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CrossFit® / January 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom

This Coach Isn’t Here for Your CrossFit Open Excuses

In the world of CrossFit, Austin Malleolo is known for his six appearances in the CrossFit Games.

This time of year, though, his focus is on the first stage of the competition season: the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games Open

The Open is a fitness competition where CrossFitters of all abilities from around the globe complete the same workouts over the span of five weeks for a chance to be ranked on a virtual leaderboard and see how they stack up against others in their country, age group, and at their gyms. 

Owning three CrossFit boxes with 10 years of coaching experience under his belt, Malleolo claims he has heard every excuse in the book for not signing up for the Open.

“You use it, I’ve heard it,” he laughs.

But here’s the thing: he’s not buying your excuses. Not one of them.

And in famous Malleolo fashion, he’s here with a few signature pep talks to tell you why your excuses don't stack up. 

Fair warning: He can dish out reality as quickly as he can deadlift.

To register for the Open, visit Then, shop the official CrossFit Open gear before you compete.

CrossFit® / January 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom