After the Games Open, the fittest 60 men, 60 women, and 30 teams from each of the 17 regions around the world moved on to the next phase of the season – Regionals. Athletes and spectators gathered in masses to see CrossFit competitions in a more traditional format. There, under the critical eye of Level 1 judges and in front of hundreds in the cheering sections, the best athletes of the region proved their fitness.
Throughout the course of three days, each Regional saw athletes perform brutal combinations of workouts to test the range and depth of the athletes’ physical and mental capacities. On the last day, the competition was cut to the top 14 athletes and top 10 teams to complete the last two workouts. Athletes gave their all, and at the end of the weekend, just three men, three women, and three teams were invited to the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games.
For the first time ever, the workouts were the same across regions. Everyone around the world could compare their favorite newcomers with Games vets, workout for workout, second for second, pound for pound. This made for a new and exciting experience for athletes and fans alike.
Fans came in droves and crossed borders to support their favorite athletes, family members, and friends. The same crowds who settled into the dirt hillside of the Ranch with a beer and a love for CrossFit came out to watch the Aromas-like competition at Regionals. Despite, rain, wind, and record high temperatures, these CrossFit fans will always show up to support the community.
With the tremendous growth of CrossFit around the world, competition has gotten tough with phenomenal athletes coming out of the woodworks. The Regional competitions have become as tough as the way the Games used to be in the early days in Aromas.
The athletes and fans know, it’s no small feat to make it anywhere close to the Regional podium. They come out to see their athletes, “marred by dust and sweat and blood,” striving valiantly for their best.
Two workouts per day for three days at 17 Regionals around the world.