With some of CrossFit’s top athletes in Lake Tahoe, Calif., for the Rogue Vs. Again Faster Throwdown, it was a great opportunity to throw the athletes into a room and get them talking with the cameras rolling.
Dave Castro opens this roundtable discussion with the topic of professional athletes becoming CrossFit athletes. Are we going to see more professional athletes take on CrossFit? Do they have what it takes, and could they eclipse the current stars?
The assembled CrossFitters agree that while some football players and other power athletes might be capable of moving more weight, moving their own mass at body-weight movements will exhaust them at high volume. According to Tommy Hackenbruck, that type of athlete just has “too big of an engine.”
Even if someone has the talent, there’s the issue of training and mental fortitude.
“None of these guys are going to come in and do well without any CrossFit training. That will never happen,” Castro says. “They don’t have that mindset to push like CrossFitters do.”
Pat Barber thinks it’s more likely that CrossFit-trained athletes will transition easily into other sports and dominate the playing field rather than the other way around. Austin Malleolo adds that athletes follow the money, and athletes won’t seek it out until CrossFit becomes a professional sport.
Where will the evolution of CrossFit take the sport of fitness?
Additional reading: The Marlins Go CrossFit by Paul Fournier, published March 1, 2010.