This past weekend Micah and I drove up to Reebok World Headquarters in Canton, MA to watch the first week of regional competition in the North East region. For those of you not familiar with the sport of CrossFit, there is an entire season of competition starting with the Open and ending with the CrossFit Games in July. After the Open concludes, the top 48 individual men and women, plus top 30 teams from each region move on to their respective regional competitions to compete for their chance to make it to the CrossFit Games. While the Open delivered some nasty workouts, the regional competitions are a whole different ballgame. Athletes must participate in seven workouts over three days, which include some brutal combinations that are sure to test both athleticism and mental will.
I felt very fortunate to watch some amazing athletes this weekend put up impressive performances. As I prepare for the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in a few weeks, I have been testing these workouts myself and can testify that they are no joke. I watched some men and women throw around heavy weight like it was a walk in the park. It was apparent that everyone had put in the time and work to get to where they were, which was inspiring to watch and helped reignite my fire to keep pushing hard through the training process.
I was also very impressed with how professional the regional competition was run this year. I had never been to the North East Regionals before, but in comparison to what I experienced at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals last year when CrossFit215 made it as a team, I can say that the sport of CrossFit is definitely advancing rapidly. It is evident CrossFit is trying to become a spectator sport. The workouts were set up in such a fashion where athletes needed to advance to different stations after completing the required amount of reps of each movement. This gives the spectator the ability to track each competitor more easily in a race type format. Each competitor even had custom signs with their names on it displayed at their station so the spectators could easily spot who was in each heat.
Outside of the competition there were lots of vendors, spectator activities and food to enjoy in between heats and events. “Tent City” was where affiliates could put up tents and relax or play games during their down time. It was very interesting to see how “The Sport of Fitness” competitions have become a tailgate so to speak for spectators who were not competing. I took it upon myself to find other ways of occupying my time like roaming around the Reebok Headquarters campus and taking pictures like this
All in all, I am super appreciative of the opportunity to get to watch the competition as a spectator for once. I know when the Mid-Atlantic Regionals rolls around I will not have the ability to soak it all in the same way I did this past weekend. While it was a nice temporary break from the gym, I still needed to try and fit in my training which became a difficult task considering most of the local gyms were either competing or spectating at regionals and had limited class times. Luckily, I was able to find a gym not too far away that let me use their facility on two occasions. I am incredibly grateful for their generosity in letting me do my own thing in my attempt not to derail my training. One of the beautiful things about the CrossFit community is how supportive everyone is, even if you are a complete stranger. Thank you CrossFit 781 for your hospitality!
If you have never been to a CrossFit competition before I highly encourage attending one. There are not many sports out there where the competitors and the spectators are so closely tied to one another because they all do the same thing day in and day out in their own gyms. One of the most prominent differences you will notice about CrossFit athletes is that even if they are competing against each other they always encourage one another. It is always awesome to see competitors cheering on the last person and showing their support and respect for one another. It makes me proud to be a part of this community and excited to get my own opportunity in a few weeks. As for my own training, it’s time to get back to business! See you in the gym!Read MoreRead More