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By 3rd April 2014March 10th, 2017No Comments


Our first open at 353

I want to start off by saying how proud team 353 is of all of our athletes. The progress that has been made since starting is incredible. The most over used word in sport is incredible, but it is the only word to describe our community, our passion and our pursuit of fitness.

Where do I begin? It has been an amazing 5 weeks. We have shared the highs and the lows, the successes and the struggles but most importantly have emerged the other side, better athletes and people. Those who participated in the 2014 CrossFit Games Open took a huge leap of faith. Entering a global competition and testing their fitness against the entire CrossFit community pushed us all out of our respective comfort zones. We tried reps, loads and movements perhaps previously avoided (and set a serious number of PR’s along the way).

Looking back to where individuals started on their first day at 353, to where they are now is incredible. Seeing people snatching, stringing together double unders, doing heavy overhead squats (that were previous one rep max’s) is so encouraging. Not to mention all those that achieved their first chest to bars, their PR deadlifts for reps and those painfully slow toes-to-bar. As a coach all you can ask for is 100% every session, and that’s exactly what we got.

People will emerge from the open no longer afraid of going after their weaknesses. Not afraid to hang from the bars, not afraid to move weight overhead, not afraid to try new exercises and experiences. The open encouraged us to do these things. It helped us out of our comfort zone. It challenged us. It’s important to take these learning’s, apply them in class and continue to improve. Attack those weaknesses moving forward.

We CrossFit to try and improve everyday, to continually get better at life both physically and mentally. Sharing struggles and successes with such a strong community has been amazing. Something words can’t describe. Being part of people’s transformations is also very special and something we don’t take for granted at 353. We want to invest in ourselves not only the hour that we are throwing down during class but also the other 23 hours in the day.

We are so proud of every athlete. So proud of the collective and individual journeys to date. We are privileged to continue to share that journey with you. Representing CrossFit 353 in the 2014 CrossFit Games Open was amazing. I know I’m looking forward to next year’s competition already.

We have grown as a CrossFit gym and as a community. We thank you all for everything to date.

Supporting you always,
Coach Gary
“Be the black sheep of society. If you love your life, and love what you do, then you are a black sheep”

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