Movie #196 2020: Fittest On Earth (The Story of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games) (2016)

In this day and age – especially with gyms being closed and people being stuck inside their own houses baking cakes for hours every day – we all need a bit of inspiration to get fit. Look no further.

Fittest on Earth takes us through the events of what happened at the 2015 CrossFit Games, and features CrossFit superstars who are well known in the CrossFit world, such as Mat Fraser and then rookie, Tia-Clair Toomey. Completely gripping throughout, this documentary shows us behind the scenes of how the athletes are coping with the events they are presented with at the games, and how they stay positive through injury and being unsuccessful at their craft.

I have to point this out again: these athletes are completely inspiring. If you watch this and don’t come out the other side thinking ”I want to be like them”, then you really need to get some self-love up in your brain. Watching how they struggle yet persevere is applause-worthy, and it’s hard to believe that these people aren’t actually superheroes.

On a personal note, this is the second CrossFit Games documentary I’ve seen, and each of them correlate in that they’re both put together really well. It’s more of a review of an event than an exposé of any sort, but that’s fine. Imagine if they reviewed an Olympic Games in 2 hours to create a documentary. That’s sort of like what this is. Rather than really giving you anything to think about, it’s more of a step-by-step of the events, making it a really easy watch.

As someone with a girlfriend who is CrossFit crazy, I already knew a little bit about each athlete and their personalities. It’s really cool to see the competitors back in 2015 and compare that to how far along they’ve come since, but the best thing about this is that you don’t really need to have any sort of interest in CrossFit itself to enjoy learning about it. Each athlete is likeable for different reasons, and you’ll for sure find yourself really rooting for your favourites even if you don’t know who they are before watching.

On top of that, parts of this are really funny! Whilst we’re on the topic of the athletes’ personalities, some of them are really endearing, only making you more invested. The main reason I watched this personally is as a source of fitness inspiration. It worked. You should try it too, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. (Or even if you’re not!)

I see a lot of reviews for Fittest on Earth stating ridiculous claims like “so many steroids” and “this is corporate advertising” and “CrossFit is a cult” blah blah blah. Why can’t you just take some positivity out of something without bringing down the people who have clearly worked so hard to be good at their craft? *FACEPALM INTENSIFIES* Honestly, it’s clear that these people are really great human beings, and if it helps others to see how inspiring they are then what is the issue?

Again, you don’t necessarily need to know anything about CrossFit before delving into one of these features. Sure, you might be more invested if you do, but if not, maybe start your investment here.

To be honest, even if you’re not a fitness freak but you are a movies/documentaries freak, you’ll be just as enthralled. It won’t be for everyone, but you’ll never know unless you give it a chance…

Fittest on Earth (The Story of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games) is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

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