Over a hundred athletes went head to head on Saturday, rowing and lifting weights for Bacon Fest, CrossFit's first competition at its new facility on 1 Muller Avenue in Norwalk. Trainers say Bacon Fest got its name from a certain diet.
"As crossfitters, we tend to have a Paleo diet an bacon, natural bacon, no preservatives of course, happens to be pretty tasty," said head trainer Michael Sabato. "People like it."
Organizers say it's a way to bring the community together through individual and team building events. Winners were awarded a trophy, check and merchandise from sponsors.
"Crossfit is all about fitness and being fit and it's inclusive for everybody, so we welcome everybody, we scale everybody, we scale everything," said event coordinator Emily Evans. "It's all about being healthy and being fit. The community is huge."
Athletes say it's one way compete locally.
"We're in the gym five days a week working hard and you're setting goals for yourself and you meet them and it's amazing to see what you were doing six months ago is easy for you now, what was hard back then, you are doing for reps now, so it's motivation to see you constantly improving."
"Athletes of all shapes and sizes can come, compete have their friends cheer them on and really prove to themselves, what they can do at the gym," Sabato said.
Events are open to anyone willing to sign up. For more information on CrossFit's competitions and benefits visit crossfitnorwalk.com.