July 15, 2010
Adrian Bozman and Chuck Carswell talk about the finer points of judging the CrossFit Games.
Competing in the CrossFit Games is hard, but judging the competition might be just as challenging.
Put yourself in a judge’s shoes for a minute: It’s the last event of the CrossFit Games, and it’s anybody’s race to win. The sun is beating down on you and some classic Metallica is pumping out of the speakers at 100 decibels. Cameras are everywhere. Thousands of fans are screaming. Dave Castro says, “Go!” and one of the world’s fittest athletes is a blur in front of you.
Did you catch that last rep?
Judging isn’t for everyone. You must have a keen eye for movement, and you must be able to make split-second decisions. Being able to count doesn’t hurt, either.
Adrian Bozman and Chuck Carswell are two HQ trainers who served as judges in 2009 and will be reprising their roles in 2010. Both are expert trainers who can spot a muted hip from 100 yards on a hazy day, and it’s their job is to make the competition as fair as is humanly possible for the athletes.