Photo by Jim Steinhaus
It was another successful year at the Arnold Sports Festival 2010 in Columbus Ohio last weekend. With approximate attendance of 170,000 people from all over the world, this truly is a global event. With 40 activities and several new events this year, one in particular blew me away, CrossFit!
started 20 years ago on the west coast and has just caught on in the East and Ohio in the last couple years.Crossfit is an international program that is predominantly used by the military, as well as fire, police, champion martial artist, pro athletes, football and assorted athletic teams.
What is CrossFit
is quoted as; “The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity”.
There is an interesting article in the CrossFit Journal by Congressman John Sullivan, in which I quote him; “Studies revealed Oklahoma to be the fifth-most obese state in 2008, so Congressman John Sullivan is using CrossFit to lead the fight for fitness. He’ll be competing in the upcoming South Central Sectionals in hopes of inspiring others to become fitter and healthier.
I’m no different than most Americans. You show me a workout plan, and I can find an excuse why I’m too busy to do it. “
Congressman Sullivan goes on to say “When it came to exercise, I dabbled in everything from running on the treadmill to cycling but found myself equally bored with all of it after only a few months. I started CrossFit just over one year ago in February 2009 and never looked back.”
regional competition took place Sunday at the Arnold, and allowed me to interview many competitors and learn a lot. I repeatedly heard one particular statement, “nothing has impacted or positively changed my life like CrossFit!”