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Snir Golan 05-16-2015 02:03 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
looks like Lauren Brooks is out of the competition with an injury :(

Christopher Morris 05-16-2015 08:12 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Victor J McQuaide;1252637]The weights are a seriously hike away from the bars. [/QUOTE]

I have noticed several details this year that give safety a priority.

I think the plates were far away from the lifting area to prevent any bouncing bar injury. (They probably had Kevin Ogar in mind, though I disagree that the stack of plates played a part in his injury.)

The 9' mark on the climbing rope requires athletes to descend with control nearly to the ground before dropping.

The demo graphics state that athletes drop the bar in front of them and step over it before finishing an event. Behind-the-back drops are higher risk and are outside the standard.

Diana Alt 05-16-2015 09:16 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Christopher Morris;1252659]I have noticed several details this year that give safety a priority.

I think the plates were far away from the lifting area to prevent any bouncing bar injury. (They probably had Kevin Ogar in mind, though I disagree that the stack of plates played a part in his injury.)

The 9' mark on the climbing rope requires athletes to descend with control nearly to the ground before dropping.

The demo graphics state that athletes drop the bar in front of them and step over it before finishing an event. Behind-the-back drops are higher risk and are outside the standard.[/QUOTE]

As a judge, I was thrilled to see that bars need to be dropped in front. I almost got clobbered while judging the granite games by some bars, and a friend of mine had issues with bars dropped behind at regionals last year, so this is a welcome change.

As to the one minute max snatch and weights for teams, the athletes at my gym are easily getting 2 attempts and associated weight changes in, but it's possible they need to practice more with the weights farther away. Thank goodness the central regional is may 29-31!

Richard Colon 05-17-2015 08:28 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Jeremy Schultz;1252635]I totally disagree. At one point, at least, the Crossfit Games were supposed to find "the fittest person on earth", not the person who is best at doing Crossfit.

I guess maybe that's changed, if the majority of Crossfitters think like you do.

I guess my problem is that, although I enjoy watching the Games, I don't workout at a box and the program that I follow is an offshoot of CFFB which is really not Crossfit at all anymore. Therefore, it doesn't impress me who can handstand walk further than the next guy. I would much rather see the strongest, fastest, most athletic guy win, not the guy who's most skilled at unusual proprietary skills. Maybe that's just me.[/QUOTE]

The issue here is subjectivity. How do you define fitness and what constitutes the "fittest"? Look up a guy like Reinhold Messner (just an example). This is the 1st guy to climb the 14 8thousanders (peaks over 8,000 meters). He is also the first to climb Everest without supplemental oxygen. Can you grasp that feat? Yet, he isn't going to win any conversation in the classically strong sense. I have no clue if he can out DL Dan Green, out BS Lillebridge or Olympic lift like Dimas. I also don't know if he will beat David Rudisha in the 800m, but you can't question this guy as being fit, maybe an example of the fittest on the planet (especially mentally).

All that being said, since you cannot agree on a standard for "what does the fittest mean", Crossfit, at least in the competitive sense, needs to make those standards - hence my argument. The first chance to prove those standards is through the open and further on into the regionals. This means if you don't have pistols, HS Walks and DUs down, you aren't in the competitive sense at least - worthy of being called the fittest on earth - by their standards. They must be set and without that, you can't keep score. Without a score, you don't define a winner.

Now, what I think is often the case is the failure to move forward and embrace the change. A lot of the OGs started in the way where Crossfit was for the firefighter, Military, etc. It was in the backyard, in the garage, throwin' down on the ranch. That is an entirely separate Crossfit from COMPETITION CROSSFIT - as I've said over and over again. It is the special athlete - the one that dedicates their time to mastering handstands, Toe 2 Bars and Pistols whole also running and lifting some heavy weight. It is no longer (competitively) about the military and firefighter guys strictly that are looking to remove the fluff and stay efficient based upon what brings them home to the kids.

