Why You Should NOT Redo an Open Workout

Why You Should NOT Redo an Open Workout

My answer to most all of you would be no, you shouldn’t redo the workout. CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity with the end goal being to improve work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Essentially, CrossFit is a way to prepare you for the unknown and unknowable. CrossFit is a way to help make you a better mover and a better person. It has evolved over the years but its design and goal for people has not changed. While the open is an amazing experience and one I think everyone doing CrossFit should participate in, there are only a select few people who should redo open workouts, otherwise as a test of fitness, open workouts should be done once. Redoing a workout does not make you fitter than you were on your first attempt. Redoing a workout tests your ability to adapt and maximize your time or score.

If regionals is your entire goal for the year as an individual or team member then yes you should redo open workouts to give yourself the best chance you can to make it to regionals and achieve your goal. If you might get the top score in the world and potentially win a considerable sum of money for a workout then, yes, you should redo that workout to maximize your chances of success.

However, if none of those are applicable to you then you should not redo an open workout. Even some of the fittest games athletes in the world will only do an open workout once because they know that their end goal is the games and performing there. Getting 2nd in the open compared to getting 6th means nothing when the goal is to go to the games.

It’s okay to be competitive and to want to crush the open workout and do well at it, however we don’t have control over everything. Maybe you didn’t get as much sleep as you usually do or you didn’t have a good day at work or didn’t eat like you normally do before the workout. Maybe you’re working out at a time you are not used to. You can’t control all of the circumstances around a workout. You can however, control how you prepare and what your mindset is going into a given workout. It comes down to controlling what you can and letting go of what you can’t.

If you don’t have a good workout, so be it, learn from that experience so you can do what is within your power to set yourself up for success the next time. In life we don’t get to redo things we aren’t happy with, that’s just the way the world works. We can learn lessons though and apply that knowledge to our future experiences to help ensure we are maximizing out potential.

So if you find yourself asking, “should I redo the workout” I challenge you not to, and to learn from what should be your first and only attempt so that you grow and improve for the next workout and then learn from that one so that the process of growth and improvement continuously moves upward.

Crawford Miller