For The Love of CrossFit

by Arena Ready on July 31st, 2014

Sports Illustrated (SI) published an article titled For The Love of CrossFit: Everyone's All in It Together at The Games.  In the midst of the usual uneducated, non-sensical CrossFit hate articles posted by trainers and wannabe fitness celebrities who have a hidden agenda, this article sheds light on some of the coolest pieces of CrossFit and its incredible community. 

Here is an excerpt from the SI article:

“We cheer from first to last,” says Ki Kim, a fan with front row seats and a member of East Valley CrossFit in Chandler, Ariz. “We want to encourage them to make sure everyone finishes. We’ve all been first. We’ve all been last ourselves.”

Case in point: There were two standing ovations from the capacity crowd in the StubHub Center tennis stadium surrounding the second-to-last event of the Games, a combination of rope climbs and overhead squats called Thick ’N Quick. One was for Rich Froning, as he powered through the workout in 1:40, 20 seconds faster than anyone else, on the way to winning his fourth-straight title of Fittest Man on Earth. The other ovation was for a non-competitor named Wes who demonstrated the workout before it was contested. Wes struggled with the squats, dropping the bar several times. The crowd rose to its feet as he battled through wobbling legs to complete his final rep, a solid ten minutes after he’d started it.


Coach Sarah shared her thoughts on the article on Thursday:

CrossFit is such a cool sport. It's the only one where the outcome matters less than the year of training leading up to it, the only one where the community and the effect the program has on people's lives is the underlying goal. Each athlete at every level - beginner to Games veteran - is striving to overcome their own weakness, better their own strengths, and become the very best version of themselves. Encouraging fitness, and health through fitness over the course of our lives, is an end goal worth more than any medal or accolade. Being part of this movement will likely be the thing I'm most proud of as I look back on my life. Thanks SI for such a great article - keeps the important stuff in perspective.

Check out the full SI article here, and feel free to share it with others!
(Photo credit: Jenny M)

WOD for 08-01-14:

Run 800m For Time

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6 Rounds for Time:
8 Deadlift @ 225/155 lbs
8 Burpee
8 Box Jump @ 24/20 in


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