CrossFit is a Game of Averages: To Be Good, First Be Average
CrossFit Games Records are a game of averages. They are not necessarily good or bad. There is no right answer here. You have to decide what’s best for your own goals and needs.
What does it mean if someone beats my record? Is it because they worked harder than me? Or did I work out too much last week? Does it matter if I’m at the top of my class, or am I just better than everyone else in the world?
In any case, there is nothing wrong with trying to beat other people’s records. But the problem arises when you start comparing yourself to others. That’s where the problems begin. When you compare yourself to others, you become insecure and self-conscious. Then you get discouraged and quit. If you keep doing this over time, eventually your ego will grow so big that it’ll make you feel like a loser.
And then what happens?
You stop training altogether!
The truth is, you don’t need to be at the top of your class or even in the top 1% of all competitors. You just need to stay healthy and train hard enough.
And if you do that, you can achieve anything!
I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2007. Since then I’ve had some great experiences, but I’ve also experienced some tough times as well.
As with any great endeavor, there are going to be winners and losers, ups and downs, and good days and bad days. The trick is to stay consistent and enjoy the ride whatever it may be. In fact, one of the greatest lessons I ever learned in fitness is to embrace the suck. By doing so, you can get through almost anything!
And just remember, whatever you do, whoever you are, and whatever your goals might be, CrossFit is scalable to any fitness level. Maintaining proper form is more important than lifting the heaviest weight.
And never compare yourself to others. The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.
As they say: First of all, there is no they. Second of all, this isn’t a contact sport.
Third of all, most people are idiots. And last but not least, always look at the bright side of things.
Let’s take a look at the average crossfit athlete statistics:
Height and Weight
The average CrossFitter is between 5 feet 7 inches tall and 5 feet 9 inches tall and between 140 pounds and 180 pounds. But like I said, those are just averages.
It’s not a good idea to compare yourself to others. Not everyone is the same height or the same weight. It depends on your body type and so on. What matters is that you compete against yourself and try to improve your own abilities.
If you’re currently not at an average level of performance, don’t worry. You can still improve regardless of what you’re starting at.
As long as you train hard and consistently, you can become better than you were yesterday. It’s true that genetics do play a role, but they’re far from determining your destiny. If you’re naturally a big and strong person, then of course you’ll have an advantage over someone who isn’t. But the person who isn’t will always have the ability to improve their weaknesses. It just takes hard work.
The average age of a CrossFitter is between 21 years old and 34 years old. Like I said before, it all depends on your body type.
Older people tend to be more pasty and less elastic than younger people. It’s just the reality of life. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life of being out of shape. On the contrary, it actually means you have more time to improve yourself than most your age. Take advantage of it!
The average crossfitter is between 19% and 53% female, depending on the competition. That means that the average competition has between 2.2 and 3.5 times more women than men.
That’s a huge difference. But that shouldn’t discourage any guys out there. CrossFit was created with the intention of giving everyone a fair playing field, regardless of gender. There are even separate competitions for male and female athletes so nobody is at an advantage or a disadvantage due to their gender.
Of course, all of this is just average statistics. There are going to be competitions with a majority of either gender.
This is normal. All that matters is that you give it your best shot.
Weight and Height
The average height for a crossfitter is between 5 feet 7 inches tall and 5 feet 9 inches tall. The average weight also falls somewhere between 140 pounds and 180 pounds.
As I said before, it’s not a good idea to compare yourself to others. But it’s something you’re going to have to deal with if you intend on training in a CrossFit center.
That’s the average height and weight. But like I said, there is a huge range of differences between people.
There are going to be people smaller and bigger than average. And that’s OK. As long as you train consistently and work hard, you’ll be fine. The key word is “work.”
If you’re ready to take your first step into your fitness future, I have a simple CrossFit workout for you. Give this a try and see how you do.
Don’t worry too much about the numbers. Focus on completing the workout as best as you can. Every week you should try to complete this workout in less time. This will show that you’re getting stronger and fitter. After a few weeks, come back and try one of the other workouts I have.
Train hard and stay safe.
Run 1 mile
NOTE: Let me remind you that this is just a simple workout to give you an idea of what CrossFit is all about. There are way more elaborate and in depth workouts for those who like it more extreme.
The point is to work hard no matter what the exercise is.
As I said before, there’s a whole community that centers around CrossFit. It’s not just a workout.
It’s a way of life. And with it comes a lot of lingo and special names for certain things. If you want to be a member of this community, you’re going to have to know all the terms and what they mean. This is just a short list of some of the most common ones:
Kettlebell – this is a cast-iron weight that you can swing around. You can find these at any large sporting goods store.
Kettlebell Swings – this is a move where you take the kettlebell, grip it between your forefinger and middle finger and pretend it’s a golf ball. Then you squat down and swing it back between your legs and between your feet.
From here you thrust your hips forward and swing the weight up to eye level. Then bring it back down and repeat the process.
Fasted Weightlifting – while performing most exercises, your muscles need to get energy in order to perform well. This energy comes from the food you eat.
While some exercises can be done while fasting (and this is often recommended), weightlifting is almost never one of them. When you lift, your body needs all the energy it can get so that it can build up those muscles.
One Legged Squats – this requires a lot of balance. Hold one leg out in front of you while sitting down into a squat and then thrust yourself back up to a standing position.
Keep going until you can’t anymore and then switch legs.
Breathing – you may notice when you work out, that at some point you start to gasp for air. This is too late.
You should be breathing correctly from the very beginning of your work out. In Crossfit, the preferred breathing technique is called “CrossFit Breathing.” This involves sucking in air into your abdomen and then forcefully exhaling it out. This breathing technique helps you get the most out of your workout.
Regression – this is when you make an exercise easier. This can be necessary if you’re injured or if you’re just starting out and Crossfit is too hard on you.
Eventually, as you get better, you’ll be able to do the real exercises and reap the full benefits of them.
WOD – WOD stands for “Workout of the Day.” Every day, there’s a new WOD posted on the main Crossfit website.
It’s usually a certain combination of exercises that you’re supposed to do as fast as possible. This gets you used to working out in a fasted state and gives you valuable experience for the Open, which I’ll explain later.
You should now have a better understanding of what Crossfit is all about. As you can see, it’s much more than just lifting weights really heavy.
It’s a lifestyle. That’s why so many people get addicted to it; it becomes a part of your life and you share that experience with hundreds of other Crossfit “addicts.” It’s fun and it gets results. That’s why it’s so popular.
Finally, I should explain the Open. The Open is basically the biggest Crossfit competition there is.
Every year, people from all over the world compete in five different workouts over a five week period. The best 36 athletes (regardless of age or gender) then compete against each other in the same workout and the winner is crowned “Fittest on Earth.” Last year, Tia Clairborne was the winner of the women’s division and Graham Holmberg was the winner of the men’s division. We can certainly hope that an Aussie will win this year!
You probably enjoyed reading this article as much as I enjoyed writing it. I hope you have just as much fun competing in the competition yourself some day.
In the meantime, try to attend a local Crossfit class and if you like it, become a member!
Thanks for reading!
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