The Fittest On Earth Have To Swim

The Fittest On Earth Have To Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

CrossFit, the increasingly popular fitness concept and company with over 10,000 locations worldwide, incorporates elements from high-intensity interval training, weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, kettlebell lifting, calisthenics, and other exercises.

Its international CrossFit Games – that give the title of the Fittest on Earth™, started to incorporate ocean swimming as one of the sporting elements in 2011.

At the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games in Hermosa Beach, California, the individuals competed in the following Beach event: Swim 250 yards + 50 kettlebell thrusters (35/24 lb.) + 30 burpees + Swim 500 yards + 30 burpees + 50 kettlebell thrusters (35/24 lb.) + swim 250 yards. In the team relay, all 6 members competed in the 1,000-yard swim with a rescue sled where the team had to swim it out 500 yards around a turn buoy and swim it back to shore [see photo below].

This is step up from the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games where the swimming element consisted of 10 x 25 yard swims in a pool followed by 3 bar muscle-ups. In the 2012 CrossFit Games, the participants had to swim 700 yards offshore from Camp Pendleton in Southern California. In 2011, the Beach event consisted of a 210m ocean swim + 1500m soft-sand run + 50 chest-to-bar pull-ups + 100 hand-release push-ups + 200 squats + 1500m soft-sand run.

In the years before 2011, there were no swimming – pool or ocean – segments in the Fittest on Earth™ competition.

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Steven Munatones