$2 MILLION dollars in prize money

In Gymnastics? :-)

No. :-(

In CrossFit.

CrossFit continues to grow in popularity and in large part due to the CrossFit Games appearing on ESPN. Add the support of Reebok and you have a recipe for success.

The CrossFit Games are one of the few events where the men and women’s prize money is equal. The 2015 CrossFit Games prize money will be over $2,000,000.00, a 100 percent increase from three years ago.

The top earners will be the fittest man and fittest woman, both taking home $275,000. That’s more than Mr. Olympia wins in bodybuilding. …

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Hard Body

Why is such a new sport able to generate so much more prize money than Artistic Gymnastics?

CrossFit® Letting Beauty Speak

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(via Debbie Broderick Rodriguez)

CrossFit® Beauty in Strength

Skinny or fit?

What is beauty?

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A good body is one that can do the job.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

The world’s newest “Fittest Woman on Earth” is a 25-year-old chemical engineering student from Richelieu, Que. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet placed first at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif., in the women’s individual competition Sunday.

Ms. Leblanc-Bazinet, who is 5-foot-2 and weighs 130 pounds, is a student at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec and started CrossFit training five years ago. The sport involves a combination of weightlifting, gymnastics and high intensity interval training. …

Quebec student Camille Leblanc-Bazinet crowned ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’ at 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games

No surprise. She’s a former gymnast.

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She eats 200gms of protein a day. 5 eggs for breakfast.

related – Outside Online is in a bit of a war with CrossFit – CrossFit, Your Insecurity Is Showing

Professional Fitness League

Dave Brubaker linked to this, the first I’d heard about it.

… If the NPFL isn’t able to capitalize on the growing popularity of functional fitness — such as the Crossfit Games, Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race — it may not last long. But Andali, the only signed Canadian ahead of the July 10 draft, isn’t bothered by the league’s uncertainty.

On Aug. 19 … an abbreviated NPFL season is set to start. There are eight teams with between 18 and 20 athletes on their rosters, and, Kean says, a major broadcast deal in the works. …

Each match will see co-ed teams compete in 11 separate races …

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National Professional Fitness League looks to take exercise beyond the gym

the future of CrossFit

Some of the top competitors in the sport reflect on why they do what they do. And where it will be 5yrs from now.

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Details on CrossFit.com

We can be experts in the CrossFit Specialty of Gymnastics

(via Andy Timm on Facebook)

in defence of CrossFit

Carl Paoli asks good questions. But I’m not convinced by his answers.

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Obviously there are better and worse drills for each individual at a CrossFit gym. Having everyone do the same Workout Of the Day is already a mistake, as far as I’m concerned. Some common easy warm-up could be safe and effective, but after that the program should be individualized.

CrossFit is getting better. The best gyms are excellent. Yet I feel many have a long way to go.

As a competitive sport, the judging is far worse than in Artistic Gymnastics.