I didn’t feel as if I could mention one without the other, and seeing as I have uploaded a post about CrossFit, I thought it would be a good idea to post one about the competition side of things – The CrossFit Games
What Are The CrossFit Games?
In the summer of 2007, The CrossFit Games was first established and it has been held every year since. The basic premise of the games is that they are a venue to determine who the Fittest of the Earth is and that all participants should be ‘ready for anything’.
While there are many different competitions and events out there, none of them can rightly be called a true test of fitness, not in the same way that the CrossFit Games are.
What Do The CrossFit Games Involve?
The CrossFit Games involve a broad range of different functional movements that move large loads over long distances very quickly. The movements required and performed are the same that feature in CrossFit training sessions, though it should be noted that the games is not to train fitness, but to test it.
How Are The Games Organized?
The CrossFit Games should be seen as not just one event, but 3 steps on the same journey.
The Open is the first step on the CrossFit Games journey and is a worldwide, fully inclusive competition that lasts for 5 weeks and begins in springtime. Only the top athletes that compete successfully in the Open ca go through to the second step.
The Regionals is a live, 3 day competition which whittles down the competitors further to find the very best of the best who then get to take part in the actual CrossFit Games
The CrossFit Games
At the Games, the thousands of competitors that remain are then whittled down to just 100 of the fittest men and women from around the globe.
The Unknown and Unknowable
One of the key elements that organizers of the Games believe is the best way of testing fitness fairly is the knowable and unknown. Therefore the challenges set for each CrossFit Games is kept secret and competing athletes are only told a short time before they begin.
Events at the Games have also been known to feature some kind of surprise element, so there may be dusty hill sprints, sand bag carries to other things such as swimming in rough water with the addition of a softball throw.
The Current Champions: Who Could Beat Them?
As of the 2014 Games, the current champions and therefore fittest man and woman in the world are Rich Froning Jr. and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet.
Although the women’s side of the Games has been an open playing field in the last few years, meaning virtually any of the top competitors could take Leblanc-Bazinet’s title from her; with the men’s the same can’t really be said thanks to Froning’s dominance the last few years. He won 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 and came 2nd in 2009.