I started CrossFit back in 2007 and to say it’s been a wild ride is an understatement. One thing that has been crazy to watch is how much the elite level athletes have improved over those 10 years. Hell…….. to look at the workouts in 2010 when I went to the CrossFit Games to the 2016 CrossFit Games…..they’re not on the same level.
I then step back and take a look at my affiliate, Coca CrossFit, and think about what I’ve observed in the last 6 years owning it. My ‘average’ athlete in 2010 is very similar to my ‘average’ athlete in 2016.
Sooooooooo if the ‘average’ athlete has remained the same why have the local competitions followed the CrossFit Games trend in increasing the difficulty? Because it’s cool and sexy……… but does it really make sense? I say NO!
Can we push our ‘average’ athletes to be a little better each day…..HELL YEAH you bet we can. Can I expect an ‘average’ athlete to reach the level of muscle ups, walking on their hands, running a sub 20min 5k, lifting 3x body weight deadlift…..sure….if that’s ALL they do! But our ‘average’ athlete has a full-time job, kids, stress, homes to maintain etc. To expect them to crush regional level workouts at a local competition is ridiculous.
Many of our athletes want to compete because it is fun to get out and be a part of the community, but they’re turned off because every event is trying to out program the previous one and it’s gotten out of control. What happened to the local competitions that were designed to challenge athletes withough expecting them to be at the regional level? The Games are The Games and should be hard. How’s about having more local competitions designed for the MAJORITY of CrossFit athletes….. ‘the average joe’?