My 5th CrossFit Open is in the books. It didn’t go how I hoped it would, but not bad overall. Slight drop for 2016 after breaking into the top 10% last year. A shoulder injury limited me to singles on the chest-to-bar pull-ups in 16.1 as well as the bar muscle-ups in 16.3, otherwise my ranking may have been pretty close to last year.
- 2016 – 19,127th out of 166,846* (top 11.5%)
- 2015 – 13,195th out of 141,884 (9.3%)
- 2014 – 13,737th out of 80,281 (17.1%)
- 2013 – 9,251st out of 46,227 (20%)
- 2012 – 16,389th out of 22,174 (73.9%)
With Dave Castro mentioning they might introduce a 35-39 Masters division next year, it’s neat to see how I would compare. Far far away from the top 200 that get to compete in the Masters Qualifier after the Open, but I’ll take top 6.5% (1,981st out of 30,327).
*Each year I compare my place to the number of men who complete at least one workout, not everyone that signs up (178k+ this year). I don’t care about beating the guys who don’t show up to play.
I’ve pointed out similarities between the communities of CrossFit & WordPress before. Came across this video posted in 2011 of CrossFit’s founder, Greg Glassman, talking about blogging and their use of it on crossfit.com (known as “main site” in the community).
It seems like several times a year, we run into articles forecasting the death of blogging. Guess what… we keep seeing more and more activity. You can find all kinds of people and articles claiming “CrossFit is only a fad” or “the downfall is coming soon.” Guess what… the number of affiliate gyms around the world keeps increasing and the Open, now in year 6, has seen a 10x growth in participants.
A lot of CrossFit’s success can be attributed to the fact there has been a free workout posted on their blog every day since 2001. A lot of gyms and home gym athletes follow main site for workouts instead of doing their own programming.
If you’re running a business and you don’t have a blog, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to connect with a lot of people and possibly create a community of your own. Not everyone uses Facebook, but everyone can visit your web site.