Monday 5/4

For time:
50 Cal Row
40 Push Up
30 Kb Swing @ 70/53
20 Kb Front Squat

Rest 5 Min
Then… Max Rep Pull Up

Regionals are right around the corner. With the first ever combining of regions to create “super regions,”  fewer spots to go to the CrossFit Games will be up for grabs. Competition will be fierce! The last three weeks of May will undoubted bring some pretty memorable moments as some very fit people are put to the test. Ever year the competition field gets a little tighter and there are no guarantees that even previous champions will make it to the Games. Here is a breakdown from the CrossFit Games site of how the Regional-level athlete has grown over the years.

Recently, the CrossFit Games Facebook page posted an infographic that showed the incredible benchmark scores of the average regional competitor in 2015.

This raised the question: Have the regional competitors always been such beasts?

To answer the question, we pulled stats from the Games site for each year’s regional competitors from 2012 to 2015. To keep things consistent, we applied the 2015 qualification standards across all the years. So each year contains 330 men and 330 women.

basics

First, we’ve got the basic characteristics: age, height and weight.

The field is trending younger, with the women a year or two older than the men.

Height and weight have been pretty stable over the years. The average man runs about 5-foot-10 and 190 lb., and the average woman about 5-foot-5 and 140 lb. CrossFit has a reputation for being a shorter athlete’s game, but according to these data, regional athletes are slightly taller than the average American adult. CrossFit athletes are not quite Jaime Lannister, but they’re much farther from Tyrion than we might have thought.

It’s certainly possible that since these numbers are self-reported, people might be overstating their height. There are almost certainly some biases like this present in the data. That said, the numbers we find seem reasonable, even though you do want to take them with a grain of salt.

Let’s check out trends in the athletes’ performance.

To continue reading, click here.

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