Name: Greg Adler
Occupation: Technology Consulting
Family: Wife-Heather (L1 CrossFitter), 4 boys, 3 of which CrossFit and 1 who plays hockey, but we’ll convert him (Noah – 16, Jonah – 14, Jake – 12, Jude – 8)
Affiliate: CrossFit Fairfax
WODs per week: 5 (used to be 6, but then I had shoulder surgery and learned the importance of more rest)
1. How many years have you been CrossFitting? A little over 4 years
2. How many years have you done the Open? The last 3 years
3. Why did you choose to compete in the Open? The first reason is because it’s fun! The atmosphere at the box is awesome on days where everyone is doing the Open WOD. People are there to push you, root for you, and help you achieve your best. It’s also a great way to see how you’re progressing from year to year (especially if you’re an addict like me and record the scores on all of your WODs). Third, it’s a great chance to try a competitive atmosphere, something many of us don’t have to do very often at CrossFit. Plus, when do you ever have a chance to do the exact same WODs as the Games competitors and compare your scores?!
4. Were you able to do all the workouts? Yes, I have been able to do all the workouts, although there’s sometimes a point where you know you’ll hit your max – which is totally fine. A few years ago, I remember I’d be out by the time I hit the muscle ups (because I didn’t have them). Another year, I knew exactly how many reps I’d get before it started because it was a snatch ladder and there was no way I was doing that 3rd weight. It’s all good though and still tons of fun – and, if anything, gives you that much more of an appreciation for those that make Regionals or the Games.
5. What is your favorite part about the Open? My favorite part is the excitement up until the time you do the WOD. The energy in the gym is great, I usually get pretty nervous, but then the clock starts and it’s all just about having fun and doing your best. I love the times when I’m done and have pushed myself WAY beyond what I thought I’d get. It’s a level of intensity and accomplishment that’s just not there most other times during the year.
6. Are you doing to compete again this year? Yes. I did last year’s Open, but it was only about 6 months after I had major shoulder surgery, so I wasn’t my strongest. I’m excited to see how I perform this year and get a better sense of how I’ve progressed and where I need to improve.
7. Anything else you want to mention? Do each workout just once. J The first year or two, I’d do the workouts multiple times trying to improve my score, but that’s a tough proposition. 7 minutes of burpees is hard enough – but when you do it a second time two days later and only get a couple of more reps, it’s painful. Do it once, give it all you got and move on!