Best and Worst CrossFit Trends of 2015

CrossFit athletes are fickle beings.

Our devotion to certain types of training methodologies, to our footwear and socks, to the food we eat, is always changing. What was in vogue in 2012—long bacon socks and INOV8s—is no longer. Our loyalty seldom lasts. Each year sees the rise of new trends and the fall of others.

Let’s take a look at what took hold of us in 2015.

Do you love these trends or hate them? Are they fleeting fads like covering our bodies in ROCK tape from head-to-toe circa 2012, or here to stay like butterfly pull-ups?

1. FEMALE CROP TOPS:

2015 saw the rise of the female crop top—essentially a muscle shirt for women. You know the ones: They look like old, fraying, cut-off t-shirts. Some women choose to tie knots in theirs to get that shorter, sexier-looking crop. Brooke Ence, who is always rocking a crop top, might be able to pull it off, but can others? Will we be seeing more of these muscle shirts in 2016, or will they die a quick death like Vibram five-fingers?

Brook Ence and her patented crop-top look

2. FANCYPANTS:

Although Brazilian women have been rocking fancypants for years, fancy leggings and workout pants really took hold in our community on a wide scale in 2015. From big-brands like Lululemon, Reebok and Nike, to smaller legging companies like DonaJo and BlackMilk—known for their famous muscle leggingsit seems every female CrossFit athlete has at least one pair of unique fancy workout leggings. Hot or not hot?

Are the days of simple and elegant black Lululemon pants gone?

3. MAN BUNS:

This doesn’t require any further explanation. I will ask the same question: Hot or not hot?

4. WEEKLY THROWOWNS:

2015 was the year the number of throwdowns and CrossFit competitions finally eclipsed the number of CrossFit affiliates. Or perhaps this already happened back in 2014? Will this trend of 10 different options for throwdowns each weekend continue, or will affiliates’ apparent enthusiasm (and perhaps unrealistic desire) to create the next ECC dwindle in 2016?

5. BROOKE ENCE SOCIAL MEDIA QUEEN: 

This CrossFit Games demo girl hit the competitive circuit hard in 2015, and also the social media circuit. The instant fan fave is now so popular, she now represents numerous CrossFit-focussed brands, from Kill Cliff to PurePharma to Nobull. Which athlete will become the advertisement king or queen of 2016?

PurePharma is just one of the companies who is high on Ence

6. STANCE SOCK GAME:

These ankle socks seem to have become the new bacon sock of 2015. Colorful and funky, Level 1 Seminar coach @karlsteaman’s instagram account is littered with the funky socks. Are these socks here to stay, or will they soon vanish, like the Buddy Lee rope?

7. ROMWOD:

This ipad-based mobility program seems to have taken the CrossFit world by storm, or at least it has taken CrossFit Games athlete Daniel Tyminski by storm: “I jumped on the @romwod bang wagon. Hit my first session today. It was fucking awesome!!” he wrote on Instagram with an accompanying video.

8. EQUIPMENT FADS: ASSAULT BIKES, TRUEFORM RUNNERS AND PEG BOARDS:

The Assault bike has become an almost expected piece of equipment in an affiliate today. Are Assault bikes going to become so mainstream we might soon see them programmed in the CrossFit Open competition? What about peg boards and TrueForm runners? One hit wonders? Or will they rear their ugly heads at Regionals in 2016?  

9. SHOE GAME: NANOS VERSUS METCONS:

If you scanned the warm-up or competition floor at most throwdowns in 2015, you would have noticed Nike MetCons were more rampant than Reebok Nanos. Are MetCons really the better shoe? Or is their vast appeal just evidence that our athletes are easily-influenced bandwagon hoppers, who are momentarily jumping on board the trendy new WOD shoe-of-the-year in the fickle footwear fight we have been playing since 2009?


Although Reebok is still the official CrossFit sponsor, you better believe a handful of loitering Nike trucks littered the streets outside the StubHub at the 2015 CrossFit Games

10. OPENING YOUR MOUTH DURING A SNATCH:

I’m not sure how else to explain this apparent phenomenon, but to ask, 'Who started this opening your mouth as you snatch shit?' A trend that is especially common on the women’s side.

Maybe it was the always-animated, bubbly and beautiful Rory Zambard who started the trend

11. COMPEX AND MARC PROS:

Every 2015 CrossFit Games athlete received a Compex device, and now athletes everywhere think their muscles can’t recover unless they receive electronic vibrations. Will these devices become a mainstay in every CrossFit athlete’s competition kit in 2016? Or will they rise and fall like Crossover Symmetry—once considered a magic healer, but are now sooooooo 2013.

Well, if Camille is doing it... 

12. KILL CLIFF EVENT DOMINATION:

From the ECC, to the Granite Games to the Cascade Classic, has Kill Cliff officially taken over the exercise throwdown circuit? How long will this last?

13. WHERE ARE THE AMERICAN WOMEN?

Check out the leaderboard from the 2015 CrossFit Games. The top American on the women’s side was Chyna Cho, who was 6th. Truth is, this isn’t new: The last American woman to win the CrossFit Games was Kristan Clever in 2010! Will this trend continue in 2016, or will an American woman reclaim the top spot?

Which trends are here to stay, and which ones will be forgotten or replaced by 2017?













Emily Beers
Emily Beers

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Emily is a CrossFit coach, athlete and writer. Before her CrossFit endeavours, she played NCAA and CIS basketball and then turned her attention to rowing while completing her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Western Ontario. As a CrossFit athlete, Emily has competed at three CrossFit Games - with her CrossFit Vancouver team in 2010 and 2011, and as an individual in 2014. She has been a regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal since 2011, and freelance writes and blogs for various companies.



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