It’s that time of year again! Starting tomorrow, some of the world’s strongest and fittest athletes are going head to head at The CrossFit Games Regionals. They’re fighting for their spot in The 2014 CrossFit Games in California to compete for the title of Fittest on Earth™.
What are The CrossFit Regionals?
The Regionals events are the second phase of the overall CrossFit Games competition. The athletes in this phase are comprised of the top 48 men, 48 women and 30 teams who competed in The CrossFit Games Open from the 17 different regions. The Regional portion spans over four weekends from May 9th until June 1st. During each weekend, a few different regions will hold their 3 day events.
During the three days, the athletes from each region will push themselves to the max. The workouts are the same across all regions. This will allow every athlete around the world to be compared on the same field — newbies versus vets, pushup for pushup, burpee for burpee, pound for pound.
Regionals are also the first phase of the competition where spectators can watch the live action. With the growing popularity of CrossFit each year, the stands continue to fill with cheering fans, family members and friends. The arenas are filled with an overwhelming sense of competition, dedication and community.
What are the Workouts?
The workouts are the same in every region. Each of the three days has two or three different events made up of different exercises.
On Friday, there are three events for both the individual and team sections. For individuals Event 1 is 1-rep-max hang squat snatch. Event 2 is a max distance handstand walk. Event 3 is three rounds of 50 one-legged alternating squats, 7 muscle-ups and 10 hang power cleans. For the teams Event 1 starts with 15 muscle ups and 15 clean & jerks for one male and one female member, then 12 of the same for one male and one female, then 9 of the same for the last male and female team members. Event 2 is 1-rep-max hang squat snatch for each member. Event 3 is a max distance handstand walk for each member.
On Saturday, there are two events for individuals and teams. Event 4 for individuals is 21-15-9-6-3 reps of strict handstand push-ups, front squats and burpees. Event 5 is 10 rounds of 1 legless rope climb and a 200-foot sprint. For the teams there are three events on Saturday. Event 4 for the teams is just for the females. It is comprised of 50 thrusters at 95 pounds, 10 rope climbs, 40 thrusters with the same weight, 8 rope climbs, 30 thrusters with the same weight and 6 rope climbs. Event 5 is the same as Event 4, but it is for the males only and they do their thrusters with 135 pounds. Event 6 for the teams is a relay. The males on the team start off the relay, and once they are finished, the females wrap it up. Each team member has to complete 9-6-3 reps of strict handstand push-ups, hang power cleans (160 pounds for the males and 110 pounds for the females), and burpees.
The final day on Sunday has two events for individuals and teams. Event 6 for individuals is a 50-calorie row, 50 box jump overs, 50 deadlifts (180 pounds for males and 120 pounds for females), 50 wall balls (20 pounds for males and 14 pounds for females), 50 ring dips, 50 wall balls again, 50 deadlifts again, 50 box jump overs and another 50-calorie row. Event 7 for individuals is 64 pull-ups and 8 overhead squats (205 pounds for males and 135 pounds for females). For Event 7, the teams work in three pairs of one male and one female. Each team member must do 500 meter row and 125 double-unders, 50 deadlifts and 50 toes-to-bars. Event 8 for teams is a relay alternating males and females. Each team member performs 49 pull-ups and 7 overhead squats (185 pounds for males and 115 pounds for females).
The competitors have come too far and are too close to the end to let pain stop them or slow them down. This is where Airrosti comes in. Airrosti has been named Head of Athlete Services, meaning if ever an athlete has a tweaked muscle or any kind of pain, Airrosti will fix them right up. Our Airrosti Certified Providers will be onsite at five of the Regional events — North Central, North West, Central East, South Central and Mid Atlantic. There they will have booths set up for athletes to come get treatment and learn about active rehab exercises to help speed recovery and prevent future injuries.