The Growing World of Unaffiliated Athletes

July 27, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Evan Webb

Earlier this month, Tommy Marquez wrote about the 10 Semifinals and the growing popularity and success of Mayhem athletes. Between their individual athletes and the three Affiliate Cup teams of CrossFit Mayhem this season, it’s impossible to miss Rich Froning’s Mayhem brand.

However, the fastest growing group across Semifinals and on to the Games has no affiliate at all aka “unaffiliated.”

Eleven of the 80 individual athletes are "Unaffiliated," 13% of the total individual field.

One big thing: In the 2022 Open, the top affiliate on the Participation Leaderboard was ‘CrossFit Full’ in Alboraya, Spain with 383 members participating. In the same year, the the number of athletes who listed themselves as “unaffiliated” topped out at 42,150.

Open Registrations 2018-2022 | Credit: Mike Halpin

The chart above shows the breakdown of unaffiliated Open registrations compared to total registrations from 2018-2022. Full interactive chart available here.

Remind me: Unless you are a member with good standing at an affiliate, pay dues, live locally and train primarily at that gym, you cannot list the gym as your affiliate for the CrossFit Open and the Games season.

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