CrossFit Games 2015 Recap – CrossFit Cherry Hill
As someone who trains CrossFit, one of the greatest experiences I’ve had was attending the CrossFit Games last year in Carson, California, and is something I encourage all CrossFit athletes to do at least once. It’s like taking the energy of your home box during Grace, and multiplying it by 1,000! Being in an arena with thousands of individuals that share the same passion about fitness as you is a pretty amazing feeling, and something I’ll never forget.
The 2015 CrossFit Games are upon us! If you weren’t able to make the trip out West, all the action can be streamed live at games.crossfit.com. This year marks a special occasion, as it’s the first year that 4x Champion Rich Froning will not be a part of the individual competition. This opens the door for contenders like Matt Fraser, Scott Panchik, and Noah Ohlsen. It will almost be surreal to see someone other than Rich crowned “Fittest Man on Earth”. We also welcome the Teen division this year for athletes between 14 and 17 years of age, that have not elected to compete with the adult men and women, of course
The competition kicked off this week with the Masters and Teen divisions. With this being the first year we have seen teenagers competing at the Games, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they have proved to be just as entertaining as the adults and are incredibly inspiring. I cannot wait to see this group progress over the next few years into the adult category and compete on the main stage. With CrossFit being a relatively newer sport, past champions may have 7 to 10 years of training under their belt at max. These teens have come up through the ranks of the CrossFit Kids program and some are able to say they have been training CrossFit for nearly 15 years! It’s great to see our youth so dedicated to a healthy lifestyle.
In addition to watching live events each day, spectators also have access to Vendor Village, every CrossFit enthusiasts dream. Rogue, Reebok, Progenex, NorCal CrossFit (Jason Khalipa), CrossFit Mayhem (Rich Froning), Caffeine & Kilos, Wodify……you name it. They all have tents set up with gear to purchase, athlete meet-n-greets, free samples, etc. You’ll have the chance to chat it up with Christmas Abbott, Garrett Fisher, Kendrick Farris, & Dmitri Klokov, just to name a few. You’ll finally get to meet these people that you’ve been stalking on Instagram for months, and come to realize they are normal guys and gals, just like you and me. Another great part of vendor Village is the food. Lots of options, some healthy and some not so healthy. From the Paleo Asian Turkey stir fry, to the bison burger, everything is delicious.
The weekend will come to an end in the tennis stadium at the Stub Hub Center, for the final individual events. You can bet the farm that your top 5 contenders will be separated by only a few points, and the winner of the event will most likely be crowned Fittest Man/Woman on Earth.
If you find yourself with the opportunity to attend the CrossFit Games, I highly recommend doing so. It’s an experience unlike any other, and will make you appreciate CrossFit even more than you already do!