You might not have realized it, but the 2020 CrossFit Games is set to start this weekend! It’s going to look a lot different than in years past obviously - instead of getting hundreds of the world's fittest athletes and thousands of the worlds fittest fans together, the event will take place largely online, with the final few athletes coming together in California to compete in person. Starting on Friday September 18th, 30 men and 30 women from around the world will begin competing through a virtual tournament, with the top 5 men and top 5 women advancing to the in-person finals at a later date.
Unfortunately we won’t get to experience the Games in all its glory - the city of Madison overrun by super fit people, the hundreds of vendors packed into the vendor pavilion, or watching the competition at the beer garden. But at least we will get a bit of normalcy this year. We will still get to see the top athletes battle it out to be crowned fittest on Earth.
A few things I have to say - if you have never seen the CrossFit Games before, or are pretty new into your CrossFit journey, just watch in admiration of what these amazing individuals can do. Watch how effortlessly they move weights that we can’t even pick-up. Watch how they glide through the air on the gymnastics bars. Remember that these guys are the BEST of the BEST, and enjoy the show. If you’ve been around the block a few times and you know what the Games are all about, but you’re concerned that the online version isn’t going to cut it, give it a chance. The Rogue Invitational pulled off an incredible virtual event earlier this year and it was very fun to watch. It was actually pretty amazing when you consider the logistics of getting all the athletes and their media teams coordinated and working in unison. Yes it’s going to be a lot different, we won’t get the energy of the coliseum, but at least we get something.
That brings me to the next point. This year has been so tumultuous, and even more so in the CrossFit realm. Three months ago we weren’t even sure if CrossFit was going to be around any more, and all of the top athletes decided to boycott the Games. CrossFit listened, made the changes they needed to, and now we are going to get at least something. That is reason for celebration in my mind! And you should celebrate too.
A few personal reasons why I love to watch the Games:
- It motivates the heck out of me. Any competition does, but like I said, this is the best of the best. It pushes me to be better and to take my own training to the next level.
- I get to learn from the top athletes. These guys are training multiple hours for days, trying new skills and techniques, and pushing the boundaries. We get to see if they have any new tricks or new strategies up their sleeve. And if nothing else, we get to watch their near-flawless movement.
- It’s a sporting event. It’s competitive as heck and I get to watch it with my buddies. We cheer together, boo together, and watch in admiration together.
- There's a game within the game. I love seeing how the athletes handle themselves over the grueling, multiple days of competition. Do they keep it together or lose their composure? Are they calm & collected or easily agitated?
What are some of your favorite things about the Games??