PREPARES FOR EVERYTHING DANA LYNCH, CrossFit Competition
Advocates of the sport of CrossFit consider it the most intensive workout possible, although the term is more a blanket to cover a gamut of exercises. Dana Lynch, 41, is regarded as a pioneer of the sport, operating a Jupiter gym almost since its inception and serving as a judge for CrossFit competitions. To illustrate the non-specificity of her sport, she points out that competitors don’t even know the workouts for which they’ll be judged until it’s nearly time to compete. “It could be a week, it could be a day, it could be a couple of hours before,” explains Lynch, who has seen Palm Beach County participation in CrossFit mushroom from 100 athletes just six years ago to around 4,000 today. “That’s really the beauty of CrossFit—when you go into a competition, it could be anything. So you train for everything.” CrossFit is a trademarked term coined by Greg Glassman and his wife, Lauren, in 2000, and was a niche pursuit until picking up major sponsorship about five years later. Local franchises are called affiliates, and from these grassroots gyms each year, competitors qualify in the Open for regional competition, with some advancing to the world championship, called the CrossFit Games, in Carson, Calif. “Sixty of our members entered the Open last year,” says Lynch, who competed in the world games in 2009. “But that doesn’t mean they necessarily have aspirations of going to California. Many might just want to expand the scope of their workouts.” The sport has its own nomenclature: A wod is the workout of the day; a box is the gym, which is noticeably deficient in workout machines. “It’s all free weights and exercises, with the exception of the rowing machines,” explains Lynch, who lives in Jupiter. Exercises include the burpee, which is a standing-to-squat-to-pushup-to-squat-to-standing procession, the alligator walk, crab walk, inch-worm walk … there’s a tuck jump, where the athlete leaps into the air and into a tuck position, then releases and lands on his or her feet. There’s a toes-to-bar where the athlete hangs from a bar and brings the legs up unbent until toes touch the bar. There’s the angry gorilla and the flying squirrel, more exercises that mimic wildlife. “Some are time-based workouts and some are work-based,” says Lynch, who runs her gym, CrossFit At BGI, with the help of her husband, Todd, a Delray Beach firefighter. “In a competition, you might have to do as many burpees as you can in seven minutes.” A good rule of thumb: Prepare for everything, be ready for anything. O
THAT’S REALLY THE BEAUTY OF CROSSFIT— WHEN YOU GO INTO A COMPETITION, IT COULD BE ANYTHING. SO YOU TRAIN FOR EVERYTHING.