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6) I am in awe of the performances of every single male and female Games athlete; I envy none of them. As someone who has a pretty good understanding of the lifestyles and training routines of a Games caliber athlete, and the punishment they have in store at Regionals and the CF Games, I wouldn’t want to be them one bit. The training is essentially year round, extremely demanding, and provides no guarantee of financial sponsorship, nor a return trip to Carson, CA. Pro athletes in major team sports work just as hard, if not harder, but are typically compensated extremely well for their time.
7) How about a little more variety in the programming? I love clean and jerks and barbell lifting way more than most, but I also think are more innovative ways to test fitness. How about some more kettlebell and dumbbell work? Sandbag lifting, hybrid strongman style events, obstacle course events, box jumps, use of weighted vests, change of direction/lateral movement drills, balance and coordination testing, etc.? Overall, I think the fittest athletes won. Additionally, the events have to typically work within the constraints of a stadium and certain equipment parameters, however I think there was a bit of repetitiveness to the workouts that could be improved to make for a more compelling competition.
8) The evolution over the last 3-5 years of the caliber of competition and the workouts being performed at the Games is astounding. As a student of CrossFit, and the Games in particular, the skillset and ability of today’s Games athletes is simply incredible. They are all strong as hell, technical, efficient, with big aerobic and anaerobic engines, and possess superhuman recovery levels. These people are truly monsters athletes.
9) The Games seem to be equal parts ‘test of fitness’ and ‘test of attrition and survival.’ It is the athlete who can endure multiple, often times similar or repetitive workouts a day, for multiple days, and still perform at high level on Sunday that wins. Can you manage to not get injured, stay mentally sharp, physically fueled and ready, and consistently give a max effort for 10+ events in high-pressure competitive environment?
10) Look at the faces of the athletes after the last event on Sunday. They all seem to share the same facial expression: relief. Relief that this insane competition is finally over. They are also probably questioning whether the juice is worth the squeeze? Namely, is it worth the personal and professional sacrifices to potentially be great, given how marginal the reward is if you fall short? For every athlete, the answer is: it depends.
*11) As someone who has been following the Games since it was held at the “Ranch” in Aromas California pre-twitter, Reebok & ESPN partnerships, live-feeds, and constant media and real time updates, sitting at a bar on Saturday night watching the CrossFit Games live on ESPN is pretty damn sweet. I can’t imagine where this sport is going to go in the next 5 years.
*12) The advent of the NPFL has the potential to impact the CrossFit Games in major way. I’m interested to see how the NPFL tackles the sport of fitness/human performance in a team format, and how CrossFit responds in turn.
*13) Reebok and CrossFit have a long way to go towards equaling the marketing and advertising brilliance of similar companies like Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour. If you watched any of the FIFA World Cup last month, the contrast is stark. All of the CrossFit HQ and Reebok commercials were simply lame and awkward. In order to reach a broader audience, they need to do a better job of capturing the excitement of the CF Games and the edginess that defined CrossFit early on and harness that into media that resonates better with people watching at home.