This year, CrossFit NYC is going to take a different approach to the Open. We’re not just doing the Open WOD’s to participate in the Open. We’re also using the Open as a starting point to help measure the quality of the product that we deliver to you over the next year.
It is a cliché that you cannot manage what you cannot measure. The genius of CrossFit is that it allows us to precisely measure fitness. We are going to use the Open to measure the fitness of the core group of our members who complete the Open; the Open WODs will tell us exactly how we collectively rate among all CrossFitters in the world right now. Then, we are going to make it our resolution to raise significantly the level of fitness of the group. A year from now, we’ll re-test using the 2015 Open WODs. Which will allow us to empirically determine exactly how much fitter we have all gotten.
So here’s what it takes to buy in: this year, you do all five Open WOD’s, and you make zero excuses. You will be ranked relative to all CrossFitters who participate. The key metric we’ll be focusing on is your percentile. If you are number 90,000 out of 100,000, then you are in the 10th percentile. If you are number 10,000 out of 100,000, then you are in the 90th percentile. We will maintain a spreadsheet of every one of our member’s results. Our goal will be to raise significantly the average percentile of the entire group by next year.
Our best guess is that our participants will be in the 50th percentile on average this year. Our goal will be to get that up to the 60th percentile by next year. The only way CrossFit NYC can succeed is to to provide the coaching resources to raise the fitness level of our entire gym. We will be attacking the task on multiple fronts, and we will outline the details over the next few weeks.
Are you in?