The 2019 CrossFit Games were the 13th CrossFit Games and were held from August 1–4, 2019, at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. 
The 2019 Games were the first to operate under a new set of qualification rules. It was also the first year to allow a team to be composed of members that did not share a gym affiliation.
The men’s competition was won by Mat Fraser, the women’s by Tia-Clair Toomey, and CrossFit Mayhem Freedom won the Team competition, all of whom also won the 2018 games.
Qualification [ edit ]
For this season, the Games qualification procedures were overhauled. For the first year since 2008, the CrossFit Games no longer hosted a regional qualifier and instead sanctioned independently run events around the world. The events were trademarked as "Sanctionals" by CrossFit, LLC,  and were used to qualify participants in the Men, Women, and Team divisions for the 2019 Games. In previous years the CrossFit Open was used to determine which athletes and teams qualified for the Regionals. In 2019, each Sanctional was either by invitation or through its own open qualification process. The CrossFit Open still occurred, but was used to qualify directly to the Games.  Team rules were also changed so that members no longer needed to be from the same CrossFit affiliate.
Individual athletes qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games in one of four ways by order of precedence: becoming a national champion in the 2019 CrossFit Open, finishing in the top 20 men or women worldwide in the Open, winning a Sanctionals event, or by select invitation at the Games’ discretion.  The first set of qualified athletes came from the top-ranked man and woman from each country, with at least one CrossFit affiliate in good standing, that completed each Open workout as written in the Rx’d (prescribed) category after video review.  After the Open was completed, a total of 123 men and 117 women qualified for the Games as national champions pending final review.    After the national champions were determined, the next 20 overall male and female worldwide finishers in the Open qualified for the Games. 
The 2019 Sanctionals consisted of 15 sanctioned events that took place between December 2018 and June 2019. The events were the Dubai CrossFit Championship (Dubai), Australian CrossFit Championship (Broadbeach), Wodapalooza (Miami), CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town, CrossFit Strength in Depth (London), Asia CrossFit Championship (Shanghai), Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (Baltimore), CrossFit Italian Showdown (Milan), Brazil CrossFit Championship (São Paulo), CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown (Apeldoorn), Down Under CrossFit Championship (Wollongong), Reykjavik CrossFit Championship (Reykjavik), Rogue Invitational (Columbus, Ohio), CrossFit French Throwdown (Paris), and the Granite Games (St. Cloud, Minnesota).  The male, female, and team winners of each of the events qualified for the Games and if a Sanctionals event winner has previously qualified for the 2019 CrossFit Games, the qualifying place for that competition would be awarded to the next highest finisher who has yet to qualify for the games. 
The final method of qualification allowed for the CrossFit Games to issue four at-large bids. No other details were provided by the CrossFit Games rulebook,  but invitations were given to professional obstacle course racer Hunter McIntyre and ten-time CrossFit Games competitor Ben Smith following social media campaigns.
Individual [ edit ]
Following the qualification procedure, there were 148 men and 134 women that had qualified and registered to attend the CrossFit Games in the Individual competition. Due the significantly higher number of participants, the Games implemented cuts after each event. After the first event, each field was cut to 75 competitors. After the second, it was cut to 50 competitors and then by 10 participants following each subsequent event until only 10 remained. The first event took place on August 1. 
Thursday, August 1, 2019 [ edit ]
Event 1: First Cut [ edit ]
Four rounds for time of:
The snatch weight for the event was 185 pounds (84 kilograms) for men and 130 pounds (59 kilograms) for women. The event was won by both defending champions, Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey.
Event 2: Second Cut [ edit ]
As fast as possible, each competitor accumulated 800 meters on a rowing machine, then lifted two kettlebells from the shoulder to overhead for 66 repetitions, and then finished with 132 feet (40 meters) of handstand walking. The weight of each kettlebell was 16 kilograms (35 pounds) for the men and 12 kilograms (26 pounds) for the women. Fraser won the men’s event again, while Danielle Brandon won the women’s side.
