The CrossFit Italian Showdown

October 18, 2018


The CrossFit Italian Showdown will take place April 26, 2019, in Milan, Italy.

The CrossFit Italian Showdown will take place April 26, 2019, in Milan, Italy. The competition is one of CrossFit’s newly sanctioned events and will qualify one male athlete and one female athlete to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. Registration for the Showdown opens in mid-November.

“It's a privilege and honor that inspire(s) us to do our best to make the CrossFit® Italian Showdown the competition for the whole community,” the organization wrote on its Instagram account in regards to becoming a sanctioned event.


The CrossFit Italian Showdown will start with the pre-selection process. There are 1,500 spots available to compete in the Showdown, and each person hoping to earn a spot must first prove his or her fitness by attending one of the pre-selections that will take place live in five Italian cities. If you are unable to participate in one of the pre-selections live, you can participate online with the worldwide community to earn your spot.

The pre-selection phase of the 2019 CrossFit Italian Showdown is based on a single 7-minute workout that can be performed from Jan. 13 to Feb. 10, 2019, live in one of five Italian cities, or online from Feb. 17-23, 2019.

Pre-Selection Schedule

Mid-November 2018: Registration opens

Jan. 13, 2019: Live pre-selections in Turin, Italy

Jan. 20, 2019: Live pre-selections in Milan, Italy

Jan. 27, 2019: Live pre-selections in Bologna, Italy

Feb. 3, 2019: Live pre-selections in Rome, Italy

Feb. 10, 2019: Live pre-selections in Naples, Italy

Feb. 17, 2019: Online pre-selections worldwide

April, 26-28, 2019: Live qualification and finals

Pre-Selection Workout

The CrossFit Italian Showdown recently released the pre-selection workout on its Facebook page. See details below.

Check out the movement standards here, and see a workout demo here.

The Showdown

Everyone who earns a spot at the CrossFit Italian Showdown will be directly admitted to the first day of the live competition and will compete against other registrants in three workouts.

After Day 1, the best athletes will move on to the next phase, which consists of five additional workouts over the course of two days. Upon completion of the five workouts, the best five athletes will battle it out in the final Showdown, concluding with one man and one woman being crowned the champs and invited to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. There is no team competition at the CrossFit Italian Showdown.

For more information and the rulebook, check out the CrossFit Italian Showdown online here.