This past weekend was the final stage of the 2011 Crossfit Games. Over the past few months, athletes from all over the earth worked their way through an intense open competition, regional cuts, and finally the games which included the best 50 or so men and women and teams from all over the globe. After 10 events spanning a wide range of competitive endeavors, Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir were crowned the fittest man and fittest woman on earth. If you havenít had an opportunity to watch any of the competition, you can still see a lot of it at games.crossfit.com, and probably on espn3.com.
I would like to express some of my thoughts regarding this competition now that itís over.
Crossfit doesnít merely choose one or two aspects (think strength or endurance) of fitness and focus on that. The training methods are aiming at an overall competency in all areas of fitness. They did an effective job of testing overall fitness in an increasing level of difficulty as the competition filtered out the less-fit, leaving only the most competent to compete in the games.
This was my first year of watching the games, but I have seen elements from last yearís competition and I saw a documentary from the 2009 games, and I feel like they designed this yearís games around Crossfitís core statement of ìWorld class fitness in 100 wordsî from coach Glassman.
ìEat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat. Practice and train major lifts: Deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstand, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast. Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. Routine is the enemy. Keep workouts short and intense. Regularly learn and play new sports.î
They included major lifts, gymnastics, traditional cardio work, and even some sport specific skills.
I have been doing Crossfit for about 6 months now, and have grown in my abilities across their broad spectrum of tasks, but this weekend showed me just how far I have to go if I want to call myself truly fit.
Finally, I felt like a weirdo all weekend. I was very interested in watching the competition, and I started talking about the competitors to my friends like they should know who I was talking about, but they didnít seem to be very interested at all. It was like they were asking me why in the world would I be so interested in watching other people workoutÖ I guess Iím interested in seeing the the potential limits of humans made in the image of God. I guess I want to know what I could do if I devoted myself to it. Maybe I am a little weird, but more and more people are joining me in my weirdness, as referenced by the large crowds, and the fact that it was on espn.