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The 2017 CrossFit Games were held from April 20th through May 2nd. There was no doubt that the 2016 Games had been one of the most competitive ever with over $100 million being wagered on the event! However, there are many things that have changed since then such as a new format and even some changes to how athletes compete.
What Is The CrossFit Games?
CrossFit is a fitness program developed by Greg Glassman. It’s not just any fitness program though; it’s a “functional” fitness program that combines strength training, cardio, flexibility and other elements into one workout routine. While it may seem like any other regular gym workout routine, it actually takes all those components and puts them together in a way that makes the whole thing work better than if they were put separately.
In addition to its popularity, CrossFit has become very well known for its emphasis on health and wellness. That’s why when the first Games started up, they decided to make it a point to emphasize these same values. They’ve also made it so that anyone can participate regardless of their physical abilities or ability level. You don’t need to be a professional athlete or even fit at all; you just need to want to get better at something you enjoy doing.
CrossFit Games Basics
The CrossFit Games is an athletic competition that consists of three days of individual competitions and one day of a multi-team competition. The first day consists of the “athlete’s march”, which gets the competing athletes familiar with each other before they begin competing for real. This is also used to weed out any competitors that may be too weak to continue with the rest of the group or may have some physical conditions that would put them in danger. The second day of competition is the individual division in which competitors are given either a strength or cardio workout and they are judged individually based on their performance.
The third day is generally the most important because this is when the top scoring competitors from the second day compete head-to-head in an elimination style tournament to see who can get to the finish first. The final round pits three remaining athletes against each other and the winner gets crowned the champion.
The fourth day is the team competition where 6 men and 6 women from the same region compete against each other to see which region is the best. The fifth and final day of the CrossFit Games is reserved for a special event that changes every year.
A Brief History
The first ever CrossFit Games took place all the way back in 2007 with just a handful of people competing. It was run out of a small garage and the only cash prize was a wooden box. The winner was named “fittest on earth” and also won a trip to the 2008 games. Second place won a pair of knee-high socks and third place won a t-shirt.
From there, the competition grew and now takes place in large arenas with millions of people watching around the world. The competition has changed quite a bit as well. It now involves many more events and the stakes are much higher.
How Much Does It Cost To Enter?
In the early days, anyone could compete in the Crossfit games without any sort of entrance fee. You just had to be able to travel to Aromas, California and sign up.
However, as the Crossfit Games have gotten more popular and gained more attention, so has its price tag. Nowadays, it costs anywhere from $100 to $200 just to enter the qualifying round, not counting additional expenses for travel or living costs while you’re there. This is a considerable amount of money for most people especially since they don’t even know if they’re good enough to qualify.
Why would people even bother paying this much just to possibly qualify?
Well, the Crossfit industry is a multi-billion dollar one. Companies compete with each other to make the best supplements that will give athletes that extra push during training or the perfect diet that will help their performance out on the field. With hundreds of professional athletes using their products, these companies can get away with charging a lot for them and they make huge profits each year.
As these games have gotten more attention, it has become a common practice for people to either combine their resources with other Crossfit gyms in their area to have a better chance of qualifying or they will hire weaker athletes to compete for money. For instance, an owner of a small Crossfit gym might pay two of his three best athletes $100 each to lose on purpose so that he can make money off of them by having them take 1st and 2nd place at the qualifying round.
This is all perfectly legal as there isn’t really any restriction on who can compete in the qualifying round.
How Do I Qualify?
If you want to qualify for the Crossfit games, then it is my recommendation that you join a Crossfit gym or form one with some friends. Having a team to train with will increase your chances of making it into the top 18.4 percent of all Crossfit athletes. If you don’t want to pay for a gym, then I would recommend finding like-minded people and training with them.
For those of you who are more introverted or just dislike the idea of joining a team, then I would recommend hiring a personal trainer or using online learning tools as resources to help you train.
Of course, you could wing it by yourself and still have a chance, but the disadvantage is that you won’t have anyone to keep you motivated or give you tips on how to improve your performance. If you go this route then I would recommend downloading an app called “Endomondo” to your phone. It’s a GPS tracker that can measure your speed, distance and also keeps track of your achievements. It has a large community of athletes that you can compete with and it will give you motivation by allowing you to see how you rank against other people in your area.
I hope this guide has helped you develop a game plan for the Crossfit open. It’s going to be a long five weeks, but if you really want that chance to shine then I wish you the best of luck.
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