Snatch – Heavy Single
2 Person Team of Regional WOD #4 (adjusted)
100-Wall Ball Shots
200-Lunge Steps (Carrying a plate 25 M / 15 F)
100-DB Snatches (30 M / 20 F)
How CrossFit Embraced Fans And Became The Next Great Spectator Sport
The fitness world is used to new trends exploding almost overnight, with fad workouts and diets making a big slash only to crash back to earth once the next hot thing rolls around. Just a few years ago, CrossFit was the newest, hottest thing in training, and many industry watchdogs expected it to follow a similar trajectory.
They’re still waiting.
Today CrossFit boasts over 6,000 affiliated gyms worldwide, and its cultivation in regions like Europe, Asia, and the Middle East has helped established a truly global fitness brand. But that remarkable growth isn’t stopping at new converts and facilities for the loyal. The brand is focusing efforts not only on promoting its methodology as the best for creating elite fitness, but as a sport in and of itself.
Enter the CrossFit Games, a grueling annual test designed to identify the world’s fittest man, woman, and team. Started in 2007, the Games has grown from a backyard brawl on a ranch in Aromas, California, to a high-caliber championship sponsored by Reebok and broadcast to the world via ESPN2. Since 2010 the July event has been held at LA’s Home DepotCenter, where competitors test their merit running, biking, jumping, and lifting their way to $250,000 grand prizes. In order to make the main event, athletes must first complete two rounds of qualification starting in March: The Internet submission-based Open — where in 2013 nearly 140,000 athletes submitted scores for five standardized workouts — and the Regionals, where the best Open performers from each of 17 worldwide regions compete for just a handful of invitations to the Games.
Though its growth as a sport has been astronomical, CrossFit competitions today still have a much more intimate atmosphere than those seen in most other sports. Spectators can snap pictures with competitors in between events, often asking a favorite athlete for tips on the competition workouts many fans will then attempt back in their own gyms.
It’s that sense of shared suffering that facilitates Read more Thursday 130606