"You know what scares me?" This was the closing question that Chris Spealler asked us at the end of our Level 1 training course. "The Games scare me." Say what?!! This is coming from a Games athlete and one who has competed in all of The Crossfit Games, not a small feat.
Anniversary celebration. I recently had the opportunity to attend the Level 1 training course for Crossfit. I joined the crossfit crazy peeps one year ago and thought it would be fitting to celebrate the anniversary with some extended learning in crossfit world. I drank the kool aid folks, and haven't looked back!
The Crossfit Games are quickly rising in popularity, exposure, and notoriety. Just a few short years ago, most in the fitness world may or may not have heard of crossfit. If they did, many wrote it off as a fad or fitness approach that was more suited to law enforcement or military. Not for your every day folk! Yep, I was thinking the same thing. Click here to read more on that.
Crazy peeps. With ESPN2 coverage of crossfit and The Games, more and more people are catching on to this fitness phenomenon. Crossfit even recently made an appearance on The Biggest Loser, as Bob Harper is now a crossfit athlete as well. The exposure is great, but it can also have its faults. Chris Spealler has recognized and pointed this out. For most people, they see the Crossfit Games on TV and they think that's what crossfit is all about. Amazing athletes that are extremely fit, moving huge loads, and participating in crazy fitness events.
Amazing, but more. Yes, these athletes are AMAZING to watch and AMAZINGLY fit! They are also elite athletes! Hear me, ELITE. This is not what the encompassing crossfit community is all about, and this is not the norm in crossfit. Most boxes are filled with everyday people, just trying to make better health and fitness decisions. They want to get better every day and train for life!
This is the perspective that matters and Chris pointed it out very clearly. We are all here for various reasons, but in the big scheme of life, we just want to be better people and live healthier lifestyles. This is what crossfit community is about and what it represents. Crossfit community pushes you to better yourself, and has amazing people around to cheer you on and support you along your journey.