The CrossFit Games
By Coach Allison
July 2013 I had the opportunity to attend the Crossfit Games in Carson, CA. Seeing as I had been crossfitting for a while now and even started doing local competitions, I was really excited to see the athletes face to face. My expectations going into the 3 day long event was one of any other sporting event. I thought we would arrive at the Stub Hub Center and spend our time sitting in stadium seats watching people work out. Boy was I wrong! Yes, we did of course sit in the seats and watch the events, but that was but a small part of the experience.
The Games were unlike any other sporting event I have ever been to. In between the events there was so much to do and the excitement from not only the athletes but the spectators as well was gleaming on everyone’s face. Everywhere you turned there were FREE open seminars being taught by world renowned athletes, spectator wod competitions, the latest and greatest in equipment and gear, amazing fresh food, and lots of vendors of course. It was a Crossfitter’s Mecca!
Even with all the amazing activities being offered they didn’t hold a candle to my favorite aspect of this event. The most inspiring and invigorating part of the 3 day event were the people; spectators and athletes alike. It didn’t matter if you had been Crossfitting 5 days or 5 years, everyone had such a passion for the sport and was excited to share and gain knowledge with anyone who was willing to chat Crossfit
Going to the games was like spending 3 day with thousands of people that you had an immediate connection with. The feeling of community and support everyone shared was overwhelmingly beautiful. It was everything I love about Crossfit. People coming together to support each other to better themselves and their community.
After arriving home from the Games my attitude towards my fitness as well as others’ had changed. I was focused less on silly things like what weight someone else was doing in the wod and was 100% on creating goals that would push me to become the best Crossfitter I can be. My approach to coaching changed as well. I was no longer there just to explain the wod and start the clock. I became really focused on helping each athlete create goals and paths to reach them. Making this my approach to my personal fitness and others was the best thing I could have taken home from the Games. I began to find myself reaching goals that I never thought I could in a short period of time.
I have learned that Crossfit is not about how much you can lift or how many reps you can get. It is about pushing yourself to do things you never thought you could while supporting your fellow Crossfiters. It truly does take a village and I am so thankful to have found a village that I am proud to be part of.
I will be attending the 2014 Crossfit Games in just a few weeks and I cannot wait! I feel this year I am more prepared to really dive into the experience and soak up as much knowledge as I possibly can. Be ready for some serious Crossfit talk when I return ;)
1. AMRAP 10:
up ladder of 5-10-15-20-25-30… Wall Balls 20/14 – as high as possible.
5 Hang Power Clean, 165/115 between every set of wall balls.
2. Snatch Complex
work up to heavy set of: Power Snatch + Hang Squat Snatch + Squat Snatch
work up to a 3 rep max jerk - must be cleaned from the ground, no racks.