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Welcome to our comprehensive CrossFit events calendar! This series of three calendars displays the dates and locations for the CrossFit Games Season, other CrossFit-licensed events, and large non-licensed CrossFit competitions. 

CrossFit Games Season

This calendar shows the 2023 CrossFit Games season, which starts on February 16, 2023, with the CrossFit Open.

Event NameEvent TypeDate(s)Event LinkEvent Location
CrossFit OpenCrossFit Games SeasonFeb. 16 – March 6, 2023https://games.crossfit.com/openVirtual
Individual QuarterfinalCrossFit Games SeasonMarch 16 – 19, 2023https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Team QuarterfinalCrossFit Games SeasonMarch 29 – 31, 2023https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Age-Group QuarterfinalCrossFit Games SeasonMarch 31 – April 2, 2023https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Age-Group SemifinalCrossFit Games SeasonApril 28 – 30, 2023https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Individual and Team SemifinalCrossFit Games SeasonMay 18 – June 4, 2023 (3 weeks)https://games.crossfit.com/In Person, Various Locations
CrossFit GamesCrossFit Games SeasonAug. 1 – 6, 2023https://games.crossfit.com/Madison, Wisconsin

CrossFit, Inc-Licensed Events

These events include those that are not a part of the official CrossFit Games season, but are licensed by CrossFit, Inc.

Event NameEvent TypeDate(s)Event LinkEvent Location
Barbell BeatdownCrossFit-Licensed EventJan. 21, 2023http://www.barbellbeatdown.com/Odessa, Florida
Assemble DubaiCrossFit-Licensed EventJan. 27-28, 2023https://instagram.com/assembledubai?igshid=ZmVmZTY5ZGE=Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Green Beret Project ClassicCrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 2-5, 2023https://www.instagram.com/greenberetprojectclassic/Wilmington, Delaware
The Dutch Throwdown (Buddy Edition)CrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 4-5, 2023https://www.instagram.com/thedutchthrowdown.nl/?hl=en&__coig_restricted=1Den Bosch, Netherlands
Copa SurCrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 11-12, 2023https://www.instagram.com/cfcopasul/Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Pamplona Arena GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 11-12, 2023https://pamplonaarenagames.com/Pamplona Navarra, Spain
March MayhemCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 1-2, 2023https://www.bfmg.co.uk/march-mayhem-2022/Peterborough, United Kingdom
Mediterranean ThrowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 14-16, 2023https://scoring.fit/1408Miramas, France
Deutschland ShowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 15-16, 2023https://www.instagram.com/deutschlandshowdown/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y%3DWiesbaden, Germany
Battleground SoCal 2023CrossFit-Licensed EventApril 22, 2023http://www.battlegroundevents.com/Whittier, California
Athens ThrowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 5-7, 2023https://www.athensthrowdown.com/Athens, Greece
RV ChampionshipCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 13-14, 2023https://games.crossfit.com/page/www.rvchampionship.esMalaga, Spain
Italian ShowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventJune 2-4, 2023https://www.italianshowdown.com/Rimini, RN, Italy
Madeira GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventJune 6-10, 2023https://www.facebook.com/Madeira-Cross-Games-1142514292476065/’Funchal, Portugal
French ThrowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventJune 23-25, 2023https://frenchthrowdown.com/Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France
FITTEST of South CarolinaCrossFit-Licensed EventJune 23-25, 2023http://fittestoftheupstate.com/Simpsonville, SC, USA
RagnarokCrossFit-Licensed EventJune 24-25, 2023https://www.bfmg.co.uk/ragnarok/Stoneleigh, United Kingdom
WOD on the LochCrossFit-Licensed EventJuly 15-16, 2023https://www.wodontheloch.com/Luss, Scotland
Affiliates BattleCrossFit-Licensed EventJuly 22-23, 2023https://affiliatesbattle.fr/Nimes / Gard / Occitanie, France
Trinity War NorthCrossFit-Licensed EventAug. 5-6, 2023https://www.bfmg.co.uk/trinity-war-north/Leeds, United Kingdom
Turun TuomiopäiväCrossFit-Licensed EventAug. 17-19, 2023https://www.turuntuomiopaiva.com/Turku, Finland
FITLAND Fitness FestivalCrossFit-Licensed EventAug. 18-21, 2023https://www.fitlandcolombia.com/Bogota, Colombia
Fittest GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventAug. 23-27, 2023https://www.instagram.com/the_fittest_southafrica/?hl=enPotchefstroom, South Africa
The Dutch Throwdown (Individual Edition)CrossFit-Licensed EventSept. 24-25, 2023https://www.instagram.com/thedutchthrowdown.nl/?hl=en&__coig_restricted=1Den Bosch, Netherlands
Arnold Fitness GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventSept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023https://www.bfmg.co.uk/arnold-fitness-games/Birmingham, United Kingdom
Rep It OutCrossFit-Licensed EventNov. 18-19, 2023https://www.instagram.com/repitoutuk/Sheffield, United Kingdom
Winter SoldiersCrossFit-Licensed EventNov. 25-26, 2023https://www.bfmg.co.uk/winter-soldiers/Peterborough, United Kingdom

