Is CrossFit a Sport?

Jul 22nd, 2010

Is CrossFit a Sport?

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Team CFO in the heat of competition

The 2010 CrossFit Games were just held at a major sports center in LA.  There were athletes, sponsors, a scoring system, even commentators and media coverage, not to mention a serious competitive spirit which permeated the entire 3-day event.

Given these facts, I would tend to argue that yes, it is a sport.  But is it a sport for you?  Do you come to CFO to compete or do you come for some other reason?  Maybe to stay fit, lose weight, get strong, rehab an injury, breathe chalk and listen to bad ’80s metal? 

I am guessing that the majority of us regular folk do not perceive CrossFit as a sport.  But maybe it would be fun to go there? You might not be ready to quit your job and train full time to go to the 2011 CrossFit Games and let’s face it, not all of us are going to be able to join Team CFO, but there are certainly other options for competing at the ‘sport of fitness"  We really do it every day if you think about it.  We compete against ourselves – checking our books for that last back squat number or Helen time and we compete against one another – we all see those names and number on the board next to ours.

But what else?  How about some smaller competitions?  More local and accessible to all levels of fitness?  We’ve done it before in the form of Bay Area "Throwdowns" and other gyms in the area have held some pretty fun events too, such as a "Fran-Off" and "Bad Girls Don’t Cry".  Have you competed in any of these?  What did you think?  Any ideas for a competition hosted by CFO?

Post to comments your thoughts on CrossFit as a competitive sport and what that should look like for you.

DISCUSSION 10 Comments

  1. Justin McNulty July 23, 2010 at 4:28 am

    What is listed on the bottom of Sports tested? GAMES not sports! Golf, billiards, and curling are games because they may take skill, but they do not require any kind of fitness. You may be able to hit a great golf shot, or bowl a mean ball but does that make you an athlete? That same person may fall over and die if they had to run 100 feet to stop the beer cart on the golf course. I think that a sport neededs to have some sort of Cardio involved in it. I have never been out breath playing golf, pool, or bowling. The top 10 sports listed all required that you have a good level of cardio fitness, and even the geeks numbers support this. Crossfit is a sport because it is impossible to do at a high level while drinking beer and eating peanuts. Wait that is my next throwdown WOD idea:) 

  2. newG July 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

    but I sure do enjoy competing against and sometimes beating them. I wasn’t born with an athletic benefit in my body, so im constantly surprised what a lot of heart and a little bit of fitness can do. I like to walk into the gym and pick a name on the wall, and for that wod, that person is my bitch. Usually its only biggie, who is normally everyone’s bitch, so i guess it isnt saying much. 

  3. Justin McNulty July 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    YES, crossfit is the ultimate sport because you have to be good at all aspects of fitness to excell.  Yes anyone can do it but if you watched the games this year everyone of those competitors was an unbelievable athlete.  The fact that you can scale the workouts and work alongside someone who is doing it RX’d it what makes crossfit so special.  YES you are always competing against yourself to improve over the last time you did that WOD.  The whole reason you workout is to improve something right?  To loose weight, run faster, lift more, feel better, workout with friends, or to look better in a pair of jeans are all reasons to improve your fitness.  YES please more throwdowns at CFO they are a dam good time.  I vote for Fight Gone Bad, Filthy 50, or HELEN as throwdowns at CFO; or all of the above in one day:)

    P.S. Golf not a sport, you can be fat and out of shape and a few beers in and still be a good player. Game not a sport! Bowling the same!

  4. ColinM July 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    It is my opinion that there are not a sufficient number of classes on Tuesday and Thursday morning. Could there possibly be a class somewhere between 6 and 12? 


    Newg, Manwell, Connie, and Robyn: Yall killed that WOD. Good job!

  5. Leigh July 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I don’t think it’s a sport for the same reason Justin does: the generalist nature of cf prevents the level of skill and proficiency seen in “sport” (even golf)
    Which is not to say that xfit competitors are not athletes, or very fit: they are.
    And also, I don’t really care if it’s a sport or not because it’s fun. I wonder if adventure racers have these discussions?
    Yes! I agree more throwdowns!

  6. Biggie July 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    WTF?? We’ll see who is who’s bitch tonight when I come in and stomp you down. The violence is BACK in Oakland!

  7. TomC July 22, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I am in favor of more local competitions, but CrossFit will never be a real sport until they find some way to incorporate the ShakeWeight into the proceedings. Those things are for real.

    As for competition ideas, perhaps have everyone do Helen. Then take the top 8 men and women and have them do some weighted Prowler pushes. Fun, fast paced, and guaranteed to result in lots of hurt feelings.

  8. Bad Brad July 22, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    1. I am my own "bitch" – hard to explain, just try to visualize it

    2. CF is not a sport

    3. Golf is a sport

    4. More throwdowns….needed



  9. David S July 23, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Years ago, ESPN ran an interesting article about the toughest sports.  They identified 10 categories of athletic skills — endurance, strength, power, speed, agility, flexibility, nerve, durability, hand-eye coordination, and analytic aptitude — and then ranked 60 sports based on the skills that sport demands. Here’s the link:

    I’ve never thought of CrossFit as a sport, per se, but based on this list it probably is.  It requires a number of those athletic skills and combines elements of gymnastics (#8), rowing (39), weight-lifting (44).  If you accept the skill categories and the validity of the sports which appear on the list (fishing, curling, billiards?), then I think you could very well include CrossFit as well.

  10. Allen July 23, 2010 at 2:23 am

    but crossfit isn’t.
















    Just kidding!