FIRST TIME COMPETITORS

I’m thinking about competing. Am I ready?

If you’ve watched the games on TV, been to an arena competition, or attended a throw down at your local box, the idea of competing can be both exciting and intimidating. Have a great workout and you think you’re ready!  Have a bad day at the gym… and you wonder if you know what you’re doing.  At GameDay we exist FOR YOU and we understand how you’re feeling.  Here’s our best advice.

HOW LONG SHOULD I TRAIN BEFORE I COMPETE

That really varies, but in most cases only about 3-6 months.  As long as you check out our division standards and feel like you have the basics down you should be ready!  Maybe test out doing a couple workouts in a day to see how your body responds.

Feel free to drop us an email, talk to other athletes, or ask you coach for advice too.

WHAT SORT OF MOVEMENTS WILL I SEE

That all depends on your division.  Our division standards are linked below so check those out.  If you’re competing scaled, the required movements will follow the standards we have posted.  If you’re competing Intermediate or Masters 35+ we have fairly straight forward guidelines but occasionally spice things up a little.  If you’re competing Rx, be ready for it all.

WHAT IF I CAN'T DO A MOVEMENT

Individuals need to be able to do 90% or more of the required division standards.  If you’re looking at competing on a team you will frequently be able to rely on your teammates to help you through things you’re not as strong at.

WILL I EMBARRASS MYSELF

That’s an easy one.  NO!  We have a great community of athletes and there’s nothing more important to us than creating a positive and encouraging atmosphere.  You got this!

WHAT DIVISION SHOULD I CHOOSE

Check out the division standards below.  If you can do pretty much everything in a division, then you’re ready.  When in doubt, gathering some friends and creating a team is a great first experience!

WILL I KNOW WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO

We will communicate everything to you via email leading up to the competition after you register.  If you have questions please contact us by email or reach out on Facebook.

We structure our competitions with the athlete in mind so we do our best to make sure everything is smooth and well communicated.  Our events are ON TIME.  Heats times are released shortly before the event and will be reliable within a few minutes.  If you’re attending a 2 day competition, we shuffle the heats and lanes after day 1 and release the day 2 times that evening on social media and our website.

Workouts are released prior to the event so you’ll be able to practice ahead of time and there will be a full briefing the night before the event where you can ask any questions you have.  Athlete staging occurs about 10 minutes before it’s time to hit the floor for your heat and there is opportunity to ask questions then as well. During your heat there will have a personal judge counting your reps and making sure you use the appropriate monument standards.

There will be plenty of opportunities to get comfortable with the workouts prior to competing so you can feel confident and be your best!

DIVISION STANDARDS

ADVICE FROM OTHER COMPETITORS

What do you think someone should do to prepare for their first competition?

Train for heavier weights and more reps than what is implied or mentioned before hand. Simulate the actual workout when training so you know where to adjust if needed. Then it won’t seem as daunting if/when they throw a curve ball during the actual event.

AngieSleepy Eye, MN

What was your favorite part of your first competition?

The ability to do the movements that were required. Not always the fastest but I could do the movements.

KarenWaconia, MN

What was your favorite part of your first competition?

The energy in the stadium, the feeling of running out onto the competition floor with so many strong people, and the confidence I gained in myself!

LeahNew Richmond, WI

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with someone considering their first competition?

I would try a team competition first before doing individual. Your teammates will be able to help you with the nerves and are there to cheer you on. Remember to have fun and take all of it in. You are trying to do your best and that is all anybody can ask of you.

KarenWaconia, MN

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with someone considering their first competition?

If you commit to training hard for it, you can accomplish your goals! A couple weeks before this event, I was not convinced I could manage all the recommended weights and moves, but that only pushed me to train harder. Don’t train only to win- but to have fun, work to improve some personal records, and most importantly to simply do YOUR best- not anyone else’s best. I was part of a team, which helped with my nerves and overall feeling of support. Try doing a team event first to get your feet wet to the world of competing.

AngieSleepy Eye, MN

What do you think someone should do to prepare for their first competition?

Go through the movements that are required but do not worry about doing them fast.

KarenWaconia, MN

What do you think someone should do to prepare for their first competition?

Leave your ego out of training or prepping for the comp and don’t psych yourself out. Just do it and have fun!

LeahNew Richmond, WI

What was your favorite part of your first competition?

The realization that I’m not the only athlete that struggles with certain moves/events...that I’m not as weak as I thought....that I do fit-in in the CrossFit world! It was also really cool to be around a whole bunch of other people that have been training hard like I have for this weekend.

AngieSleepy Eye, MN

Do you have any advice you'd like to share with someone considering their first competition?

Go into with the mindset that you’re going to do well and you’re going to have fun!

LeahNew Richmond, WI