Each year since 2007, CrossFit has determined the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth through a series of events called the CrossFit Games. The CrossFit Games are a multi-day event where the top athletes in the world are tested with a variety of challenges including Olympic lifting, gymnastics, swimming, running, and more. At the end of a grueling competition, one man and one woman will have clearly distinguished themselves as the Fittest on Earth. Join CrossFit Director of Sport Dave Castro and various guests as they break down the ins and outs of the CrossFit Games season each week on the CrossFit Games Podcast.
Ep. 016: Inside “2018: The Ultimate Test” with Director Mariah Moore
“It’s a very personal film for me ... because I know all of the people that worked very hard behind the scenes. … So finally being able to bring their hard work back to life and get to share (it) with the world — I’m very proud that I’ve gotten the opportunity to do that.”
After rumors began to circulate around the CrossFit Home Office of possible changes that would affect the future of the CrossFit Games and the media team, CrossFit staff decided to remain resilient in the face of uncertainty and turn the 2018 Games into an event to remember.
Director of “2018: The Ultimate Test” Mariah Moore joins host Chase Ingraham to discuss her experience on CrossFit’s media team and talk about creating the 2018 Games documentary.
Moore opens up about the events of the 2018 Games season and describes her personal connection to making the documentary, including her desire to showcase the media team’s hard work behind the scenes that year.
From capturing and digesting footage to interviewing staff and athletes more than three years later, Moore details the creative process of bringing the film to life, condensing the most memorable and exciting moments from the Games into a documentary less than two hours long.
Although the film has not yet been released, Moore is already in production for the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games documentary.
“I think 2021 has the makings to be the best film that CrossFit will have ever put out,” Moore says about the unprecedented year.
“We were all just so happy to be back,” Moore continues. “We all were just so grateful to be back in Madison, to be doing the Games, and I think the athletes felt that, too. It was a very emotional year.”
The highly anticipated 2018 Games documentary will be released Tuesday, Dec. 7, and is available for pre-order now on iTunes (in over 65+ countries) and on Amazon (U.S. only).
Ep. 015: The Evolution of Masters (35-65+) Athletes and the CrossFit Games
“What the masters division has done for me … has gotten me excited about turning 40, turning 50, turning 60, and instead of saying, ‘Ugh, I’m this old,’ I’m like, ‘I am this old and look what I can do.’” —Chase Ingraham
The masters division is proof that competitive CrossFit is possible even as you age.
In this episode, 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games athletes Annie Sakamoto, Women’s 45-49 division champion, and Nuno Costa, sixth-place finisher in the Men’s 40-44 division, join host Chase Ingraham to discuss the evolution of the masters division, and share their views on the changes to the 2022 season.
The road to the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games has a few extra stops for age-group athletes.
This year, the top 10 percent of age-group athletes from the Open will advance to Quarterfinals. From the Quarterfinals, the top 30 athletes from each age division will move on to Semifinals.
Different from 2021, the top 10 athletes from Semifinals in each age group will be invited to compete in Madison at the CrossFit Games.
While Sakamoto and Costa agree that the new structure provides extra opportunities for athletes to compete and showcase their abilities, they said they prefer a larger playing field of 20 competitors at the Games.
Ep. 014: The Future of the Adaptive Division in CrossFit
In this episode, Kevin Ogar* and Alec Zirkenbach** discuss the evolution of the adaptive division in the CrossFit space, their role in the 2021 season, and the future of the division in the CrossFit Games.
In 2021, the NOBULL CrossFit Games Open included eight adaptive athlete divisions for the first time — Men and Women’s Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, Neuromuscular, Short Stature, Intellectual, Vision, Seated Athletes (With Hip Function), and Seated Athletes (Without Hip Function).
Three of those divisions — Men and Women’s Upper Extremity, Lower Extremity, and Neuromuscular — competed at the CrossFit Games.
“I think over the next couple of years you’re going to see not just an outgrowth in the sport but an outgrowth in the adaptive community and the general population as a whole. People are going to stop being scared to be out in the world with a disability. They’re going to be more outgoing, more comfortable in their own skin because they are capable and they are being told that they’re capable, and I can’t imagine something that can be more impactful on someone’s life who’s being told ‘no’ their entire life than someone telling them, ‘Yes, you can, and I’ll show you how.’” —Kevin Ogar
*Kevin Ogar is a Level 3 CrossFit Trainer, Head Trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff, member of the Adaptive Training Academy, owner and head coach of CrossFit WatchTower, and a CrossFit District 4 Affiliate Rep.
**Alec Zirkenbach is a U.S. Navy veteran, executive director of the Adaptive Training Academy, a Level 3 CrossFit Trainer, and a Head Trainer on the CrossFit Seminar Staff.
Ep. 013: Alessandra Pichelli Retires After 10 Years of Elite Competition
“... I’m always going to be a CrossFitter. I always want to keep getting better at whatever I’m (going to) do. I still love fitness. I still want to lift. … And that doesn’t have to end.”
After 10 years of competing at the top level in the sport, 22nd-fittest woman in the world Alessandra Pichelli 🇨🇦 announces her retirement from competition.
Pichelli takes a trip down memory lane with host Chase Ingraham, looking back on the highs and lows of her CrossFit career. The nine-time Games athlete and seven-time Regional athlete shares her favorite experiences from her competitive years, including her Games debut as an individual. She also offers advice to aspiring athletes about the stressors and pressures that come with competing.
Join Pichelli as she closes this chapter of her life and focuses on her plans for the future.
Ep. 012: Dave Castro Presents the 2022 Games Season
“I’m super excited about this year’s format and the foundations leading towards potential future years, and honestly giving us the flexibility with maybe expanding, pulling some pieces out, giving them (age-group athletes) their own event, that’s a high priority.”
General Manager of Sport Dave Castro chats with host Chase Ingraham about his perspective on the CrossFit Games season format and upcoming changes for 2022.
Castro announces a new qualifying path for the Games for age-group and adaptive divisions, and confirms that the 2022 Open will remain a three-week long competition.
Castro reveals dates for various stages of the season, including Semifinals and the Last-Chance Online Qualifier, and shares his vision for age-group athletes in the future.
Don’t miss this informative episode for the latest.
Ep. 011: Live Recap — 2021 Rogue Invitational Winners
After a WILD weekend, the winners of the 2021 Rogue Invitational have been crowned.
Reporter Niki Brazier and four-time Games athlete Adrian Conway revisit all of the action from the final day of competition. The pair review the final leaderboard and share surprising performances from the top competitors.