Make the distinction of what Crossfit is to you and if nothing else, be happy in the journey and that fact that it may have highlighted overall fitness, and helped you to find another way to demonstrate your fitness. As for what we are watching this weekend, it is most certainly Crossfit, just maybe not in the way you want it. That is hard to swallow, but it doesn't make it less true.

Crossfit today, as a name, in my opinion, is just something that ends with its superbowl - the games. We chase those athletes as representative of the best the SPORT has to offer. If it means being functionally fit (again, a dumb term) or some other subjective term for how to live one's life physically, then it doesn't need a title. It is just doing what you do for whatever reason you do it. Its like the NFL. That is a specific game, sport and other thing with rules, standards, teams, athletes. It doesn't represent backyard or my old New York street days of what FOOTBALL means to me. Those days were fun with friends, yelling and laughing where the QB said - "Yo Rich, run to that Buick, turn and the ball will be there." Memories and great times but I won't use that to dispute how the NFL has become with all the helmets, concussion protection, etc.

Andrew Bell 05-17-2015 09:32 AM

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I'm at the South Regional. Seriously, wtf? The venue is really bad. Why did it have to change from the Freeman where EVERYONE could have a seat and watch. Now there is only space for about 2k people to sit. This was REALLY bad this year and if it's in the same venue next year I will NOT be going back I do not want to have to be stuffed like sardines to watch the action.

Also, there HAS to be a way to write a program for those treadmills like C2 has that let's you put the distance's on the big screen.

Jeremy Schultz 05-17-2015 10:43 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Richard Colon;1252664]The issue here is subjectivity. How do you define fitness and what constitutes the "fittest"? Look up a guy like Reinhold Messner (just an example). This is the 1st guy to climb the 14 8thousanders (peaks over 8,000 meters). He is also the first to climb Everest without supplemental oxygen. Can you grasp that feat? Yet, he isn't going to win any conversation in the classically strong sense. I have no clue if he can out DL Dan Green, out BS Lillebridge or Olympic lift like Dimas. I also don't know if he will beat David Rudisha in the 800m, but you can't question this guy as being fit, maybe an example of the fittest on the planet (especially mentally).

All that being said, since you cannot agree on a standard for "what does the fittest mean", Crossfit, at least in the competitive sense, needs to make those standards - hence my argument. The first chance to prove those standards is through the open and further on into the regionals. This means if you don't have pistols, HS Walks and DUs down, you aren't in the competitive sense at least - worthy of being called the fittest on earth - by their standards. They must be set and without that, you can't keep score. Without a score, you don't define a winner.

Now, what I think is often the case is the failure to move forward and embrace the change. A lot of the OGs started in the way where Crossfit was for the firefighter, Military, etc. It was in the backyard, in the garage, throwin' down on the ranch. That is an entirely separate Crossfit from COMPETITION CROSSFIT - as I've said over and over again. It is the special athlete - the one that dedicates their time to mastering handstands, Toe 2 Bars and Pistols whole also running and lifting some heavy weight. It is no longer (competitively) about the military and firefighter guys strictly that are looking to remove the fluff and stay efficient based upon what brings them home to the kids.

Make the distinction of what Crossfit is to you and if nothing else, be happy in the journey and that fact that it may have highlighted overall fitness, and helped you to find another way to demonstrate your fitness. As for what we are watching this weekend, it is most certainly Crossfit, just maybe not in the way you want it. That is hard to swallow, but it doesn't make it less true.

Crossfit today, as a name, in my opinion, is just something that ends with its superbowl - the games. We chase those athletes as representative of the best the SPORT has to offer. If it means being functionally fit (again, a dumb term) or some other subjective term for how to live one's life physically, then it doesn't need a title. It is just doing what you do for whatever reason you do it. Its like the NFL. That is a specific game, sport and other thing with rules, standards, teams, athletes. It doesn't represent backyard or my old New York street days of what FOOTBALL means to me. Those days were fun with friends, yelling and laughing where the QB said - "Yo Rich, run to that Buick, turn and the ball will be there." Memories and great times but I won't use that to dispute how the NFL has become with all the helmets, concussion protection, etc.[/QUOTE]

Well said. I understand your point.

