CrossFit Legal Gets a DNF
by James P.
The following is a brief summary of some legal issues that may arise with or without your participation in the CrossFit Games. I have tried to include all relevant information so you will not miss anything important. If there are any points which seem unclear, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below!
What is CrossFit?
“CrossFit® (pronounced “cross-fitch”) is a high intensity functional fitness program designed to improve health, strength, flexibility and athletic performance.”
Is it legal?
Yes. CrossFit is a legitimate sport and the athletes participating in the CrossFit Games are indeed professional athletes under the umbrella of USA Weightlifting. There are no known violations of any laws or regulations related to this sport whatsoever. You do not need to worry about being arrested or fined if you participate in the games.
How much does it cost?
No matter what level of membership you choose, you will pay nothing. All participants receive a certificate certifying their participation in the event. The price for each participant varies depending on whether they want to compete at the Games or just watch from home. For example, a spectator gets access to all events and the chance to see every workout performed live. The cost of a spectator ticket is $40. To take part in the event, you will have to pay an additional registration fee and travel expenses (if any).
What are the differences between the events?
The only difference between participation levels is whether or not you get a free ticket to watch all the events at the StubHub center. If you are planning to watch the events regardless, then it makes more sense to pay the extra $40 for the ticket rather than spending money on airfare and a hotel stay.
What is the format of the event?
On Wednesday, July 23, all competitors will check in at the Stubhub center. The opening ceremonies begin promptly at 5pm and are free to attend. There will be a mix of performances by various celebrities along with speeches from special guests. Following the opening ceremonies, all participants will be divided into groups of 10 to 15 and assigned a bus. Your bus number is also your competition number. If you are in the first bus, you wear a number 1 on your back. If you are in the last bus, you will have a number 10 on your back. The workouts for Thursday through Sunday take place at the StubHub center. All events are televised so you do not necessarily have to be there in person if you have a ticket. There are multiple heats for both the men and women so you won’t miss out on anything if you are assigned to a later heat.
What will be the workouts?
The workouts change every year but they have always been announced well in advance of the event. This year is no exception. You can see this year’s events here.
What do I need to bring and what should I expect?
Every athlete can bring whatever you need to keep yourself hydrated and nourished throughout each day. This includes your own food. You are not allowed to bring any equipment outside of basic athletic apparel (shirt, shorts, socks, shoes) and water bottles. During the opening ceremonies you will all receive a goodie bag that has a t-shirt and water bottle.
How do I prepare for this?
You need to have a solid background in general physical preparation and training. If you are unsure of what that means, we suggest taking a look at the resources on this website. We also offer one-on-one coaching if you want someone to help you prepare specifically for this event. Training for the Open is different than Training for the games. The Open is a series of five weeks of high intensity workouts. You need to train for the Open separately from your CrossFit training. Our Games Training Program is a 13 week program designed to get you ready for the Games.
What kind of commitment does this require?
This event is about testing your fitness. It is not a competition. In fact, you will not be competing against anyone except yourself. That said, you should treat it like a competition in that you should give it your all each time you compete. Check-in for the event begins at 8am and the opening ceremonies begin at 5pm. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday you will need to be prepared for a morning start between 6am and 9am. The exact times for each day will be announced clearly ahead of time. You do not have to attend every session in order to complete the event. You only need to be able to complete each days’ events before 5pm each day.
How do I get more information?
If you still have questions, you can contact us here. We’ll add more information here as we get closer to the event.
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