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Final 2012 CrossFit Games Update

[/caption] The 2012 CrossFit Games are over, and the event was great from start to finish. As always, CrossFit raised the bar with surprise events, surprise locations, new toys and all the challenges we’ve come to love from the annual celebration of fitness. And that’s really what it’s about. Whether you have aspirations to knock Annie Thorisdottir off the podium or to RX your first workout, CrossFit succeeds because it makes fitness fun. Fitness hasn’t been fun for a long time. I bet it was fun about 50 years ago before machines ruined it for a few decades. Old-time strongmen lifting heavy stuff sounds like a hell of a lot of fun to me. Using a seat belt to strap yourself into a bodybuilding machine was never fun except for a few people. The bodybuilding approach to fitness became the only approach to fitness for a long time, and it wasn’t fun for most, nor did it work because only bodybuilders need to train like bodybuilders. Not getting results isn’t fun. Will CrossFit make you bigger than a bodybuilder? No. Stronger than a powerlifter? No. More powerful than an Oly lifter? No. But it will make you fitter, and even if it didn’t, it would still be a hell of a lot of fun to pull out a bunch of cool implements, crank up some music and do a workout. Even competitors at the highest level think the sport is just so much fun, even if the events they have to do are incredibly hard. Angie Pye—who has our greatest respect—talked about how cool it was to be handed a sledgehammer with which to bash a giant piece of metal for one event at the Games. Critics of the sport of fitness will say that event was lame, but baseball can be pretty lame at times too, and I’d sooner do the Double Banger event than sign up to catch a pop fly in the outfield once every 45 minutes. Forget the baseball bat. Hand me the sledgehammer. One of the criticisms of CrossFit is that it seems random and won’t make you super strong or super powerful or specifically good at any one thing. So what? We prove at the gym that it makes you fitter. And I can tell you this: it will probably make you happier. I’ve done all kinds of different training programs over the years, and you know which one I like best? The one where I roll into the gym with a cup of coffee and see what’s on the whiteboard. Then I light up some Slayer and do the WOD with my buddies. The CrossFit Games are a celebration of that daily ritual and everything it entails—the friends, the competition, the camaraderie, the effort, the desire, the self-improvement and the fun. There has to be fun. See you at the gym on Tuesday. I can’t wait.

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