This is again the time of year: time for elite CrossFit men and women to fight for the title of “strongest in the world” at the 2019 CrossFit Games. The events will be held August 1-4 in Madison, Wisconsin, where games have been held over the past two years.
Want to know how to watch? What are the qualification rules? Who to root for? What WODs do in your garage while you have a stream? We will cover you!
How to watch 2019 CrossFit games
After many years of broadcasting games on major television stations such as CBS and ESPN, CrossFit takes a unique, massive approach to games this year. He invites “broadcast partners” around the world to post and even comment on the official stream, which means that you should have no problem finding a place to watch after the games begin on August 1. But the best places to start your search are:
Events at CrossFit 2019 Games
Although this sport has become more and more popular in the last decade, there have been some significant changes in the Games in recent years, so it’s clear that you are not 100 percent up to date. Let's shed some light on what CrossFit Games actually entails and what it takes to get it done there.
CrossFit criteria for “fitness” are not like all other sports. Fitness is defined as “improving performance in wide temporal and modal areas. CrossFit defines health as the ability to stay fit throughout life. ” In other words, this is an assessment of general physical skills, the fulfillment of sports tasks and energy systems that control all human actions.
However, the athletes of the Games will compete in a wide variety of activities related to functional movements, such as weightlifting, throwing, gymnastics and metabolism. This is a great variety in design.
Want to know how all this leads to competition? Well, athletes at the games too! They do not know what the exact events will be, a few seconds before they perform. As stated on the official website: "CrossFit games are designed for testing, not training, fitness."
By comparison, last year's competition included a 42,195-meter marathon race — a full 26.2-mile marathon — a handstand over obstacle course and a clean and quick jerk ladder, to name just a few. It also included the so-called “total crossfit amount,” which is the sum of the maximum back squat, military press, and traction. Despite the fact that over the past few years there has definitely been a greater influx of endurance forces, in this sport there is always a place for maximum strength when grinding.
Qualifications for CrossFit Games
Until this year, winners of an open tournament from 18 regions of the world moved to the regionals. Now, with the hope of greater participation at CrossFit gyms around the world, the rules have changed. There are several ways to qualify:
1. Get the title of National Open Champion
Open, which takes place during February and March, consists of five workouts over five weeks. People should exercise as prescribed, not in abbreviated form. Participation ratings help improve seeding in games.
2. Position in the top 20 men or women in the world in the open
Top individuals in recognized countries are also invited. Regional events are no longer held.
3. Win a sanctions event for individuals or teams
Sanctions are independent competitions, and winning them is the only way to earn a place in the Games.
four. Be selected or invited by CrossFit
There are many situations in which people can qualify by default; for example, an athlete has won more than one sanctioned event. This is the essence of what is needed to receive this welcome invitation. Although not as easy as in previous years, the new rules introduced in 2019 ensure that the best of the best are present and fight face to face.
Bodybuilding.com team at crossfit games
The games here are even more interesting to us than ever at Bodybuilding.com! Two of our Team Bodybuilding.com athletes assemble their competition sports bags.
Kelsey keelTeam Athlete with CrossFit Invictus Boston
This will not be Kiel's first appearance at the Games. There, she competed with CrossFit Parallax in 2016, then moved to the individual women category and earned her place in the Southern Regions in 2017. Keel returned to the command unit and to the Games with Invictus Boston in 2018.
Kiel and Invictus Boston came back strong this year and showed some impressive performances at the Reykjavik Crossfit Championship and Rogue Invitational by looking at the gold ticket. They took second place in both competitions, putting a little pressure on them, getting the last chance to get to the Games in the French Throwdown tournament. Kiel and her team went through the competition and finished with more than 100 points between them and the runner-up team.
Saxon Panchik, individual athlete
Punchik is young, but he is not new to the Games. In his first round, in 2018, he took 19th place in the overall standings at the age of 21. He also competed in Regionals every year from 2015-2018. He and his twin brother Spencer also opened their own CrossFit Cliffside affiliate in Ohio. His older brother Scott is also a longtime elite competitor, finishing sixth or better at the Games every year from 2012 to 2017.
Getting to the Games this year was not easy for Punchik, as he made his way through several sanctions with many “close, but not quite” finishes. Over the past six months, he took 5th place in Wodapalooza, 32nd place in an open tournament, took 2nd place in the Brazil CrossFit Championship and received only 12 points from qualification at the Granite Games. Fortunately, Panchik received a well-deserved invitation from CrossFit to take part in the Games only a few weeks later and is ready to get into the ranks this summer!
New rules, new competition, new drama
CrossFit dropped a bomb in mid JulyAnnouncing that the first event will exclude half of all individual athletes – a huge decline from 148 men and 134 women from the start. Teams will also be excluded as day-to-day events unfold.
Thanks to the many changes made last year, and even the weeks leading up to this long-awaited sporting event, fans, both old and old, can expect intense battles between some zealous athletes that you won't want to miss.
Find out more and do more
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- Glassman G. (2002). What is fitness?