps me healthy by helping me battle the diseases that run rampant in my family like different cancers and other auto-immune diseases. The mental aspect of CrossFit transcends into every aspect outside the gym. It has made me strong, confident, and ready to tackle anything. In all the chaos of owning a business and traveling for Headquarters, CrossFit keeps me sane. It allows me to regularly develop goals, therefore allowing me to constantly be improving. Honestly, the side effects of having abs is a total bonus!”
Lindsay explains that “the Open is not only a time to prove my fitness, but it’s also a time to connect with my athletes. Competition can really bring out the best, and sometimes worst, in people. Either way, you have the opportunity to learn something about yourself so you can grow. Each year, I hope to learn that I am a better version of myself compared to the previous year. I hope that I am not only capable of more physically, but also able to suffer more mentally. That sounds weird, but when you endure something difficult, and make it out alive, other things become trivial.”
Women can achieve both physical and mental gains from doing CrossFit. Lindsay’s hope is that “more women can focus on what their bodies can DO rather than how they APPEAR. If the focus is on that, everything else sort of falls in line, given that their nutrition and sleep are dialed in. I hope that more women will take better care of themselves by taking that one hour of CrossFit class a day. We all know, women give so much to others first! I hope more woman can embrace their unique body type and appreciate its strengths. I hope that women can start to see muscles and being fit as normal and beautiful rather than comparing themselves to what they see in magazines. I hope that more woman can become confident. I want them to walk taller, speak their minds without fear, and lift up their fellow females rather than tear them down. So much good can come from being around a group of strong women… typical of a CrossFit gym.”
Thursday, March 5 at 5pm Pacific Time workout 15.2 will be announced.