So, it seems if I understand you correctly, that in your opinion, that most Crossfitters care more about being competitive (either in their respective boxes, or at the Open, or at the Games, etc.) than they care about the reason that Crossfit was started - to be better and more prepared for life in general.

OR, is this just another example of the growing disconnect between elite competitive Crossfitters and the thousands of "regular" Crossfitters in affiliates across the globe?

Then maybe they need to change the motto of the Games from "Fittest on Earth" to "Best Crossfitter on Earth".

Jon Campbell 05-17-2015 01:28 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Diana Alt;1252660]As a judge, I was thrilled to see that bars need to be dropped in front. I almost got clobbered while judging the granite games by some bars, and a friend of mine had issues with bars dropped behind at regionals last year, so this is a welcome change.

As to the one minute max snatch and weights for teams, the athletes at my gym are easily getting 2 attempts and associated weight changes in, but it's possible they need to practice more with the weights farther away. Thank goodness the central regional is may 29-31![/QUOTE]

Is it against the rules to jump over the bar before attempting the lift? That way you can drop it and just turn around to the next bar and not have to jump over a bouncing bar.

Richard Colon 05-17-2015 02:05 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Jeremy Schultz;1252669]OR, is this just another example of the growing disconnect between elite competitive Crossfitters and the thousands of "regular" Crossfitters in affiliates across the globe?

[/QUOTE]

This. And my take on it is, just do whatever you want for fitness, for whatever goal makes you happy. If its to compete, then buckle down and do those specific movements that are kinda blah to the old school crossfitters. If it is to do it to become "better at life", then just do whatever makes you feel that way.

I just do what I do so long as it fits the goal and I enjoy the process. The rest is secondary. In the end it all becomes just a bit more and more about money and mainstream. Hitting that wider audience, drawing attention etc. You don't have posters in Dicks Sporting Goods without the Rich Froning and Camille. You don't have people that kids look up to for the fame, pro athlete, money, medals, sponsorships, free athletic apparel, etc without the Rich and Fraser and Annie. So in essence, you have none of that stuff without the competition.

The grass roots of it all is amazing but there is no big market/money and flourishing in that. Thats because people like that are happy with how things were back in 2009 and earlier (at the ranch, throwin' down, talking with friends, beers and BBQ). Today, the 14yr old is infatuated with what we see in the 2015 games on ESPN. That's america and that is the future. The future of Crossfit in my mind is the competition. The sport of Crossfit. The "do it to be fit" part..you don't need Crossfit the brand and name for that. You just need to define what fit means to you and just do your own thing. If its running outside to experience the life of the world, then do that. If its competition - then you had better get used to a Trueform Runner. BIG diff..

Christopher Morris 05-17-2015 02:23 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Andrew Bell;1252668]I'm at the South Regional. Seriously, wtf? The venue is really bad. Why did it have to change from the Freeman where EVERYONE could have a seat and watch. Now there is only space for about 2k people to sit. This was REALLY bad this year and if it's in the same venue next year I will NOT be going back I do not want to have to be stuffed like sardines to watch the action.

Also, there HAS to be a way to write a program for those treadmills like C2 has that let's you put the distance's on the big screen.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for your take on the venue. I miss when the Regionals was in Castle Rock, CO, less than an hour from my house.

I wondered if the TrueForm runners would be boring to watch. I guess they didn't find a way to show real-time progress.

Christopher Morris 05-17-2015 02:24 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Jon Campbell;1252671]Is it against the rules to jump over the bar before attempting the lift? That way you can drop it and just turn around to the next bar and not have to jump over a bouncing bar.[/QUOTE]

This is probably against the rules simply for spectator consideration. The cameras and crowd are in a certain direction, and you wouldn't want the athletes to turn their backs to the viewers.

Christopher Morris 05-17-2015 02:32 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
I noticed Camille doing some unusal box jumps in Event 3.

She jumps with two feet and lands on the box with only one foot. I'm not sure this is within standard, but her judge let her do this type of jump several times without calling "no rep." I've never seen that fly in a CrossFit competition before.

