Reflecting on the Open and getting ready for Regionals

Apr 3rd, 2012

Category: CrossFit

Reflecting on the Open and getting ready for Regionals

The Southie Squadron

*Schedule Update* – The gym will be closed this Easter weekend as we are hosting a Level 1 Certification.  However, Saturday we are going to host workouts right down the street at Mokley field on Day Boulevard.  There will be a 9am, 10am and 11am class.  No classes will be held on Easter Sunday and no Intro class on Saturday.  Please plan accordingly.

I love how when preparing for the Opens everyone goes in all cool with the intention to just do “the best they can” with each WOD and then carry on with the rest of their training and life. However, for many of us the opens were an emotional rollercoaster that caused us to lose sleep and retest WODs and beat ourselves up over a couple of missed reps. Some people might call us crazy, but I just call it competitive. Team CrossFit Southie fought to finish 3rd place overall for the region. Shoreline CrossFit and CFNE took the 1st and 2nd place finishes. Both teams have some individual CrossFit Games competitors from years past on their squad, and it was an honor to be listed up there with them. Team A will continue on to the Regionals on May 25t,26th, and 27th this year (yes memorial day weekend) and we hope to have as many Southie supporters there as possible! It is a really fun weekend and I can guarantee you will enjoy it. The regional will be held at the Reebok International headquarters in Canton,MA.

CrossFit Southie II. Holy crap!! We are so proud of you. Southie II just missed qualifying by 2 spots, tying for 29th place with 3 other teams and the 2 spots went to the 2 teams with the highest finishes in any 1 workout. I know it was a total bummer for the Southie II team, but you guys did amazing!  Lastly, all you first time competitors that were on the fence about the Opens.  Way to put yourself out there!  We saw you hitting Snatch PR’s in 11.2, handling shoulder to overhead weight in 11.3 that was outside of your comfort level and getting your first T2b’s/C2b’s or improving in these high skill gymnastic movements.

Let’s talk about some highlights!

Crushin Burpees

  • Ashley A 117- 15th in the NE
  • Julie 113- 49th
  • Mazeman -136-5th
  • Goosedaddy 128- 37th
  • Shout out to some of the Southie II ladies Christina (110),Dr. Sarah Sinsac (106), Kristy G (105), Gill P (99)

Snatch City….

  • Big Crusty Urso- 87- 10th in the NE daaammmnnn
  • TJ and AAron both repped out 79 snatches
  • Sarah Borg Picolli- 82- 65th
  • Haley B- 95-3rd…NBD :0)
  • Shout out to Emily Porter for getting a 100lb snatch! Pretty impressive for someone so new to CF
  • Shout to Calli for repping out 9 75lb snatches. Her 1 RM was 73 going into the open
  • Shout out to everyone that PR’d on their snatch during this WOD!  You would not have got the PR if you didn’t put yourself out there and compete in the Opens.

18 Minutes of hell…

  • Team A- First place in the NE
  • TJ- won ther underdog award here-431 reps- 16th in the NE. One large dude reppin out box jumps and t2b. Hardly stopped for a breath.
  • Andrea- 377 Reps 28th!
  • Urso, Melberg, and Bish had the top scores for team B.
  • Shout out to Ashley A for doing body weight shoulder to OH in that wod- 6.5 rounds is beyond impressive
  • Shout out to LIL John for completing 5+7 Rounds. At the CFNE gagre games back in SEptember John could bring his knees to his arms. Now he is reppin out toes to bar. Sooo cool!

MuScle Ups

  • Mel Mott- FIRST 2 MUSCLE UPS EVERRR!!!! Total badass (72nd)
  • Julie- 3 muscle-ups (56th)
  • Daniel Bostwick- Before he started the workout he said his goal was to finish the wallballs. He ended up finishing 13 muscle-ups. As his judge, I thought I was going to explode with excitement.
  • BIshhh- 15 muscle-ups-leading Southie II

Thrusters and C2B

  • Goose and Maze side by side: Goose 141 (8th), Maze 142 (5th)- Solid finishes
  • Mel Mott 107, Andrea 101, Haley 100
  • Cash $$- improved from 78 reps to 90 reps for team II. Her pull-ups are fantastic 🙂
  • Shout out to all of the ladies who had never done a chest to bar pull-up before- Gambino and Lexi, and I am sure ther are some others. So amazing to watch you girls fight for your reps. Major progress.

As individuals Mel, myself (Amy), Maze, and Goose all qualified. We plan to forfeit our individual bids and unite as a team and try to make it to the CF games finals in LA.

