Learning and growing: An “Open” discussion (Part 3) –Coach Nick

Setting goals and reaching milestones

The Open is a great test to see where you stack up against the rest of the world. It unveils an athlete’s strengths as well as their weaknesses and because of this we are able to set goals and reach milestones. While a number of athletes reached milestones this games season, I had the honor of being a part of one.

Aaron Hanley serves our country in the United States Army. He also finds time to attend the 6:30 a.m. WOD. Aaron has been a member at Albany CrossFit since December and up until 14.3 had not hit a WOD completely RX. I wasn’t aware of this during class and when he told me he was going to attempt the ascending ladder of deadlifts and box jumps RX,  I gave him the nod of approval. I’ll never forget the excitement I heard in his voice when we were chatting in the locker room after class. “That was the first workout I was able to hit completely RX!” This was not my accomplishment yet, I was just as excited that someone had reached a milestone in their journey.

I’m sure many of you can remember your first RX workout and the feeling you had after you finished. For those of you who have not yet hit a workout RX, I can only assume you’ve at least thought about it. Measurable, observable, repeatable. Set goals for yourself and track your progress because the journey is worth the results!

What are some of your favorite stories from the 2014 CrossFit Games Open?


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