Flash back to FEB 23rd to MAR 27th, the CrossFit Open Season, the first stage of CrossFit's largest community event.We saw members challenge themselves in ways they didn't think was imaginably in their spectrum of fitness and skill. This is a time a magic, in the sense that across the glob athletes participate in a united event for fitness.
The top 30 in each region are sent an invitation to compete at the CrossFit Regionals. The top 5 place getters at in each region at Regionals qualify for the CrossFit Games, which take place in Madison, Wisconsin between the 4th and 7th of August.
The CrossFit Games is the final stage to determine the fittest on Earth. Participation and sponsorship have grown rapidly since the inception of the Games. The prize money awarded to each first-place male and female increased from $500 at the inaugural Games in 2007 to $275,000 in 2013-2016.
There are currently six divisions each for women and men: 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60+, as well as 14-15, 16-17 for teens and an open ages teams competition.
Most of these athletes devote their entire lifestyle to preparing for the CrossFit Games, and meticulously plan their training, recovery, eating habits and mindset around this goal, and it certainly shows. From watching these athletes you can see they are 'next level'. Even Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, states that the Games athletes are 'unique' in the sense that they epitomise CrossFit at its EXTREME.
No wonder they swell admiration from viewers and are a sauce of inspiration - yes sauce - smear it over your health and fitness motivation. Yet remember the steak of CrossFit and your health is:
"Eat 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, clean and jerk, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics: pull-ups, dips, rope climbs, 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."
- Greg Glassman, CrossFit CEO and Founder
For more information on The Games and the WODs keep you eyes and ears open as events are live streamed on CrossFit Reebok home page and their Facebook page. We, CrossFit Collingwood, as per tradition will be watching the Games from the comfort of the studio, TBA on when we will be causally opening the community to come join us for the event, as per tradition.