Since its inception in 2007, (Wow! Is it only six years?) CrossFit has followed a phenomenal rate of growth. The number of affiliates has been doubling every couple of years with, now, more than 6,000 affiliates across the world. The bulk of the CrossFit scene is still in the United States, with more than 70% of the CrossFit affiliates. This means that there is almost 30% of the action in other parts of the world including Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Central America, African and Asia – CrossFit really is a worldwide phenomenon.
This incredible growth is showing no sign of slowing over recent years:
* 2011 – Around 26,000 competitors signed up for the start of the CrossFit Open round of the 2011 CrossFit Games.
* 2012 – That number increased by more than 43,000 to an incredible 69,000 competitors from around the world competing in the 2012 CrossFit Open games.
* 2013 – More than 110,000 athletes signed up for the 2013 CrossFit Open with 2,400 teams and around 20,000 Masters – this thing just keeps on growing!
The 2013 CrossFit Games Open competition attracted athletes from 115 countries across the world–representatives of more than 3,600 CrossFit affiliates–making it one of the largest participatory events in the entire world. And it’s still only six years old!
Could it be something to do with the increase in prize money, since Reebok became involved and the CrossFit Games became the Reebok CrossFit Games? I mean, $250,000 to be crowned the Fittest Man or Woman on the Earth is not a bad reward . . . or is it? Believe me, if money is your only motivation, then you are not going to get far in the world of CrossFit.
So what does the future hold for CrossFit? Watch this space . . .