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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. 29 – March 18, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/openVirtual
Individual QuarterfinalCrossFit Games SeasonApril 17 – 22, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Team QuarterfinalCrossFit Games SeasonApril 3 – 8, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Age-Group QuarterfinalCrossFit Games SeasonApril 17 – April 22, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Age-Group SemifinalCrossFit Games SeasonMay 8 – 13, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/Virtual
Individual and Team SemifinalCrossFit Games SeasonMay 17 – June 2, 2024 (3 weeks)https://games.crossfit.com/In Person, Various Locations
CrossFit GamesCrossFit Games SeasonAug. 8 – 11, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/Fort Worth, Texas

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. from around the world.

Click here for the full list of events.

Event NameEvent TypeDate(s)Event LinkEvent Location
WESTWODCrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 10-12, 2024https://www.instagram.com/westwodmza/Mendoza, Argentina
Busto ThrowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 17-18, 2024https://crossfitiltempio.altervista.org/Busto Arsizio, Italy
The Dutch Throwdown (Buddy Edition)CrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 17-18, 2024https://instagram.com/thedutchthrowdown.nl/Den Bosch, Netherlands
Beach Throwdown (Indoor Edition)CrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 24-25, 2024https://instagram.com/beachshowdown/Zandvoort, Netherlands
CrossFit OpenCrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 29 -March 18, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/open/overviewVirtual
Adaptive CrossFit Open by WHEELWODCrossFit-Licensed EventFeb. 29 -March 18, 2024https://www.wheelwodgames.com/openVirtual
Sector GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventMarch 8-10, 2024https://www.facebook.com/sectorgamespuertoricoBarceloneta, Puerto Rico
Arnold Fitness GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventMarch 15-17, 2024https://competitioncorner.net/events/11335/detailsBirmingham, United Kingdom
The CrownCrossFit-Licensed EventMarch 27- April 1, 2024https://theprogrm.com/thecrown/Mallorca, Spain
Team QuarterfinalCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 3-8, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/quarterfinals/overviewVirtual
Peru ChallengeCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 4-6, 2024https://www.instagram.com/desafio_cfp/Lima, Peru
Seadog Summer ShowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 6-7, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/www.seadogsummershowdown.comJupiter, Florida
WODWARS Fitness FestivalCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 13, 2024https://www.wodwarsfl.com/Dunedin, Florida
Expo Games – MelbourneCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 13-14, 2024http://expogames.com.au/Melbourne, Australia
Individual / Age-Group QuarterfinalCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 17-22, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/quarterfinals/overviewVirtual
Warriors Way ThrowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 20-21, 2024https://www.instagram.com/warriorswaythrowdown/Blessington, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Monstar GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 26-28, 2024https://monstar.com.br/Goiania, Brazil
The Reiver GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 27, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/Www.thereivergames.comTweedbank, Scotland
MaxOut UKCrossFit-Licensed EventApril 27-28, 2024https://www.instagram.com/MaxOutUK/Wrexham, United Kingdom
Cholula GamesCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 4-5, 2024https://www.instagram.com/cholulagamesmx/Puebla, San Andres, Mexico
Age-Group / Adaptive SemifinalCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 8-13, 2024https://www.wheelwodgames.com/Virtual
Athens ThrowdownCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 10-12, 2024https://www.athensthrowdown.com/Athens, Greece
Fittest in DenmarkCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 18-19, 2024https://www.instagram.com/icefit_thebox/?hl=enAarhus, Jylland, Denmark
North America West SemifinalCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 24-26, 2024http://westcoastcrossfitclassic.com/Carson, California
North America West SemifinalCrossFit-Licensed EventMay 31 – June 2, 2024http://www.syndicatecrown.com/Knoxville, Tennessee
Fight Like a WomanCrossFit-Licensed EventJune 1-2, 2024https://games.crossfit.com/www.fightlikeawoman.esVilanova I la Geltru, Spain
RagnarokCrossFit-Licensed EventJuly 20-21, 2024https://www.bfmg.co.uk/Stoneleigh, United Kingdom

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.

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

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. 

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

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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