Other Big CrossFit Competitions 

This calendar shows CrossFit competitions around the world that are considered some of the largest events, but aren’t officially licensed or sanctioned by CrossFit, Inc. 

Event NameEvent TypeDate(s)Event LinkEvent Location
WodapaloozaCrossFit, Not LicensedJan. 12 – 15, 2023https://wodapalooza.com/Miami, FL, USA
Hyrox StuttgartCrossFit, Not LicensedFeb. 4, 2023https://hyrox.com/event/stuttgart/Stuttgart, Germany
Hyrox GlasgowCrossFit, Not LicensedFeb. 11, 2023https://hyrox.com/event/glasgow/Glasgow, Scotland
Hyrox North AmericaCrossFit, Not LicensedFeb. 11, 2023https://hyrox.com/event/chicago-north-american-championships-22-23/Chicago, IL, USA
The Turf Games UK Winter FestivalCrossFit, Not LicensedFeb. 18 – 19, 2023https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/uk-winter-festival-23Farnborough, UK
The Turf Games Gold Coast Summer FestCrossFit, Not LicensedMar. 9 – 10, 2023https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/gold-coast-2023Gold Coast Australia
National Fitness Games IrelandCrossFit, Not LicensedApr. 15, 2023https://www.nationalfitnessgames.com/event/ireland/Dublin, Ireland
Festivus GamesCrossFit, Not LicensedApr. 22, 2023https://festivusgames.com/Various Locations
Murph ChallengeCrossFit, Not LicensedMay 29, 2023https://themurphchallenge.com/Virtual/Local
The Turf Games London Summer FestivalCrossFit, Not LicensedJul. 8 – 9, 2023https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/london-summer-2023London, UK
WODLandCrossFit, Not LicensedAug. 26 – 27, 2023https://www.wodland.co.uk/Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England
The Turf Games DubaiCrossFit, Not LicensedOct. 28 – 30, 2023https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/dubai-festival-team-eventDubai, UAE

What Is CrossFit? 

Athlete Annie Thorisdottir at the 2023 CrossFit Games
Credit: Ava Kitzi

CrossFit is both a sport and a type of exercise. CrossFit as a sport consists of a competitive season much like traditional sports, such as football and track and field. 

Athletes from around the world participate in the CrossFit Open, which is a virtual competition that qualifies athletes for quarterfinals. From there, some athletes qualify for semi-finals, and then for the CrossFit Games, where “The Fittest Man on Earth” and “The Fittest Woman on Earth” are crowned after several days of competition.

CrossFit as a type of exercise is generally defined as functional fitness that increases “general physical preparedness” or GPP. This is the founding principle developed by Greg Glassman, founder and former CEO of CrossFit, Inc. The purpose of CrossFit is to help you become better at all disciplines of fitness: endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, coordination, speed, and body awareness and control. 

CrossFit workouts can range from as little as five minutes to 45 minutes in a class format, although an entire CrossFit class at a gym typically takes about 60 minutes from warmup to cooldown. 

