Competition Outside CrossFit

Congrats to Johnny V on this PR snatch of 225#, at a bodyweight of less than 185#.

CrossFit competition is getting bigger and better. The official CrossFit season is pretty well established, stretching from February to July, and lots of small comps and ‘throwdowns’ sponsored by individual affiliates are springing up all over the place. It is getting easier and easier to compete in CrossFit.

However, there is a world of competition and fun outside of CrossFit. One of the great things about CrossFit is that it pretty much prepares you for just about anything.  Want to run, or lift, or anything? Go for it. There are tons of events out there.

Runs: There are 3, 5, and 10ks going on all the time. How about a half-marathon? Wharf to Wharf? Building climbs?

Adventure Races: These are a combo of obstacle courses and runs. You usually get very dirty, which is a plus of course. A bunch of them are out there–the Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, Mud Run.

Triathlons: Lots of these around as well. Everything from fairly big ones to mini sprints, as well as local run swim runs.

Lifting Meets: Competitive weight lifting is broken into two types, powerlifting and (Olympic) weightlifting. Powerlifting meets usually consist of the back squat, deadlift, and bench press, but there are also push/pull meets and divisions which are only the bench and the deadlift. Olympic weightlifting is, of course, the snatch and clean & jerk. Both kinds of lifting meets are divided into weight classes and age divisions. There are several different powerlifting organizations and associations, but all sanctioned O-lifting is under the aegis of USA Weightliftng. Membership in USAW and the various powerlifting organizations is usually a must to compete, but pretty cheap.

Miscellaneous: The Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) is a national online competition consisting of the weighted pullup, deadlift, and max kettlebell snatch created by kettlebell expert Jeff Martone. Various other competitions, including kettlebell comps, are out there as well.

Big Jason H prepares for an upcoming powerlifting meet.

As I mentioned above, one of the nice things about CrossFit is that it prepares you for any of the above events and more. All the events and competitions listed above can be and have been completed by CrossFitters with very little, if any, extra training. Of course, it might behoove you to do a little extra work the more serious you are or the more specialized the competition is. But, the main point is to go for it and have fun. About 10 CF West members ran the recent Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf with one coming in top 100, with no training outside the box. And a couple members ran half marathons just on their CF training recently. CF Los Gatos members placed high nationally in last year’s TSC, with one masters division champion, again with no extra training.



So, pony up and compete. It’s fun and rewarding. Put your CrossFit training to the test. You’ll be surprised and pleased.

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Overhead Squat



2 1/2 Minute Rounds

200m Run

10 Thrusters 135/85#

Max Rep Burpees in the time remaining.

Repeat for 4 Total Rounds (1 minute rest between rounds)

You score is your total number of burpees.