MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- Anthony Botticelli and Lemar Wilcher, owners of Crossfit XT in Hawthorne said the gym was overflowing with participants and spectators last weekend, as the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Open got underway.
The CrossFit Games Open is the world's premier test of fitness. Since 2011, the five-week, five-workout online competition has accurately ranked the fitness of thousands of competitors.
Held in CrossFit affiliates and garage gyms, the Open is designed to be accessible to all athletes while rigorous enough to challenge the world's fittest. Everyone from 14-year-old teens to 77-year-old grandparents are welcome to compete in the challenge.
Back at Crossfit XT, the DJ music was pumping as were the athletes, who were required to press 95 pounds over their heads while doing lunges for 25 feet, then do eight burpees, followed by another 25 feet of lunges, then eight pull-ups, and repeat, over and over again for 20 long minutes.
For most people, the open is not about trying to earn a title or qualify for the next stage of the CrossFit Games season. It's about joining the global CrossFit community in a celebration of fitness for a few weeks each year. Over a quarter of a million men and women will participate in the month-long qualifiers, the top performers will move on to the regionals and then to the Finals in California in July.
This Thursday, March 3, the next workout will be released, and on Friday, March 4, the gym will be bursting at the seams again. All are invited to come and watch. Crossfit XT is at 174 Brady Ave., Hawthorne.