Dubai Fitness Championship Kicks Off the Holiday Season

November 17, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Dubai Fitness Championship
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On December 2-4, dozens of athletes will test their skills at the Coca-Cola Arena in the United Arab Emirates. They will compete in the Dubai Fitness Championship, which kicks off the month of December with three days of action at the 17,000-capacity facility.

Remind me: One of the largest competitions of the CrossFit offseason, the Dubai Fitness Championship has consistently brought in some of the biggest names in the male and female divisions. The 2022 iteration – the first since DFC and CrossFit parted ways – will be no different. 

  • The rosters will feature some standout Games athletes. The men’s division includes such names as Jonne Koski, Lazar Djukic, Brent Fikowski, Khan Porter, and Giorgos Karavis. Ricky Garard was on the original roster, but he withdrew after the Rogue Invitational.
  • The women’s division will be equally stacked with talent. Jamie Simmonds, Emily Rolfe, Karin Freyova, Matilde Garnes, Freya Moosbrugger, and Seher Kaya are only some of the examples of the standout athletes that will battle throughout the three-day competition. 
  • These athletes will go toe-to-toe on the competition floor while celebrating the 10th season of the event. The competition will be streamed on the Dubai Fitness Championship YouTube channel.

Building the lineup: There were dozens of standout athletes that received invitations to the Dubai Fitness Championship, but how did the competition’s organizers build this list? The process was fairly straightforward. 

  • On September 8, the Dubai Fitness Championship released the first of three workouts that made up the Online Qualifier. 
  • Interested athletes had until September 27 to register for the online portion of the competition and complete all three workouts. Dubai Fitness Championship would then invite the top 20 athletes in each division while awarding them prize money ranging from $5,000 down to $500. 

With the Online Qualifier complete, the invites went out to the top athletes. They accepted and chose to make the trip to Dubai so that they could take on an event programmed by five-time CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser and HWPO. 

The prize purse: Continuing a trend from past seasons, the Dubai Fitness Championship will have a sizable prize purse for those that make the journey and hit the competition floor. 

  1. $50,000
  2. $30,000
  3. $20,000
  4. $10,000
  5. $5,000
  6. $2,500
  7. $500 (7th-20th place)

Take part: The Coca-Cola Arena has a capacity of 17,000, so there is plenty of room for the fans to get involved and cheer for their favorite athletes on December 2-4. 

Boots on the ground: Dubai Fitness Championship has not released the workouts or the schedule for the competition. The focus has been on the roster of athletes that will head to the Coca-Cola Arena. 

Morning Chalk Up will provide updates as they happen at the Dubai Fitness Championship hub. There will also be reporters on the ground at the competition, who will deliver interviews, daily recaps, and videos.

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