Teens to Compete at the 2015 CrossFit Games
The 2014 CrossFit Games were held in Indianapolis, Indiana. There were 12 competitors from all over the world participating in the competition. All of them had been training hard for months before the event. They came with their own unique goals and strategies, but they all wanted to compete against each other in order to prove themselves worthy of being called one of the best athletes in the world.
Below are some facts about CrossFit Murph:
1) The name “Murph” comes from the city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee where the first CrossFit Games was held.
2) The name “CrossFit” refers to the fact that it combines elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, running and martial arts.
3) The name “Games” refers to the fact that it’s a competition between teams of athletes.
4) The name “Competition” refers to the fact that there are two separate competitions.
One is a team competition and the second is individual competition.
The CrossFit Games are held every year in various locations around the world. Competitors come from all walks of life and have different levels of fitness, skill, experience and ability. These games are not only about weightlifting or running fast.
They require a great level of mental fortitude and physical ability. True athletes need both of these elements in order to succeed physically and mentally at the highest level of competition.
The CrossFit Games are held every year in July. During this time, there is an online event that takes place called the “Open.” Anyone can sign up for the Open and compete against people from across the world.
The Open is a five week long event that takes place all online. During these five weeks there are various physical tests of strength and speed. These physical tests help determine who will be the fittest competitors in each region around the world.
When the CrossFit Games are finished, each region holds a competition between its top athletes. The field is whittled down from dozens to just 10 men and 10 women. These 20 people will go on to compete at the CrossFit Games.
These 20 are the top 1% of all CrossFit athletes. They have proven themselves to be the best of the best through months of hard work and dedication at physical competitions all year long.
CrossFit is a fitness company that focuses on strength and conditioning. Their main focus is on building athleticism through constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. Workouts are either timed or measured by repitions.
The exercises are things like squats, jumping, rowing, pushups, pull-ups and many other exercises you might find in a normal gym. But the unique part is that these workouts change daily and can be drastically different from day to day. This makes it both mentally stimulating and physically challenging.
For example, a workout might consist of seven minutes of anywhere between five to fifty jumping jacks. This will be followed by a couplet where you hold a plank pose for thirty seconds, followed by a five minute submersible hold with your arms and legs in the air. Then you’ll ride a stationary bike as fast as you can for ten minutes followed by fifty reps of squat thrusts.
Finally, to finish it off, you have to run up and down the bleachers in your gymnasium (or outside if you don’t have a gym) five times.
This is just one, very basic, example of a crossfit workout. The workouts change daily and get more difficult as you get stronger. This sort of training is called “constantly varied functional movements”.
This means that the workouts change daily and consist of functional movements such as squats, pushups, rope climbs, etc. These are functional in that they mimic the activities of daily living or the sport you’re training for.
With workout constantly varied like this, it keeps the body from adapting and prevents you from getting injured. It also helps keep your mind focused as you never know what to expect.
The social aspect of CrossFit is also a huge benefit. It is much easier to motivate yourself to go workout when you’re surrounded by others who are also working out. Also, when everyone is working out together, people push each other to perform better and encourage one another when someone else is struggling.
This competition and camaraderie is a great way to stay motivated, social, and most importantly, have fun.
The focus on functional movements also helps people of all shapes and sizes. People of all ages can join as well. The beauty in the sport of CrossFit is that you’ll never do the same workout twice.
This makes it so people of all ages, men and women, big and small can compete together. Everyone starts on a level playing field.
CrossFit may be the fastest growing “sport” in California, but it is not recognized as one by the United States Olympic Committee. The owner of CrossFit, Greg Glassman, has plans to try to get it into the Olympics. This could very well happen as more and more people are joining CrossFit each day.
Until then, there are still competitions such as The Southern California Regionals that will determine who is the top CrossFitter in Southern California.
This competition will take place at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California starting on Saturday, December 1. There will be two competitions: one for teams of four and another for individual competitors.
There is fierce competition this year as last year’s winners, Team So Cal CrossFit, has a team competing again along with many other experienced teams of four. However, many are predicting that a team of four from a local Orange County gym called Team Beyond Bosine will take the top spot. They are young, in their early twenties, and are all in the military.
They work out as a team and push each other to be the best so they have a good chance of winning.
Team So Cal is made up of four firefighters who work out together and are very strong meaning they probably won’t be beat if the competition is based on strength alone. The rest of the field is a toss-up as nobody knows how well each team will do.
You will be competing in the individual competition.
You know you have what it takes to win, but first you have to get through the Open.
The first workout is released on Monday.
It’s a standard workout: one hundred pull-ups, one hundred push-ups, and one hundred sit-ups completed as quickly as possible.
Each movement must be finished before moving on to the next. You can go back to check your form or change the movement, but if you do, you must restart from the beginning.
You decide to get some rest before heading down to the beach. You’re hoping you can get most of it done in under five minutes otherwise your score will be too low to win.
You arrive at the beach an hour before sunrise. It’s only you and a few other dedicated people out on this cool morning. You walk over to the anchor and get in line.
As it gets closer to your turn, the crowd grows larger. You watch as many try and fail. Some people don’t even make it past the push-ups.
Of those that do get to the sit-ups, most fall short of the hundred number.
When it’s finally your turn, you walk up to the anchor and rip off the sticky note with the workout.
You quickly glance over the paper before stuffing it into you back pocket. You walk over and grab the thick piece of rope, walking out to the bar above your head. You get up on the lowest bar and wait for the announcement.
You pull yourself up and lock your elbows, stopping yourself from pulling up.
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