FINDING THE FITTEST ON EARTH™
The CrossFit Games are the ultimate proving grounds for the Fittest on Earth™ and are world-renowned as the definitive test of fitness after 13 seasons of international competition. Since 2010, fans from around the world have attended the multiday festival, streamed the competition online, or watched on ESPN, CBS, or one of a dozen other international media outlets. The field of athletes includes national champions from over 120 countries competing for more than $2,300,000 in prize money.
THE ULTIMATE TEST
The Games began in 2007 as the first competition to objectively measure fitness. From their inception, they have been unlike traditional sports such as track and field, gymnastics, weightlifting, or even decathlon — all specialist sports in which the events are known long in advance. The early athletes flocking to Aromas, California, from around the world were tested against a variety of unannounced events, each with different movements, equipment, and time domains. Competitors were required to train for the unknown, and events including long swims, obstacles courses, 1-rep-max lifts, handstand walking, and various gymnastics apparatuses became commonplace.
The test has evolved continually. As top athletes return with more strength, speed, endurance, and skill, they are met with new tests that take them outside their comfort zone. The 14th edition of the CrossFit Games will take place over five days, from July 29 - Aug. 2, 2020 in Madison, Wisconsin.
THE SPORT OF FITNESS™
Many roads lead to the CrossFit Games. The CrossFit Games Open determines each country’s national champions, and over 120 countries receive invitations to send their champions to the Games. There are also 28 global CrossFit Sanctionals™ where top athletes compete to earn an invitation or qualify as a team. CrossFit also hosts an Age Group Online Qualifier to determine the top 10 teenage and masters athletes who will compete in Madison.
Lastly, CrossFit has a standing invitation for decorated athletes from other sports or training backgrounds deemed worthy of competing in the finals.
The CrossFit Games are the pinnacle of the Sport of Fitness. These athletes are the tip of the spear in a diverse community of everyday people who are committed to bettering themselves and others.
MANY ROADS LEAD TO THE CROSSFIT GAMES
Athletes may qualify for the Games through the worldwide Open or the Age Group Online Qualifier. Top athletes and teams from Sanctionals™ also earn invitations.
THE WORLDWIDE OPEN
During this five-week competition, one event is released online each Thursday, and athletes have four days to record and submit scores. Anyone who is at least 14 years old can sign up and join in the first stage of the CrossFit Games season.
The Open provides two ways to qualify for the CrossFit Games. The top man and woman from each country (based on country of citizenship) will be crowned a national champion. National champions of countries with at least one affiliated gym or a minimum number of competitors in the Open will earn a spot to the Games. Along with national champions, the top 20 men and women worldwide also will qualify automatically for the Games.
The Open allows hundreds of thousands of individual athletes to quantify their performance and rank themselves with peers. Separate leaderboards are available for teachers, dads, soldiers, doctors, and various other professions and groups. The leaderboard is also searchable by state, territory, or province in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, so, for example, athletes can search for the fittest in Texas, British Columbia, or New South Wales.
In addition, there is a team competition for official CrossFit affiliates, with multiple scoring divisions ranging from elite pairs to all members of the gym.
Sanctionals are independently owned and operated (and CrossFit-licensed) fitness competitions that offer another pathway for top men, women, and team athletes to receive invitations to compete at the CrossFit Games. Sanctionals expand the opportunities available to CrossFit competitors around the globe, and each event emerged from the CrossFit affiliate community.
Twenty-eight Sanctionals competitions will take place prior to this year’s Games. Find a complete list of this year’s Sanctionals and additional updates in the Sanctionals tab here.
THE CROSSFIT GAMES
The season culminates with the ultimate test of fitness. A key element to a fair test of fitness is the unknown and unknowable. At each CrossFit Games competition, athletes engage in a series of challenges unknown to them until right before the events begin. The combination of highly trained athletes and unknown events makes for an explosive mix.
At this point in the season, the field has been whittled down from the hundreds of thousands of athletes in the Open and Sanctionals to the world's national champions, other globally distinguished individuals, 26 teams, 40 teenagers, and 120 masters. The CrossFit Games rank the world's fittest and determine who is the Fittest on Earth.
MAY ONLY THE BEST WIN
The Games are a playing field where the fittest athletes are given a chance to distinguish themselves through consistently exceptional performances. In a single competition, the CrossFit Games test athletes’ capabilities across broad time and modal domains. A wide variety of events are strategically formulated. In the past, these have ranged from dusty hill sprints to sandbag carries to ocean swims and endurance events. Future events will include even more surprises.
The Games use a relative scoring system. That is, athletes are rewarded according to their placing in each event relative to their peers — not according to their absolute performance on that event.
Each event will be worth up to 100 points, and athletes earn points based on their finish (see chart). At the end of the weekend, the athlete with the most points is the winner and is crowned the Fittest on Earth.
A GROWING SPORT
Interest in this sport continues to increase. With over 15,000 affiliated gyms, more athletes are participating in more CrossFit competitions in more places around the globe than ever. The 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, will be the greatest worldwide test of broad, general, and inclusive fitness yet.