[url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjON8rlziik&t=374m55s[/url] (wfs)

The games website describes the standard:
[quote]
[B]Box Jump Over[/B]
[I]Each rep begins with a two-footed jump. One-footed jumps and step-ups are not permitted. [/I]The athlete may jump over the box without touching it, or may land on top before jumping off to the other side. The athlete may not use their hands, and the feet must go over the box, not around it.

Each rep ends on the opposite side of the box from where it began. The next rep will begin from there and return to the first side. [I]Stepping down from the box and single-foot landings are permitted.[/I] Men will use a 24-inch box and women will use an 18-inch box.[/quote]

The standard clearly says you must leave the ground with a two-footed jump. It also clearly says that when coming down from the box, a single-foot landing is permitted. It's not clear if landing on the box with one foot is permitted, unless you interpret "single-foot landings are permitted" to include going up on the box. I'm guessing that Camille would have clarified her planned technique at the athlete briefing before the event, or with her judge before the heat.

Andy Luten 05-17-2015 04:06 PM

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The rules specified that single-foot landings are permitted. She took off with two feet and landed with one.

Jeff Railsback 05-17-2015 05:12 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Andrew Bell;1252668]I'm at the South Regional. Seriously, wtf? The venue is really bad. Why did it have to change from the Freeman where EVERYONE could have a seat and watch. Now there is only space for about 2k people to sit. This was REALLY bad this year and if it's in the same venue next year I will NOT be going back I do not want to have to be stuffed like sardines to watch the action.

Also, there HAS to be a way to write a program for those treadmills like C2 has that let's you put the distance's on the big screen.[/QUOTE]

It is strange that with larger regionals they picked small venues for the South and Atlantic regionals, especially when there are other regionals like the West Regional at the Tacoma Dome that has a capacity of 20,000+.

Christopher Morris 05-17-2015 05:46 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Christopher Morris;1252659]I have noticed several details this year that give safety a priority.

The demo graphics state that athletes drop the bar in front of them and step over it before finishing an event.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=Diana Alt;1252660]As a judge, I was thrilled to see that bars need to be dropped in front. [/QUOTE]

I've seen a lot of athletes tripping over the bar - some so bad they are on hands and knees, getting up off the group. Matt Chan tripped on his first clean, and Andrea Ager on her last. There were a bunch of others too.

Amanda Goodman must have seen this happening. She stiff armed the first bounce after each drop to get over the bar faster.

Matthew Schwab 05-17-2015 05:50 PM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Andrew Bell;1252668]I'm at the South Regional. Seriously, wtf? The venue is really bad. Why did it have to change from the Freeman where EVERYONE could have a seat and watch. Now there is only space for about 2k people to sit. This was REALLY bad this year and if it's in the same venue next year I will NOT be going back I do not want to have to be stuffed like sardines to watch the action.

Also, there HAS to be a way to write a program for those treadmills like C2 has that let's you put the distance's on the big screen.[/QUOTE]I haven't been to the DCC in a while, but it looked like it was being held in the Exhibit Hall. Was the arena not available or was the floor of it not big enough to hold the event? Didn't make a lot of sense to me to have it set up like that if it was available to use. If not they should have gone to the Allen Events Center or Will Rogers Coliseum where they have stadium seating available.

Desmond Pegrum 05-18-2015 01:37 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
For the athletes from africa, asia and latin america, does crossfit give anyone travel subsidies ?

Pretty expensive otherwise for those athletes to get to their regionals !

overall though, i like the reduced number of regionals

Desmond Pegrum 05-18-2015 02:04 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
What's the brand and model of the treadmills ?

Bryan Selent 05-18-2015 05:34 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Jeremy Schultz;1252669]

Then maybe they need to change the motto of the Games from "Fittest on Earth" to "Best Crossfitter on Earth".[/QUOTE]

You're looking too much into it.

CrossFit is a brand, and that is their slogan.
There is a coffee shop down the street that says they have "the worlds best coffee."
The MLB claims the winners of the World Series as "World Champions," even though they don't play anyone internationally.

