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Last season, the sport of fitness saw a record number of online qualifiers.
From the Open to the quarter-finals and the AGOQ, online semifinals and qualifications for almost all major competitions, it seems like every weekend the athletes whip out their video cameras and compete against each other from the comfort of their gym.
But taking part in an online qualification can be exhausting for an athlete. While they may not be as stressful as competing under the bright lights of an arena, they can mess up training schedules, and weeks of online qualifiers in a row can make athletes thin, especially master athletes, who usually take longer to recover.
A big thing: The founder of the Masters Fitness Collective, Bobby Petras saw this problem and decided to offer a unique solution this year.
- While athletes can still compete in the online qualification Until June 19, athletes also have the option of simply registering in the “pay-to-play” format.
- For $ 750, any Masters athlete can register through the Competition Corner and secure your place in the Masters Fitness Collective in September, then sit back and focus on yours rather than pushing yourself to the limit for a qualified spot.
- “I thought of that last year. The intent behind this is this; There is an online qualification every week, so why not give people the opportunity to secure their place so they can easily train for the event, ”said event founder Bobby Petras.
- Petras came up with the idea “As masters we are looking for two things, to put an experience and not a wrench into our training.”
- He continued to explain the toll, the online qualifying tournaments often compete against masters and how difficult it can be to concentrate on training when you have to plan time for competitions so often.
Outside their league: While the people who qualified for the event will certainly put up a solid fight in the competition, the big question mark remains over the minds of those who have chosen to “pay to play”.
- The concern is in the idea that these athletes may not have the skills or powers necessary to compete at the level expected at a large event like this one.
- Petras is confident that this would not be the case.
- “You probably won’t go to get someone who doesn’t have the skills to compete with [who qualified],” he said.
- He went on He expects that those who opt for “pay to play” are simply people who can keep up with the level of the Masters Fitness Collective, but simply don’t want to invest the time or stagnation in training to participate in an online To participate in qualifying tournament.
- “I really thought of myself in the situation that the game is paid, ”he continued.
- “I am like many over 40-year-olds. I have every stupid CrossFit equipment you could have and I want to compete, but I don’t want to put a wrench on my workout, ”added Petras.
A new department: The “pay-to-play” feature wasn’t the only element that changed this year at the Masters Fitness Collective.
- They also added an age group from 30 to 34 years.
- Before, Masters only went as young as 35 years old. The inclusion of this new division will be the first of its kind in a large-scale championship competition.
- “The 30 year old man [CrossFit athletes] are essentially the new NFL running back, ”said Petras.
- “When you reach 30, you will have many miles on your body, ”he continued.
- “Just look at the 13- or 14-year-olds By the time they turn 30, they will be 16-17 years old [competing],” he added.
- Petras feels like he’s in the 30-34 division is a great way to add longevity to people in the fitness sport and keep them competitive, especially in the men’s department where most of the top competitors are in their early to mid-twenties.
Teens and Masters united: The 30-34 division isn’t the only element of youth entering online qualification. This year, the Masters Fitness Collective has teamed up with the US Army CrossFit Elite Teen Throwdown in their online qualifying tournament, which runs through June 19.
- “We have teamed up with the youth competition, which is exciting. They actually programmed the training programs, ”said Petras.
- “We are in total alignment with these guys, ”added Petras.
- “Maybe I could see us how we run the competition with these guys next year. We have a lot of synergies between these two groups, ”he concluded.
The big picture: Over the past year, the Masters divisions have grown in popularity and recognition, largely due to advocacy for competitions like the Masters Fitness Collective. As competitions like the MFC continue to grow and add new elements, the Masters divisions will also advance the sport of fitness as a whole, in both the Games and beyond.
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