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4 Reasons to Tune In to the CrossFit Games

September 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Beginning September 11, ESPN2 will air the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, which were held in Carson, CA in July. If you’re even remotely interested in fitness, you won’t want to miss it. Here’s why:

1. If you don’t watch, you’ll be totally out of the loop.

The stands were full at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games
CrossFit is growing rapidly. Case in point: In 2011, the CrossFit Games didn’t fill up even half of the 12,000-seat Home Depot Center. In 2012, it sold out within days of tickets going on sale—and then hundreds of fans bought an “Outside Pass,” which didn’t permit entry into the main event but allowed them access to the Vendor Village and the master’s competition. (As the editor of Fitbie, I was lucky to score a press pass.)

2. You’ll learn new ways to mix up your workouts.
It’s easy to fall into a gym rut—treadmill, dumbbells, rinse, repeat. After a while, those exercises will lose their luster and your progress will plateau. CrossFit athletes like to boast that their workouts are “constantly varied,” which means they’re always being challenged. And the moves can be scaled down to any ability level.

Here’s one workout that caught my eye at the Games.

Medball HSPU
Three rounds for time:
• 8 medicine ball cleans (150 pounds for men, 80 for women)
• 100-foot medicine ball carry
• 7 parallette handstand pushups
• 100-foot medicine ball carry

Let's be real: I am far from being an elite athlete and can do exactly zero of those moves. Here’s how I would modify it:

Christine’s Medball Pushup Workout
As many reps as possible in 10 minutes:
• 10 medicine ball cleans (20 pounds)
• 10 pushups (probably from my knees)

3. Without a doubt, you’ll be entertained.
When I first heard about the CrossFit Games, an exchange between two characters on the HBO comedy Eastbound and Down came to mind:

—Terrence Cutler: I happen to be training for a triathlon right now. Doing a lot of running, cycling, and swimming. Well, you know all about that.

—Kenny Powers: No, actually, I don't. I do sports—not try to be the best at exercising. 

The CrossFit Games are kind of like that—it’s a bunch of people competing to be the best at exercising (the actual accolade is “The Fittest on Earth”). But the workouts move quickly—most last just a few minutes—and many of the gymnastics skills these athletes execute are far removed from what you see in a typical weight room. In case the description above wasn’t clear, here’s what a “parallette handstand pushup” looks like:

4. Eye candy.
See photo above. Enough said.

For the full 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games schedule, visit the CrossFit Games website.

—Christine Mattheis, Editor

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