Everyone knows the first rule of Crossfit is you must always talk about Crossfit, in fact, this is probably most Crossfitters, second, third, and fourth rule.
But whilst most of us probably struggle to get get a word in edgeways with a Crossfitter, how much of what they’re saying goes in one ear and out of the other? How much do we actually know about Crossfit, what it is and what is all this hype about the open for?
What is Crossfit?
“The sport of fitness”, according to their website. Crossfit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. CrossFit attempts to optimise physical performance in 10 fitness categories:
- Cardiovascular and Respiratory Endurance
A combination of gymnastics, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, kettlebells, plyometrics and advanced conditioning workouts form the basis of each Crossfit WOD. WOD? In case you hadn’t already noticed Crossfitters have come up with their own lingo and WOD is probably the first translation you’ll need, it stands for “workout of the day”. The workout of the day is posted online for Crossfitters to complete in their Crossfit ‘box’, or gym to you and I. The regime follows three days on, one day off. The CrossFit program is driven by data, accurate scores, weights and times are recorded on the website by participants on a leaderboard that can be viewed at anytime. Another rule of being a Crossfitter, you must know your position on the leaderboard at all times and show non-Crossfit outsiders at every (and any) given opportunity.
You can find the WOD on the Crossfit website and anyone can try it, although to earn your bragging rights for your position on the leaderboard you need to register and obviously have a high level of fitness.
Crossfit Lingo: How to tell your Pood from your Snatch
Believe it or not, these acronyms are not as crude as they sound.
AMRAP: As many rounds or reps/rounds as possible.
ATG: Ass to grass.
CFWU: Crossfit warm up.
EMOM: Every minute on the minute.
GTG: Greasing the Groove - Doing multiple sets of an exercise throughout the day, but not to failure.
HSPU: Handstand push up.
MetCon: A metabolic conditioning workout. Usually with lighter weights at a higher intensity and speed.
Pood: A weight measurement used by the Russians for kettlebells. 1 pood =16 kg/35 lbs; 1.5 pood = 24 kg/53 lbs; 2 pood = 32 kg/71 lbs.
PR: Personal Record
Rx’d: As prescribed; as written. WOD completed without any adjustments.
Snatch: Not the movie or anything else, The snatch overall goal is to use a wide grip to lift a barbell from the floor to an overhead position in one fluid and lightning-fast motion.
T2B: Toes to bar.
WOD: Workout of the day.
Crossfit Heroes get all the Girls
Confused? Don’t be - it's more Crossfit lingo, no wonder they talk about it so much, it's hardly in short supply!
Girls - Crossfitter get through all of them. The ‘girls’ are a series of benchmark workouts, created by Crossfit HQ that are universally known amongst the Crossfit community.
Heroes - A Hero workout is a tribute workout in honor of a fallen CrossFitter (either Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine, Firefighter, Police officer) that died in the line of duty. They are tough and among the most difficult of WOD’s.
The Crossfit Games Open 25th February 2016
The Open is the biggest event on a Crossfitters calendar and promises to find the “fittest on the earth”. 27,2661 athletes aged 13-84 entered their scores last year with a whopping 9,400 of 13,000 affiliates worldwide hosting the weekly events in 2015. This premier test of fitness begins with a 5 week warm-up, every week for 5 weeks a new workout is released on Thursday. Athletes then have from Thursday through to Monday to complete their workout and submit their score, by either competing at a registered affiliate or recording and uploading the proof of their workout. The Open is designed to be accessible to all athletes while rigorous enough to challenge the world's fittest. The week's workout is released each Thursday at 5 p.m. PT. Each time a workout is released, athletes will be given two versions: Rx'd and Scaled. The Scaled option is designed to be accessible to the vast majority of athletes, with reduced loading or less challenging movements, whereas Rx'd will challenge the world's elite.
The Open is really a chance to celebrate fitness, for all athletes to come together and show what they’re made of as well as learn new skills. After 5 gruelling weeks the best of the 17 regions worldwide qualify for the second stage of the competition—regionals. The regionals are a live, three-day competition held over three weekends in May (May 13 - 29, 2016). The top athletes from two or three regions combine, and compete for five qualifying spots in the CrossFit Games. The season ends with the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games grand finalé at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on July 19 - 24, 2016. At this point in the season, the field has been whittled down from hundreds of thousands of athletes in the Open to the world's fittest 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 40 teenagers, and 200 masters. The CrossFit Games rank the world's fittest, and determines who is the “Fittest on Earth”.
The beauty of the games is that no-one knows what’s coming next, competitors can watch previous years, but no event will ever be the same. Each year the games develop to surprise and challenge the competitors in new and exciting ways from dusty hill sprints to sandbag carries to ocean swims and endurance events.
Even if you're not brave enough to enter, the Crossfit games are great to watch and the leaderboard can be viewed at any time throughout the competition via the website.
Crossfitters have compared the feeling of RX’ing their first workout to their wedding day or the birth of their first child, so I’m guessing it’s a pretty good feeling. If you do give it a go, I’d say we’d love to hear about it, but I’m certain once you’ve become a Crossfit convert, you’ll tell us anyway!