One often hears in CrossFit about how one athletic background is better than the other. Gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, dance, wrestling, martial arts; these are a few of the backgrounds I often hear that are considered especially advantageous to have if you are a CrossFitter.

However, a quick look at the top performers at your affiliate will reveal that probably very few of them came from these most “advantageous” backgrounds. Neither of the two winners of the last CrossFit Games have an athletic background listed above.

While it is certainly true that a former gymnast will have an easier time with a muscle up workout, or a former weightlifter with Grace, or a former sprinter with Helen, I think that time has proven that there is no one most “advantageous” background for CrossFit. It’s the person that matters, not the previous training. In fact, some great CrossFitters have no prior athletic experience or training.

As there is no one “best” background for CrossFit, the top performers became so not because they began with an advantage, but because they worked their asses off.

What is your athletic background.  Do you feel it has given you an advantage? Please post thoughts to Comments.

Thank you to everyone who came to CrossFit West’s new box orientations the last two nights. Turnout was great, and we were happy to see so many old and new faces. I hope everyone had their questions answered, and if not, please feel free to email us. This is a very exciting time for CrossFit West Santa Cruz and we thank you all for being a part of it.


AMRAP in 15 minutes

10 Hang Power Cleans 80% bw

15 Pushups

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