If CrossFit wants to call the games winner "The fittest on earth," so be it.

Tim Alford 05-18-2015 06:57 AM

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This ^

There is definitely a disconnect between the elites and the other 98% of Crossfitters that will never reach that level. I can't do some of the advanced movements (yet) but I will be able to someday. I don't have any urge to try and compete with those guys. I prefer my hour a day and knowing that I am fitter than I was yesterday.

As per above, yes, it is their slogan. Let 'em live. I do think Rich Froning is one of the fittest in the world over a wide variety of tests, but that's my .02. Sure someone can be fitter and probably is but they didn't enter the Open so we'll never know!

As for MLB and the NFL "World Champions" always kills me. No one plays football (American) outside of the US, at least not at a high level. And whenever there is an international baseball competition the US never does well. So I agree, their "World Champions" by default.

Andrew Bell 05-18-2015 08:04 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
Posted on Reddit:

[B]The Bad:[/B]
After attending the SouthCentral Regional last year, I was kind of on edge about it being at the Dallas convention Center in the first place. After being there, I am at a loss for words. I will not be attending next year unless I know there will be enough seating. The move to a venue maybe 1/5 the size while making the Regional's larger makes ZERO sense. From 12k to MAYBE 3k? While bringing Latin America in?

The DJ: .....seriously? Sunday if I heard one more backspin, I was going to walk over, and hit him in the farking head. I'm so happy you learned this technique that is 30 years old, and belongs NO WHERE in techno. And for the love of God, kill the techno/house. That is so 90's. People down here listen to as much rap as they do techno when they work out. How about some Rick Ross, or JayZ, or something? Who would want to cheer after being beat down by 3 days of Axle Foley as a techno song? (which I heard all 3 days) It was very sexist with the Taylor Swift, and "girl pop" songs when the Ladies went.

Food choices: Step up your game HQ. Force the venue to allow in some other local choices. Those burgers were a joke, and the "sweet potato tots" and fries both were so bad I couldn't eat them. The chicken I wouldn't have given to my dog it was so dry. At least last year we could walk a mile to the Paleo Guy food tent that was off site. I know the contracts are hard in cases like this, but SOMETHING has to be done, it's just not going to be able to move forward without this key part.

Parking: $15 a day, if you were lucky. That lot was full Sunday because of other events going on in the venue. $20 a day is a LOT to tack on when you're already paying so much to get in.

[B]The GOOD:[/B]

Vendor Village: I felt this was done pretty well. RBK had a good tent, but needed more than 100 of the new Nano's, and more than 2 size 12's in Men's. Enjoyed seeing the new Games Gear. Speaking of the new Nano, whoa, nice job. As someone who bought athletic training shoes for a brick and mortar store with 200 stores, nice job, and priced very well. Well done.

The workouts were pretty good. HQ know's how to put on a show now, and the workouts showed it. Good job, and a good finish too it. I think you need some more of those kinds of workouts through the weekend though. No one wants to watch teams, unless they are a part of one of the gyms. Break it up so that teams swap with men's/women's throughout the day. That will also give a longer break for the athlete's.

Overall you can see how much planning has gone into this whole event and it's a work of art. Sure there are always going to be some things to hammer out to make it better, but overall I am very impressed by the logistical and operational side. Even down to the pads on the rig uprights for the muscle ups was thought of. Well done Rogue and HQ.

[B]Other interesting notes: [/B]

The number of Nike's I saw on both athletes and fans. Wow. RBK has their work cut out for them. Seems like people were ready for Nike to hit this market. I will say that the new Nano's look and feel pretty good. Wish I could have snagged a pair, but again, needed more than 2 size 12's.

All these healthy people were sure willing to give up that life for those horrible hamburgers.

Andrew Bell 05-18-2015 08:05 AM

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[QUOTE=Christopher Morris;1252679]I've seen a lot of athletes tripping over the bar - some so bad they are on hands and knees, getting up off the group. Matt Chan tripped on his first clean, and Andrea Ager on her last. There were a bunch of others too.

