Today marks the one-week-from-the-official--start-of-the-CrossFit-Games-season (yeah, a bit of a mouthful there) and it looks awesome. It's pretty clear that the excitement is brewing, not only in the little community I am involved with, but on a damn global scale! In well under 24 hours, the CrossFit Games Facebook page announced that over 1300 athletes and 400 affiliates were registered. That's insane! I am predicting over 100,000 total registrants by the time the first workout is announced next week. We'll see what happens!
Now how about this crazy new format they are trying out this year? Well, if you take an hour or so and search back to when they first announced the concept, it looked like they had just confessed to killing a big group of kittens or something. The vocal community let loose a whole landslide of complaints, it was actually pretty entertaining to read through (I highly recommended it if you have some spare time and enjoy reading people banter like crazy).
As more and more information began to SLOWLY leak out, it seemed like the negative comments got fewer and fewer. And as of today, with the unavailing of the new website and the crazy "step-up'ing" of CrossFit affiliates to host these things, people attitudes have taken a huge change for the better. Here's what I have to say on all this:
CrossFit was started as an open-forum business, meant to allow people the freedom to approach the community however they see fit as long as they don't tarnish the name. Yes they can be a little unconventional at times, sure they can even be controversial (those recent partially nude photos they've been posting up on the main site). Their leadership tends to be abrasive, profane, unprofessional and seemingly unorganized but in the end, they get the job done, very well. They have put together a company that does exactly what they had in mind: allow people to get more fit and healthy then ever before, and allow the freedom for people to use their ideas and theories as a base and the form their own, individual companies however they see fit. They have done all this while not straying one inch from their ideals and I can do nothing but respect the hell out of that.
I think what people should take the time to do is think about the amount of times CrossFit has actually let the community down. With the insanely rapid level of growth the community has seen over the past couple years, they have successfully shifted just enough to allow things to stay smooth. And this years CrossFit Games changes are no different. From the looks of it, they have predicted the communities ability to band together and offer a competitive forum for athletes, and there is still the opportunity for anyone in the world with a camera, computer and little time to submit their scores. Sure there are a few things that aren't perfect, but geeze, with so many people involved, you have to admit that they are doing a damn good job. SO, mad props to the CrossFit powers that may be for yet again stepping up to the challenge and offering the world something groundbreakingly awesome. I personally am so excited to get these workouts, work my ass off, compare myself to the world, and, to host the weekly Sectionals as well! To all you out there competing, good luck, have fun, and tear it up. And oh yeah, even if you have negative views on the creators of the community we are all a part of, take a second to thank them for getting all this craziness started.
Be sure to check the Courage Performance and CrossFit San Mateo hosting of the Open Sectionals!
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