ESPN & the CrossFit Games: How It All Started & What It Means Now (+ the 2015 TV Schedule)
ESPN’s coverage of the CrossFit Games began in 2011 with the first event held at the Georgia Dome. Since then, ESPN has broadcasted every major competition from all over the world including the 2014 CrossFit Games in Austin, Texas.
The CrossFit Games have been televised since 2011 and it was only natural that they would eventually start covering other sports such as football or basketball. However, there were several reasons why they chose to focus solely on fitness competitions instead of those other sports.
First off, the CrossFit Games are one of the most watched sporting events on television. They have proven to be very popular with viewers and advertisers alike.
Secondly, they believe that fitness is a much more interesting sport than any other. Thirdly, they think that CrossFit will appeal to a larger audience than any other sports competition.
So what does this mean?
Well, if you’re interested in fitness and want to get into competitive bodybuilding, then the CrossFit Games are probably not going to be your best option. If you just like lifting weights and want to see some amazing athletes compete against each other, then the CrossFit Games might be right up your alley. You could even watch the CrossFit Games without ever actually competing yourself!
The CrossFit Games consist of five different events. Each event tests a different set of skills and a different part of the body.
The competitors have to complete a certain number of repetitions in a very short period of time. For example, in 2013 there was a workout called “Elizabeth” which consisted of 45 snatches at 75 pounds, 50 box jumps at 20-inch tall boxes, and then 40 clean and jerks at 135 pounds all done as fast as possible.
These workouts change every year so each event is always fresh and exciting. In addition, each of the five events has its own unofficial “title”.
There’s the snatch event known as “Elgin”, the squat event known as “Cindy”, the endurance event known as “Murph”, the “swimming” event known as “Escalator”, and the final one which is a mix of all the events together known as “The Chipper”.
The first Crossfit games were held at the Unitied States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, but the event has moved to California every year since. The current record for the most wins in a row is by Rich Froning who won the Crossfit Games in 2013 and 2014.
The total prize for winning this years Crossfit games is $275,000! That’s a lot of money just to be the best at exercises and fitness. It’s no wonder why people push themselves so hard!
This fitness based competition event has been growing rapidly among the youth of America. Many elementary schools, middle schools and high schools have been holding contests to see who can do the most push-ups, sit-ups, or pull-ups.
Crossfit has also created a children’s section where kids as young as eight years old can compete in workouts and events specially designed for them.
Many of these children could very well be the next Rich Froning.
Maybe in a few years you might just see one of your old elementary school classmates competing in the 2015 Crossfit games! If you’re interested in taking up the sport yourself, then go to your local box and give it a shot. See if you’ve got what it takes to get back to nature, keep your body in motion, and put your fitness to the test!
Till next time, this is Nate Towsley wishing you good health and good fitness!
Crossfit Games [Official Site]
Crossfit: The Sport Of Fitness [Infographic]
CrossFit Children’s Exercise Videos [Infographic]
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