Fun in the Sun and Working Out on Day Two for Fans at the CrossFit Games
While Thursday was originally planned to be a rest day for individual athletes, severe weather on the first day of the CrossFit Games caused a delay in competition, moving Event 2 (Shuttle to Overhead) to this afternoon. With a welcome change in weather today, clear skies with a high of 84 degrees, and teams and individuals not getting started until 2:45pm, spectators found ways to stay busy, get active and soak up the sun all morning.
First-time CrossFit Games attendee, Oliver Urbina, got a weightlifting session in over at the Assault Fitness Spectator Workout area, and believes getting to workout among the excitement of the weekend has helped balance his energy.
- “(Before coming to the Games), I told myself, ‘I’m not going to workout, just going to have some fun and adult beverages’, and then seeing everyone work out makes me want to workout,” Urbina said. “I was kind of getting antsy yesterday and my girlfriend encouraged me to workout.”
The warehouse-feel onsite area has many platforms for lifting and free CrossFit classes. It’s one of several spots at the Alliant Energy Center to get a workout in.
Remind me: For a full list of places to workout at the venue and nearby, check out our guide on where to workout while at the Games.
Aleia Lofy, who’s also in Madison for her first Games experience, didn’t expect to be able to get her own fitness in while she was here and is grateful to score some sweat time in between events.
- “I think it’s really cool that they offer this for free here. Great community, really good coaching. It’s all very exciting,” Lofy said.
As you walk through Vendor Pavillion and closer to North Park, you’ll see various challenges taking place: bike sprints, burpee races and rowing intervals, just to name a few. You may also stumble upon someone getting their first ring muscle-up, with the help and watchful eye of a CrossFit Seminar Staff member.
If there’s a movement you’re struggling with or really want to hone in on (commonly gymnastics, but weightlifting and bodyweight movements as well), you can sign-up for free for one-on-one coaching from the best of the best.
- “We just try to slowly build up the quality of the movement. A lot of times that involves a couple small drills or bringing it back to a foundational element of the movement, and then from there, re-introducing the full thing and trying to get them to move a little bit better,” said Alexander Gowers, who’s been on Seminar Staff since 2019. “From there, we give them some solid takeaways and where we say ‘alright, go back into your affiliate and practice these drills and you can see improvement.’”
With three full days of competition to go and the crowd growing bigger each day, we anticipate many more great workouts to take place at the Alliant Energy Center — both in the competition and for the spectators.