What are you trying to do again?

August 18, 2017,

Last week I posted my personal goal of being one of the top 200 fittest 50 – 54 year old males in the world. So the first question should be how does one go about determining if they are one of the 200 fittest 50 -54 year old males? CrossFit makes the claim, and I agree with this claim, that Fitness is defined as “Constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains”, with the stated goal of improving Fitness, defined as “Work capacity across broad time and modal domains”. Every year CrossFit organizes a competition that measures your work capacity, which is then compared to all of the other competitors to measure who is the Fittest. This competition is called the CrossFit Games.

CrossFit has divided its competitors into divisions, these divisions range from the “Open” division, which for clarity I will call the “Main” division, to the different age divisions for both men and women. There are currently eight age divisions broken down by the following:

  • 14 – 15 years old
  • 16 – 17 years old
  • 35 – 39 years old
  • 40 – 44 years old
  • 45 – 49 years old
  • 50 – 54 years old
  • 55 – 59 years old
  • 60 years and older

There is also a Male and Female division inside each age grouping.  In 2017 there were over 400,000 competitors that signed up to compete in the CrossFit Open, if we focus just on the 50 – 54 year old male division there were over 6,500 competitors. It is out of this roughly 6,500 competitors I have the goal of being in the top 200.

The CrossFit Games are actually the culmination of a three step process that CrossFit has created to crown the fittest overall athlete, out of the “Main” division, as well as the fittest athlete in each age division. The first step in the three step process is a five week online event called the CrossFit Open. During the Open, CrossFit Headquarters posts a workout which all competitors are required to perform within a five day window. This workout can be attempted as many times as possible during this window but you have a deadline to post your best result online at the end of this window. After the deadline CrossFit headquarters tabulates the results for the workout and posts the results ranking how you did on the workout compared to everyone else that posted results. This process is then repeated each week for the five week competition with scores and rankings being updated each week. At the end of the five week competition it is determined where everybody ranks in relation to everyone else that posted results, with a further drill down to see how you rank against other competitors in your age division. It is at this point that I will be able to see how I did in trying to reach my goal of being one of the top 200 fittest 50 – 54 year old males.

If I meet my goal of being in the top 200 I would then move on to the second step in the three step process. For the age divisions the second step is called an online qualifier. The online qualifier, while similar to the Open, condenses down to having to perform four separate workouts posted by Headquarters, but you only have one five day window to perform all the workouts and get your scores posted. An extra step in this process is that all workouts must be recorded and submitted to headquarters so that your workout can be verified. At the end of the five day window headquarters will review all scores and recordings allowing them to post the top 20 competitors in each age division. These top 20 competitors in each age division are then invited to participate in the third step of the process, the “CrossFit Games”.

At the CrossFit Games all of the top competitors compete for four days in August with the winner laying claim to the Fittest in the World for their age division. For the past six years I’ve attended the CrossFit Games as a spectator, including the Games just completed at the end of the first week in August. Each year has been an awesome experience with the event becoming a bigger and better spectacle. CrossFit Headquarters have made the CrossFit Games a fitting ending to the CrossFit season.

Below is an example of one of the events at the CrossFit Games, the name of the event is “Bar Fight”. The participants are in the 50 – 54 year old age group and the workout was :

  • 12 Clean & Jerks 155lbs
  • 15 Toes to Bar
  • 12 Chest to Bar
  • 15 Toes to Bar
  • 12 Chest to Bar
  • 12 Clean & Jerks 155lbs

This was one of eight workouts performed over 3 and ½ days.

As great as the Games are and as much fun as it appears it would be to compete at the Games my goal for this year is a bit more modest. I would really like to have the opportunity to compete in the Online Qualifier, the second step in the process. This would mean I have met my goal of being in the top 200 fittest 50 – 54 year old male competitors.

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