The CrossFit Games
The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth. The Games season is a grueling multi-stage journey that culminates in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games on July 29-31 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
Fitness means being ready for the unknown and unknowable, so the workouts change every year and are not announced until just before the events start. For more information, see the History of the Games.
What is CrossFit?
CrossFit is an evidence-based fitness program. We define fitness as increased work capacity across broad time and modal domains. Capacity is the ability to do real work, which should be measurable. Life is unpredictable (much more so than sport), so real world fitness must be broad and not specialized. Our workouts are designed to maximize this broad, inclusive fitness.
Stage One: The CrossFit Games Open
This year, the Games season began with the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, a six-week online competition with one workout per week. The Open started on March 15 and ran through to May 1. Over 26,000 athletes from around the world took part. Athletes could do the workouts at their local affiliate, or film their attempt from their garage gym.All scores and videos were submitted to the Open website, allowing athletes to track how they matched up with athletes in their region and around the world.
The athletes were divided into three categories: Individual, Team, and Masters. For the first time in Games history, the Masters category includes four age divisions: 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60 plus. Masters athletes competed to be among the fittest 20 athletes in their division, and the successful few earned a spot in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Individual athletes and teams must progress through two stages of screening before reaching the Games: the Open and Regionals. Anyone can compete in the Open, but only the fittest 60 men, 60 women, and 30 teams from each of the world’s 17 regions are invited to compete at their Regional.
Stage Two: Regionals
Over the course of three days, the Regionals will run their athletes through a brutal combination of workouts to test the breadth of the athletes’ physical and mental capacities. Here athletes will give their all--for at the end of the weekend, no more than three men, three women, and three teams will be invited to the Games.
Each weekend from May 27 and June 19, CrossFit HQ will hold Regional competitions for the 17 regions of the world. First up, we have Australia, Canada West, Australia, North Central and South East (May 27-29). Next, it’s Northern California, Mid Atlantic, Europe, and Canada East (June 3-5). Third, it’s Africa, Asia, North West, South West, and Central East (June 10-12). Last, we have the North East, Latin America, Southern California, and South Central (June 17-19).
The format of the 2011 Regionals will be similar to last year. Athletes and spectators will gather at one venue--and watch as the competitors hit the workouts in heats and are judged by Level 1 trainers. As interest in the sport of fitness has increased so has the size of the venues. This year, Regional competitions will be held at a variety of different venues such as Navy Pier in Chicago and the Oakland Farm and Ranch in Tomball, Texas.
Regionals are the first stage of live competition. Seeing athletes from around the region come together to compete head-to-head gives Regionals a whole different flavor from the Open. We will be providing constant coverage of the Regional competition so that fans who are unable to attend will be kept up to date.
Stage Three: The Games
The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games will be held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California for the second consecutive year. The ultimate test begins on Friday, July 29th and doesn’t stop until Sunday, July 31st.
At the center of the arena, the Games competitors will have to prove that they are not only fit but capable of handling the unknown. No one knows what the events will be. Every year the events are different. The best movements to test for fitness are a combination of gymnastics, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, jumping rope, climbing ropes, lengthy runs, and a vast amount of pure grunt work such as getting sandbags over a wall. But athletes never know what is required. In 2008, there was the hill. In 2009, there was the spike drive. In 2010, athletes had to do ring handstand push-ups and clear the 12-foot wall.
Only one thing is certain, each athlete will be thoroughly tested on their journey to be named the fittest man and fittest woman on Earth.
Fans from around the world will be able to keep up through our constant coverage and live streaming of the events.