So the Crossfit regionals, have you heard of them? What are they? And how popular are they? I’ll attempt to answer all of these in a bit, but first let me explain a little about Crossfit and what it is. If you already know then please bear with me, the ones that don’t, then hopefully I’m already being of some assistance. So right let’s get into this.
What is Crossfit?
Crossfit is a Strength and Conditioning fitness regimen created by Greg Glassman back in the 2000s, it’s grown from a fitness philosophy to a competitive sport across its 18+ year existence. The idea is for participants to reach optimal physical performance across the domains of cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.
Crossfit training programmes consists of performing a variety of functional movements at high intensity. These movements are based on core daily life activities and reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing, plyometric, calisthenics and strongman.
Crossfit fitness programmes are carried out by hundreds of thousands of people across the world. All completing daily workouts in a uniquely designed gym or box as it’s known by its affiliated members. In a class environment. each workout consist of a warm up, skill development segment, high intensity segment and group stretching with scores begin collected to increase competition and individually tracked progress.
This element of competition has led to growth of Crossfit and appeals to both men and women equally. The rise and the desire to compete and show physical prowess has led to the creation of the Crossfit Games.
So what are the Crossfit Games and Regionals?
The Crossfit Games is an annual fitness competition taking place across 18 worldwide regions. Starting in the summer of 2007, styled on determining the ‘Fittest on Earth’ and is open to individual and team competitions.
Athletes at the games compete in workouts, which they only receive in the hours before competition and includes an element which normally isn’t traditional associated with a crossfit regimen, but I guess if you want to be the fittest on earth then ‘athletes should be ready for anything’ a motto used across the games.
So now you’re wondering how to sign up, well it’s pretty simple, as the qualifying process is open to anyone. All you need to do is pass the online qualification format during the Crossfit Open Season. During this 5 week season athletes are asked complete a weekly workout and up load their hour long video for validation. After 5 weeks the top athletes either individuals or teams from each region are selected to attend their regional final with the aim of processing to the Crossfit Game spread across 9 worldwide regions. I will warn you though, all Crossfit Athletes are encourage to complete and as the open season is open to any affiliated members you’ll be up against hundreds of thousands of athletes all over the world, sounds like a challenge doesn’t it.
So where are we now? Well we are currently in the regional stage taking place across the global with athletes pushing themselves to the max. For more information and to see how the athletes are getting on then click here.