Amanda Goodman must have seen this happening. She stiff armed the first bounce after each drop to get over the bar faster.[/QUOTE]

SO MANY tripped on the bars we were taking bets in the stands as to how mnay were going to fall in each heat. The best was when someone would trip more than once. :rofl::rofl:

[QUOTE=Matthew Schwab;1252680]I haven't been to the DCC in a while, but it looked like it was being held in the Exhibit Hall. Was the arena not available or was the floor of it not big enough to hold the event? Didn't make a lot of sense to me to have it set up like that if it was available to use. If not they should have gone to the Allen Events Center or Will Rogers Coliseum where they have stadium seating available.[/QUOTE]

It was indeed in the exhibit hall. Joke of a venue. Yes the Allen Event Center, or Will Rogers would be lights out better choices.

Andrew Bell 05-18-2015 08:06 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
Posted on Reddit:

[B]The Bad:[/B]
After attending the SouthCentral Regional last year, I was kind of on edge about it being at the Dallas convention Center in the first place. After being there, I am at a loss for words. I will not be attending next year unless I know there will be enough seating. The move to a venue maybe 1/5 the size while making the Regional's larger makes ZERO sense. From 12k to MAYBE 3k? While bringing Latin America in?

The DJ: .....seriously? Sunday if I heard one more backspin, I was going to walk over, and hit him in the farking head. I'm so happy you learned this technique that is 30 years old, and belongs NO WHERE in techno. And for the love of God, kill the techno/house. That is so 90's. People down here listen to as much rap as they do techno when they work out. How about some Rick Ross, or JayZ, or something? Who would want to cheer after being beat down by 3 days of Axle Foley as a techno song? (which I heard all 3 days) It was very sexist with the Taylor Swift, and "girl pop" songs when the Ladies went.

Food choices: Step up your game HQ. Force the venue to allow in some other local choices. Those burgers were a joke, and the "sweet potato tots" and fries both were so bad I couldn't eat them. The chicken I wouldn't have given to my dog it was so dry. At least last year we could walk a mile to the Paleo Guy food tent that was off site. I know the contracts are hard in cases like this, but SOMETHING has to be done, it's just not going to be able to move forward without this key part.

Parking: $15 a day, if you were lucky. That lot was full Sunday because of other events going on in the venue. $20 a day is a LOT to tack on when you're already paying so much to get in.

[B]The GOOD:[/B]

Vendor Village: I felt this was done pretty well. RBK had a good tent, but needed more than 100 of the new Nano's, and more than 2 size 12's in Men's. Enjoyed seeing the new Games Gear. Speaking of the new Nano, whoa, nice job. As someone who bought athletic training shoes for a brick and mortar store with 200 stores, nice job, and priced very well. Well done.

The workouts were pretty good. HQ know's how to put on a show now, and the workouts showed it. Good job, and a good finish too it. I think you need some more of those kinds of workouts through the weekend though. No one wants to watch teams, unless they are a part of one of the gyms. Break it up so that teams swap with men's/women's throughout the day. That will also give a longer break for the athlete's.

Overall you can see how much planning has gone into this whole event and it's a work of art. Sure there are always going to be some things to hammer out to make it better, but overall I am very impressed by the logistical and operational side. Even down to the pads on the rig uprights for the muscle ups was thought of. Well done Rogue and HQ.

[B]Other interesting notes: [/B]

The number of Nike's I saw on both athletes and fans. Wow. RBK has their work cut out for them. Seems like people were ready for Nike to hit this market. I will say that the new Nano's look and feel pretty good. Wish I could have snagged a pair, but again, needed more than 2 size 12's.

All these healthy people were sure willing to give up that life for those horrible hamburgers.

Victor J McQuaide 05-18-2015 08:18 AM

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Wonder if Adidas would sell Reebok to Nike? That would be something. Then Nike could really get into the Games.. Adidas would make a tidy profit thanks to Crossfit. Personally I like the Nano's the best.

Michael Cook 05-18-2015 08:35 AM

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Emily Bridgers is the real deal. Her performance at the Atlantic Regionals really impressed me. I expect she will medal at the Games.

