CrossFit has come a long way. With the first affiliated gym in 1995, CrossFit just wrapped up their fifth CrossFit Games this weekend…and what a competition! Athletes came from all over the world for their chance at the $250,000 purse for the male and female champions.
Events tested every aspect of the individual athletes’ fitness. Friday kicked off with a heavy endurance WOD that included a 210m swim, two 1500m runs, 50 chest-to-bar pullups, 100 pushups, and 200 air squats….and yes that was just one of the ten workouts. The rest of the weekend included such movements as L-sits, rope climbs, clean and jerks, muscle-ups, box jumps, overhead squats, handstand pushups, and even a softball throw. When the dust cleared on Sunday, Rich Froning and Annie Thorisdottir stood on top of the podium as “The Fittest on Earth”.
Not only does the CrossFit Games have individual competitors they also have Team and Masters divisions. The Masters divisions for men and women are divided into four age groups; 45-50, 50-55, 55-60, and 60 and over. The Masters competed in five competitions over the three days and completed some spectacular feats. At the end of the weekend four men and four women took first in their age group; Scott DeTore, Gord Mackinnon, Steve Anderson, Greg Walker, Susan Habbe, Mary Beth Litsheim, Shelley Noyce, and Betsy Finley.
The teams tested their limits in six events. They started out the weekend by moving 1,700 lbs of sandbags over a total of 12 logs and two walls and wrapped it up by completing six of the benchmark WODS in one event. CrossFit New England stood tall throughout the entire competition and took home first place.
The complete standings for all the divisions as well as come archived video of the events can be found at http://games.crossfit.com/.
We’re proud to be associated with CrossFit boxes across the US and are so inspired be these athletes. We can’t wait to see what they throw at us in 2012!