Who is the fittest man & woman alive?
How do you truly test 'fitness' ?
Welcome to the CrossFit Games.
"....There is no other true test of fitness.
The Games were created to fill a void—no other true test of fitness existed. From Ironman triathlons to the NFL, all other athletic events neglected to accurately test fitness. Even decathlons, while testing a relatively wide range of abilities, missed vital components of physical fitness.
The CrossFit Games events are made up of a broad range of functional movements. Functional movements move large loads, long distances, quickly. These movements also form the basis of our exercise program. Make no mistake—the CrossFit Games are designed to test, not train, fitness. The goal is to find the fittest athletes, not to produce an easily replicable workout program.
The Games are a three-stage journey.
The Games season is broken up into three stages. The first stage is the Open. This five-week, five-workout competition is held in the early Spring / Autumn in CrossFit affiliates and garage gyms around the world. Workouts are released online each Thursday, and athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores. Anyone who's at least 14 years old can sign up, and join in the first stage of the CrossFit Games season. This year's Open kicks off on February 26, 2015.
The top athletes from each of the 17 regions qualify for the second stage of the competition—Regionals. The Regionals are live, three-day competitions that are held over three weekends in May. The top athletes from two or three regions combine, and compete for the five qualifying spots for the CrossFit Games...."
This year over a quarter of a million people signed up for the CrossFit Open - the first stage of the road to 'Fittest on Earth' - from all across the globe, youth athletes, masters athletes and everyone in between - including forty athletes from right here in Warrnambool.
After five gruelling weeks of tackling surprise workouts and tests of fitness our very own Claire Fraser has fought her way to finish in the top echelon of athletes in Australia and New Zealand. How difficult is that you ask - well as you can see below you need to be faster, stronger and tougher than 99.7% of the rest of the field.
Take a moment to digest that - for every 1000 competitors only 3 will make it to Regionals - and Claire has done just that.
Athletes were tested across gymnastics, weightlifting and endurance - utilising a vast array of tools; from rowers and box jumps to barbells and gymnastic rings. Workouts are judged on site at the time as well as sent in for video review - ensuring that the standards are maintained and the best of the best progress.
This year's Pacific Regional will be held in Wollongong on May 22nd-24th with a gruelling three days of competition with Claire competing against not only the best from Australia but also from New Zealand and much of the Asia Pacific Region. At the end of the weekend the top 5 men and women will progress to the final testing ground in Carson, California in July - until only one man and woman are left standing.
You can watch all the Regionals action live at games.crossfit.com and we will have regular updates on our Facebook page (here) and Instagram (@crossfitwarrnambool)
Warrnambool is incredibly fortunate to have an athlete performing at such a high level living, training and coaching right here!
So if you get a chance - wish Claire the best of luck in her final weeks of training. Drop her a line of encouragement on our Facebook page HERE or if you see her in person wish her luck as she represents not just Warrnambool but Australia as well in the worlds largest test of elite fitness.