The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games

In NewsX by Dave

The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games season is a three-stage test of fitness, comprised of the Open, Regionals, and the world championships, the CrossFit Games. The season kicks off with the Open, the most inclusive competition in the world. The top athletes and teams in each region from the Open will move onto Regionals. The best athletes and teams at Regionals will compete at the CrossFit Games, the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™.

Individual Men and Women
In order to identify the fittest, we invite everyone in the world to compete in the Open. Every Wednesday, from March 6 to April 3, an Open workout is posted. Everyone then has until that Sunday to complete the workout. Athletes have the choice of competing at a participating CrossFit affiliate, or submit a videotape of their performance to the Games website. The Open will consist of five workouts over five weeks.

At the end of the five weeks, the Open’s top athletes in each region will move on to the the second stage of the competition — Regionals. Each of the 17 Regionals will be a three-day competition where individuals compete head to head with judges. At the end of the weekend, no more than three men and three women will advance to the final stage of the competition — the CrossFit Games.

On March 6, the team competition starts with the Open. Team athletes will compete throughout the five Open workouts like the Individual competitors. If an athlete chooses to register with a team, the athlete may still compete in the Individual competition at the Regional level, if they qualify. A team’s top three male and female scores in the week’s workout will contribute to the team’s standings.

All of a team’s members must register on the Games site. The team captain then must set up a team account and add the members to the team roster. All members of the team must train primarily at the same gym as the team captain. Affiliates, though, may have more than one team, but athletes cannot be added or moved between or among teams (once the competition begins).

At the conclusion of the Open, the top 30 teams in each region will advance to Regionals. A team’s Regional roster must draw from the group of athletes who represented it during the Open. Teams are comprised of three men and three women.

Over the course of three days, six team members will complete workouts together at Regionals. Sometimes, only two members will do the workout, sometimes four, sometimes all six. No more than three teams will advance to the CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup.

The Masters competition is for athletes ages 40 and older. For the first time ever, the Masters level competition will be split into five age categories: 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60-plus.

Masters athletes will register in the Open, complete the workouts just as the Individuals. Some age divisions will have modified standards, but all workouts must be completed as prescribed.

The Regionals
After the CrossFit Games Open, the fittest men, women, and teams from each of the 17 regions around the world will move on to the next phase of the competition – Regionals.

Athletes and spectators will gather to see CrossFit competition in a more traditional format. There, under the critical eye of Level 1 judges, and in front of thousands in the stands, the best athletes of the region will prove their fitness.

Throughout the course of three days, each Regional will see athletes perform brutal combinations of workouts to test the range and depth of the athletes’ physical and mental capacitates. Athletes will give it their all, and after the end of the weekend, no more than three men, three women, and three teams will receive invitations to the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.

For the second year, the format will be the same across regions. Everyone around the world will be able to compare their favorite newcomers with Games veterans, workout for workout, second for second, pound for pound. This will make for an exciting experience for athletes and fans alike.

Each year, fans come in droves and crossed borders to support their favorite athlete, family members, and friends. The same crowds who settled into the dirt hillside of the Ranch with a beer and a love for CrossFit can watch the Aromas-like competition at Regionals. Rain, wind, and record high temperatures will never stop CrossFit fans to show up and support the community.

With the tremendous growth of CrossFit around the world, competition is tough. Phenomenal athletes are coming out of the woodworks everyday. The Regional competitions have become as tough as previous years’ Games.

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.