Scrolling through posts on OPT’s site I came across the following tidbit regarding the perceived movement of the “sport” side of CrossFit away from being a generalist and towards a strength bias:
Media recently for the sport has put an emphasis on strength development in spite of promoting true “balance” in fitness and the general components of fitness. A sport where now the elite can qualify for the American open weightlifting championships but cannot qualify for a state-level high school cross country meet.
I have no idea whether this is technically accurate (anyone know what kind of times are required to qualify for a “a state-level high school cross country meet”?). I’d also suggest that in the U.S. the depth of the field in cross country is *far* greater than the depth of the field in weightlifting. That being said the point is fairly well taken. The handful of comments on the post agree with OPT’s sentiment. As one individual states:
The testing for “Worlds Fittest” has really become slanted to the best Oly Lifter, plus work capacity in the 6-8 minute range with heavy-ish weight.
There is actually some easily accessed stats to back at least a portion of this claim up. Anders Larson has done some great analysis of the Open, Regionals, and Games from the last two years. A quick review of his stats make it very clear where the emphasis is:
It’s also worth pointing out that the “Olympic-Style Barbell Lifts” category contains seven movements while the next highest category, “Basic Gymnastics”, contains 15 movements.
Although, history is no guarantee of what to expect in the future, it’s clear the Olympic lifts have had a disproportionate roll in deciding the past two years CrossFit Games winners.
OPT’s and Ander’s posts are below:
p.s. In case Chris Spealler ever sees the picture and caption above: Don’t kill me! It was too funny not to post. You rock!