Posted: Jul 19, 2013 3:50 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News
Updated: Jul 19, 2013 9:25 PM
A Pismo Beach firefighter has been gearing up for the annual Reebok CrossFit Games. They're happening in Southern California next week.
Wes Piatt has spent hundreds of hours conditioning for a competition he describes as the survival of the fittest athletes in the world.
"Today is a body weight chipper," he said while working out at Crossfit Inferno in San Luis Obispo.
Wes will chip away at 100 double unders, 100 sit-ups, 50 pushups, 50 box jumps, 50 burpees, 50 lunges, and wrap up with 50 pull-ups. Sounds like a lot, but not for Wes. He's been doing workouts like this four to five times per day for the last few months.
"So that my body understands that when it is tired and beat up it doesn't feel that it can work out, it actually can," said Piatt.
Come game day, anything can happen. Last year, event organizers surprised the competitors with a triathlon. Right now, only three of an unspecified amount of fitness events have been revealed. The competition lasts for several days, but it takes more than what happens on this mat to get ready.
"My nutrition is very dialed in. I eat basically the same thing every day because it is just easy for me that way because the volume of training I do, I don't have a lot of time to prepare food, so I spend all day Sunday cooking and I am good to go," said Piatt. "We only eat what you could hunt and kill or you could gather or pick from a tree."
In six years, the CrossFit Games have grown from a small event, the Woodstock of fitness, to a huge competition with ESPN cameras and more than $1 million in prize money. Wes is one of 44 men and 44 women who pushed and pulled all year to get to the games.
"It starts with the World Wide Open, which anyone in the world can do it. This year they had close to 180,000 people compete, and then they break down that into regions and they take three men and three women from those regions and then they go to the games," he said.
The games begin July 22 and end July 28. CrossFit was founded 13 years ago by Greg Glassman in Santa Cruz, CA. Fitness professionals say it's now one of the world's fastest growing sports.
Good luck Wes!
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