Saturday, July 16, 2011

Crossfit 2011

The guy in the video is Chris Spealler, a little 150 pounder (former collegiate wrestler) who is one of the top Crossfitters in the world.

This year's Crossfit Games are going to be very interesting, as their open qualifying process and the increasing popularity of the sport have attracted a much larger pool of athletes. It reminds me a bit of MMA 10 years ago, and even of what happened in physics in the 20th century. The Crossfit champions of today will soon be surpassed by the supermen of tomorrow, due simply to the increasing size of the gene pool.

Spealler and Mikko Salo (see below) are my favorite Crossfitters, but if the sport continues to grow it's only a matter of time before they are eclipsed.


Allan Folz said...

Maybe I've been reading Sailer for too long, but watching the videos trying to figure out what CrossFit is, it struck me the appeal _is_ the limited gene pool, so to speak. NASCAR for non-couch potatoes.

MtMoru said...

"...and even of what happened in physics in the 20th century."

Are today's physicists supermen compared to yesterday's. I thought they were hoop jumpers. And there are more physicists today than there were in Einstein's time.

steve hsu said...

The field draws from a much larger pool today than it did at the beginning of the 20th century. Not sure that incentives and such are right for producing the best research outcomes, though.

MtMoru said...

So they should be supermen, but aren't...because "not sure incentives are such".


Sounds like what Ike Turner likes to call "Radio Shacks".

"You've got questions. They've got answers. They've got an answer for every motherf***ing thing."

But seriously, comparing the two is comparing apples and oranges. How would Charlie Paddock do on a modern track with modern shoes with modern training?

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