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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 Name||Event Type||Date(s)||Event Link||Event Location|
|CrossFit Open||CrossFit Games Season||Feb. 16 – March 6, 2023||https://games.crossfit.com/open||Virtual|
|Individual Quarterfinal||CrossFit Games Season||March 16 – 19, 2023||https://games.crossfit.com/||Virtual|
|Team Quarterfinal||CrossFit Games Season||March 29 – 31, 2023||https://games.crossfit.com/||Virtual|
|Age-Group Quarterfinal||CrossFit Games Season||March 31 – April 2, 2023||https://games.crossfit.com/||Virtual|
|Age-Group Semifinal||CrossFit Games Season||April 28 – 30, 2023||https://games.crossfit.com/||Virtual|
|Individual and Team Semifinal||CrossFit Games Season||May 18 – June 4, 2023 (3 weeks)||https://games.crossfit.com/||In Person, Various Locations|
|CrossFit Games||CrossFit Games Season||Aug. 1 – 6, 2023||https://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 Name||Event Type||Date(s)||Event Link||Event Location|
|Barbell Beatdown||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Jan. 21, 2023||http://www.barbellbeatdown.com/||Odessa, Florida|
|Assemble Dubai||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Jan. 27-28, 2023||https://instagram.com/assembledubai?igshid=ZmVmZTY5ZGE=||Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)|
|Green Beret Project Classic||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Feb. 2-5, 2023||https://www.instagram.com/greenberetprojectclassic/||Wilmington, Delaware|
|The Dutch Throwdown (Buddy Edition)||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Feb. 4-5, 2023||https://www.instagram.com/thedutchthrowdown.nl/?hl=en&__coig_restricted=1||Den Bosch, Netherlands|
|Copa Sur||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Feb. 11-12, 2023||https://www.instagram.com/cfcopasul/||Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil|
|Pamplona Arena Games||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Feb. 11-12, 2023||https://pamplonaarenagames.com/||Pamplona Navarra, Spain|
|March Mayhem||CrossFit-Licensed Event||April 1-2, 2023||https://www.bfmg.co.uk/march-mayhem-2022/||Peterborough, United Kingdom|
|Mediterranean Throwdown||CrossFit-Licensed Event||April 14-16, 2023||https://scoring.fit/1408||Miramas, France|
|Deutschland Showdown||CrossFit-Licensed Event||April 15-16, 2023||https://www.instagram.com/deutschlandshowdown/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y%3D||Wiesbaden, Germany|
|Battleground SoCal 2023||CrossFit-Licensed Event||April 22, 2023||http://www.battlegroundevents.com/||Whittier, California|
|Athens Throwdown||CrossFit-Licensed Event||May 5-7, 2023||https://www.athensthrowdown.com/||Athens, Greece|
|RV Championship||CrossFit-Licensed Event||May 13-14, 2023||https://games.crossfit.com/page/www.rvchampionship.es||Malaga, Spain|
|Italian Showdown||CrossFit-Licensed Event||June 2-4, 2023||https://www.italianshowdown.com/||Rimini, RN, Italy|
|Madeira Games||CrossFit-Licensed Event||June 6-10, 2023||https://www.facebook.com/Madeira-Cross-Games-1142514292476065/’||Funchal, Portugal|
|French Throwdown||CrossFit-Licensed Event||June 23-25, 2023||https://frenchthrowdown.com/||Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France|
|FITTEST of South Carolina||CrossFit-Licensed Event||June 23-25, 2023||http://fittestoftheupstate.com/||Simpsonville, SC, USA|
|Ragnarok||CrossFit-Licensed Event||June 24-25, 2023||https://www.bfmg.co.uk/ragnarok/||Stoneleigh, United Kingdom|
|WOD on the Loch||CrossFit-Licensed Event||July 15-16, 2023||https://www.wodontheloch.com/||Luss, Scotland|
|Affiliates Battle||CrossFit-Licensed Event||July 22-23, 2023||https://affiliatesbattle.fr/||Nimes / Gard / Occitanie, France|
|Trinity War North||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Aug. 5-6, 2023||https://www.bfmg.co.uk/trinity-war-north/||Leeds, United Kingdom|
|Turun Tuomiopäivä||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Aug. 17-19, 2023||https://www.turuntuomiopaiva.com/||Turku, Finland|
|FITLAND Fitness Festival||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Aug. 18-21, 2023||https://www.fitlandcolombia.com/||Bogota, Colombia|
|Fittest Games||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Aug. 23-27, 2023||https://www.instagram.com/the_fittest_southafrica/?hl=en||Potchefstroom, South Africa|
|The Dutch Throwdown (Individual Edition)||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Sept. 24-25, 2023||https://www.instagram.com/thedutchthrowdown.nl/?hl=en&__coig_restricted=1||Den Bosch, Netherlands|
|Arnold Fitness Games||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2023||https://www.bfmg.co.uk/arnold-fitness-games/||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
|Rep It Out||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Nov. 18-19, 2023||https://www.instagram.com/repitoutuk/||Sheffield, United Kingdom|
|Winter Soldiers||CrossFit-Licensed Event||Nov. 25-26, 2023||https://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 Name||Event Type||Date(s)||Event Link||Event Location|
|Wodapalooza||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Jan. 12 – 15, 2023||https://wodapalooza.com/||Miami, FL, USA|
|Hyrox Stuttgart||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Feb. 4, 2023||https://hyrox.com/event/stuttgart/||Stuttgart, Germany|
|Hyrox Glasgow||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Feb. 11, 2023||https://hyrox.com/event/glasgow/||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Hyrox North America||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Feb. 11, 2023||https://hyrox.com/event/chicago-north-american-championships-22-23/||Chicago, IL, USA|
|The Turf Games UK Winter Festival||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Feb. 18 – 19, 2023||https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/uk-winter-festival-23||Farnborough, UK|
|The Turf Games Gold Coast Summer Fest||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Mar. 9 – 10, 2023||https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/gold-coast-2023||Gold Coast Australia|
|National Fitness Games Ireland||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Apr. 15, 2023||https://www.nationalfitnessgames.com/event/ireland/||Dublin, Ireland|
|Festivus Games||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Apr. 22, 2023||https://festivusgames.com/||Various Locations|
|Murph Challenge||CrossFit, Not Licensed||May 29, 2023||https://themurphchallenge.com/||Virtual/Local|
|The Turf Games London Summer Festival||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Jul. 8 – 9, 2023||https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/london-summer-2023||London, UK|
|WODLand||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Aug. 26 – 27, 2023||https://www.wodland.co.uk/||Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, England|
|The Turf Games Dubai||CrossFit, Not Licensed||Oct. 28 – 30, 2023||https://turfgames.com/blogs/news/dubai-festival-team-event||Dubai, UAE|
What Is CrossFit?
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?
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 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
- 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
What are the Major CrossFit Competitions?
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?
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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