The 2017 CrossFit Games OPEN at CrossFit Magna part 2

11165114_1024969104243469_205801439897422434_oThe 2017 CrossFit Open starts one week from today. The CrossFit Open is a 5 week online competition that runs from February 23 to March 27th this year. If you have not registered, what are you waiting for?!? Select CrossFit Magna as your affiliate and your TEAM during your registration process.

The Open will bring about some schedule changes on Thursday and Friday nights.

Thursday:  6:00 - 6:45pm Open Watch Pary + 1 heat of the Open WOD
Thursday:  6:45 - 7:30pm Yoga w/ Coach Katie
Friday:  3:30pm CrossFit Class w/ Coach BK
Friday:  5:30pm Magna 101 Class w/ Coach Marcus

This year, we will have judges and equipment available for Open workouts at the following times:
Thursday:  6:00 - 6:45pm
Friday:  4:30 - 6:30 pm
Saturday:  10:00 - 12:00pm
Sunday:  9:00 - 11:00 am

If those times do not work for you, other times will be available by appointment. We want this to be a fun and successful experience for you. Please talk to your coaches if you have any questions or concerns.

The 2017 CrossFit Games OPEN at CrossFit Magna

The CrossFit Open is starts next week!
Have you registered?
Did you select CrossFit Magna as your affiliate?
If you need help with the registration process please let us know. 

In the meantime, here is what we think you should know... 

1) We are encouraging athletes to complete the Open Workout on Friday night at 4:30 and 5:30pm and/or Sunday from 9-11am. If you know you don't workout well on Friday nights and can't make it on Sundays, there will also be Open Gym on Saturday from 10am-12pm.

2) During our normal class times, Open WODs must be done in the extra work area on the 2nd timer with your own judge. Coaches have a responsibility to their classes. We want you to achieve whatever goals you have set for the Open but with the understanding that not all of our friends and fellow athletes are participating in the Open and still need to train. 

3) We will provide you with a warm-up and strategy. The plan for 2017 is similar to last year. We will watch the announcement show on Thursday night and then run 1 heat of the workout. This will give the coaches a chance to experience the WOD and provide our athletes with better insight on pacing and set-up. We have been through this 6 times and each year we learn a little more. If you have questions, ask us. We want you guys to enjoy this experience as much as possible. If we learn something new during the first week or two this year, we will adjust as we go.

4) We will have a 30 minute Yoga session on Thursday nights at 7:00 immediately following the announcement watch party and 1 heat of the Open WOD. If this later time does not work with your schedule, we encourage you to consider your pursuit of elite mobility via the free Sunday yoga classes at Lululemon or a subscription to ROMWOD.

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February Athlete Spotlight



How long have you been doing Crossfit?
I have been doing Crossfit for a total of 2 years but very sporadically due to illness and not finding the right box with the right people. No one could handle my craziness!

What is your favorite thing about Crossfit?
I really love the daily challenges of each workout and each individual movement. All of the WODs have been a challenge for me to become a better version of myself than I was before I walked in the door. I have always been an athlete, but I never did movements like these and seen such improvements.

If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
A happier version of Winnie the Pooh, I just really love honey. I have so many pictures of baby Kirsten wearing almost everything Winnie the Pooh, until middle school!

What can you never leave home without?
Hydroflask and my Jeep keys <3

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
For this week, I would have to say all of the PRs but mainly my butterfly pullups. It felt so good to have tried them and actually felt comfortable doing them. For once, I didn’t feel like a flopping fish out of water doing pull ups.

What inspires you?
Just kidding, kind of… My students and my family, typical teacher answer, some days I come to Magna after having a really hard day. During the WODs, I try to either reflect or forget about the school day and the reasons it was so hard. I have found that behind my reflections I have been able to find reasons for why the day was so hard and fix it in the classroom. I have also been pushing myself to meet new PRs with the slight frustration I walk into Magna with. Overall, I absolutely love seeing my students crush goals and make so many improvements in their behaviors, problem solving skills, socials skills and communication skills. I can only imagine the excitement my family has after seeing my improvements as their daughter, sister, Aunt, future wife and daughter-in law.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting Crossfit?
My advice is you have to be vulnerable to make the greatest achievements. You need trust yourself and push yourself. I have always been “scared” of heavy weights and large numbers but it is beside those numbers and weights that I am challenged the most and feel the strongest. I continue to struggle with the silly mental games I play besides the weights, but as soon as I tell myself “ Don’t be a b*tch, you have to try it”. The feeling of at least trying and sometimes conquering the weights is AMAZING!!!

If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
I wouldn’t actually, I think I would only change the spelling so people say it right. I would change it to KURSTEN so I am not called Kristen or Kiersten.

Where’s Waldo?
On the beach, with a nice cold beer.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Gosh, this questions always get me. I really do not know. I guess talking to pets and being able to understand and speak all languages. I really love learning about all different cultures and trying to speak the native tongue… You should hear me speak Navajo!!!!! Its hilarious. Plus I want to have a thousand puppies!

-- Congratulations on the purchase of your first home Kirsten! 

February Recipe of the Month


This quick and easy sauce is an amazing compliment to steak, chicken, or even vegetables. It packs a spicy, earthy, and tangy punch that goes from zero to ready in less than 5 minutes.

1 bunch of flat leaf parsley

2 sprigs of fresh oregano with leaves pulled off (sub 2 tbsp of dried oregano)

2 tbsp chopped red onion

4 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp red chili flakes

1 lemon juiced

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

Pinch of salt

Pinch of black pepper

Directions: Throw everything into the blender and blend until you’ve reach your desired smoothness (this is completely up to you!). If the acidity is too much, consider using just the lemon or just the red wine vinegar. Use to top your meat or vegetables, and enjoy!


Upcoming Team Competition 09/24

In case you have been hiding under a rock, we are having an in-house (Magna athletes only) team competition at Magna on Saturday 9/24. This is meant to be a short, fun, family friendly, community building event.  Hopefully if it goes well we can make it an annual event. So if anyone has a clever name or other suggestions please let us know.

Here are the basics:
* Saturday 09/24, check-in at 8:30, events start at 9:00
* 3 events
* Teams must be comprised of 2 males and 2 females
* Of these 4 athletes one must be a scaled athlete and one must be a masters athlete
* Scaled Athlete is defined as someone who scales the majority of their workouts in a given week or scaled workouts during the CF Open
* Masters is defined as an athlete 36 years old or older (example Brian is, Katie is not ;-)
Teams cannot meet the 1 Masters athlete and 1 scaled athlete requirement with the same person, but could have more than one masters or scaled athlete on a team
* No Super Teams

10 minute Synchronized CINDY
5 synchronized pull-ups or jumping pull-ups
10 synchronized push-ups
15 synchronized squats