Back to CrossFit’s Roots - What do you look for in a local competition?
In the day and age of most CrossFit competitions fighting for the biggest venue or largest sponsorship, it was great to have a competition bring CrossFit back to its roots. Do not get me wrong; I loved competing at the Home Depot Center and the larger, more established “local” competitions like Summer Crush. However, every once in a while, it is great to walk into a classic CrossFit Box and have to do burpees next to people’s smelly feet.
Though the competition might not have boasted the all-star line up that was in Palm Springs this same weekend, it was still fierce and many top competitors and long time training buddies where there. Due to the intamiacy, the shit talking started early especially once the wods were released.
At this competition, the programming was excellent. They tested a nice range of CrossFit versatility so the top competitors came out on top. Happily (in a sick, “learn from this” kind of way), the second wod was one of the toughest wods I have ever done in a competition. However, they also did not beat us into the ground with movement after movement so as athletes, we stayed fresh the whole day. Overall, the programming honored the classic CrossFit style programming and felt like a throwback to the old Aromas wods when I first started.
For a local competition at a box, the judging was excellent. The problem of having judges being “too strict” is a great problem to have as I always have flashback of Jenny Orr “no repping” my Overhead Squats at Regionals. The wod area was too small, too hot, and too dirty – which was PERFECT! Putting together a competition like this one takes a huge amount of time and effort and CrossFit Blueprint pulled of a great achievement in creating an event that brought competitions back to its roots: grimy, loud, hot and fierce.
Congrats to the winners Adrian and Rey who stole the show as well as my training partner Andy who continues his climb and finished in 4th. Thanks to all of I Am CrossFit and CrossFit South Miami for the huge number of supporters and FormulX for the endless supply of orange Gatorade and FormulX NR Chocolate.