This week, thousands of CrossFit fans from all over the world are taking over Madison, Wisconsin to watch the top CF athletes compete in the CrossFit Games. Only 40 men, 40 women, and 40 teams make it to this level of competition, in addition to about a hundred teen and Masters (35+) athletes. If you’ve got friends, fellow gym members, or anyone you know who is really into CrossFit, you’ve probably heard them talking about the Games. If there’s one thing CrossFit HQ does better than just about any other organization, it’s getting the HYPE TRAIN rolling at full speed!
Maybe you do CrossFit, but you’ve never really cared much about the competitive aspect. Or maybe you’ve never done CrossFit before, and you’re just looking for something fun to watch this week until the next Game of Thrones episode comes out. Whoever you are, if you like watching sports at all, even just a little bit — the CrossFit Games is something you don’t want to miss! Here’s a few reasons why it’s so fun to watch.
These athletes have to be good at EVERYTHING to make it to this level. As Rory McKernan said, “You have no idea how good you have to be, to suck at the CrossFit Games.” In other words, if you make it through all of the qualifying competitions and get the invite to Madison as one of the top 40 CrossFitters and you got dead last at the Games — you are still an unbelievable fitness ninja with a level of physical ability that most people can’t comprehend. The array of physical skills and athletic disciplines you need to be good at to make it to this level is staggering — Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, running, rowing, gymnastics, strongman-style carrying, swimming, obstacle racing — the list is endless, because the premise of this sport is to be prepared for any scenario that comes your way. Imagine training for a decathlon, but you don’t know what the 10 events will be, or what order they’ll be in. If these guys and gals were high school athletes, they’d be that one person who played varsity in 7 different sports, while also being on the Honor Roll, starring in the school play, and playing the cello in the school orchestra.
This variety in the sport translates to lots of variety for spectators. Watching the Games is like watching the Olympics. When you turn it on, you never really know what random sport will be on. Curling? Track & Field? Bobsled? Great! It’s stuff you don’t get to watch normally. The biggest difference is, during the CrossFit Games, the same athletes are competing in all of the different events! Can you imagine Usain Bolt competing in the 100m dash, then heading over to the Fencing tourney, before jumping in the pool for the 400 Medley, and topping off his day with some archery? That’s what these athletes are doing. Multiple events every day for four days — a test of mental strength, as much as physical skills. Every event is different, but the top athletes will have to rise to the challenge and do well at whatever crazy test is thrown at them.
Since you are watching the same athletes competing over the course of the week, it doesn’t take long before you see their personalities shining through, and you suddenly have favorite athletes! Like most professional athletes or Olympians, these CrossFit Games athletes have an insane level of dedication. The amount of hours in the gym it takes to get this good is literally a full time job. Even if you put in the work, are incredibly gifted as an athlete, and have everything going for you — chances are, you still probably won’t make it to the Games. It’s that hard to do. Anytime the stakes are this high, there is bound to be drama and amazing stories that surfaces during the week. This makes the experience for spectators that much more fun.
Take a few minutes this week to watch the Games! You’ll be glad you did. All of the events are streamed online for free.
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