Jul 092011

The gym will be closed from Thursday, July 28 through Monday, August 1.

Why? Because we’re heading down to Southern California for the CrossFit Games!

Got questions? Keep reading for the answers.

How will I be able to scratch my CrossFit itch while the gym is closed?

We’ll post workouts on our Facebook page — stay tuned for more details. But the best way to get your CrossFit fix while we’re closed is to watch the CrossFit Games!

Really? Why should I care about the CrossFit Games?

The Games are the ultimate expression of the sport of CrossFit, highlighting performances by some the world’s most well-rounded athletes. Watching the best of the best as they fight their way through eye-popping challenges is insanely entertaining — and totally addictive.

Even if you have little interest in spectator sports, the Games will motivate and inspire you like nothing else. Those who make it to the Games are not highly-paid pro athletes with multi-million-dollar contracts, but folks in our global community, working out in CrossFit gyms and in their backyards. They are our CrossFitting brothers and sisters, and it’s impossible to walk away from the Games without a profound appreciation for their accomplishments. The grit and determination you witness at the Games will fuel you in the gym for months to come.

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Okay — you’ve got me curious. Tell me more!

Beginning in 2007, CrossFit HQ has hosted an annual competition to identify the fittest people on the planet. And in just a few years, the Games have grown from a small gathering of 70 athletes on a ranch to a major sporting event held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

There, over the course of three grueling days, elite CrossFit athletes from around the world will tackle a series of physical challenges — none of which are announced in advance. To have a shot at the podium, the competitors must be ready for anything: from rope-climbing to muscle-ups, and from squat snatches to steering a wheelbarrow full of sandbags across a stadium floor.

The arduous process of selecting athletes for the 2011 Games began this spring, with the launch of the CrossFit Games Open. For six weeks, over 26,000 athletes across the globe — including a number of your fellow CrossFit Palo Alto members — tackled weekly WODs and submitted their results to the Games website. The top-performing 60 men, 60 women, and 30 teams from each of 17 regions around the world were then invited to Regional competitions to vie for a spot at the Games.


Our very own Maddie Rovira represented CrossFit Palo Alto at the Northern California Regionals last month, where she placed an impressive 18th overall. Held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, the competition was fierce and the elements were harsh — a full day’s worth of workouts were performed in the pouring rain — but in the end, our region is sending a group of fantastic athletes to compete at the Home Depot Center.

A group of us from CrossFit Palo Alto will be there, too, cheering on the competitors and soaking in the action and excitement. We would love for you to join us at the Games — tickets are still available at the CrossFit Games website and via Ticketmaster.

And even if you can’t make it down to Southern California for our fun in the sun, you can catch all of the action via live streaming video — complete with analysis and color commentary. Go to the CrossFit Games site to check out the live coverage from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. You can also watch the “Live Premier Coverage” streaming online at ESPN3.com from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Trust me: Once you start watching, you’ll be hooked for the rest of the weekend. So clear your calendars!

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