From the Gulf Coast to Desoto County and everywhere between, the State of Mississippi has a proud heritage. From great food, music, hospitality and more – this state offers everyone something they can enjoy and be proud of.
One word though, that has never been associated with the state of Mississippi is the word “fitness.”
Per 2010 state obesity rates, the State of Mississippi leads the union with a 34% obesity rate. The numbers are staggering which is why you are seeing campaigns around the state encouraging activity, fitness and a better lifestyle.
One group that has taken the lead and embracing the “fitness lifestyle” is the CrossFit community.
CrossFit was founded by former gymnast Greg Glassman and is a strength and conditioning regimen that promotes broad and general overall physical fitness, using a wide variety of exercises more commonly found in the activities of weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics.
Designed to enhance a wide array of physical characteristics simultaneously such as cardiovascular endurance, power, flexibility, speed, agility, and balance, the popularity of CrossFit has truly taken off in recent years.
Not only has the CrossFit craze exploded as an alternative fitness lifestyle – the sport of CrossFit has erupted as well – worldwide.
The CrossFit Games have become the ultimate test of physical fitness around the world, broken into three stages.
The games begin with the CrossFit Open. The open is just what it says it is; it is “open” to anyone that wants to participate.
This year’s open broke the Guinness Book of Worlds Record for the most people to compete in a fitness event of any kind, at one time. Over two hundred-thousand people registered to compete for the title “fittest on earth.” This tops major events like the Boston Marathon or worldwide iron man events.
After the open, the CrossFit games extends invitations to the top 48-men and 48-women in each region to compete in a grueling three day event, with the top three men and women in each region getting invitations to Carson City, California for the worldwide CrossFit Games competition, to determine who is the fittest on earth.
There are 17-regions worldwide, expanding over five continents – with one of those regions in San Antonio, Texas.
Central Mississippi will be well represented on May 23rd at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio as six native Mississippian’s will compete for those coveted CrossFit Games invitations and all the while, showing the region and country that Mississippi is serious about their fitness.
Jessica Malone, Hunter Owen, Marylin Keller, Dex Hopkins Cameron Wilson and Hollye Henderson will carry the torch of a state labeled “out of shape” over to Texas to prove they not only belong with the fittest on earth but, could very well be the fittest.
For Malone, Keller, Owen and Wilson – they have been here before, with Owen leading the charge as this will be his fourth consecutive regionals appearance. This will be Hopkins and Henderson’s first appearance and although the experience is varied between the group, the goal is the same. Do the best you can and hope it’s good enough to get one of those coveted three spots to the Games.