CrossFit: The Sport of Fitness?

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July 24, 2013 by saltdogsducttape

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Like a lot of people who watch ESPN constantly I’ve seen coverage of the CrossFit Games. Most times I watched it in passing while waiting for college football to come on. This time last year I always asked the question “Why is working out a sport?”

This week is the final chapter of a worldwide competition that started with the CrossFit Open back in March. Teams and individuals (age divisions go up to 60+!) are competing this week in California to be crowned The Fittest on Earth. The competition consists of ten WODs. Some are familiar, some are brand new. So how is this any different from watching people workout? It is! and it isn’t.

The Games have been held since 2007, but this is the first year I’ve watched them in earnest. I’m actually watching them right now. And yeah, it is watching people workout. So is watching a marathon, or swimming, and a lot of other sports. While all of these events are competitive, they also can be part or all of a daily workout routine. So why watch those people workout?

The first Masters event was Nancy; 5 rounds of 400m run, 15 overhead squats. I watched that competition yesterday, this morning that was the WOD at our box. Not only were we competing with people in the box, and ourselves, we can see some of the best athletes around doing the same thing and compare ourselves to them. Equal parts humbling and inspiring.

This almost entirely defines CrossFit for me. Varied activity, that can be repeated, and measured. Why should that measurement stop at the box? After doing CrossFit for half a year I have a much greater appreciation for what these athletes are doing. Some of it even looks fun.

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