Another day of viewing the 2011 Crossfit Games. Watched the Women’s final and saw some amazing things. I also noticed a lot of poor form. I know I am being picky on this but watching them do Sumo Deadlift High Pulls was painful. Yes, they were exhausted as they just finished the 20 calorie row, wall balls and box jumps (I would have died at the pace), but it was more like a Kettlebell swing rather than a High Pull. Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet pretty much did that as the KB was behind her butt when it was on the ground and most of the ladies had the KB on the way up almost 8-12 inches in front of them.

I must admit that they would all just bury me in a heartbeat with their overall fitness, however, the point is that when you’re fatigued like they were, you tend to fall back to what is easiest for you. I know I am not explaining or using the correct word to describe this. That is why training or exercising for technique I think is more important than developing strength. Proper technique allows you to perform for longer periods as you exert less effort to accomplish the same task.

But what do I know, I am still a novice at this. These athletes are well-rounded in all facets of fitness as it was proven with the events that they were put through. Rope climbs, handstand walks, handstand push ups, pull-ups, toes to bar, Olympic style lifting, thrusters, swimming, running the list goes on and they were not informed of the events until usually less than 24 hours before the event. What other sport would do that to someone? Certainly not in the Olympics where you have four years to get ready and in most “sports” you know what you are doing before you have a competition. With Crossfit you are literally training for the unexpected, how can you not love it.

The best part of watching the Games is that as fellow Crossfitters, we all know what they are going through. The look on their faces at doing burpees (yea burpees), that pained expression of lifting a 95 lb bar just one more time, the feel of a 20lb Med ball smacking you in the face because you have no strength to catch it and cannot move fast enough to get out-of-the-way. It is no different for them as it is for me or you, then you continue with the workout because you have to finish, yes, you have to finish as quitting is not in your repertoire. It is the only time you know what everyone is going through. Everyone of us at crossfit has reached that point.

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