This will probably be a multi part post so stay tuned. There are a couple categories i am going to post about.
First, lets talk about the test, or tests that were claimed to have proven the fittest man and woman on the planet.
Taking a look at the event as a whole (i am not going to list all the workouts. You can see them here) i can’t argue that they didn’t test overall fitness. They hit a broad time domain, a wide range of movements and skills and rewarded the people that were willing to fight through the pain. I think they were fun to watch (except for the hill run).
I was unlucky with the order of the events but that is a personal problem. Since i didn’t get to do the majority of the competition the rest of this will simply be my observations and what i heard from the competitors.
Despite the fact that the games tested all modes and skills needed in crossfit, i think it was really inefficient. This could have been a great event with half the workouts. I don’t feel like the volume was necessary to test fitness. In fact i think you can blame most of the injuries that occurred on day 2 on the massive amount of work the competitors were asked to do. I understand that HQ is new to this as well so i don’t blame them. I do feel that they tried to compensate for the criticisms from last year and went way overboard.
All of the guys i know that made it to the end of day one are not feeling too healthy today. My point here is that if fitness is the ultimate goal on the wellness continuum then what those guys did this weekend was not healthy and did not make them more fit. In fact it could take its toll over time. How many professional athletes retire to be pain free and healthier than before they started playing. If HQ wants to make this a sport they have to take a look at what they preach and readjust the tests. I am sure next year will be better. They are pretty good about learning from their mistakes.