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NorCal CrossFit Masters Competition 2014 for CrossFit Athletes 40 and up.

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NorCal CrossFit is gearing up for the 2014 NorCal CrossFit Masters Competition and Expo. Registration will open between November 15 and December 1, 2013.  This news comes from Alison Belger of TJs Gym CrossFit in California.   Alison is author of the book CrossFit and the Power of Community.  You can get that one on Amazon.  Alison reports that registration will open some time between November 15 and December 1, 2013.   They will be offering priority registration for CrossFit Masters athletes who competed in the 2013 NorCal Masters Competition.  The competition will be held at the Craneway Pavillion in Richmond, CA.   Richmond, CA is in the San Francisco area.  The Craneway Pavillion itself is an awesome venue.  Here it is, in most of its own words:

The Craneway Pavilion is a re-purposed 45,000 sq ft sustainably designed event, concert and production facility centrally located in one of the planet’s most iconic destinations.  The Craneway Pavillion is as state-of-the-art as it is historic.  The facility is an award-winning, architecturally significant Ford Assembly Plant building dating back to 1931, with an adjoining 20,000 square-foot open-air patio, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces. Additional conference space with break out rooms are available.  It is set on 25 waterfront acres, Craneway Pavilion delivers an awe-inspiring panorama of the Bay, the San Francisco skyline and the surrounding environs.

CrossFit Masters await a CrossFit Masters Competition
CrossFit Masters await a CrossFit Masters Competition

Suffer and sweat with other Crossfit Masters

Last year’s competition had separate division for athletes 40-44, 45 to 49, 50 – 54, 55-59 and a special class for 60 and over.  Hopefully this year will see some more classes for those over 60.  You really can’t celebrate older athletes enough.  Bring your families and friends.  There is plenty to do in the San Francisco area.  Its well worth the trip.  If you have college bound teens consider checking out some of California’s excellent Universities.  Stanford University is just a short hop from San Francisco.  I hear there are some other colleges around there too . . .

More details for the CrossFit Masters NorCal Competition to follow:

Last year’s event had three paleo-friendly food trucks parked outside. The Craneway also has healthy food for sale.  I think bringing your own food is frowned upon.  Parking is free and plentiful.  Doors opened last year at 7:00 am and closed between 5:00pm and 6:00 pm.  Keep an eye out for future announcements.

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Crossfit, Community and Social Health

CrossFit Community

One of the things great about Crossfit is that the boxes (gyms) serve as mini-communities.  The young boy in the photo below is a third-generation Crossfitter.  Here some fellow box members share interest in a toy truck while grandmother and dad work out.

There’s not a lot out on the social/psychological benefits of Crossfit.  However, there is a new book, published a couple of weeks ago by Tuttle Press called The Power of Community: Crossfit and the force of Human Community.  The book, quoting the publishers’ description:

CrossFit Psychology

“The power of community is about making lives better and helping people achieve their goals.  Psychologist Allison Wenglin Belger describes the importance of group affiliation–of having a network of mutual support and human connection in the midst of our hectic, technology-driven lives. With candor and grit, the author takes the reader on a journey from her childhood in suburban New York as she follows her passion for competitive sports and wilderness adventure, to her present-day connection to CrossFit, a dynamic, functional fitness and conditioning program with an emphasis on camaraderie and community. 

Belger shares stories of military wounded warriors and everyday heroes who have faced life-threatening crises–with the help of their community affiliation. She relates inspiring examples of individuals who have created communities and support networks for populations in need, including cancer patients and at-risk youth. Drawing on her doctoral research, she documents the emotional and physical benefits of group participation. With her unique perspective as psychologist and athlete, Dr. Belger explores the mind-body connection and how it can relate to all of us.  Through her compelling narratives, each of which intersects with the CrossFit experience, she encourages us to examine our lives and relationships so that we may find meaning in a stressful world–if we are open to the power of community.”

We found the book to be right on the nail.  It will be interesting to people wanting to know more about CrossFit as a social phenomenon.