In 2008, CrossFit was a misnomer and in testing their strengths, the CrossFit elites were mostly confined to backyard brawls and cross-gym shows. Five years later, CrossFit owned a company-sponsored athlete, ESPN’s television deal, and a global open with more than 110,000 athletes. In July, the best in the world will be at the Reebok CrossFit Games in California, where the most suitable men and women will be crowned and paid $ 250,000.
While CrossFit’s new accomplishments go a long way toward its early days as a sport, some familiar faces still dominate. One of them, Rudy Nielsen, the boss of Outlaw CrossFit in Virginia, who also worked behind The Outlaw Way, wrote a free plan for intensity and regulation for rival CrossFitters. Rudy has trained some of the world’s best people, but his job was to bring his fitness exercise to the list of 15 read-only coaches last July. Since then, Rudy and some of his athletes have hosted Icelandic-Australian seminars to give some law-abiding fans some time.
David Tao, chief research officer at Glitter, meets Rudy at the recent New York City seminar at CrossFit Virtuosity in Brooklyn. That was Saturday, Rudy broke the snatch of one of the two Olympic lifts and was also the basis for CrossFit. After one afternoon taking a separate technique and telling people to spend high quality time squatting to the bottom, Rudy sit down – without barbell overhead – talking about the future of competitive workout.
When you teach such a seminar, you are dealing with a range of athleticism and CrossFit experience. How do you incorporate this factor into your teaching?
Basically what we did was try to break down the movement into grassroots, simplest form. We try to think of us as the two most important aspects of exercise, which will be weight lifting and gymnastics, and we have tried to teach those from the absolute elements. This is weird, because it means beginner and high-level athlete. I actually showcased video analytics, one of my number one athletes, probably the worst of the two games of the day. The beauty is that if you have a newbie and immediately teach them good habits, they will get faster and will not end up being bad habits that you have to overcome.
How long have you been with CrossFit and how has your role in the community evolved?
I was involved in 2005 and opened my branch in 2006. I immediately mastered its competitiveness. When I was in college, I was a two athlete, always thinking of myself as a coach rather than an athlete, always moving in that direction. When I first started using CrossFit, I was overwhelmed by the highly competitive side. As the sport progressed, my character continued to evolve, our athletes succeeded in our affiliates and did not even coach anyone outside of my gym. We sent four athletes to the Olympics before the Games, and once I started to post training sessions on my website, the movement was like a heavy snowfall. After that, it broke out.
As for going forward, I want to have a team that looks like a team that has been training all year long, like MDUSA’s Weightlifting Team. I basically like to have this CrossFit version. That way I can concentrate on the sport by focusing on the sport, trying to improve and then eliminating all the trivial things in life.
So have a professional CrossFitters team?
Yes, I think this is your credo that really drives the sport.
What is the next phase of the sport? Do you think its development has stalled?
I think more and more corporate sponsorships and interests will come. The more money, the more exposure, the more athletes. More mainstream sites, about our articles, we will get a more visible exposure. I think something like skateboarding and X Games – this is a model we might follow. This has never stopped, and I think that’s where CrossFit is going.
I think the “fashion” phase is over. Now we can really understand how to develop this sport and make it better.
Can CrossFit hobbyists compete in the final stages?
They already have it. Now all the top people are all league owners or coaches, or have some work to get them to work in the gym all day long. It’s the prototype now, because it’s a guy who can make money all day in the gym. Sponsors are increasingly entering the sport and I think that will continue. I hope to see it continue. These guys have three or four hours of work every day. They are on the same schedule as LeBron James. I think this game will be more popular and thoughtful events, not just CrossFit Games. X Games hosts contests around the world that allow athletes to travel and earn money for themselves and their sponsors.
Have you ever encountered some common misunderstandings about CrossFit?
For example: We do 45 minutes of exercise, let you go to the hospital. We have done thousands of pull-ups. We use the bad technology to do high-speed Olympic lift. From a programming point of view, we do not know what to do. We just throw things on the wall.
Outlaw Way considers himself a strength and conditioning program based on CrossFit sports. We do not even think of ourselves as a general body preparation program or something similar. Our gym version is, but the actual “unethical way” is to power and condition Athlete CrossFit so that you are better at exercising. This season is absolutely planned. It is programmed every year; there are various percentages of waves. There will be a college-level intensity and regulation plan there.
In addition, we have some of America’s best Olympic weightlifters among athletes. We have six women in the top five in the US Open, so technically, we are pretty good. There are some common misconceptions about this sport at the beginning, and we do not feel like part of these movements. I think people need to understand that the safety of this exercise program and the level of fitness we are developing are the best in the world.
The coach in the sport is now the elite level for some of the world’s sports, swimming and weightlifting coaches. The only difference we can make from college-level intensity and adjustment programs is that we are not bigwigs, and we are not afraid to teach snatch. We are not afraid that our athletes will be harmed because we actually know how to do the lift, unlike many people who stress and regulate the community say it’s dangerous because they do not know what they’re talking about.
Quickly predict the game?
I want to make such a bad prediction, but it’s hard. I believe there will be some surprises. I would say this: I am very happy about the progress of my athletes and where they are.