2019 Rush Open Intramural

The “Open” season is upon us once again and some of you might be wondering what this means? Here it is in a nutshell. The CrossFit Open is one of many CrossFit competitions that qualify one man and one woman of each nation to compete for the title of  the Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth at the CrossFit Games. Over the span of five weeks, CrossFit organizers will post one workout per week for all participants to perform. Scores are submitted online and then represented on a world wide leaderboard. What is unique about the “Open” is that these workouts are performed in the comforts of your own garage gym or at a CrossFit affiliate.

At this moment, you’re likely thinking that you are not a games-level athlete and the truth is, you’re probably right. Most of us aren’t. So why participate? The “Open” provides you with an opportunity to benchmark your progress across a series of workouts. Since the “Open” workouts generally touch on the principal movements of CrossFit, it will help to highlight your strengths as well as expose some weaknesses in your training. It also allows you to see how your fitness measures up to a broader athlete base that extends far beyond the limited “member pool” of your box. Most importantly, the team spirit and support you will experience during this five week competition will no doubt remind you of why you love your CrossFit community.

Back again this year, Rush will be hosting an Intramural style “Open”.  If you are competitive and want to test your fitness against the CrossFit community on a worldwide stage, you can officially register for the CrossFit Open by going to the Crossfit Games website: https://games.crossfit.com/.  If you are new to our box or are not interested in competing on a nation wide scale, you can choose to register solely at our box and experience the fun of “Rush Open Intramural”.  Once you have signed up, you will be placed on one of the three teams. Points are accumulated based on participation, team spirit,  performance and best photo. Why do teams? To re-enforce camaraderie and ease the jitters often brought on by the idea of competition. Yes, even if you’re new to CrossFit or don’t think you’re all that great at it, you should still participate. There are scaled divisions just like in regular class that make the “Open” ALL INCLUSIVE.

Starting Saturday Feb 23th at 10:30am, for five weeks in a row, “Rush Open Intramural” will be the time slot for all participants to show up, perform the WOD and CHEER YOUR PEERS!!!

Registration Fee is $30 cash only ($15 for children between ages 8-12).  There will be an awards ceremony on the last day with prizes.

Participants who are not Rush members can purchase the “Open Pass” for $35 which grants you access to the five WODS.

Josanne’s Journey

Fitness has always been a part of my adult life. Or it used to be… I used to be fit. At least that is how I thought of myself. For years, I worked out four or five times a week and I was running. I needed a goal to keep working out so I started training for half-marathons and I have a few under my belt. The last one I ran in 2014 hurt! And then I stopped it all. No more gym, no more running. It didn’t take long for my body and my mind to feel it. Within three years, I gained a lot of weight and I had less energy than ever. Going back to running was hard with the extra weight and even though I was never a fast runner, now I was a turtle… you probably could have walked faster than I was running. Needless to say, motivation was low. One day, someone suggested CrossFit. So I checked it out.

I still remember when I attended my first session. As soon as I walked in, everyone was very welcoming, as much the coaches as the members. I want to especially thank Lynn for that very first workout when she chose to team up with me; patiently explain all the jargon associated with CrossFit workouts. Because I felt welcomed and at ease from the start, I came back. It didn’t take long for me to really enjoy the workouts, to look forward to them and to seeing the coaches and members who continue to be supportive and to motivate each other.

I am on track to reach my goal, pounds are shedding and I am getting stronger every day. I feel good 🙂 My journey is not over yet and once I reach my present fitness goal, I know I will just set a new one. I am confident that with the continued coaching and support from the CrossFit Rush family, it will be possible.

Thank you for the difference you make in my life. Thank you for pushing my limits. Even when it hurts, it feels good! Some may wonder why we do this… I wonder why they don’t.


Katherine’s Journey

I started with Crossfit Rush just over one year ago when a fellow “Rush Mom” suggested I meet her at a “Fit30” half hour lunch-time class; she knew I worked virtual from home and invited me to join the other lunch time warriors. From there it all began and I have never looked back (thank-you, Jodie!). I remember being extremely nervous for that first class, then afterwards feeling so inspired. From my first step in the door the Coach made me feel welcome (thank-you, Jeff!) and much to my surprise at that time I could complete every movement, some with modifications, and I left thinking “Wow, I can really do this, I feel great”.

Fitness has always been a part of my life in some way, shape or form and at the time I started with Rush I needed an outlet to direct my energy, or more importantly to build positive energy. Before joining I had just suffered the tragic loss of my brother which has been the most devastating thing in my life. I knew I needed to channel my grief and emotion into something that would benefit me. I have young kids and I wanted to be a better and more energetic Mom and wife, a stronger version of myself. Voila – the Rush Family took me under their wing in more ways than they know. I have never told Coach Jeff or anyone else how much they have helped me. So many times, I wanted to send a note saying “you lifted me up today, you make a difference in my life”.

Over the first few months I realized what set Rush apart from other group fitness classes I had done before.  I was engaged and having fun the whole time. I also saw results quickly. I recall flexing my arms in the mirror, for the first time I had muscle definition! Nowadays I can enthusiastically say that I have gained 10lbs of muscle. I love weight lifting, box jumps, burpees, tire flipping, rowing and although I do not love “wall-balls” or skipping, I do it because I want to challenge myself and I have a team of friends alongside setting the example and giving their all.  My 6-year-old daughter comes to classes to watch; she brings her colouring books and her snacks, but most often she is transfixed watching the athletes and dancing to Coach Joey’s soundtrack (she often asks for “Joey music” in the car!). One class she was feeling a bit shy and had started crying and before I knew it one of the kids Coaches had her off to the side hugging her, then striking up a game and their laughter filled the gym. My daughter is now a part of the Crossfit Kids program and the sport and her experience with Rush has impacted her so positively. Everyone is a supporter at Rush in so many ways, from cheering you on to finish those last reps, to ensuring the kids are taken care of so the parent can finish the workout.

I participated in Rush’s Friday Night Lights during the Crossfit Games and they used the proceeds to purchase a defibrillator for the gym; that blew me away. Most recently I went completely outside of my comfort zone and competed on a team with fellow strong Rush women in the Girls Gone RX breast cancer fundraiser at an area box, that event raised $10,000. Crossfit is a community, they care, and they enrich lives. Not only has Crossfit Rush in Rockland given me the physical results of working hard, but the mental benefits I have received are just as important. Coach Cyn said to me one day “you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable” (back squat training!), she doesn’t know this but I have applied that advice to every area of my life since she said that.

For those who are interested in checking out Crossfit Rush, please do not think you need to ‘get in shape’ before going. Rush is a safe environment and no matter what skill level or body shape you go in with, you are going to see results, have a barrel of laughs, pull out the inner badass in yourself and join an extension of family in the process. Message me and I will meet you there!

Thank-you for everything you have done for me Jeff, Cynthia and the whole Rush gang, I look forward to a bright future and many PR’s with you all!