Your fearless FC^2 staff recently braved the Garden State Parkway for an awesome team Fitness Competition at CrossFit 732 in South Amboy New Jersey. The event was for a great cause, everything was well organized and the coaches/judges were top notch. Unfortunately, when the dust settled, we didn't win - not even close. On the drive home I had some time to reflect on why we lace up our Nanos and enter fitness competitions even when winning isn't in the cards.
I Love These Guys (And Girls)
Win, lose or draw - the best thing about any competition is the people that you meet. "Girls With Heart" at CrossFit 732 featured twenty-four teams of four athletes. That meant that we were surrounded by almost 100 fitness fanatics and a similar number of spectators.
Despite the packed conditions, everyone that we ran into was extremely nice and fun loving on top of being competitive. Not too many people were standing apart from the crowd listening to their headphones like you would normally see at a 5K. It's reassuring to know that even if you do belong to a Fitness Cult, at least you belong with a great group of athletes.
Check Out That Gear
All right, we get it - the Nike Metcons are the sexy new toy on the block and Reebok continues to make awesome functional fitness gear. For those of you who are into smaller niche brands, competitions are a great place to discover some awesome local companies. At the "Girls With Heart" competition we were able to drink paleo coffee from a local vendor and pick up some awesome shirts from LatitudeGearRX and No Matter What. What can I say, I'm a sucker for any shirt with a Snatch joke on it. Never gets old.
We knew going into the event that there was going to be some stiff competition. In fact, we never actually thought that we could win given our rankings in some of the benchmark WODs on Beyond The Whiteboard. So why did we bother to plunk down the entry fee and drive an hour south to an event that we couldn't win? Simple - because competition makes you better. Sometimes the very act of lining up across from someone and saying "let's do this" can provide a kick in the ass that you just can't get from banging away at metcons day in and day out at your box.
This is why I have a hard time understanding people who say that it is stupid to pay $20 to enter the CrossFit Games Open and then drop $50 to enter a local 5K or $100 to join a recreational basketball league. Odds are they aren't winning that 5K and they aren't getting a call from the NBA. Fitness competitions are just as legitimate and just as fulfilling as other mainstream events.
Spending Time With The Crew
This is my team. We aren't the best, we are decent to average actually, but we are a tight group. Along with a few other friends we train together, hang out together and occasionally watch zombies eat people's brains together. Team competitions allow us to work towards a common goal and help fix each other's weaknesses. Competitions in general can help form tighter bonds with your friends and bring a bigger sense of meaning to your training. We recommend that you find some like-minded buddies at your box and build your own fitness team.
Want to find a competition in your area? Check out www.rxcompetitions.com
Congratulations to the winning team from Monmouth CrossFit ! These athletes were basically from another planet.
Thanks again to CrossFit 732 for putting on such an awesome event and bringing attention to Women's Heart Disease.