THE lead up to the next CrossFit Open begins in earnest this week for members of the CrossFit 2795 gym, who were able to resume their in-person training this week.
The lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions has allowed gym members to get back together since Monday and re-engage as a community, following several months of online classes.
CrossFit 2795's Dan George said it's a great feeling to see everyone eager to jump back into sessions.
"It was a great feeling to be opening the doors again bright and early on Monday morning," he said.
"We had a meeting with CrossFit Australia and Fitness Australia, probably around three weeks into lockdown, and they've been in talks with the government to try and help them get a plan together going forward.
"It does feel a bit quicker than what they initially predicted. We did think that October 18th would be the date but things were tracking ahead. It was looking early on like 80 per cent [double vaccinated] was going to be closer to December, so it's good to see those next targets are expected to come around quicker.
"Things were buzzing on Monday. Out of the five classes we had four of them at full capacity with the weightlifting full. The vibes were great, and it was a lot different opening the doors this time compared to last lockdown. I think everyone was a little more relaxed."
While there's no competitions in sight for the team for the remainder of 2021 it clears the calendar for full dedication towards next year's CrossFit Open.
"We'll start our program now for the CrossFit Open which begins at the end of February. That gives us roughly 100 training days until then, and let's us have around three training phases in that time," George said.
"It's perfect timing. Everyone's starting off from the same spot. It's about getting capacity and volume up over the next 100 days.
"There was one competition, Fittest On The Field, that was scheduled for September, got postponed into November, but then they had to cancel that one. We did have 22 teams headed off to that one in Wollongong."
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