One of Europe’s fastest-growing, and unique competitions makes its return to Barcelona, Spain, as the 5th edition of The Freakest Challenge will take place February 1st, 2020 at the Palau Sant Jordi. Featuring a tournament style elimination round competition between eight finalist teams, last year’s competition included participation and appearances from athletes like Lukas Hogberg, Laura Horvath, Sara Sigmundsdottir, and the Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser.
A little background: founded in 2015, the first year of competition featured 20 teams competing over the course of four months on location at Fittest Freakest, the specialty training and weightlifting retail store in downtown Barcelona. Each weekend two teams would battle head to head until the field was narrowed to eight teams for the final, and one team was crowned champion.
- Fast forward four years, and last year’s edition saw 1,800 spectators (max capacity) pack into Palau Sant Jordi to watch eight teams of two men, and two women from Spain battle it out in the final event alongside some of the biggest names in the sport of fitness. The Morning Chalk Up was onsite and had the chance to witness the competition and excitement first hand.
How you and your crew can compete: New to this year’s competition, teams from all across Europe are invited to participate in the team competition for their chance to throwdown in February alongside superstar Games athletes. The competition in its entirety will consist of two stages – an online qualifier, and the finals.
- For the qualifier: each gym will be allowed to sign up one team consisting of two men, and two women with rosters being confirmed by the gym’s owner or head coach.
- Registration is free, and the online qualifier will consist of three workouts that will be announced on November 25th and whose results must be submitted before December 2nd at 23:59 PM CEST.
- From the qualifier, the six best teams from Europe along with the two best teams from Spain, will comprise the eight teams selected to compete in the finals at the Palau Sant Jordi.
- At the finals, the eight teams will draw to determine the order and matchups of teams that will then compete in a one on one duel, elimination style, until the field is narrowed to two teams going head to head for the championship.
But wait, there’s more: The event organizers from Fittest Freakest are committed to providing a unique and memorable experience for the finalist teams, and as a result, are hooking up each team with free accommodations, and help from superstar athletes.
- Each finalist team will receive premium athlete packs, including footwear and free accommodations in Barcelona for the event courtesy of Fittest Freakest.
- Each team will also be receiving guidance during the event from a collection of superstar athletes who will be at the Freakest Challenge to support and help the teams during the competition.
If you just want to watch: spectators onsite will also be treated to a variety of live performances, raffles, and a few surprises in addition to the competition. Tickets will be available soon, to sign up and stay up to date on when they become available, head on over to the Freakest Challenge event page.
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