You might have seen an announcement about a few changes to the CrossFit Games & sanctioned CrossFit events now worldwide.
If you didn’t, the announcement is here: Morning Chalkup.
I’ll tell you what it means for us at CrossFit Gaia: Absolutely nothing.
We made a number of changes years ago that put our focus squarely on health, and we’re right in line with CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman’s vision. That’s why we're introducing a Legends program, it’s why we're implementing nutrition and it’s why we invested so heavily in starting Gaia Lifestyle to help people improve their health by eating better.
We have for years known that diet and fitness with friends are far more important than any competition.
That doesn’t mean we don’t think you should compete or that we don’t support you when you do.
We’re happy that people choose to apply their fitness in competitions, and we’re proud of everything they accomplish. We just don’t place any extra emphasis on competition, and we haven’t for years.
Those of you who have been around for about four years have no doubt noticed that. The best example is how we treat the Open. We treat the Open as a five-week celebration of our Gaia community. The scores don’t matter, but the smiles do. All we care about is fit people having fun and being healthy, and we’ll leave the leaderboard to you if you’re interested. You’re all No. 1 to us.
The time we once spent organising or training for competitions is now spent making our nutrition program better, meeting with seniors about our Legends program and finding ways to make our CrossFit program even more fun and inclusive.
The CrossFit Games will always be there, and they’ll always be interesting—just like the Olympics. But I’ve watched the Games for 6 years, and if I had to choose between watching the Games and watching our members push sleds around the gym at 10 a.m., on a Saturday morning, I’d be in NE23 with a cup of coffee and a smile.
Let's lift off this year for Charity!
Each year CrossFit Gaia chooses to support a charity at their annual event the Gaia Lift Off. This year we have chosen to donate all proceeds to the 'pop up gym' who help to rehabilitate spinal injuries right here in the North East.
A chance to showcase your 1RM Clean and Jerk and 1RM snatch, followed by a workout!
I'm new to CrossFit, should I bother entering? Of Course! We always say that CrossFit is fully about making yourself a better person than you were yesterday. A competition is a chance to improve yourself mentally, see what your current PR's are and throw down with your friends in a friendly competitive environment.
Nando's Cramlington will be donating prizes of a free meal for our male/female winners and giving 20% off all meals post competition.
When? Saturday 8th December 10am-3pm
Where? CrossFit Gaia
How much? Tickets £25 all profit donated to the pop up gym. BUY HERE.
Who? Anyone can enter from any affiliate.
Wear? Your bobble hat!
We know, we know it's coming into December. It's getting cold, it's already dark and you can't find the motivation to crawl out of bed to get to the gym.
So here's our incentive. Grab yourself an accountabilibuddy from the gym. Create your team name. (As outrageous as I know you can be).
Each time you hit the gym, #teamname and a check in on facebook. You MUST be in the gym to actually check in. We want to see your PR's, your struggles and your December madness.
The team with the most check ins throughout December will receive a Rogue gift card worth £50 GBP!
*Internal squealing* Start imagining your spends here...