Let the Games begin: Crossfit plans Olympic style competition
The Olympics may be two weeks away, but anyone interested in watching high intensity athletic competition can get a fix this weekend at Charlottesville's first-ever Superfit Games, taking place Saturday, January 30.
There won't be slalom or bobsledding in these games. Instead, the 100 participants from around the country– all of them adherents to Crossfit, a method of training that involves short, varied, extremely high-intensity workouts– will leap, lift, sprint and flex as they vie for the title "Fittest person in Charlottesville."
"This is a chance to see A-list Crossfitters," says organizer Kyle Redinger, who opened the Crossfit Charlottesville gym six months ago, but notes that Crossfit– the subject of a Hook cover story– can be adapted for all fitness levels.
"I'm sure there'll be butterflies, never having done any type of competition like this," says Todd Edmunds, who's traveling in from Pennsylvania for the Games. "I'm looking to see how I can compete, compare with people outside my area."
For contestant Gretchen Kittelberger, the Superfit Games will be her first Crossfit event but she's no stranger to high level athletic competition. A gymnast at University of Maryland until her 2008 graduation, Kittelberger is now a law student and Crossfit trainer.
"In gymnastics, competing is down to a science– the way you warm up, the person you talk to beforehand to get you psyched up," she says. "Crossfit is not like that, so I'm interested to see how I react in that situation."
The competition takes place Saturday, January 30 from 7am to 7pm at the old National Linen Building at the corner of Market Street and Meade Avenue. Observers are asked to make a donation of $5 or $10; all proceeds will benefit the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad and Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit benefiting veterans.