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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2011 Crossfit Games!

The 2011 Crossfit Games Open begins today!

This is a competition to find the fittest man and woman in the world! They have changed the format this year to help make it possible for anybody in the world to compete.

The first round is called the Crossfit Games Open. They will be releasing a different workout every week for six weeks. You can record yourself performing the workout then submit it to the website. After the six weeks of workouts the top 30 men and 30 women from each region will go to the Regionals. The top competitors at the Regionals will move on to the Crossfit Games, where they will determine who is the fittest man and fittest woman in the world.

How can you test for the fittest man and woman in the world? Crossfit's definition of fitness (which is the best definition I have come accross) is being competent in the 10 General Physical Skills.

GENERAL PHYSICAL SKILLS

  1. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance- The ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  2. Stamina - The ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  3. Strength - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply force.
  4. Flexibility - the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  5. Power - The ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  6. Speed - The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  7. Coordination - The ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
  8. Agility - The ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
  9. Balance - The ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
  10. Accuracy - The ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.
The Crossfit Games is the test to find the person who best encompasses these abilities. The person that can lift heavy loads while also able to run long distances! The person that can perform complex gymnastic movements and also get a lot of grunt work done! Is a person who runs marathons fit? Sure, but you aren't going to have them help you move. Is a power lifter fit. Yes, but one lap around a track would make their lungs burn all day. The crossfit games is the test to find the person who can do it all!

My friend, and co-worker, Dan will be competing this year. Do you know of anybody, or will you be competing yourself? Do you believe the winner of this competition has the right to call themselves the fittest on earth?

1 comments:

Chuck helped your move the pool table.

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