As I watch the 2012 CrossFit Games from my computer screen, and seeing how the sport is growing, I’m realizing that CrossFit is single handedly making “fit the new cool”. The CrossFit audience (and participation) has grown so much in just the two years that I’ve been involved in the sport. It’s turning the competitors into celebrities, but unlike the celebrities that we’re used to, these people can’t afford to go out partying every weekend, be substance abusers, or have eating disorders. Any of those things would immediately cause a collapse in their workouts, and would ruin their ability to compete in the sport. CrossFit is a sport that requires you to be at your physical best virtually year round, and any slip up will result in poor performance or poor recovery. Working out all the time and eating well produces an extremely healthy human being! And because of the celebrity the athletes are receiving hopefully it will motivate more and more of the audience to get involved and improved their lives in a healthy way as well. If you followed this blog at all then you know that I feel the term “healthy” is thrown around by doctors way too often and they should be using the term “lack of disease” because in no way is the majority of our population (or even half of our population) healthy. To read my post on “my definition of health” click here.
With fit being the new cool maybe kids and others who aren’t familiar with how to become fit will now search out local CrossFit gyms, or do the research on their own because it’s “cool”. Either way, wether you agree with CrossFit or not, it’s definitely improving the health and fitness of the world, and we should all be applauding and supporting that.
The question is what’s next? What do you think? Personally I think that CrossFit will eventually be a sport in the Olympics, and we’ll start seeing college scholarships, and more childrens classes (and competitions) popping up.
If you need help getting started with CrossFit let me know, and I’ll point you in the right direction.
Now get outside and have fun by working hard! 🙂