The Open Does Not define You

 The CrossFit Open does not define you as a person or even as an athlete. Dave Castro is exceptionally skilled at exposing weaknesses in even the fittest athletes on Earth. His job is to find the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth through the Open, Regionals and Games. Even the most elite athletes in the world, who spend 6-8 hours in the gym everyday, face failure every once in awhile. Everyone fails, but these obstacle do not define you. At NOVA, there are many aspects we value over athletic ability.

We value humility. It does not matter how long you have been working out, the CrossFit Open will humble you. There is no such thing as mastery, only the pursuit of mastery. If you feel that you have mastered the basics, it’s time to start all over again, this time paying closer attention. Everything we do is infinitely refinable. This concept applies to everything in your life, not just in the gym.

We value integrity. Every Open workout has been a chance for growth, either physically or mentally. Chances are that the thought “I can’t do that” has entered your head during one of the Live Announcements, but the effort that you decide to give says more about you than the outcome. How you do anything, is how you do everything. In the gym, we expect your best effort. In your life, you should expect the same of yourself.

We value responsibility. Everyone is a leader. Whether you know it or not, there is someone who looks up to you. You are setting the example for what is acceptable and what is not. Complaining, cheating, quitting, gossiping: these things are not acceptable. You are not only responsible for your own attitude, but also for the culture at the gym. Positivity breeds positivity, light drives out darkness, and strong people don’t put others down; they lift them up.

We value positivity. The atmosphere at NOVA during the Open is a microcosm of the culture that we strive to create and protect year round. We believe in celebrating every athlete. Every athlete is valued, every conversation is important, every effort is recognized, and every achievement is celebrated, whether it is a first push-up or a first muscle-up. PR’s don’t come from nothing; we see the hours of hard work that you put in, and we rejoice when you reap the benefits.

The end of the CrossFit Open gives us a great opportunity to map out where we want to grow and a chance to measure that growth next year.  In the meantime, during the Open, and always, remember this: your scores do not define you, and the leaderboard is not a measure of your worth. Neither is SugarWOD on any given day.

I encourage you to focus on the things that you can control: your actions, your effort, your attitude, and your mindset. You get to choose your response; your reaction is your decision. You may never be among the “Fittest on Earth,” but you can make the your time in the gym the best hour of your day and the best hour of someone else’s day. Blow off some steam, try something new, high five some friends, and have a good time. That’s what we’re all here for anyway.

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