Friday, August 2, 2019 [ edit ]
Event 3: Ruck [ edit ]
Competitors ran four laps around a 1,500-meter (4,900-foot) course carrying a weighted rucksack. The weight increased by 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) each lap, from 20 pounds on the first lap to 50 pounds on the last. Lukas Högberg and Emily Rolfe won the event.
Event 4: Sprint Couplet [ edit ]
- 172-foot (52-meter) sled push
- Bar muscle-ups; 18 for men and 15 for women
- 172-foot (52-meter) sled push
The competitors started the event by pushing a sled, then completing the required number of muscle-ups on a pull-up bar, and then finished with another sled push to the finish line. The event was won by Matt McLeod and Amanda Barnhart.
Event 5: Mary [ edit ]
As many repetitions as possible in 20 minutes of:
A traditional CrossFit workout, the competitors performed five handstand push-ups, then ten squats, followed by fifteen pull-ups. After the pull-ups, they started back at the handstand push-ups and repeated the order until the 20 minute mark. The event was won by Noah Ohlsen and Kari Pearce.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 [ edit ]
Event 6: Sprint Course [ edit ]
Three-round bracket elimination sprint course. In heats of five, competitors ran through a course. The top ten in the first round advanced to the second round, and then the top five in the second round moved on to the final run. Saxon Panchick and Kristin Holte won the event.
Following the event, only the final ten competitors participated in the remainder of the competition.
Event 7: Split Triplet [ edit ]
Five rounds as fast as possible of:
The dumbbell weight was 80 pounds (36 kilograms) for the men 55 pounds (25 kilograms) for the women. Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey won the event.
Event 8: Clean [ edit ]
The event consisted of progressively heavier weights that each competitor must clean. The men started at 315 pounds (143 kilograms) and the women started at 215 pounds (98 kilograms). If multiple athlete failed to complete a lift at the same weight, they went to a tie-breaker bar, where they then cleaned 295 pounds (134 kilograms) for men and 195 pounds (88 kilograms) for women five times. The time to complete the five lifts and run to a finish line was the tie-breaker score. The event was again won by defending champions Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey, with a 380-pound (170-kilogram) and 265-pound (120-kilogram) clean, respectively.
Sunday, August 4, 2019 [ edit ]
Event 9: Swim Paddle [ edit ]
A 1,000-meter (3,300-foot) swim to a buoy in Lake Monona and back to shore, then immediately grabbing a paddleboard for a 1,000-meter paddle on the same course. The event was won by Matt McLeod and Tia-Clair Toomey.
Events 10 and 11: Ringer 1 and 2 [ edit ]
Ringer 1 and Ringer 2 were separately scored events, with Ringer 2 beginning seven minutes from the start of Ringer 1. In Ringer 1, the competitors alternated between riding an air-resistance stationary bicycle and repetitions of hanging from gymnastic rings and touching their toes to the rings. In Ringer 2, the athletes alternated between completing burpees and jumping up to touch the rings as a target and overhead squats with a barbell. The men’s weight on the barbell was 135 pounds (61 kilograms) and the women’s was 95 pounds (43 kilograms). Katrín Davíðsdóttir won both women’s events, while James Newbury won Ringer 1 and Mat Fraser won Ringer 2 for the men.
Event 12: The Standard [ edit ]
- 30 clean and jerks
- 30 ring muscle-ups
- 30 snatches
For the final event, a combination of three standard CrossFit workouts were done back-to-back-to-back: "Grace" (30 clean and jerks), muscle-ups, and "Isabel" (30 snatches). The weight for both barbell movements was 135 pounds (61 kilograms) and 95 pounds (43 kilograms) for the men and women, respectively. The event was won both Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey, who also both repeated as CrossFit Games champions.
Get these dates in your diary now!
CrossFit open 2019 dates: The competition will begin in February, and run for 5 weeks through to March 25th.
