The 2013 CrossFit Games are quickly approaching. This year the games will take place the week of July 22nd-28th in Carson, California. Which workouts or athletes are you most looking forward to seeing? Here is a nice article about how the athletes qualify for the games:
These workouts are the competitive events of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games season. Each year, event, and stage of competition has different workouts. All athletes will compete in the same Open, Regionals, and Games workouts.
This section explains how the 2013 Games season works in all three stages. We will not announce the workouts until right before the competition. If a workout isn’t listed yet, it's because it hasn’t yet been announced. When the workouts are posted, they will be put here.
Everyone in the world is invited to compete in five workouts over five weeks, posting their scores online in real time.
The structure of the 2013 CrossFit Games season will be the same as 2011 and 2012. The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games season begins with the worldwide Open competition. Everyone in the world is invited to compete in five workouts over five weeks, posting their scores online in real time. Last year, almost 70,000 athletes competed in the Open. This year, more than 138,000 are registered to compete.
Every Open workout needs to be validated to count. Competitors will have two options to validate their performances. They can workout at a local affiliate, where they will be judged in person, or they can submit video evidence of their performance to the entire community. There is no limit to the number of attempts an athlete can make, provided the score submitted prior to the close of each week.
Competitors will be ranked both worldwide and by region. The 48 fittest individual athletes and 30 fittest teams from each region will earn invitations to one of 17 Regionals. This is the first chance athletes will have in 2013 to establish their international standings. For Masters athletes, the top 20 athletes in each age division in the Open will qualify directly to the Games. In 2013, we are introducing a new Masters Division for 40-44 year olds.
The CrossFit Games stand alone as the ultimate test of fitness. No test, regardless of its lofty claims, can grant legitimate title to the best without first providing access to all. The Open is a truly "open" competition. Anyone from anywhere can participate.
The next step is the Regionals, where the virtual competition goes live. See all the details here.
After the Open, the fittest 48 men, 48 women, and 30 teams from each of 17 regions around the world move on to the next phase of the season – Regionals. Athletes and spectators will gather in masses to watch CrossFit competition in a live format. Under the critical eye of Level 1 judges and in front of hundreds of cheering spectators, each Region's best athletes will battle for a few precious Games- qualifying spots.
Find all the Open Workouts here.
Over the course of three days, athletes will perform brutal combinations of workouts to test the range and depth of their capabilities. For the third year in a row, the workouts will be the same across regions. Everyone around the world will be able to compare their favorite newcomers with Games vets, workout for workout, second for second, pound for pound. For fans of the sport, this is another opportunity to speculate what the future holds at the Games.
Besides the stiff competition, Regionals are a lively spectator experience. Each year, fans come in droves and crossed borders to support their favorite athletes, family members, and friends. The same crowds, who settled into the dirt hillside of the Ranch with a beer and a love for CrossFit, enjoy the Aromas-like competition at Regionals. From the searing heat of South Central to the pouring rains of NorCal, these die-hard fans will always show up to support the community.
With the tremendous growth of CrossFit around the world, the competition gets tougher each year, with phenomenal athletes coming out of the woodwork and veteran competitors honing their skills one step further. The Regional competitions have become as tough as the way the Games used to be in the early days in Aromas.
The athletes and fans know, it’s no small feat to make it anywhere close to the Regional podium. The fans come to see their athletes, “marred by dust and sweat and blood,” striving valiantly for their best. The athletes come to prove their fitness on a higher level of competition, with the dream of qualifying to the Games in the back of everyone's mind.
2011, 2012 and 2013 Regional Events
2010 Regional Events
2009 Regional Events
After two qualifying steps, the 2013 season culminates in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games, held July 26-28 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. At the Games, thousands of participants will have been whittled down to around 100 of the fittest men and women in the world. The stakes could not be higher; athletes will be battling for $1 million prize purse and the title Fittest on Earth™.
At the Games, all bets are off. The slate will be wiped clean from the Open and Regionals, and the athletes will confront three days of unforeseen challenges. These events will test them across broad time and modal domains, potentially involving everything from classics such as running and squats, to more exotic movements such as climbing and odd object lifting. The athletes will complete short sprint-type events, medium-duration challenges, and longer tests of endurance. In the end, the fittest will have distinguished themselves from their peers through consistently excellent performance across the weekend’s events.
Beyond the individual competition, teams from around the world will work together in hopes of winning the Affiliate Cup. The high degree of strategy and teamwork involved make this a very popular category of competition. The Masters are divided into five male and female age categories, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60-plus. The Masters competitors’ impressive performances prove that fitness truly is a lifelong endeavor and inspire all with their passion for CrossFit.