Previewing the CrossFit Invitational
The CrossFit Games are coming up in May. This year’s event will take place at the Irvine Spectrum in California. The first ever Open was held last year with over 100,000 participants from all around the world competing for $50,000 in cash prizes and a chance to compete against other athletes from around the globe.
For those unfamiliar with the events, here is how it works: Athletes are divided into teams based on their performance during a competition. Teams compete in a series of timed events called “rounds.” Each round consists of three to five minutes of exercise followed by one minute rest.
After each round, the athlete with the most points wins. Points are awarded for each completed movement (squat, bench press, deadlift) and total score is calculated using a point system based on weight lifted, time spent performing the movements and other factors such as gender and age.
In addition to the cash prize, there are other perks available to competitors. There is a special medal given out to the top finisher in each event which includes a name plate, ribbon and certificate. The winner receives a trophy with their name engraved on it along with trophies for second through eighth place winners.
Additionally, every competitor gets two free meals at any participating restaurant after they have won an event.
Some of the events you can expect to see at the games are:
Swimming: Athletes jump off a wooden pier into 20 feet of water and swim 75 feet to a sand bank. They then return to the pier using any strokes they choose. The time it takes them to get back to the pier is recorded.
This event is not timed but athletes are encouraged to help one another if necessary.
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