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January 2019 Hot Topic: How the CrossFit Games are Changing


“CrossFit stands on a precipice. It’s global domination of fitness is rapidly expanding.”
–Morning Chalk Up

You may (or may not) have heard within our little sliver of CrossFit community, that the CrossFit Games are changing. This will be our last year having our Annual “Friday Night Lights” five-week event, which we’ve run during the months of February/March in conjunction with The Open several years in a row now. With the CrossFit Game changes, The Open will now be in October and as most of you know that is a busy football month for The Exlines (#gobraves!). This doesn’t mean The Open is going away in October just the Friday Night Light format that has been used in the past. In the meantime, BCF athletes should be on the lookout for details involving our very last Friday Night Lights Open in February and a new BCF format to begin in October with the unveiling of the new CrossFit Games Schedule.

WHAT ARE THE CROSSFIT GAMES?


“The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™. They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the toughest athletes on Earth as well as a thrilling experience for spectators. Since its inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games have become “one of the fastest growing sports in America,” according to Forbes.” (Credit: games.crossfit.com)

The road to The Games begins with The Open, where any athlete competes for an invitation to Regionals. After Regionals,  only the best would move onto The Games.

SO WHAT’S CHANGING ABOUT THE GAMES?


Greg Glassman (Founder and CEO of CrossFit) wants to restructure The Games to emphasize CrossFit’s core mission - health. His goal is to expand the number of CrossFit affiliates to 150,000 worldwide, bringing health to more communities.

Each country with a CrossFit affiliate will have the opportunity to send their fittest man and fittest woman to The Games, as opposed to only top-performing athletes regardless of their country. Athletes from all 162 affiliated countries will participate in The Open through their local affiliate, just like we do in our own box. Then instead of top performers heading to Regionals (one big event) as they would in the past, they will participate in 15 sanctioned CrossFit events around the world. The top 20 fittest men, top 20 fittest women, fittest teams, top individual athletes from each of the 162 countries, and the winning male and female from each of the fifteen events, will qualify for the CrossFit Games. Additionally, “Up to 4 individual athletes may receive at-large bids to the Games at the discretion of CrossFit Inc.” (Credit: Morning Chalk Up)

“A higher intensity, denser format, where there’s less to watch but more to see.”
–Greg Glassman, CrossFit Founder