Is CrossFit anything like the CrossFit Games?

With this year’s CrossFit Games having just come and gone, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether our gym is anything like what you see at the Games. 

CrossFit Games 2017 logoWhat is the Reebok CrossFit Games?

The CrossFit Games are a yearly competition that pits athletes from around the world against one another in a series of back-to-back events over the course of a weekend. They perform lifts, gymnastics and metabolic conditioning (cardio) exercises designed to test the athletes’ strength, stamina and more.

Tia-Clair Toomey CrossFit Games Fittest Woman on Earth
Tia-Clair Toomey, 2017 Fittest Woman on Earth Photo Credit: CrossFit Games

The regular CrossFit gym

Before I started CrossFit, I was intimidated. I’d watched the Games, and I’d heard scary things about coaches shouting at me while I injured myself trying to lift weights that were too heavy. When I finally decided to join (read: my husband convinced me), I found that it was the exact opposite. 

Most CrossFit gyms are concerned with proper technique and steady improvement. They don’t want you to hurt yourself, and they’re not trying to intimidate you with a crazy workout.

CrossFit workout with couch stretchIt’s a common saying in CrossFit that “The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.” What this means is that the kinds of things you see CrossFit Games athletes do are the same as what you’ll see in a regular gym, but tuned to your personal fitness level.

Our gym has members from every fitness background and ability level, and they all do some version of the same workout. Can’t deadlift 400 pounds? Great! Neither can I. But I still deadlift in the gym, just at a weight that’s right for me.

CrossFit is actually great for all kinds of people, including:

  • Beginners who want to learn how to lift weights
  • Former athletes
  • Current athletes looking to cross-train
  • Regular people wanting a fun workout regimen
  • Older adults who want to prevent injury as they age

Our gym’s goal is to promote health and longevity! You can’t compete with that.

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About the author: Claire Mulholland

Claire Mulholland, personal trainer and coach

Claire is a full-time coach, and passionate about proper nutrition and working with people from all fitness backgrounds. Read more about Claire.

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