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Are you someone that feels like you need to be knowledgeable in all the details, experienced in each situation, good at every skill before you will jump in and  participate or be a part of something?


You’re not alone.

I am usually that person. If I don’t feel like I’m at least average in a certain area then I feel I need to step back and wait till next opportunity, next season, next event. But how many times do we miss out because we “aren’t ready” and are we really? Or is that just something we made up in our heads because this thing we aren’t “ready” for is just new and unknown? When in reality we may surprise ourselves and do more than we even thought we were capable of?


This tends to happen every year during the CrossFit open for sooo many CrossFit athletes he decide to participate. One of our Iron legion members,  who last year had only been doing CrossFit for about a month, did the Open. Here is what he has to say about jumping in regardless of his experience with the sport..

Meet Collin:

Hi! My name is Collin McGinnis, I am 28 years old. I’ve been doing  CrossFit for 1 year. My first time doing the CrossFit Open was last year not long after I joined Iron Legion. 


I was told about The Open by one of the coaches, and although I questioned myself if I could do it or should do it, I couldn’t find a reason not to. So I did! 


Of course I was definitely a little nervous, I didn’t really know what to expect or how it even worked. The coaches & other CrossFit members helped a ton! Crossfit is more of a team sport than you would think!


Realizing how much work & prep that goes into the sport made me realize that my fitness has no limits, just how much effort I decide to put in. Seeing my own progress throughout this past year since last years Open has been eye opening to setting some fitness goals I never thought were possible. 


If you start to second guess yourself, sign up before you even have a chance to do it again! Iron Legion has your back!”

-Collin McGinnis

Crossfit Games Open 18.2 (Ages 16-54)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 reps
for time of:
Dumbbell squats 50/35 lb
Bar-facing burpees

-12 minute time cap
– If you finish under the time cap, use remaining time to complete 18.2a
– If you don’t finish before the time cap, add 1 second for every rep you don’t complete before the time cap

Crossfit Games Open 18.2 A (all divisions)
Use the remaining time from 18.2 to accomplish a 1RM clean

As promised, I wanted to have some of our own members share with you their experience of participating in the open.

There are many reasons why members think The Open is not for them or something they are not capable of participating in. Those reasons vary from limited ability to perform certain skills, not feeling they have been doing the sport long enough, too old or too young, not competitive, just here for the community, and on and on and on.

This week here are three testimonies touching on why age should not be a reason to not do The Open. And some pretty great reasons for encouragement to participate not just in the workout but on a team with your fellow members.


Meet Susan:

“Hi! My name is Susan, I am 68 years old and typically come to the 4PM class, and I have been doing CrossFit for 6 years. Last year was the first year I did the Open. I participated to see where I was with my fitness and to have fun with my crossfit friends. I was very nervous, anxious, and questioning my decision even as I was doing it. But the coaches all encouraged me/us to just do our best. The work outs were modified to each person’s ability and the scores were “only numbers” but I felt I did my best. Of course when it was done I felt great accomplishment and a part of the group!! The best thing about The Open is the camaraderie with the whole gym. Everyone is in the same boat! Everyone is trying their hardest. Don’t worry about doing The Open. It’s just a good workout where you have a judge keep count of your reps. It’s a measurement of where you are in your fitness and worth being a part of!”

-Susan Higgins


Meet Makala:

“Hi, my name is Makala Marshall and I’m 12 years old. I have been doing CrossFit for 6-8 years. I think the first time I did the CrossFit open was 2022. I did the open because it was at the gym, and I felt comfortable and because it was basically a workout for everybody to do. (So, I didn’t really have a choice). When doing the open I was tired, scared, happy, and I guess excited. I wasn’t nervous because I had other people doing it at the same time, so I wasn’t alone. When completing the open I wasn’t really thinking about anything but my reps and finishing the workout. I think my favorite thing about the open was that after the open you’re like really happy or feel good about yourself because you finished it and really pushed yourself. If one of my friends wanted to complete in the open but they felt like they were too young and don’t really feel like they are good enough I would tell them that there are many young kids that do CrossFit and that me and Kaili do it so therefore you wouldn’t be alone and that we would be doing it with you. I would tell them that they are great and then bring up a goal that they thought that they could never do but that they achieved and that makes them smile. Then I would probably beg them to do it with me!”

-Makala Marshall


Meet Kaili:

“Hi, my name is Kaili Marshall, I am 12 years old. I have been doing crossfit for about 5 years. I typically come to the 4pm class with my mom and sister Makala. The first year I did the crossfit Open was in 2022. I didn’t really have a choice to participate in the Open because it was the workout of the day. I was kind of nervous before doing the open because it was a new experience andI did not know what to expect. After the open, I was glad that I had done it because it was kind of fun. Honestly, my favorite thing about the Open was that the workouts were more challenging than the regular WODs. The workouts had the right amount of intensity and pushed me where I needed to be. If someone came to me and told me that they were not sure about doing the open because of their age or because of their insecurity, I would tell them that it does not matter their age and that the Open is a good way to see how far you have come from when you started.”

-Kaili Marshall



3 perspectives from 3 different athletes. They’re signed up for The Open – you should too. You can either sign up with CrossFit or you can sign up with Coach Kaitie at the gym. We’re excited to do these workouts with you!

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The Crossfit Open 2023 is 6 weeks away!!


Three weeks, three workouts. A community tradition that isn’t just for the CrossFit pros.

While the open is the starting line in finding the fittest female and the fittest male in the world, like the CrossFit WODs you do every day, the open is designed to be all inclusive. Meaning anyone at any CrossFit level can participate!

Yes, that means you who just started CrossFit yesterday, You who modify your workouts to meet your level of ability, You who “doesn’t compete”, You who says I’m  “too old for that kind of thing” …..Can do the open!