Christopher Morris 05-18-2015 09:27 AM

Re: 2015 CrossFit Open, Regionals, and Games Thread
 
[QUOTE=Desmond Pegrum;1252688]For the athletes from africa, asia and latin america, does crossfit give anyone travel subsidies ?[/QUOTE]

I doubt it. Athletes pay a registration fee to compete at Regionals.

[QUOTE=Andrew Bell;1252699]The DJ: .....seriously? It was very sexist with the Taylor Swift, and "girl pop" songs when the Ladies went. [/quote]

The music is my #1 complaint about live CrossFit events. It bugs me enough I'd almost rather not go to a live event. Music tastes vary so much, it will be nearly impossible to make people happy, though.

[QUOTE=Andrew Bell;1252699]
[B]The GOOD:[/B]Break it up so that teams swap with men's/women's throughout the day. That will also give a longer break for the athlete's. [/quote]

I'm going to disagree with this one. If you don't have a team to cheer for, let all the team events happen first. You show up to cheer later in the day and can watch all the individual events. If they're individual and team events are interspersed through the day, you end up watching events you're not interested in.

Christopher Morris 05-18-2015 09:33 AM

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[QUOTE=Desmond Pegrum;1252689]What's the brand and model of the treadmills ?[/QUOTE]

TruForm Runner. They cost about $6000.

[QUOTE=Desmond Pegrum;1252688]
overall though, i like the reduced number of regionals[/QUOTE]

Me too. It was fun watching a lot more top athletes in the last (and even second to last heats) throwing down.

Did you see the last heat of event 7 in the Atlantic Regional? Holy smokes, it was fast!

Women: [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-hO-pW-SCM&t=479m17s[/url] (wfs)

Men: [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-hO-pW-SCM&t=429m17s[/url] (wfs)

What is the point of keeping regional boundaries as they are? Why not have regions match the super regional boundaries?

Victor J McQuaide 05-18-2015 09:33 AM

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Yes music.. I can remember two times coming out to the workout with the Price is Right theme song playing.. what kind of DJ would play that once let alone twice..

Crossfit has this love affair with people who do x fit out of the sport.. Rick Ross.. yes he has lost weight and happy for him.. he gets enough press and media without x fit. Plus he let Garret Fisher grow his hair out long enough that he needs a head band.. Sorry GF gotta get back to the games. We love the old hair style.

I thought that the events were overall good. Shoulder gotta be hurting pups right now for them. Mine hurt just doing workout #6 yesterday.

Looking forward to the Regionals in Cali this weekend. Will not be the same with out Jason K.. yes he will be in the team but team events at the regional level were ho hum.. yawn.. boring..

The games workouts were cool yesterday . I love the big bob part were it turns into a exercise circus pulled and pushed all around.

Cheers

Andrew Bell 05-18-2015 09:44 AM

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[QUOTE=Christopher Morris;1252706]Music tastes vary so much, it will be nearly impossible to make people happy, though.[/QUOTE]

Yes they do, so why limit it to JUST techno? :rolleyes:

Christopher Morris 05-18-2015 10:14 AM

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I like to workout to Beethoven and movie soundtracks. They're never gonna play that at a competition.

Christopher Morris 05-18-2015 10:17 AM

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[QUOTE=Michael Cook;1252703]Emily Bridgers is the real deal. Her performance at the Atlantic Regionals really impressed me. I expect she will medal at the Games.[/QUOTE]

Four first place finishes out of seven events. She dominated the weekend. Definitely not intimidated by have the 2013 champ in the lane next to her.

Ryan Hoegner 05-18-2015 10:18 AM

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[QUOTE=Victor J McQuaide;1252700]Wonder if Adidas would sell Reebok to Nike? That would be something. Then Nike could really get into the Games.. Adidas would make a tidy profit thanks to Crossfit. Personally I like the Nano's the best.[/QUOTE]

That would be like Toyota buying Delorean.