- Week 1 – Thursday, Feb. 21st – Monday, Feb. 25th
- Week 2 – Thursday, Feb. 28th – Monday, Mar. 4th
- Week 3 – Thursday, Mar. 7th – Monday, Mar. 11th
- Week 4 – Thursday, Mar. 14h – Monday, Mar. 18th
- Week 5 – Thursday, Mar. 21st – Monday, Mar. 25th
2019 CROSSFIT OPEN DATES
New for 2019, the CrossFit Games Open will be the single largest qualifier of athletes to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games. The top 20 men, 20 women and the fittest male and female in each country will receive an invite to the Games in Madison.
This five-week, five-workout competition is held in CrossFit affiliates around the world. Workouts are released online each Thursday, and athletes have until the following Monday to submit their scores. Anyone who’s at least 14 years old can sign up and join in the first stage of the CrossFit Games season.
- In 2016, 324,000 athletes participated in the worldwide CrossFit Open—the first stage of competition. From there, 260 athletes—40 men, 40 women and 30 teams of 6—moved on to eight Regional events where the top five in each category would earn an invitation to the Games.
- in 2017 there were more than 380,000 participants in the CrossFit Open.
- In 2018, 429,157 athletes completed at least one workout from the CrossFit Open.
CROSSFIT OPEN WORKOUTS FROM LAST YEAR
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
- 8 toes-to-bars
- 10 dumbbell hang clean and jerks
- 14 / 12-cal. row
Men use 50-lb. dumbbell
Women use 35-lb. dumbbell
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 reps for time of:
- Dumbbell squats
- Bar-facing burpees
Men use 50-lb. dumbbells
Women use 35-lb. dumbbells
Time cap: 12 minutes to complete 18.2 and 18.2a
2 rounds for time of:
- 100 double-unders
- 20 overhead squats
- 100 double-unders
- 12 ring muscle-ups
- 100 double-unders
- 20 dumbbell snatches
- 100 double-unders
- 12 bar muscle-ups
Men perform 115-lb. OHS, 50-lb. DB snatches
Women perform 80-lb. OHS, 35-lb. DB snatches
Time cap: 14 minutes
- Deadlifts, 225 lb. / 155 lb.
- Handstand push-ups
21-15-9 reps of:
- Deadlifts, 315 lb. / 205 lb.
- 50-ft. handstand walk after each set
Time cap: 9 minutes
Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
- 3 thrusters
- 3 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 6 thrusters
- 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 9 thrusters
- 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 12 thrusters
- 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 15 thrusters
- 15 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 18 thrusters
- 18 chest-to-bar pull-ups
This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.
Complete as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes of:
19 wall-ball shots
Men throw 20-lb. ball to 10-ft. target
The workout begins with the medicine ball on the ground and athlete standing tall. After the call of “3, 2, 1… go,” the athlete will pick up the ball and perform the wall-ball shots. After 19 reps are complete, the athlete will move to the rower and pull 19 calories. The monitor must read 19 calories before the athlete can unstrap and move back to the wall-ball shots for the next round.
The athlete’s score will be the total number of repetitions completed within the 15-minute time cap. Each calorie completed on the row will be equal to 1 rep.
There is no tiebreak for this workout.
- Medicine ball of appropriate weight for your division*
- Concept2 rower
*The official weight is in pounds. For your convenience, the minimum acceptable weights in kilograms are 9 kg (20 lb.), 6 kg (14 lb.) and 4 kg (10 lb.).
For each workout, be sure the athlete has adequate space to safely complete all the movements. Clear the area of all extra equipment, people or other obstructions.
Any athlete who in any way alters the equipment or movements described in this document or shown in the workout video may be disqualified from the competition.
VIDEO SUBMISSION STANDARDS
All video submissions should be uncut and unedited in order to accurately display the performance. Prior to starting the workout, clearly show the weight of the medicine ball and measure the height of the target. Your judge and a clock or timer with the running workout time should be clearly visible throughout the entire workout. The monitor of the rower should also be clearly visible throughout the entire workout. Shoot the video from an angle so all movements can be clearly seen meeting the movement standards. Videos shot with a fisheye lens or similar lens may be rejected due to the visual distortion these lenses cause.