Think you’re fit? Are you “The Fittest On Earth”? This week, the fittest CrossFit aficionados face off in the CrossFit Games. What are the CrossFit Games? In an effort to create a test of all-around fitness, the CrossFit Games were created in 2007 to test fitness buffs.
The Games are a playing field where the fittest athletes are given a chance to distinguish themselves through consistently exceptional performances. In a single weekend, the CrossFit Games test athletes’ capabilities across broad time and modal domains. We intentionally include a wide variety of different event types. In the past, these have ranged from dusty hill sprints to sandbag carries to ocean swims, and endurance events. Future events will include even more surprises.
In order to be satisfied that the CrossFit Games winners are truly the Fittest on Earth™, we need to be confident the champions would also win other good tests of fitness. – The CrossFit Games Website
The craziest part of the Games? The competitors don’t know what they’re going to do until a short time before the event! “At each CrossFit Games, the athletes engage in a series of challenges unknown to them until right before the competition. The combination of highly trained athletes and unknown workouts makes for an explosive mix. ESPN Magazine went so far as to call the Games the “best way to spend 50 bucks” in sports.” At least they’re sure that the athletes are up to the challenge. The Games officials contend that their competitors are the “50 fittest men and 50 fittest women on earth.”
If you’re in the US, you’ll be able to watch the CrossFit Games on ESPN3 starting Friday. Go here for more information. If you’ll be watching the Games from outside the U.S., have no fear. The same content aired on ESPN3 will be available on Games.CrossFit.com. Americans won’t be able to watch it at that website. Check out the CrossFit Games schedule(pdf warning!) so you know when to watch!
Check out these highlights from last year’s Games and get pumped for this weekend!