This Week: How to Watch the 2015 CrossFit Games
The 2015 CrossFit Games will take place from May 30th through June 2nd at the ExCel Center in San Jose, California. The event features a variety of fitness competitions including:
* Open Workout (WOD) – A series of exercises performed over a set period of time with no rest between sets. WODs are usually done one after another without any breaks or rest periods.
* Weightlifting – The use of barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells or other implements to lift weights. Weightlifting is generally used for strength and endurance. There are many different types of weight lifting, but they all involve using heavy objects such as bars, plates or chains to move large amounts of weight around a platform.
* Powerlifting – The use of barbells, dumbbells, kettle bells or other implements to lift weights. Powerlifting is generally used for speed and explosive power. There are many different types of power lifting, but they all involve using heavy objects such as bars, plates or chains to move large amounts of weight around a platform.
* Strongman – Like weightlifting, strongman events involve moving large amounts of weight around a platform. These events are more varied than weightlifting and can include: moving a large rock, flipping or dragging trucks and cars, lifting huge stones, carrying yokes and more.
* Obstacle Course – An event that involves scaling or jumping over various obstacles, both vertical and horizontal. These types of events test strength, speed, agility, balance and endurance.
* Swimming – Swimming is an activity where the participant uses their arms and legs to propel them self through water. It is a great work out for the whole body and also very fun.
* Gymnastics – Gymnastics is any of various exercises that focus on balance, strength, flexibility and agility. These activities can include exercises on the floor, on beams, bars or using ropes.
* Running – Running is a type of gait where a person moves forward by placing one foot directly in front of the other. It is a form of locomotion that is done quickly.
* Rowing – Rowing involves propelling a boat with oars. It is probably one of the oldest forms of transportation still used today.
In order to watch the Crossfit games it is important to know when and where they are. The games take place over five days. There are events that last one day and others that last multiple days. It all depends on what is being played and how far the competitors get in the game.
The official site for the Crossfit games allows the user to enter their zip code or city and state to find out when and where the games are being held in their area. This is by far the easiest way to find out when and where the games are being held.
If you do not qualify for a local event, there are many places that stream the games live on the internet. All you have to do is google “Crossfit Games live stream” and be sure to find a reputable site.
As the popularity of the games grows, more and more sites will begin to stream the games live. Until then, sites like these may be few and far between. But don’t worry, you will be able to watch all the events as they happen regardless of where you are.
The Crossfit Games are held every year and become more exciting each time they are held. In the next section, we will discuss some of the events that make up this spectacular event.
Crossfit Games – Event by event
While each individual game has its own rules and regulations, the basic structure remains the same for every Crossfit game. The games are split up into three different stages: The opening ceremonies, the fitness portion and the final events.
The opening ceremonies take place on the first day of the games. This is where you will see all the competitors line up by country to be welcomed to the city. Each country gets a song, a handshake from the mayor of the city and sometimes a small dance. After this part of the ceremony is over the athletes are free to explore the city and get settled into their hotel rooms.
The next day is when the first event takes place. These events can last up to five days depending on how well the competitor does. The events themselves decide which competitors move on to the final stages of the games. The best three out of five events makes it to the final stage.
These are held a week after the opening ceremony.
This stage of the Crossfit games is when the best of the best compete against each other in several different events. There are two parts to this: The team competition and then the individual championship. Each competitor can only win once.
Team Competition: This takes place over 2 days. This is when three people from one country compete against three people from another country. The three people from each country with the most points move on to the finals of the team competition.
Individual Competition: This is just like the team competition except everyone is competing for themselves. The person with the most points moves on to the next round.
After this, the two people with the most points compete against each other in one final event. This decides the overall winner of the Crossfit games and gives them the chance to lift the coveted “Fittest on Earth” trophy.
The events that make up the Crossfit games are not made known to the public until a few days before the actual games begin. While the rules for each event are explained in full detail, there is still some mystery behind them.
Here are some of the events that have taken place over the years:
Overhead medicine ball throw: In this event, you stand over a table and throw a 6lb medicine ball overhead into a basket about 10 feet away. Each time you get the ball in the basket, you get points. The more distance you put on it and accuracy count too!
Crossfit half: In this event, you run 1 mile and then do a bunch of other exercises. They include: pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and squats.
This event is pretty self-explanatory. Each competitor will have to lift the most weight they can in a squat, lunge or lift.
This event covers a lot of stuff in general. It can include running, jumping, lifting and a bunch of other stuff.
Here are some of the events that have taken place over the years:
In 2009, an athlete died during this event. It involved working out until you reach “thunder thighs” failure. This means you stop because the pain is so bad you can’t continue.
The next year, the “thunder thighs” event was renamed to “deadlift”.
In 2010, a different event took the place of the deadlift. It’s called “burpee broad jump” and it involves doing a bunch of burpees and then jumping the furthest you can. It’s pretty brutal.
In 2011, the pull-up bar became lower to the ground. The idea behind this is to make it easier for people to do more pull-ups.
In 2012, “muscle-ups” replaced “pull-ups”. This is where you do a combination of a dip and a pull-up.
In 2014, the “overhead toss” replaced the medicine ball throw.
This is what Chris Spealler, a six time Crossfit games veteran, has to say about the games:
“The reason why the sport of fitness is growing and Crossfit is growing is because you’re able to see exactly how fit you are,” he says. “It’s easy to see yourself get better every year because you can see yourself improve from one year to the next. The top athletes in this sport now are significantly better than they were five years ago, and that’s cool to see.”
You can follow everything that’s going on with the games at the official Crossfit Games website . In the meantime, good luck training! I’m sure your coach is really excited to have you as a member of his team next year.
However, if you’re still not convinced, then I’ll leave you with this:
In 2009, there was an “underground” Crossfit competition held at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. The top three athletes from that competition qualified to compete in the actual Crossfit games that year. They finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
I don’t know about you, but if I had a chance to go to the Crossfit games, I’d be on the next plane out!
Good Luck on your decision. I’m rooting for you!
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