|Kbell snatch in the competition [Photo by J. Gold]|
First, I am wondering where exactly are all the master's level competitors? As I am less than three years shy of my fourth decade, I want to know that this sport has a place for me in the future. I want to know that this is a worthwhile long-term pursuit. When you don't see anyone in your age bracket, it's a bit disappointing. Hopefully more competitions will offer master's categories even if masters level makes up a small portion of the total number of competitors.
I also wonder if Crossfit competitions are about showing off? With fancy shoes, fancy socks, bright colors, and gals in sports bras (not that I'm complaining :-) ) what's really going on here? The competitions seem a bit like a place for vane, middle class folks to hang out and validate eachother.
On the other I hand, I do like the idea of testing myself, and seeing where I'm at. And the competitions certainly provide an opportunity to determine your exact current level of fitness. I also like team events, in which you get to work together with one or more partners to complete a workout. So if you have being doing Crossfit for more than a year, I recommend finding a partner and signing up for a team competition. You will find out what people in other gyms are doing and the techniques they use for certain exercises. Perhaps you will see butterfly pull-ups for the first time, and resolve to learn them for yourself.
|David & Goliath competition [Photo by J. Gold]|
So if you have the free spending money to compete, and you are looking for a way to stay motivated in your day-to-day regimen, I recommend it. Train smart, don't get injured, and have fun!