Department of Physical Education & Sport Science, School of Physical Education & Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, 69100, Greece.
The main aim of this study was to record and analyze the pacing strategies of fitness men during the 2015 National CrossFit Championship that took place in Thessaloniki, Greece. We were also interested to observe if the pacing strategies would be affected by the number and the type of the exercises performed by the athletes. More specifically, 363 fitness men participated in the competition, where their pacing strategies were recorded by using the expert software application SportScout. For the statistical analysis of the data, the non-parametric Crosstabs and Chi-square test of independence were conducted. According to our results, it was observed that (a) 50% of fitness men were using the positive pacing, (b) 21% were using the variable pacing, (c) 18% were using the even pacing, (d) 9% were using the parabolic-shaped pacing, and (e) 2% were using the negative pacing. In addition, 44% of the winners were using the even pacing. All the pacing strategies were dependent on the number of the exercises (p<.001) and the type of the exercises performed by athletes (p<.001). In conclusion, fitness men were using different pacing strategies in their attempt to achieve the best possible performance during the competition. The most widely used strategy was the positive pacing, while all the selected strategies were affected by the number and the type of the exercises performed by the athletes.
Keywords: Pacing strategies; SportScout; CrossFit.