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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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.

CrossFit athlete in Vogue

It’s not often you see women with muscle in an issue of VOGUE magazine which is why the profile on Annie Thorisdottir, known as “Iceland Annie”, is a big deal. At least for female athletes and women who with muscle. Annie was sidelined with an injury last year but has her sights set on reclaiming her title (she’s won the CrossFit Games twice) in July. …

Annie Vogue

Hard Body

Annie is a former gymnast.

amputee acrobat Kate Foster

Kate, a former gymnast and then CrossFitter, was told by doctors that she probably would’ve died from the disease if she hadn’t been in such good physical shape. It was only a year before she returned to the CrossFit gym …

Kate Foster | I’ll Show You

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… What’s your problem, again?

What is CrossFit?

… a fitness program that combines a wide variety of functional movements into a timed or scored workout.

We do pull-ups, squats, push-ups, weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, and a host of other movements. Always varied, always changing …

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The only other athletes who can challenge female gymnasts in strength.

Rich Froning – fittest on Earth

The CrossFit Games champions have been crowned: Rich Froning and Sam Briggs. …

For Froning, it was his third consecutive win, establishing the first dynasty in CrossFit Games history. …

Both champions will take home US$275,000 in addition to prize money won for placing in various events. The top 10 male and female athletes all received prize money, and more than $1.4 million was awarded to athletes and teams over the week of competition. …

1. Rich Froning
2. Jason Khalipa
3. Ben Smith

Respect. This is one seriously harsh and dangerous sport.


… CrossFit is an exercise program which is a mixture of aerobic fitness and weight lifting. It is practised in more than 6000 gyms worldwide and the fad has well and truly caught on here, with CrossFit taking off in larger Australian cities.

CrossFit Workouts are short and intense and has a jargon all to itself.

For example, gyms aren’t gyms. They’re “boxes”. Workouts aren’t workouts. They’re WODs (Workout of the Day). The acronym is a reference to the fact that the workout always changes. Indeed, participants often don’t know what they’re in for when they turn up.

A CrossFit staple is the Filthy 50, a brutal series of taxing exercises conveying the madness of CrossFit.

The circuit includes 50 repetitions of 10 different exercises, all done as quickly as possible. Do 50 Box jumps, with a 60cm/45cm box, 50 jumping pull-ups, 50 kettlebell swings 16kg, 50 walking lunge steps, 50 knees to elbows, 50 push press of 20kg, 50 back extensions, 50 wallballs using a 9kg/7kg ball, 50 burpees (dropping all the way to the floor), 50 double unders. …


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Samantha Briggs – fittest on Earth

Did you see any of the CrossFit Games on TV?

… The only athletes superior to Artistic gymnasts at some feats of strength.

The firefighter from Manchester, UK is the Reebok 2013 Champion.

1. Samantha Briggs
2. Lindsey Valenzuela
3. Valerie Voboril