Common exercises in CrossFit include box jumps, burpees, pull-ups, push-ups, deadlifts, and squats. You use a variety of equipment in CrossFit as well, including barbells, dumbbells, sandbags, medicine balls, pull-up bars, weight plates, kettlebells, and more.

What are the Best CrossFit Competitions? 

Tia-Clair Toomey at the 2023 CrossFit Games
Credit: Enrique V Media

If you’re a recreational CrossFitter, local competitions are best for you. At local comps, you’ll get a taste of the greater CrossFit community, which is generally very supportive of newcomers and promotes CrossFit as a lifestyle. 

For competitive athletes or those who hope to become competitive, it’s worthwhile to seek out larger events and participate in the CrossFit Open, which is everyone’s starting chance at qualifying for the NOBULL CrossFit Games. Regional competitions and those with online qualifiers, such as Wodapalooza, are good options for hopeful competitors. 


Team competitions are something to consider as well. This type of competition is often less intimidating for beginners and more fun than competing as an individual. 

When are the CrossFit Games?

The Games events span several days each summer, although the exact time frame varies from year to year. Generally, you can expect the CrossFit games to begin in late July or early August and for the final leaderboard to culminate within a week. 

What Divisions are at the CrossFit Games? 

In the new Games format, there are 37 divisions:

  • Individual:
    • Individual men (ages 18-34)
    • Individual women (ages 18-34)
  • Age Groups:
    • 14-15 men, 14-15 women
    • 16-17 men, 16-17 women
    • 35-39 men, 35-39 women
    • 40-44 men, 40-44 women
    • 45-49 men, 45-49 women
    • 50-54 men, 50-54 women
    • 55-59 men, 55-59 women
    • 60-64 men, 60-64 women
    • 65+ men, 65+ women
  • Adaptive:
    • Men, upper extremity; women, upper extremity
    • Men, lower extremity; women, lower extremity
    • Men, multi-extremity; women, multi-extremity
    • Men, vision; women, vision
    • Men, short stature; women, short stature
    • Men, seated with hip function; women, seated with hip function
    • Men, seated without hip function; women, seated without hip function
    • Men, intellectual; women, intellectual
  • Team

What are the Major CrossFit Competitions?

athletes at the 2023 CrossFit Games
Credit: Athlete’s Eye Photography

The biggest CrossFit competitions are those that are part of the Games season. This includes the CrossFit Open, CrossFit Quarterfinals, CrossFit Semifinals, the Last Chance Qualifier, and the Games. 

Who is the Number 1 CrossFit athlete?

Rich Froning and Mat Fraser are most commonly cited as the best CrossFit athletes; considering they won four first-place finishes and five first-place finishes, respectively, this is rather inarguable. However, Justin Medeiros has won two first-place titles and is expected to reign for several years like Froning and Fraser. 

Tia-Clair Toomey-Orr, who is a six-time CrossFit Games Champion and an Olympian in weightlifting, is the best female CrossFit athlete.

How to Prepare for a CrossFit Competition?

In short: Go to CrossFit. The only way to prepare for a CrossFit competition is to do CrossFit. You could go to a box (CrossFit gym) where you can work out under the supervision of a qualified coach, but you can also do CrossFit workouts at home and follow online programming.

Are CrossFitters Really the Fittest? 

Credit: Enrique V Media

It depends on how you look at it. A CrossFit athlete is like a jack of all trades: pretty good at a lot of things. Elite CrossFitters are really skilled in a lot of disciplines—but for the most part, they won’t beat specialists. 

For example, a competitive CrossFit athlete may have an objectively good mile run time or deadlift PR. But it’s unlikely they can beat an elite track-and-field star or a professional powerlifter at those tasks. It’s equally unlikely that either a track athlete or a pro powerlifter could qualify for the CrossFit Games.

What are the Hardest CrossFit Movements?

Since there are so many different exercises in CrossFit, it’s hard to say which ones are hardest: It depends on your fitness background and personal strengths and weaknesses. However, there are several CrossFit exercises that are objectively difficult and take a long time to master. Those are: double-unders, handstand push-ups, muscle-ups, the Olympic lifts (snatches and clean-and-jerks), thrusters, and overhead squats.

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