This past Saturday I threw myself into the wild world of CrossFit at Wodapalooza II, a fitness festival at Bayfront Park in Miami. One of my friends from my time at Lululemon in Atlanta was competing, so naturally I had to go cheer him on!
As a preface, CrossFit is relatively foreign to me. I enjoy running, lifting weights, boxing, yoga, dancing, the list goes on and on, but I have never set foot into a CrossFit box. I always associated the CrossFit community with unwavering dedication and impeccably hard bodies, and this weekend’s eye-opening festival did. Not. Disappoint.
Throughout the festival there were three areas for WODs, or “workouts of the day”. The first area, shown in the photo above, was the WOD that incorporated pull-ups, snatches, and box jumps. Along the water was the WOD of paddle boarding, biking, and running. The third stage held the Olympic-lifting type of WOD, a series of hang cleans, front squats, deadlifts, etc.
We took a lap around the sponsor village, but ended up spending most of our time at the vegan energy bar table Sam Adams beer tasting tent (how typical for us non-CrossFitters!). Let me tell you, soaking in some aggressive competition is a lot more entertaining with a little brew in your belly…
The thing that really blew my mind was how much idle time seemed to be in between events for some competitors. My friend competed at 9:20am that morning and again at 4:30pm that afternoon. His afternoon session ended up being delayed by about an hour, so his well-planned nutrition and fueling got out of whack, which undoubtedly frustrated him. That coupled with hours of standing and watching the events and you have one tired puppy by the end of the day!
All in all, I am really glad I ventured out to the festival. I got to see unbelievable feats of athletic performance, and it certainly motivated me to amp up my own fitness routine. Would I contemplate joining a CrossFit box? No. Do I have a deepened respect for those that do CrossFit? Hell yes.
To those of you that CrossFit, what is your favorite aspect of it?