Article from HuffingtonPost.com
By Collette DeBenedetto, Writer, Producer, Fitness expert; Author, “The Intuitive Athlete”
CrossFit is quickly becoming one of the most popular sports in the world and next week, The Reebok CrossFit Games come to the newly named Stubhub Center in Southern California to test the world’s fittest athletes over a week of rigorous athletic events and decide who will be the champion in 2013. CrossFit was founded by Greg Glassman in 2000 in Santa Cruz, Calif., and has quickly developed into one of the world’s fastest growing sports. It is defined as “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement.” This “sport of fitness” is a combination of weightlifting, running, gymnastics, and overall metabolic conditioning that tests the mind and body.
The road to The Reebok CrossFit Games commenced with The CrossFit Game Open where 140,000 people worldwide entered. From there, the top 30 teams and top 30 individuals in each region qualified for The CrossFit Games Regionals. At the highly competitive regionals, the top 3 teams and top 3 individuals advance to the Olympics of CrossFit, The Reebok CrossFit Games. Next week, the survival of the fittest athletes in the world will be put to the test in front of thousands of spectators.
The Games athletes have devoted hundreds of hours to training in the gym, and dedicated their sweat, blood, and tears to this endeavor. These ladies are the ultimate exhibit that strong really is the new skinny. As next week kicks off The Reebok CrossFit Games, here are five women to watch for the title:
1. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (Canada): This will be Camille’s fourth Games. While short in stature, this former gymnast can lift more weight than most men. Her CrossFit Games Open performances as well as her Regional performance showed that 2013 might very well be the year of Camille.
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