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POSTED: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Cassie Haynes | CrossFit
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The CrossFit Games are the Olympics of our sport, where the creme-de-la-crème compete head-to-head for the title of Fittest Woman/Man/Team in the World (and a pretty hefty prize package furnished primarily by CrossFit's main squeeze, Reebok.)  

More than 200 athletes representing 17 regions—ten of which are in the United States—will participate in the 2013 CrossFit Games, held in Southern California in late July.

But just how do the superstars of competitive exercising make it to the Games? It's a long road paved with blood, sweat, tears, and heavy barbells. The CrossFit Open is the first step. The Open is structured in such a way that anyone, anywhere may compete. Using an innovative online platform, athletes from all over the world complete one WOD ("workout of the day") each week for five weeks, uploading their scores by the Sunday night deadline. Athletes have four days to complete the workout, either at a CrossFit Affiliate where it is validated by the Affiliate owner or by submitting a video tape to be reviewed by a panel of judges over at CrossFit HQ to make sure the athlete has conformed to the prescribed movement standards.

POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 4:00 AM

The sport of CrossFit  is a fitness phenomenon that has been slowly gaining momentum since its inception in 2003. So what is CrossFit? It’s a lot of things.

Coach Greg Glassman, CrossFit Inc.’s CEO, has spent the bulk of his adult life experimenting with and working to perfect the regimen. CrossFit defines itself as “constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.” CrossFit athletes—from novice to elite—have experienced the high of physical achievement in a way unlike any other sport, hooking folks from Day One and creating an almost cult-like following.

A defining characteristic of the sport is also the community fostered by group workouts. The challenge and support that one derives from competing (yes, even everyday classes are competitions) against the athlete you were the previous week, against a clock, with others, in a high-intensity environment is unparalleled in any other sport. The cheers for the first athlete to finish a “WOD” (workout of the day) are exceeded only by the cheers for the last athlete to finish.  

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