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The power of CrossFit

Over the years in the world of fitness it can go with out saying there sure has been some fads. Whether this fad was some sort of contraption that you bought off an infomercial to give you abs of steel, or group class that you might taken or still do take at  your local "Globo gym". One thing is for certain there are too many to rant off on our blog today!  

If we were to shift our attention to functional fitness or better known as CrossFit; I'm for certain some of our readers out there might participate, have heard from friends, or read an article about one of the fastest growing phenomenons the fitness industry has seen.  Do you not know believe us when we tell you it is?  In North America alone there over 7,000 locations and that number increases on a daily basis.  If you have some free time be sure to check out https://map.crossfit.com/ and see for yourselves.  

For most there lies a level of skepticism, or fear of getting hurt.  Whether it was an article you read or again just hearing through the grapevine of friends.   Like you, this author too was very weary of  CF going back to 2008 when I had come across the industry.  For years I swore up and down how I could never see myself attending a so called "box" and getting a workout in.  As the years went on I got wiser with my weight and anerobic training.  I managed to bounce around from gym to gym and found a few trainers that forced me to push myself.   All the while learning proper technique and form.

It wasn't until January 2015 that I walked through the doors and participated in my baseline. Essentially the baseline shows your level of athleticism.   It was at that very moment after I finished my baseline, which took me roughly about 5 plus minutes to complete that I was instantly hooked!   I forced myself to push beyond limits I did not know existed inside of me. Truly it was an amazing experience.  Since being apart CF I've shattered personal records in all aspects of my training.   

Beyond the sweat and the gratification one can get from day at CF you also form bonds.  The comradery that is inside the CF community is astonishing.  The way the coaches and other athletes help everyone around them become better day in and day out!  If you have a local CF gym nearby we strongly recommend you pop in and see for yourself.

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What makes an OCR athlete "Elite"?

Over the past 12 months if you have run any major OCR event or are in tuned with social media (primarily facebook), the great debate remains.  What makes an OCR athlete Elite?  Are there any perquisites today that would in fact classify those athletes to be listed as such a status?   Does running in the Elite portion of an OCR event mean that person running is a better athlete than an individual running in the open heats?

If you keep your ear to the ground and talk amongst the folks you are racing with chances are they will be more than happy to give his/her opinion on the matter.  Now, in OCR certain companies do have their athletes listed as "Pro".  Maybe, some of these names may resonate with those of you wondering am I in the same league as the names listed here: Ryan Atkins, Hobie Call, Isaiah Vidal, Hunter McIntyre, Amelia Boone, Rose Wetzel, and KK Stewart-Paul just to mention a few. These men/woman time and time again have stood tall on the podium. 

There is a lot of buzz going around that the sport of OCR is taking shape to become an Olympic sport, stay tuned as I'm sure this time to come to lifeThis point brining us to the question, what makes an OCR athlete "Elite"?  Well today any man/woman looking to race in the elite heat, all they need to do is pay an additional fee and they are entered into the race.  Today that is what separates the athletes competing in the Elite heat to the Open heats. 

To the athletes reading this article think to yourself when I race in the Elite heat, do I finish in the top 50, top 75, or top 100?  Am I able to get over a 10 foot wall without assistance?  Do you have enough grip strength to climb a rope when you are lethargic or get across a wall?  Is your 5K 22 minutes or faster?  Can you row a 5000 meter row in 22 minutes or under?  Are you able to complete 80 burpees in 5 minutes?  

Even though what I mentioned is not required today.  If our beloved sport of OCR does become an Olympic sport or headed in that direction sooner than later.  You can very well count on metrics to determine whether or not you can compete in the Elite races.  

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