IM Open Team Scores 18.2 & 18.2a

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This week Dave Castro threw everyone into the fire with a deceiving couplet of dumbbell squats and bar facing burpees.  And that was just for starters.  That was the buy in to be able to demonstrate how much you'd been working on your weightlifting over the past 12 months - if you didn't have the lungs then you didn't get to play with that barbell!

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And without further ado, on to the scores and MVPs from the Intramural Open teams, Madison, Carson and Aromas.

Team Aromas scored the most performance points of the three teams this week with 74, but only picked up 21 for judging which moves their grand total up to 183.  Their biggest scorers for the week were Ben P with 8 and Sara F with 7 - both highlighting the benefits to the team total of getting involved in some friendly head to head competition regardless of the actual result!

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Team Madison's points total was massively boosted by Joe R (10) and Katie B (8), who both came in on Monday evening to judge, load bars and cheer people on despite being injured and unable to actually complete the workout - those 5 bonus points each were included in the team judging total of 35 which when added to the team performance total of 67 moves their grand total up to 177.

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Team Carson, despite team captain Zuber accidentally claiming a 410lb clean on 18.2a, earned the most points in total for week 2 with 103, which moves their grand total up to 192!  If only Zuber's maths was as good as his team spirit and work ethic which he scored 9 for!  Special bonus points were also awarded to Helen C who came in on Sunday to help judge, did the workout on Monday morning AND came back in on Monday evening to judge, cheer, help out with bars AND provide a selection of delicious cakes (Joe R also deserves a mention for his role in the cake provision).

All graphs are taken from this post: which is a goldmine for statistical analysis.

What to expect during The Open...


This is the week that The 2018 CrossFit Games season starts.

For anyone who’s missed what we’ve been posting about this then start your reading here, then use this post to answer any questions you might have, and finally this post will remove your potential excuses that prevent you from competing.

For 47 weeks of the year we subscribe to the notion that constant variance allows for increased fitness levels across a longer period of time, and so mix and match the focus of each day in the week within a larger framework.

For the next 5 weeks, there’ll be a bit more of a structure in terms of which day will focus on what to allow for people to fully demonstrate the capacity that they’ve spent all year developing during Friday Night Lights.


So, what to expect:

Monday - regular CrossFit programming with a blend of intensity and volume with pairs and team workouts featuring as usual.

Tuesday - regular CrossFit programming with a focus on the intensity end of the I/V spectrum.

Wednesday - a chance to take the principles from our popular Balance, Strength and Structure classes and apply them to all the CrossFit classes on the day.  Expect chances to work on positional strength, focus on movement quality and develop new skills without seeing the lactic fairy and ending up flat on your back.

Thursday - we will be working on maximising your cardiac output by moving around but without a lot of eccentric loading to give you chance to keep working on our base fitness level but not feel beaten up going into Friday.

Friday - whatever Dave Castro throws at us!

Saturday - a similar format to Monday with pairs and team workouts that blend intensity and volume but don’t overly tax similar movements or muscles that Friday uses. 


Who should compete in The Open

This is a great question, and one that we get asked many times in the gym in the build up to The Open every year.

Recently I was listening to a podcast that discussed the three types of fear that might hold you back from competing in The Open.

1 - The fear of embarrassment

The fear of finishing last.  The fear of everyone seeing exactly what you can and cannot do.  The fear of what people think of you for not being able to do something.


This is normal and everyone doing something for the first time will feel this.  It's natural, it's human and everyone has been there at some point in their life.

Without getting past this fear, there can be no growth.  If you are not in a position where you have never been before then how can you move forwards with anything in your life?

CrossFit introduced a scaled division to allow people a smoother entry into The Open by lowering loads or levels of technicality.  At SCCF we run the IM Open where participation is rewarded more than achievement.

2 - The fear of how it will feel

The fear of how much it will hurt to try as hard as you can.  The fear of physical discomfort.  The fear of what you might actually be capable of.


If you have been preparing for any length of time then you should have a reasonable idea of how fit you are.  Contrary to the idea of people rising to the challenge, when the pressure (probably psychological) comes on, people will default to the level of their preparation.  The Friday Night Lights atmosphere might help you squeeze a few more reps out or shave a few seconds off, but that could just be your body fearing embarrassment more.

The number of PBs that we see during Friday Night Lights events during The Open is amazing every year.  So maybe reframe the fear of physical discomfort into an opportunity to demonstrate to your peers how hard you've been working over the past months.  The workouts that Dave Castro presents us with every year are designed to find the fittest men and women on the planet - they are designed to be difficult, they are designed to beat people - so use these coming weeks as chances to find your weaknesses so that over the next year you can start to turn them into strengths.

3 - The fear of failing to meet expectations

The fear of not being as fit as you were.  The fear of not finishing first when everyone expected it.  The fear of being able to do something without pressure, but going to pieces when the music is up, your heart rate is high and there's a bit of a crowd.

The Open is a snapshot.  It is not the measure of who you are or what you are worth.  The Open is there to find out who should progress to Regionals, but also for gym communities to rally round each other and have some fun.  Unless you have performance expectations of people on your shoulders, then the only person you can disappoint is yourself.  The only thing that you can control is the effort that you put in, and if your effort is truly your best then you've won. 

Your placing on the scoreboard will be affected by how many people enter.  You can be satisfied by knowing that you did all you could.


On that note, make sure that you're signed up to one of the IM Open teams within SCCF.  Head over to to register so that you can submit your scores online.  Come and chat to one of the coaches in the gym if you have any questions.