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WellnessFX and CrossFit

One of the fastest rising sports phenomena in history has been that of CrossFit. Starting from a few thousand West Coast adherents at the early part of last decade, it has grown into a worldwide sports movement of over 2.5 million people with its own sports language, standardized methodology, and culture. With current growth rates of over 50% annually, it has created a sport around being “fit.”

As a training methodology it emphasizes being a good general athlete performing a variety activities in different circumstances. As opposed to a regular gym, you not only compete with yourself to improve but also work with a group to perform the Workout Of the Day or WOD. These generally involve performing a warmup, learning specific skills and applying these skills within a 10-15 minute workout aimed at improving your metabolic conditioning. The entire ethos of CrossFit is self improvement combined with teamwork and encouragement from the CrossFit community, both at your gym and worldwide.

Crossfit Affiliates or “Boxes” are also very much into the sharing of best practices, workouts, and results online – whether through posting videos to YouTube or updating CrossFit forums. It is literally the first worldwide open source sport phenomena. In part, its appeal also arises from the fact that everyone does the same workouts. The only difference between a world-class athlete and a 70-yea- old grandmother is intensity and scale. This grassroots level of programming and democratization has led to CrossFit becoming viral worldwide without a huge amount of corporate investment from a central authority. Needless to say, CrossFit in its current iteration would have been impossible even 15 years ago since the method of communication and spreading is that of the internet.

At WellnessFX, we applaud as well as embrace the CrossFit movement as we feel it closely aligns with our mission to democratize health. CrossFit empowers and supports everyone in the community to lead a healthier lifestyle, tailoring fitness to suit their abilities and needs, yet always pushing them a step beyond.  Sign up for your local box today to see what the movement is about.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

CrossFit, Carson & WellnessFX Monitoring

Members of our WFX team headed to Carson, California, this week to begin tracking a few elite CrossFit athletes, and the setup of their biological profiles through the service coincided with the annual CrossFit games. Besides seeing more than a few “wallball shots” and award-winning Burpees, our team helped with an initial blood draw to begin a custom panel. Over the next year, WFX will monitor these athletes’ biomarkers—from fructosamine to magnesium and potassium—along with providing regular appointments with medical experts.

Regular testing and consultations are intended to give the competitors a clear view of their personal health profiles. CrossFit athletes train to broaden their physical capacity, and with their affinity for evidence-based practices and measurability, they are an ideal group to try WFX services before they’re available publicly this fall. The individuals we’re working with, Annie SakamotoJosh Bridges (bottom right), and Jenny LaBaw (top right), aren’t mere weekend warriors. They’re among the best in the world and have out-lifted and out-squatted athletes competing online and in regional competitions around the world.

By the time they came to “the ultimate test,” no one knew what activities they’d be expected to complete. We watched the three athletes we’re working with excel at the activities prescribed on-site, including double-under jump roping, overhead squats, and handstand push-ups. (Spectators competed in lighter endeavors, though WFX CEO and CrossFit athlete Jim managed to find himself a 600 lb. tire.)

Among the 60 male and 60 female athletes who competed individually, we’re happy to congratulate the ones we tested, who you can see finishing in the top four in their finals here. While we can’t claim helping them know their bodies better (yet), we’ll certainly provide post-baseline updates upon re-testing in four months and before the next round of CrossFit finals in March.

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.