The 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games are a week away. Barrett Danz from CrossFit Big Dane in Madison, Wisconsin, shares what he’s looking forward to as the Games come to town, what it means for his gym and his predictions for what will be different this year:
Barrett Danz: This is year three for us now, so we’ve had the opportunity to polish and create new systems that are important for a big event like the week of the Reebok CrossFit Games. While this week is certainly one where I, and all of my team members, work many more hours than usual, it is a uniquely exciting and fun experience to be part of.
BD: People probably think the best part of the experience is what takes place at the Alliant Energy Center. True, the festival ground are an incredible event, spectacle and display of elite fitness. But, in my humble opinion, the “realest” part of the experience takes place in the local Boxes.
For one week we get to meet – and train alongside – our functionally fit counterparts from all corners of the planet, from Australia to Iceland to Tennessee to Mexico City. This is what I look forward to most when the week of the Reebok CrossFit Games rolls around each year. It is, literally, that same tight community feeling on a global scale.
Those same individuals can come from different areas of the world, speak different languages, have come from completely different past experiences, but when the clocks beeps – 3-2-1-go – it never seems to matter. CrossFit is an international language with standards that transcend borders, religion, etc. A thruster is still a thruster. A burpee is a burpee. It’s an incredible display of humanity in a way. It’s a super fun week; you should stop by.
BD: We are thinking we may have a lot more total people from out of town in the Madison area in general because of the changes to the amount of individuals who have qualified for the Games.