“Where there’s a will, there’s gonna be a way,” CrossFit founder and CEO Greg Glassman says as he addresses equipment concerns about the 2011 CrossFit Games, including the CrossFit Games Open.
“I don’t think that any ordinary tool that can be a vehicle for expressing power should be excluded,” Glassman says. He says he encountered the same resistance with the first WODs using rings, which at the time were expensive, special-order equipment but have now become an integral part of CrossFit.
According to CrossFit’s founder, you can’t strip away the neurological components of CrossFit (coordination, accuracy, agility and balance) or basic CrossFit equipment and still get the results we desire. Training challenging movements is required to get fitter.
Answering a question about the video-submission procedures for the Open, Glassman announces HQ will use a community-based judging system.
“I think that as the time continues through the duration of this thing that our focus is going to be increasingly limited to a couple hundred people, and I’m going to have a hundred thousand of you out there (as) armchair kind of quarterbacks,” he says.
“I don’t see another way to do this,” Glassman concludes.
Visit the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games website.
Additional reading: Video Submission Tips for the CrossFit Games Open.