What All Athletes Can Learn From the 2013 CrossFit Games

What All Athletes Can Learn From the 2013 CrossFit Games

The 2013 CrossFit Games were one of the most successful ever held. Over 400 athletes from all over the world competed in 26 different sports, with some athletes competing twice in three days! And it was only January! For those of us who are not professional coaches or competitors, there’s no way to truly appreciate what these athletes accomplished until after they’ve left our sight. But if you’re willing to put yourself in their shoes, then you’ll understand why the 2013 CrossFit Games were so successful.

The first thing I want to do is thank everyone involved with the event: the athletes, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, media members (including myself), and of course my family and friends who made this such a special experience.

I’m going to start with the athletes themselves. They deserve a special mention because they did something I never thought possible: they gave back to their communities. These athletes have been doing great things in their own right, but when asked what they wanted to accomplish next, many of them replied “something positive.” That’s exactly what happened at the 2013 CrossFit Games. These athletes made lifelong friends, they encouraged others to become physically active, and they created an atmosphere of positivity that the CrossFit community will remember for years to come.

If there’s anything we can all learn from the 2013 CrossFit Games, it’s that physical activity can bring people together in a profound way. Not only did our community grow stronger, but countless others did as well. What happens next is up to us.

The next thing I want to mention is the 2013 CrossFit Games programming.

We all know that the best athletes in the world participated, but how did they get that way?

Consistent hard work and dedication no doubt, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to have a little more programming that catered specifically to their needs.

As most of us know, this is where Chris Spealler comes in. Spealler is one of the most decorated CrossFit athletes in history, and he’s also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. It is with great honor that I’m able to announce that Chris Spealler will now oversee all programming at CrossFit Fortitude.

Spealler has already begun consulting for us, and his work with our members has been remarkable. If you’re not familiar with his work, I highly suggest looking him up and seeing what he’s capable of. His ability to program for general fitness is just the tip of the iceberg; he has a natural gift for understanding the needs of any given individual and helping them achieve their goals. If you’ve been looking to take your fitness to the next level, now is the perfect time to get started!

I would also like to thank all of you who participated in the 2013 Open. It was an exciting five weeks that had CrossFitters all over the world competing against one another. With over half a million participants, the 2013 Open was our biggest one yet! Even though the competition has come to an end, your training doesn’t have to. Keep working hard and you might find yourself on next year’s leaderboard!

There will be no official CF Fortitude Open workout announcement this year. Instead, we will be releasing a different workout every Friday. These workouts are designed to prepare you for anything, just like the Open, so be prepared to work all aspects of fitness. We will be tracking your scores just like the Open so you’ll have a chance to compare yourself to others and see how you measure up in relation to the rest of the CrossFit community.

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Enough reading, start working out!

See you on the leaderboard!


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