The CrossFit Look

Some heavy hitters, all Games hopefuls who will be competing in the Qualifiers next month, gathered at CF West for an advanced workout.

Some heavy hitters, all Games hopefuls who will be competing in the Qualifiers next month, gathered at CF West for an advanced workout. Dave L, CFSC

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Billy B, CFLG

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Pat B, CFSC

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Jocelyn F, CFWSC

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Kyle H, CFWSC

One of CF West’s athletes is a bartender at a local Santa Cruz joint.  Last night she was asked if she was a rock climber.  Another of our athletes tends bar at a different place and she is often asked if she is a dancer, or a yoga practitioner, or a swimmer, or a climber.  Any gathering of CrossFitters is always remarked upon by observers, “What do those people do?”,  (of course, in any gathering of CrossFitters at least half of the people are wearing a CrossFit shirt or hoodie, so the answer should be readily available).

What is the CrossFit look?  It is hard to pinpoint because people are rarely confronted with CrossFit level fitness and thus the look has parts of many other sports and fitness methodologies.  For example, a CrossFitter certainly looks like a lifter, but also possesses the lean hardness of a rock climber.  CrossFitters are loose and relaxed like a swimmer, but ripped like a gymnast.  They don’t carry any extra bulk in the same vein as a triathlete, but there is no doubt that they lift some serious iron (or rubber, as in rubber bumpers, but iron just sounds better).

Indeed, the CrossFit look is hard to pin down. It is the look of fitness.  Real broad all encompassing fitness.  It is a look of both confidence and competence.  CrossFitters are skilled at moving their body, and it shows in their movements and their posture.  No slumped shoulders or rounded backs. The Paleo/Zone diet leaves little room for a wan pallor or glazed eyes, or even acne. The CrossFit look is a look of health.

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Workout:

5 Rounds on a 3 minute interval

400m Run

3 Deadlifts 75% 1RM

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