Victor J McQuaide 05-18-2015 04:23 PM

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I really don't know what all of the hype is all about with Nike.. Funny Reebok supports crossfit plenty making the games what it is.. yes they might make money but they bring so much to x fit. Nike not so much.

Ryan Hoegner 05-18-2015 04:34 PM

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[QUOTE=Victor J McQuaide;1252726]I really don't know what all of the hype is all about with Nike.. Funny Reebok supports crossfit plenty making the games what it is.. yes they might make money but they bring so much to x fit. Nike not so much.[/QUOTE]

Reebok supporting CF was a simple marketing decision. It wasn't to support CF. Did you see anybody wearing Reebok 4 years ago? They want to sell shoes and it has worked well for them. Now Nike has come to play.

Glenn Plomchok 05-19-2015 05:37 AM

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Attended the Atlantic Regionals in Atlanta to support an athlete from our gym. The field is definitely stacked and overall, the events were fun to watch except waiting for everyone to get off the true form runners but I believe that has been covered. Athletes definitely put on a great show. They make things look very easy which clearly, are not.

HQ does a good job running the events...everything went off on time and you can tell it was well planned. Vendor area seemed good. I did not buy anything but looked around.

I will echo the sentiments on venue. The Atlanta Congress center sucked. The location sucked. Food inside sucked and like the South, on Sat or Sun you could not get a seat if you were not there early. I stayed downtown Atlanta which I will never, ever do again. The convention center is not close to any hotel...even the "connected" Omni hotel was a 20 min walk. On a map, it looked like it was much closer but the venue itself is so huge it takes 15 minutes to walk from one side to the other (which you must do coming from the hotels). Yes, I know we're all fit people and personally, I don't mind the walk but I had my kids with me and it's a PITA. Parking was more reasonable it sounds as I had to park on Sunday vs. hotel shuttle or walking. I parked close by for $10.

HQ - please find a venue with more seating, better food options (and more of them so you don't have to stand in line for 20 minutes to get something), and make the place within walking distance of hotels where the downtown area is more tourist friendly. If it goes down in Atlanta again, I won't be going back.

Christopher Morris 05-19-2015 12:27 PM

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I've been thinking about these venue complaints.

Maybe HQ has chosen venues with small seating capacity to keep costs down. The real audience may be with online video production. They've certainly put a top-notch effort into that.

Cam Peavy 05-20-2015 06:55 AM

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HQ is keeping the venues smaller to keep the atmosphere better.. there's a post or article or video on it somewhere as of a couple days ago.

They were talking about how some of the venues last year were half empty during events, even though there were a ton of people there. They would much rather the entire arena be packed and full of energy, then to appear half empty, even with the same number of people.

Snir Golan 05-20-2015 07:01 AM

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[QUOTE=Cam Peavy;1252771]HQ is keeping the venues smaller to keep the atmosphere better.. there's a post or article or video on it somewhere as of a couple days ago.

They were talking about how some of the venues last year were half empty during events, even though there were a ton of people there. They would much rather the entire arena be packed and full of energy, then to appear half empty, even with the same number of people.[/QUOTE]

i am sorry but that is just stupid. i am not paying the money for tickets + gas + parking just so i have to stand the entire day and not be able to see anything because i have 5 rows of people in front of me.

every person i talked to that went to the Atlantic regional commented on how bad the experience was and how they will not go back next year.

Christopher Morris 05-20-2015 07:11 AM

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Hmm. Sounds like they're trying to avoid some of the look of the NPGL Grid events - half empty stands make the sport seem unpopular.

Small venues seem to work for the Open workout announcements. They set up seating in a CrossFit affiliate with the scaffolding surrounding the athletes - it's like an MMA pit atmosphere.

For Regionals it may be a better choice to have a larger venue to accommodate more fans, but cordon off specific areas for seating - adapt the available seating based on how much of a crowd shows up.

Andrew Bell 05-20-2015 07:51 AM

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While it may look good on camera, it is really a burn to the people who attend.

Christopher Morris 05-20-2015 09:57 AM

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Sam Briggs was recovering from a broken foot during Regionals?

What the...?!!

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