Please post to comments your own accomplishments during the open, or the accomplishments of someone that you judged during the open. There were so many amazing performances it is difficult to include everyone in this one blog post. We hope that everyone enjoyed completing the open WODs in classes and we hope to have an even larger participation next year. Keep killin’ it.

Squat therapy
Alternating Tabata hollows and planks

25 Deadlifts  (225,135)
50 WallBalls
100 Barbell Lateral  Jumps
50 Wallballs
25 Deadlifts (225,135)

Level 2 (185,105)
Level 1 (135,75)


  1. Kris 04/06/2012 at 1:16 am

    late to the party..but i’ve been bragging about you all down here. amazing job and i’m so excited to see how you all do in regionals!!!

  2. Kaitlyngambino 04/04/2012 at 1:34 am

    Great job to everyone! This pic is great! My 1 Rep Max was 73 obs, during the OPEN WOD I made it through 30 at 75 lbs, no idea how that happened. Also, never had chest to bar before the last open WOD and somehow pulled 19 of them off! I am so impressed with everyones performance. Julie and Ashley I am so impressed with how many burpees you guys got! GREAT WORK 🙂

  3. marcella 04/04/2012 at 1:20 am

    WOD: 17:47 L2 w/modified hops (still nursing an inflamed achilles)

    wallballs were brutal and the second set of deadlifts felt like I was lifting with spaghetti for legs. awesome WOD.

  4. jason barrow 04/04/2012 at 12:37 am


  5. Bish 04/03/2012 at 8:14 pm

    what a Box of Bosses…

  6. Kyle 04/03/2012 at 6:47 pm

    14:14 rx Awesome job in the open everybody!

  7. Paul Lashway 04/03/2012 at 3:22 pm

    Thats what I expect from an HC Crusadahhhhhhh….nice job John

  8. Whisler 04/03/2012 at 2:01 pm

    Congrats to everybody for killin it! There were a ton of very impressive performances. I want to give another shout out to my man Lil John…I judged him on 12.5…he had never gotten a chest to bar pullup before 12.5, and then proceeded to get 12 of them in the workout. Boom!!!

  9. Alec 04/03/2012 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve been so impressed by everyone pushing their limits and giving it their all and coming out with awesome scores and results, moving weights and doing movements they never would have thought possible before.! (still not registered, I’m tempted to register it)

  10. Gill 04/03/2012 at 2:06 am

    I think a lot of ladies that do Crossfit, myself included, psych themselves out because of lack of confidence and end up overscaling. The great thing about the Open is that you can’t scale, so you end up really confronting your limits and realizing that you can, in fact, do RX. The Open taught me not to doubt myself, and I’ve been a lot better at going for the prescribed movements because of it!! (Except for chest to bar pullups)

    Congratulations to all the Southie competitor beasts!!

  11. Anonymous 04/03/2012 at 1:50 am


    Definitely want to say congrats to everyone that took the time to compete in the Open, looking forward to doing it all over again next year. Looking forward to rallying some troops for the Regionals in May!!

  12. Luis 04/03/2012 at 1:43 am

    Although I’ve been away from CFS, I’ve been following all of the CFS competitors and I am flat our impressed by how competitive the affiliate has become in such a short period of time. I can’t wait to get back to the CFS box in July and WOD with all of you beasts and lady beasts. Best of luck to all of those that qualified for Regionals!

    • Joe 04/03/2012 at 4:27 pm

      5:30AM is missing you, bro!

      My favorite moments from the Opens had to be:
      – Haney PRing in the middle of 12.2 and taking the time to ring the bell.
      – Retta and Bish crushing their overhead mobility goats in 12.2 and 12.3.
      – Seeing Lando and about a dozen of Southie’s finest female athletes getting after some miserable rowing workout AFTER retesting 12.3.

      Team B: You guys came SO damn close. You guys fell short, but you finished better than tons of teams that were made up of Affiliate’s top athletes. Be proud of that. You all worked so hard in less than one year and look where you ended up. 2013? Watch out!

      • haley 04/03/2012 at 8:20 pm

        one of my favorite parts of the open was trying to convince you every sunday to retest the wods with us. you know you LOVED doing 12.2 twice.

  13. Lexi 04/03/2012 at 12:19 am

    OK….there are a few things that I want to say:
    1) This picture is Amazeballs.
    2) So impressed by all the hard work and dedication put in by the burnt toasties competing in the Open. It was an honor to be a part of something so special.
    3) I will be at Regionals armed with an arsenal of green and orange outfits, pompoms, snacks…and of course my camera. I hope everybody joins me in the quest to be CrossFit Southie SUPAHFANS.

  14. Leases 04/03/2012 at 12:17 am

    so impressive – congrats everyone!!

    shout to patilac for 52nd in the NE!!