CrossFit is a fitness competition sport where individuals compete for the title of the "Fittest on Earth." The competition uses a relative scoring system, awarding competitors based on where they finish among the others.
Throughout various events, participants push themselves to place as high as possible and earn points.
Participants are awarded points based on where they finish compared to the other competitors. The athlete that finishes in first place is always awarded 100 points. After the first place position, points decrease as the ranking decreases. The amount that points are decreased by varies based on the number of competitors for that specific event. As the events go by, the lowest scoring athletes are eliminated, resulting in less competitors with each new event. Therefore, the point reductions continually increase as the competition progresses and are the greatest in the final event.
While many athletes compete in the CrossFit tournament individually, there is also the option to participate in the teams competition. Like the individual competition, the teams competition has its own scoring table. For each event, the team that finishes in first place is awarded 100 points. Teams will receive a decreasing amount of points the lower they place in each event. The amount of points a team loses in each event depends on how many teams are remaining in the competition. In the 2019 competition, there were 14 teams to start, narrowed down to five teams left competing in the fifth and final event.
After all the events are competed, the points are tallied up for each of the competitors. The participant or team with the greatest number of points wins the CrossFit competition.
Each year, the events in the CrossFit competitions vary, challenging athletes to prepare for all different types of exercises. The exercises tend to be physically demanding, requiring athletes to have a high level of strength and flexibility.
A few common exercises include double unders, muscle ups, and toes to bar. A double under is a jump rope exercise where the rope is swung underneath the feet twice per jump. This exercise can be difficult because it requires a lot of focus and proper timing so that one does not trip on the rope. A muscle up involves the athlete executing a pull up, then transitioning their body to above the bar and pressing up until their arms are straight. This exercise requires an adequate amount of momentum along with upper body and core strength. Finally, the toes to bar exercise is when an athlete hangs from a bar and swings their legs up so their toes touch the bar. In order to complete this exercise successfully, it is important to have a strong grip on the bar because of the leg swinging involved. It is also important to have strong core strength and develop a considerable amount of momentum to allow the toes to come up to the bar.
A CrossFit competition involves athletes completing a variety of intense exercises against others. The goal is to finish above the competition for each event. Athletes are awarded more points the higher they rank among their peers. Throughout the competition, the lowest scoring participants are gradually eliminated. After the final event, the athlete or team with the highest overall score wins and is named the Fittest on Earth.
In CrossFit, scaling means to adjust your workout and its intensity based on your relative fitness level. This gives people of all fitness and experience levels the ability to complete CrossFit exercises. Each exercise has a scaling component, where the athlete can choose if they need to scale the exercise or not. Scaling can include using lighter weights, doing less repetitions, or even using elastic bands to assist in exercises.
Yes, even experienced CrossFitters need to scale their workouts sometimes. One of the main reasons an experienced CrossFit athlete may need to scale their workout is because of an injury. For example, if an athlete hurt their shoulder the week before, they may have to use a lighter weight when completing a shoulder intensive exercise. Experienced CrossFitters also may scale their workouts if they are simply feeling tired that day and don't have the energy to perform the workout to their usual level of intensity.
While CrossFit athletes are generally in great shape, they are not necessarily the "fittest." While CrossFit competitions require a high level of fitness capabilities, there is no proven method to measure overall relative fitness level and determine that they are the fittest athletes. For example, while a CrossFit athlete may be talented in jumping rope or doing push ups, they may not be skilled in another sport such as football or tennis.