Monday, March 9, 2015

Reebok CrossFit Games in Second Week at Cross Fit Fire

The Reebok CrossFit Games  are made up of a long range of movements that are designed to test fitness. The Games' season is broken down into stages. The first stage is a five-week, five-workout competition with workouts being in gyms around the world. Anyone 14-year and older can join.  There are hundreds of thousands of contestants at the open stage. 

At each CrossFit Games, the game's challenges are unknown to contestants before each event.  Overall, many thousands of enthusiasts begin the competition. Interest in this CrossFit sport continues and there are 11,000 affiliates involved.

I attended the second week of the CrossFit Open at CrossFit Fire in McHenry, Illinois, this past Friday.  At the McHenry gym, the members support each other and they have teams of contestants that wear team shirts and headbands and things that identify them.  They have a lot of fun with the night's competition, but the event is well-controlled.  At CrossFit Fire, many of the members have children and the gym owners go out of their way to keep the kids entertained.  You really do get a sense that the gym is family friendly.  During normal hours, the gym has a room where kids can go while their parents are working out and they are doing everything possible to keep the costs down.  I had not been to the gym before and much of the equipment was moved around for the competition.  Friday's competition called for overhead squats and chest-to-bar pull ups.

Some athletes nailed the squats and struggled with the chest-to-bar pulls ups. Generally, I would think that the upper body muscle construction of female athletes makes the pull ups a great challenge.  But there were certainly competitors up to the challenge.  Basically, it takes a great deal of courage to single yourself out for such a competition and members for the  newest competitors to the most experienced supported each other. And that makes all the difference in the world!
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