By John, Foot Tools Owner
CrossFit has become one of the fastest growing world wide sports. It appeals to young athletes. The competitions consist of a variety of movements from technical movements such as clean and jerks, snatches and dead lifts to old school burpees, push ups, pull ups and squats. Athletes need to be prepared for 100 metre sprints up to 5000 metre tests of endurance. The top athletes can knock off over 30 handstand push-ups and multiple muscle ups.
The sport has numerous area competitions through out the year. This past fall there was an open competition at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. They drew 400 teams and had a gate of over $40,000. There is a lot of room for promotion. The big event is the world CrossFit games in California where athletes qualify from around the world. To qualify you must be in the top 2 of your area. Canada sends 8 open athletes to the games: 2 male and 2 female from Western Canada and 2 male and 2 female from Eastern Canada. There are masters divisions as well, usually 40+.
There are CrossFit pro athletes as prize money and endorsement packages are increasing. The top male and female champions at California picked up $200,000. Reebok is the major sponsor of CrossFit competitions, but other sponsors are stepping in; companies like Inov 8, New Balance, Nike and Saucony are designing low heel to toe shoes that suit the CrossFit movements.
In Southern Ontario many of the gyms are owned or co-owned by woman. Lacy Van Der Marel and Jay Rhodes just opened Crossfit Outlaw North in Stoney Creek, Jen Morris of Crossfit Altitude Burlington in 4th year and Ruth Sheridan and Jason Bird of Crossfit Connection Burlington are in their 5th year. Other quality Crossfit gyms in area are Crossfit Alchemy Hamilton, Crossfit North Burlington and in Oakville there are two exciting gyms Crossfit Transition and Crossfit Cordis and don’t forget Battlefield Crossfit in Stoney Creek. As you can see there are a number of new gyms offering training and opportunities to compete in this great new sport. If you like challenges and enjoy learning new techniques give CrossFit a try.