The Wodapalooza Online Challenge And Qualifier Dates!

Summer 2018 isn’t even officially here, but already the fitness community can look forward to 2019 with today’s release of the dates for The Wodapalooza Online Challenge and Qualifier. Wodapalooza brings out a monster swell of the fitness community each January — with 25,000 spectators and 1,500 athletes representing countries all over the world, Miami in the new year is the place to be for fans, beginners, and fitness stars alike. 

The 2019 Wodapalooza Fitness Festival should be no different, with this year’s marquee slated for January 17-20. But first things first — to get to South Beach, athletes will need to target these qualifying dates to punch their tickets:

INDIVIDUAL

WEEK 1

September 19 - 24

WEEK 2

September 26 - October 1

WEEK 3

October 3 - 8

TEAM

October 26 - November 4

With 18 total divisions for both men and women combined between the individual and team competitions, Wodapalooza truly has something for everyone — competing or otherwise. If you’re a fan, WZA brings out a who’s who of elite names to show everyone how it’s done. Last year’s female individual winner — Katrin Davidsdottir — put on a show over the course of 12 grueling workouts in Miami by winning three events and beating runner-up Kari Pearce by 86 points. Of course, no surprise there, as Davidsdottir holds two Fittest Woman on Earth crowns.

A few months remain before qualifying begins, so let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable moments from WZA’s past.

Noah Ohlsen completes the individual trifecta in 2017.

After demonstrating his dominance at Wodapalooza — not once, not twice, but three times in the individual bracket — CrossFit superstar Noah Ohlsen decided to give another athlete a chance to top the individual podium by competing in the team competition this past January.

Ohlsen’s CrossFit Passion squad came up just four points short of winning the team competition in 2018, but his three individual titles still make the 27-year-old a legend on South Beach. 


Katrin Davidsdottir almost didn’t dominate at 2018 WZA.

The Icelandic fitness icon had a last minute change of heart in January, deciding to enter Wodapalooza with just hours to spare. The hasty decision paid off; Davidsdottir won the first event and never looked back en route to her dominant win.

The 25-year-old has kept right on rolling this season, and she’ll enter August’s CrossFit Games as a favorite after throwing down the top performance at Regionals.

Games’ champs Rich Froning, Graham Holmberg, and Ben Smith duke it out in 2016 WZA team competition.

It had been nearly three years since the legendary trio of Rich Froning, Graham Holmberg, and Ben Smith has shared a floor together, but 2016 Wodapalooza brought them back together in an epic reunion in Miami. With each former Fittest Man on Earth competing for separate teams, the double or nothing final event was a thrilling cap on the team competition.

Froning vs Holmberg vs Smith


Ultimately, none of three walked away as a team champion — that honor went to Brent Fikowski’s Athletigen squad — but it was certainly incredible to see so much talent on the floor at once outside of the Games.

Granite Games Significant For Athletes Not Yet Qualified For CrossFit Games

The Granite Games presents one of the last chances to qualify for the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games, and with several veteran Games athletes still on the outside looking in post-Open, the event takes on an even bigger feel.

Meg Reardon, John-Paul Hethcock Win Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge

The Open has come and gone but there are still opportunities for athletes around the world to earn a chance to compete on the biggest stage in fitness. The remaining Sanctionals are that much more important because as each one passes, another qualifying opportunity does as well.

Sara Sigmundsdottir Leads Preliminary CrossFit Open Leaderboard

We have previously looked at the men’s side of the Open leaderboard to see who would be advancing to the 2019 CrossFit Games. Now it’s the women’s turn. The female side of the field has been interesting in its own right, and we need to take a deep dive to see who will be moving on to Madison.

Breakdown Of The Men's CrossFit Open Leaderboard

The CrossFit Open is now over, but it isn’t necessarily in the books. The standings aren’t made official until May 1 when the top 20 of the Open, national champions, and special invites are announced. While none of the rankings are official as of yet, there has been a lot of conversation about who is at the top of the standings and who looks to be moving on to the CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, later this year.

Mat Fraser & Tia-Clair Toomey Face Off In 19.5 Competition

Out of all the announcements that have been given during the 2019 CrossFit Open, the announcement for workout 19.5 was the most anticipated and closely watched. That’s because upon the announcement of the workout, the two Fittest Athletes on Earth faced off on a 19.5 challenge.

Finish Line of the Open: 19.5 Announced and Winners So Far

The most exciting five weeks in fitness is coming down the home stretch. The past four workouts of the 2019 CrossFit Open have offered a variety of challenges that have kept athletes guessing before they’re announced and pushing themselves to levels they didn’t think they could reach after. The result has been a greater sense of community and achievement from people in local boxes and elite athletes trying to reach the Games. 

Cole Sager Shares Tips for 19.4

We are already past the halfway point in the 2019 CrossFit Open and the workouts have been as challenging as expected. They have also been very different with various movements and rep ranges. 19.4 was unique in its own right. For those of you that have yet to see it, here’s the summary of the workout.

19.3 As Done In A Local Gym

If you follow the athletes who compete in the CrossFit Games then you have likely seen them post about the “community.” When you see and hear this word, they are talking about more than their fellow athletes that compete and the spectators in attendance. They are talking about everyone who participates in workouts at his or her local box or gym around the world. 

CrossFit Stars Invade The Arnold Sports Festival + 19.2

The Arnold Sports Festival takes place every year in Columbus, Ohio, and is considered the largest fitness festival in the United States. Every March, more than 20,000 athletes from around the world compete and an estimated 250,000 people attend.

Bronislaw Olenkowicz & Sara Sigmundsdottir Win Strength In Depth UK

With all of the excitement that has come with the start of the 2019 CrossFit Open, it may have slipped your mind that there was another Sanctional this past weekend. Well there was, and Strength in Depth U.K. delivered some great fitness action that has led to two more athletes and one more team earning their qualification spots to the 2019 Games. Here’s a summary of the action in London.