Here’s what we did to create a truly amazing experience for people.
We let nature put us to the test by ALWAYS including something that no one has done before AND a swimming workout. Don’t worry – we’ve got lifeguards! This is the event that people look forward to the most. In true CrossFit Games fashion, we’ve been putting OnSide to the test with a swimming workout every year!
To make sure athletes make friends, WE pick the teams. We look at each person’s strengths and try to find someone with strengths that will complement them – to balance the team. Here’s an obvious one – it’s probably a good idea to put the non-swimmers with people who are good at swimming.
We’ve eliminated the Scaled and Rx Divisions. Since we balance the teams, there is no need for divisions. Every year we scratch our heads the night before and try to come up with who’s going to win – we’ve never been right!
Also, we’re one of the first to introduce CrossFit Games scoring. If you aren’t familiar with this type of points distribution, all you need to know is you’re never out of the running for a top spot. In Sizzler 2017 the team that came in last place on the first workout finished the day in third place.
One thing that we find extremely common when attending other competitions is that the Rx and Scaled Division weights are always so different. Now, initially this might make sense but if we’re going to truly test people on their fitness we need a combination of light and heavy weight. In competitions these days, the athletes who are stronger will often do better in the Rx Divisions EVEN IF they have serious gaps in other places – like cardio or endurance (*cough *cough Nathan) Everyone can scale to an appropriate weight if needed. This is what makes the Sizzler such an exciting event.
This last point might be the most important one – we prioritize fun over everything. Yes, there are placings and scores, judges that make sure you’re meeting the standards too, but we’re lucky to have such a great community that everyone is mostly concerned with having a good time (…OK, not all of you).