The Open is Almost Here

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Many of you have been around for the CrossFit Games Open in years past, but there are also a lot of new folks who have yet to give this series a shot. Sooooo, here are some basics on what you can expect in the coming month and a half as we make our way through this famed exercise monstrosity.

The Open is the 5-week, all-levels-friendy qualifying process for the annual CrossFit Games (which just so happen to be taking place in Madison, WI this year!) You might be thinking that “all-levels” and “CrossFit Games” have no place in the same sentence, but this series of workouts is truly available to people of all experience levels and fitness abilities.

Beginning February 23, a workout is released each Thursday evening. We will be scheduling this workout as our WOD for each Friday throughout the Open so everyone gets a chance to do battle with what is sent our way. Once completed, you then have until Monday evening at 5:00pm to submit your score on the Games site (so, you can retry the workout as many times as your heart desires before submitting your score).

We’ve been taking on many of the previous year’s workouts over the past couple months, but you can check out the complete history here. Don’t let the thought of the competition scare you away though. The idea behind this process is that if you’ve been doing CrossFit, you’re prepared to take this challenge on. There is an RX, scaled, and several age group break-downs available for both men and women, and we’ve had people of all levels compete in past years.

What do you need to do to compete?
Show up to class each Friday from 2/24-3/24 and take the workout on with us. If you’re looking to see where you stand in the world (trust us, you do – you’re going to beat thousands of people!) you can sign up on the Games site and see where you stand after you enter your score each week.

I’ll be straight up with you that taking the Open on can be an intimidating feat. But, as anyone who has participated in the past will tell you, there’s an amazing feeling of accomplishment that comes with stepping up and giving these workouts some hell.

We need your support just like you’ll need ours. So, take a step into the uncomfortable and sign up for this thing!

A few schedule changes throughout the Open:
Our Friday morning classes (5:30, 6:30 and 11:00 am) will remain as they are now, but the evening will be run as a series of heats, as opposed to a traditional class format. Heats begin at 4:30 pm and we’ll have the gym open by 4:00 so you can show up early to get warm.

We’ll be hanging out at the gym each week after the workout to talk about how hard CrossFit is, strategize with the brave souls who are looking to retry the workout, and enjoy celebratory beverages and food. Come hang out!

In the twisted way that we all “enjoy” the workouts we put ourselves through each week, the Open really is a lot of fun. Get in touch with me or any of our other staff if you’re on the fence, or have questions about the process. We’d love to help you make this happen so you can look back on your experience the same way we do.

The Granite Games – Join the TwinTown Community

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In 2015 a group of us from TwinTown participated in the online qualifier portion of The Granite Games, a three-day competition taking place in St. Cloud in September that last drew over 1000 participants from everyday CrossFitters to CrossFit Games athletes. It was an amazing experience. With the 2016 online qualifier just around the corner I was reflecting on why it was so cool, and what made us want to compete even though we knew we had no shot of being the best.

For me, it came down to the energy and excitement that simply can’t be replicated in the workouts we do on any given day, and the way we came together as a community to face them together. There was the anticipation and predictions each week as the workouts were about to be released. The nervous excitement as we shared ideas and strategies. Walking into the gym on Sunday morning as we all got together to workout. The motivation to redo a crushing workout because you KNOW you could have done more or gone faster, if for no other reason that to prove to yourself you can. There is the friendly competition between us at TwinTown facing off against each other. The chance to see how we as individuals, and we as a gym, stack up against our peers across the state and even the country.

For 4 weeks in 2016, from June 9th – July 4th an Rx, Scaled and Masters WOD will be released on Thursday. TwinTown will be programming the workouts for classes on Fridays and will have an alternate time to complete (or redo!) on Sunday at Open Gym. For those of us who have competed before, we are eagerly awaiting this years qualifier. Will you join us? Perhaps you will represent TwinTown Fitness at this year’s Granite Games! Also this year, all online qualifier participants are eligible to register for the open registration teams of 3 competition – no qualification necessary.

Sign up for the online qualifier and select the TwinTown Fitness Community during registration. Let’s tackle this challenge together. For all register athletes there are weekly prizes given at way at random – Kill Cliff, jump ropes, gift cards. Plus, if 25 people join our community we have the chance to win amazing upgrades to our gym, such as new rowing machines and Assault Bikes!

Congrats Freeze Fest Competitors!

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.  - Teddy Roosevelt

Biggest ups to the TwinTowners who competed at Freeze Fest this weekend. Addi Rizvi, Amanda Redepenning, Brett Burgstahler, Josh Peterson, Lindsey Burstahler, Matt Onken, Shane Christenson, and Tracy Gabrelcik, we are proud of you!