CrossFit: What Makes a Good Competition?

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by TARYN HAGGERSTONE

Over the past couple years, the number of people who do CrossFit has gone through the roof, and with that has come a dramatic increase in the number of CrossFit competitions*, to the point where it’s possible (although not advisable) to compete pretty much every weekend. But what is it that makes a competition “good”? Or rather, what are the basics requirements (apart from good WODs) in order for the event to run smoothly?

*Note:

Because CrossFit is a registered trademark, the only official “CrossFit Competitions” are those directly organized and authorized by CrossFit HQ.

'View from Above' the CrossfitBC Summer Challenge.  Photo Credit: Kate Webster

‘View from Above’ the CrossFitBC Summer Challenge.
Photo Credit: Kate Webster

1. Facilities: Washrooms, Water and a Warm-up Area (aka the 3 W’s)

[I]f I’m ever at an event where any of these are missing, it’s an automatic red flag/warning sign.
These should be a given, but sometimes (perhaps because they’re so obvious) they get overlooked, and as a competitor if I’m ever at an event where any of these are missing, it’s an automatic red flag/warning sign. For one, it’s unpleasant (what about nervous pees?!) but more importantly it’s a health and safety issue.

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