As a judge and competitor, I don't want to disappoint my box owner or my fellow crossfitters. I want to walk away (sometimes crawl away) knowing I gave it everything I had. I love that our standards are high with an emphasis on safety at CrossfitNWA, not only through the year, but especially at the Open. You absolutely know you have earned every rep, and I can't think of anyone at my box that would feel right about counting a "no rep."
I also love that the Open competition is set up to allow such a broad range of athletes to compete. I encouraged everyone I came across to just do it. I did it last year after getting out of that wheelchair only about three months before it started.
In a Crossfit journal article called Foundations it says, "Crossfit has tested its methods on the sedentary, overweight, pathological, and elderly and found that these special populations met the same success as our stable athletes... If our program works for Olympic Skiers and overweight, sedentary homemakers then it will work for you."
I have met people in public who end up talking about Crossfit as though it is extreme and only for the elite. I beg to differ. Not only does my testimony disprove this, but I have met people who have never worked out a day in their life having their lives changed by Crossfit. I have witnessed and listened to testimony after testimony at my own box of obese people having pounds melt away, people with cancer surviving and accomplishing things the doc said wouldn't be possible, aging people no longer giving in to "growing old," and my personal crossfit hero at my box was in a coma and then a wheelchair and when she barely walked into to our box with very little balance with that great big smile, I knew this girl would be a lifelong friend... Watch this video of the local news allowing my crossfit hero and I to give our stories: Local Woman walks again with Crossfit (PLEASE NOTE that the news interview stated that I came into Crossfit in a wheelchair. That is not true. Three months before I walked into CrossfitNWA I was walking with a walker from the MS. I was told to prepare for possibly permanently being in a wheelchair due to the MS brain lesions covering my brain, but the picture of me in the wheelchair is due to bone surgeries and I had been already doing crossfit for 6 months before I had the surgeries... and I continued to do crossfit in the wheelchair)
There is even a gal at our box that, if she hadn't been doing Crossfit, would't have found out about the huge tumor growing in her abdomen. I could go on and on about more amazing, life-changing stories. I have to add though that the inevitable and overwhelming benefits of Crossfit are not balanced without healthy eating habits... and the Crossfit mainsite will agree. Included in that Crossfit Journal article called Foundations is, "The Crossfit view is that fitness and health are the same thing. It is also interesting to notice that the health professional maintains your health with drugs and surgery each with potentially undesirable effects whereas the Crossfit Coach typically achieves a superior result always with "side benefits" vs. side effects. I wrote a little bit of my personal experience with this here: No more MS injections for me...
The word side-effect makes me think of those seemingly pleasant TV commercials with calming music and tranquil images as an appeasing voice-over initially tells you what the drug will help, but then spends more time listing all the horrid side-effects worse then the problem, like "this may cause vomiting, nightmares, diarrhea, death, etc..."
I'll choose the "side-benefits" of Crossfit any day... even though the workouts still scare me. Lol
(Consider reading this inspiring story: With the Odds Against Her)