I am not going to try and convince you of why you can and should do the open. I am, however, going to let some of our very own members share their experience and testimonies over the next 6 weeks, and hopefully they will be the ones to encourage you to participate in this years 2023 CrossFit Open and Friday Night Lights!

But what is the CrossFit Open exactly?

The Open workouts are identified by their year and the order in which they appear. For example, this year’s workouts will be named 23.1, 23.2, 23.3. The workouts will be released every Thursday during the three weeks of the Open, and you can watch the live announcement of the workout that will be streamed on the CrossFit Games website, Youtube and several other media platforms.

While the open is the starting line to finding the fittest man and woman on earth, it’s also an opportunity for any athlete at any level to participate in the competition. It can add meaning and purpose to your training while also bringing your gym’s community closer together. The Open is the time of year where we see many people achieve important firsts: bodyweight snatch, muscle-ups, toes-to-bars, handstand push-ups, double-unders, etc.

Most importantly, the Open will also give you some interesting data on your performance in the gym, a baseline, which can be a guide for setting realistic goals for the following year.

Now the open is not the kind of competition where you need a particular level of skill or experience, it’s not going to be at some other location or big event. It is an individual test, in house meaning at Iron Legion, of the work you have put in over the past year and something you can measure progress year after year.

Every single person who does CrossFit has their own reason as to why they started but the reason as to why they kept coming is always one of two maybe both reasons.. The community and/or the push they needed to get out of their comfort zone. Everyday we learn to push our bodies a little more past their limits and every day we come back for a little more. Crossfit never tells you “you’re to old” or “you’re too weak” or “you’re too young” to do this sport. Crossfit is the most adaptable, forever evolving sport, welcoming everyone at any age, level, mindset etc. The CrossFit Open is no different!

Now that you have an understanding of what the Crossfit open is and what it is about let me tell you about what to expect when you do the open this year at Iron legion.

The open workout will be a gym workout anyways. If you come to the gym on Friday during the weeks of the open, you will be doing the open WOD. So why not participate??  Now, take it a step further and hop in on the fun and be a part of a team!


Yes, a team! Just like last  year at Iron legion we are doing teams. The number will be the pending number of those signing up split as evenly as possible by yours truly, with RX members, fitness member(s), and scaled member(s). You will be scored individually and placed on a leaderboard for top 3 winners each week and then with combined scores giving your team their standing on the overall team leaderboard. Scoring will be based on effort and not skill level so everyone each week has an opportunity to place high and earn big points for their team!

Now, before you say well “I don’t want to let anyone down”. Let me ask you this?? If you WERE on a team and one of your teammates had a low score and didn’t earn you a lot of points would you say to them “wow you let us down, why did you even join a team???”

Of course not!! You would probably tell them all the ways they kicked ass and surpassed what they thought they could do and tell them how awesome they are!!!

So what makes you think anyone would say or think that about you?? That’s not how the CrossFit community works and that’s not how our Iron Legion community works!

Which leads me into building and supporting our gyms community.

On Friday nights throughout the open we will have a “Friday night lights” atmosphere. While you can totally do the open workout at your regularly scheduled AM class time, for those wanting to really experience the energy of the open (I encourage you too) we will be holding heats on Friday night. You will have a judge to count reps and hold you accountable to the skills you are performing and log your final scores. I don’t know about you but anytime I don’t have to count my own reps, I AM ALL IN!!

Hands down, this is the time you will see the most PRs and will probably even realize you are fitter than you have let yourself believe.

Let’s face it, yes you show up during the week but you also have day to day jobs, kiddos, other obligations that may leave you not always wanting to give it your all each workout. And that’s ok!

But this also sometimes holds us back from taking it to the next level in our abilities or you just flat out think you can’t do something, so day after day you jump right into scaling, which is also totally ok! BUT that’s why the open is so great, because this is where you can give yourself permission to step it up and go for it!!!

After all, Until you measure, you don’t know.  Measuring in the Open will allow you to measure against thousands of other people if you choose (register at or just yourself.  But you will also be able to establish a baseline and then next year when you do the Open, you will know where that line is and you will know how you have progressed over the next year of training.

Performance. Don’t worry about not being able to do the skills.

Crossfit HQ are no dummies, they want worldwide participation so they will design the workouts to be affiliate friendly. This does not mean the workouts won’t be hard and leave you on your back in a pool of sweat, but they will allow for everyone to do the workouts and to finish…. Well maybe,  can’t make any promises you will finish–that’s on you.

And to make sure EVERYONE can do the workouts we will be adding our own additional scaling if necessary to the prescribed Open RX and Open Scaled Standards. So. there.

Yes, it’s fun to check the rankings and to see how you match up to other athletes around the world (if you register online, not required to do our Iron Legion teams) but it’s also fun to stay in house and join a team with fellow members that you grind it out with every day. It’s fun to support and cheer for them! It’s fun to watch your buddy get their first pull up or PR that snatch they have been fighting for, for months! It’s fun to have your friends cheering and pushing you to get one more rep against the clock!! It’s even fun to share that post open beer or two after you crush your workout!

The energy is just different and simply put…

the Crossfit Open is just freakin FUN!

Honestly and finally, You should do the open because you deserve it! You make the  commitment every day to show up and be a better you! You follow the programming that is literally designed around the open. And after the workouts, after you see how you did, how you felt, it’s at that time you will take a look at yourself and be like wow look how far i’ve come! You will probably set new goals for the next year, decide to train harder or more consistently, you will eat better and drink more water, and i’d say best of all you will connect with your coaches and community in ways you may not even realize existed.

Y’all! Do the open, be a part of a team and let’s get after it! There is literally nothing to lose!