Open Registration Decline Again – What Does This Mean For the Sport Of Fitness
The CrossFit Games are held every year in Texas. Since its inception, they have been considered one of the most prestigious competitions in fitness. They were started by Greg Glassman, a former Navy Seal and bodybuilder who had a dream to create a sport where anyone could compete with other people of similar ability regardless of their physical abilities. The first event was called “Open” which meant that anyone could enter without regard to gender or age. After a few years, the name was changed to “Circus”. A few years later it became known as “CrossFit” due to the fact that there were no weight classes.
In 2010, after many complaints from competitors about safety concerns and poor judging, the games moved out of Texas and now take place in California. The reason given for moving them away from Texas was because of a lack of competition in the state. However, the move did not affect the quality of the events. Competitors still have to travel great distances to participate in these events.
Since 2012, the CrossFit Games have been held every two years in San Jose, California. There are currently three divisions: Open (no age limit), Masters (age 18+ only) and Teenagers (all ages). The number of athletes competing each year has increased dramatically since 2011 when there were just five athletes participating. There are now hundreds of males and females competing each year.
These events include a mixture of weightlifting, swimming, running, and gymnastics. The top five finishers in each division win a trip to compete with the top athletes in the world at the next CrossFit event. For many, winning at the local level is enough. For others, it’s just the beginning of a quest to do whatever it takes to be called “the Fittest on Earth”.
Athlete Statistics for 2015
While there are hundreds of people who have managed to qualify for the games, only a few can be considered true “superstars”. These men and women have dominated their sport for years and will most likely continue to do so until they decide to retire. Here are a few of the “Fittest on Earth”:
CrossFit is a sport that anyone can enter at any time. While only a few can be considered to be the best of the best, anyone can challenge them. As the sport grows in popularity, more and more people are learning about these amazing athletes and their stories.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of a CrossFit event, it’s definitely worth your time to watch some of the competitions. The events might look easy, but don’t be fooled: these are some of the toughest men and women on the planet.
Second Place: jimsmith seems pretty surprised that his athlete (travis friesen) won with such a wide margin.
Looking back at the sport of fitness and comparing it to other professional sports, it’s amazing to see how quickly it has grown in such a short period of time. Just ten years ago, the idea that people would pay money to watch others exercise while they sit in their living rooms seemed like an impossible dream.
However, here we are today, with millions of people across the world following their favorite athletes and teams. It seems like everyday a new fitness star is born and people scramble to learn everything they can about them.
You might be surprised to learn that some of these superstars are right in our own backyard. In fact, there are several CrossFit athletes who call Morgan Hill home!
With the recent surge in popularity, several companies have sprouted up to meet the increased demand in CrossFit equipment. Many people have made a lot of money by stocking these companies’ products and with the help of some Morgan Hill residents, their business is growing at an astonishing rate.
Who are these enterprising business owners? What kinds of products do they sell? More importantly, how did this all start?
Let’s go back to the beginning and learn how it all began.
It was a cloudy Saturday morning and Travis was on his usual run through the rolling hills in Valley Green when he decided to take a break at the park. There were several other people doing various outdoor activities but Travis paid them no mind and set off down a wooded trail.
After about ten minutes of jogging, Travis thought he heard someone calling his name from behind. He stopped and saw a group of people waving for him to come over to the parking lot. Travis checked to see if he was right about where he had parked his car and jogged over to the group of people.
It turned out to be some his friends from high school and a few people from his CrossFit classes. Everyone was gathered at the park for a barbecue and they invited Travis to join them. After a quick shower in the outdoor showers, Travis changed into some clean clothes and sat down for some food.
Travis and his friends talked for hours about this and that while enjoying some food and drinks. After the sun had gone down, Travis said his goodbyes and started on his way home. On the drive back to Morgan Hill, Travis realized it had been a long time since he had seen some of those people and he was glad to have spent the day with them.
You go to sleep that night with a smile on your face.
Over the course of the next few weeks, you get together with your friends for more days at the park and even take trips to some of your favorite restaurants in town. While sitting at a table with friends, an old classmate walks up and asks if anyone is sitting there. When you tell him no, he replies that he has been looking for a seat for the past ten minutes. You tell him it’s all right and he can join you.
After he sits down, you tell him it’s been a while since you’ve seen him. He agrees and starts asking you questions about yourself. After a few minutes, the conversation steers in the direction of CrossFit and he mentions that his sister does that and she looks like a superhero when she’s doing it. The conversation continues from there and before you know it, you’ve spent the whole day with this old classmate.
You exchange numbers with him before you leave and make plans to meet up again in the near future.
That weekend, you take a trip out to the beach with some friends and have a great time swimming in the ocean waves and building sandcastles. The next week at work goes by quickly as you’re focusing on your goals and devoting your time toward meeting them. Before you know it, it’s the beginning of the third week and you’re having trouble falling asleep. Nevertheless, you set your alarm for Friday morning and press snooze a few times before waking up.
After finishing your breakfast, you pack a water bottle, towel, and change of clothes before calling an Uber to come pick you up. You arrive at the park around 8:30 and find that all your friends are already there. You walk toward the group and upon arrival, you greet everyone with a handshake or a hug.
The work out is more intense than usual, but none of you have any problem keeping up. Afterward, most of the group heads over to a local fruit market for some fresh-squeezed lemonade and to discuss last week’s episode of Game of Thrones. After a little while, you realize how hungry you are and ask if anyone wants to go get lunch. Everyone agrees and you make your way to your favorite sandwich shop.
After eating, you begin to walk around the city when you get a phone call from your mom. She asks how you are and tells you about a new recipe she found at the grocery store. You listen intently and agree to make it next time you visit them.
Her next question takes you by surprise, “When are you coming home?
We miss you. Your sister misses her big brother. You don’t need to worry about paying for college. We’ll manage just fine.
When can we expect you?”
You are caught off guard by the sudden question and after a brief moment of silence, you reply “I miss you guys too. Keep looking after the house and each other for me, and I’ll be back before you know it. Give my love to everyone, and tell my sister I can’t wait to see her rocket collection again. I love you all very much. Goodbye.
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