Mat Fraser and Other CrossFit Games Athletes Offer Tips on Embracing the Pain Cave During the Open

February 14, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Eric Castaños

Every CrossFit Open has at least one of them: a workout that’s all about how badly you want it. 

It’s the workout where you know you can always get one more rep, where you can always go one second faster, and where your fate on the leaderboard—and more importantly the feeling you will have after the workout—depends largely on how much you’re willing to make yourself hurt in the moment.

In CrossFit we often refer to these workouts as “pain cave” workouts—like the seven minutes of max reps burpees from the 2012 Open, the descending ladder of thrusters and burpees in 2014, or the 15-minute rowing and wall ball AMRAP of 2019—and the Open is notorious for them.

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