This is part one of the series “So You Want to Compete in the CrossFit Games“ and today we will be going over whether or not you are good enough to compete in the CrossFit Games. If you are just starting crossfit you have to know you probably have awhile before you will be good enough to compete. However, a lot of guys who are top crossfit games competitors were only doing crossfit for a few months before they went to the games. Rich Froning said he was only doing CrossFit for like 6 months before he placed 2nd in the 2010 CrossFit Games. Granted most people are pretty fit before they start crossfit. Some people would just say compete in the Open, but I say do your research first. Find out how good you are and tweak your training accordingly. It only happens once a year.
Am I Good Enough to Compete in the CrossFit Games?
Mikko Salo, 2009 CrossFit Games Champion, said that he didn’t really know that he was that competitive until he started to compare his times to some of the top crossfitters. Only then did he decided to compete. The first thing you should do to find out is benchmark yourself.
Benchmark in the following order:
- Local Box
- Athlete Profiles
–CrossFit.Com has a lot of good ways to find out how you stack up.
- Day to day you can do the workout of the day and look at the comments and see where you stack up
- You can do some of the “girl” and “hero” workouts and use the search function on crossfit.com and see what some times were for the more grueling wods
- CrossFit did not use to do this, but a lot of times now they will put up a WOD and they will also put up what one or five of the top crossfitters got on that workout. If you are beating their times, start making your travel plans.
So how are you stacking up as a CrossFit Games competitor??
Next we will talk about how to compete in the games!