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.

This year there were a few more that showed up thanks to Rogue Fitness. The Fittest Man and Woman on Earth, as well as a Sanctionals winner, were there to meet fans and talk CrossFit. 

Mat Fraser, Tia-Clair Toomey and Katrin Davidsdottir hung out at the Rogue Fitness booth at the Arnold Expo and did meet and greets with thousands of fans who waited to take photos, offer kind words and show appreciation for the inspiration these championship-caliber athletes provide to them on a daily basis. Also at the booth was Dan Bailey and four-time Fittest Man on Earth Rich Froning.

Rogue Fitness wasn’t just there to market equipment and host these athletes. The Rogue Invitational, one of the 16 Sanctionals taking place this season, is coming up on May 18-19 in Columbus, where Rogue’s headquarters are located. The winners of that event won’t just get their qualifications to the Games, but a $50,000 prize as well. Toomey and Fraser are both set to compete and are considered the favorites.

19.2 Recap

At some point in between meeting fans and checking out the Arnold, Toomey, Fraser and Davidsdottir took part in 19.2, which is the next workout in the 2019 CrossFit Open. 19.1 was considered by many to be a cardiovascular challenge, but the test that 19.2 provides calls for a new level of grit and effort.

Athletes start with an eight-minute clock and set out to complete as many reps as possible of the following exercises.

  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 15 squat cleans with 135 pounds
  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 13 squat cleans with 185 pounds

If the athlete finishes all those reps before time expires, they are to add four minutes to the clock and continue with this phase of reps.

  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 11 squat cleans with 225 pounds

If that is completed before the total 12 minutes is up, then four more minutes is added and the athletes continue on with the following sets.

  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 9 squat cleans with 275 pounds

Finally, if the athlete is successful, there is one more four-minute phase added that includes these to finish.

  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 7 squat cleans with 315 pounds.

The main challenge that comes from this is when you notice the squat cleans. While the rep count decreases the weight jumps up 40 or 50 pounds each time. Lifting more weight while also doing the toes to bar and double unders in between makes this much more intense than if a traditional fitness athlete were to rest in between the normal lifting sets. Your muscular strength, endurance and cardiovascular systems are more challenged when doing activities like toes to bar and double unders. 

Athletes had until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, March 4, to post their times at to make sure their workouts are logged officially. If competing for a spot at the Games, they also have to be recorded so a judge can see them if called upon. Posts on social media were being shared with the hashtags #InTheOpen and #19point2.

19.3 will be posted on Thursday, March 7, on the Games’ website as well as on its Instagram page @crossfitgames. 

If you took part in 19.2, make sure you tag us @floelite on your posts to share how you are doing so far in the Open with us.

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. 

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.

The Open Is Here! First WOD: 19.1

After a lot of changes and several weeks of hype, the 2019 CrossFit Open is finally here! The Open has become an event that unifies everyone in the community, while inspiring a competition that is unlike anything else in fitness. It’s believed that an estimated 500,000 people around the world will train over the next five weeks to determine where they rank among the elite of the planet. 

CrossFit Stars Help You Prepare For The Open

Outside of the CrossFit Games, there’s one event that stands alone as the most exciting event on the CrossFit calendar. It’s the CrossFit Open, and the 2019 edition is fast approaching. There are an estimated 500,000 athletes who will be competing from around the world, ranging from teenagers to seniors and from beginners to world champions.

Strength in Depth UK: What You Need to Know

All of the attention in the CrossFit community over the last week or so has been on the upcoming 2019 Open which kicks off on Feb. 21. And for good reason because the Open will play a huge factor in determining who will make the trip to Madison this summer.

Fittest In Cape Town Recap: Davidsdottir, Sweeney Qualify For Games

First it was Dubai followed by Miami and Australia. Then the eyes of the CrossFit community were focused on Cape Town, South Africa. Fittest in Cape Town delivered yet another great event for the 2019 season, and we now have two more names added to the list of CrossFit Games qualified athletes.

Samantha Briggs, James Newbury Win in Australia, Cape Town Next

This series of events that has become known as the “sanctionals” has taken fans around the world as we find out who will compete in the 2019 CrossFit Games. We started in Dubai, then turned our attention to Miami, Florida, and the Australian CrossFit Championships just concluded in Broadbeach, Queensland. Next up would be Cape Town in South Africa but before we look ahead, let’s recap what happened down under.

Patrick Vellner, Tia-Clair Toomey Win WZA & Qualify For CrossFit Games

Wodapalooza 2019 is in the books, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Outside of the weather being a small issue on Sunday morning, the entire weekend was filled with intensity, energy and good competition for all involved.