As CrossFit Open Ends, Trainers Begin Battle With Lingering Mental Health Problems

Across the world, CrossFit Affiliate owners and trainers are looking forward their first free Friday night since the beginning of the 2018 CrossFit Open. Many affiliates chose to host CrossFit Open events at their gyms, often invoking a “Friday Night Lights” theme. While these events are wildly popular among members, many trainers are still recovering from the responsibility and stress that the Open brings.

Justin Hicks, owner of CrossFit Burnout, told the Overheard Press that he has been looking forward to this day since second week of the competition.

“The Open is great, but if I had to spend one more weekend answering pointless questions about movement standards, I was going to hang myself,” Hicks told the Overheard Press.

Hick’s wife, Tina, saw the impact the Open was having on her husband, and is equally relieved that it has come to an end.

“During the first week, the logistics and difficulties of running 100 people through a workout that involved a C2 Rower gave him a sense of accomplishment,” Tina explained. “But by the end of the third event, he wasn’t the same. When he would come home, he would just stare into the distance like he was trying to forget something.”

Tina said she tried to console her husband, but found him unwilling to talk about his feelings. “He had been through too much,” She said. “A man can only handle so many stupid questions.”

Hicks is not alone. It is estimated that nearly 40% of CrossFit affiliate owners are suffering from undiagnosed mental problems following the Open. Experts like Dr. Trisha Benne say that the real number is probably higher.

“When the Open begins, many of a trainer’s members go through a transformation,” Dr. Benne told the Overheard Press. “They become divas, prima donnas, or excessive worriers. Basically, in a matter of weeks, they become monsters.” Dr. Benne went on to explain that when a CrossFit Trainer’s job suddenly becomes more about babysitting and enforcing rules than improving people’s lives, the result is significant stress.

Thankfully, Hicks and other affiliate owners like him have been slowly recovering since Monday. With no movement standards to enforce, and no scores to validate, Hicks is looking forward to getting what he calls “me time,” this Friday evening.

“I’m going to drink a six-pack and and toss old appliances off the roof of the abandoned building behind my apartment.”