2012 CrossFit Champions– Repeat!

{Okay, I should be writing about how I’ve neglected by beloved Adrenaline Complex since May, but since this post is about moving forward, I’m going to do just that and let the devil wallow in those inconsequential details.}

A week has passed, and I’ve been reeling in the news that Annie Thorisdottir and Rich Froning (names you might recognize as the 2011 CrossFit Champions) are the 2012 CrossFit Champions– the first ever repeat champions in the short history of the games.

The CrossFit model originally started in 2000 by Greg Glassman in Seattle. (Has anyone else noticed that the 90’s are over, and Seattle is still dominating the world’s Cool Market? I’ve ordered a case of the local water and am keeping my fingers crossed.) The Games began in 2007 as a way to measure the progress of the CrossFit system, and to encourage and push CrossFit athletes towards competition, which is where growth accelerates.

***Warning, Condensed Version***
CrossFit’s process, as I understood from Coach Glassman at a lecture I attended last year at the Richest 5K here in Atlanta, is that the games are a way to test and measure not only the athletes, but the system. Coach Glassman said something along the lines of “If we get a repeat performance and victory from Thorisdottir and Froning in 2012, we’re going to be looking at their affiliate gyms and seeing what it is they’re doing that works.”

What I like best about CrossFit is the willingness to experiment and push the once accepted boundaries of fitness. What worked for packing on pounds of muscle on the high school football field doesn’t necessarily translate well to maintaining a fit lifestyle through your later years, but that doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with high school strength & conditioning, just that it can be improved upon and adapted for a wider range of skills.

So, congratulations to all of the athletes who competed in the 2012 CrossFit Reebok Games, and special congratulations to Annie Thorisdottir & Rich Froning, the two fittest people on earth, two years in a row!


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