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Introducing the 2019-2020 Games Season Calendar

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“A lot of people are overstressed, over-worked, undereating and overexercising because they don’t feel worthy enough in their bodies to take up space.” — Dana Monsees

Plant, Bloom, Test


By Danial Hooper at Outside the Box

I played college football. Honestly, I wasn’t particularly good as a player or teammate. I was more focused on being a star rather than diving into the work. Arrogance stained my career.

Sadly, this also sums up my CrossFit experience. If I can’t be good at it, then I don’t want to do it. That means I’ll lift heavy loads, but not for long. I’ll sprint, but move slowly during distances.

I’m too grown to be the same brand of arrogant, but I never broke through the stubbornness. Nine years in the box and I’m still a knucklehead. I’ve signed up for the Open a handful of years, but never logged all the workouts. “If I’m not going to the Games, why try?”

I barely worked out in 2017 and 2018. My excuse was my family. They needed time and I chose them over fitness. Marriage and kids deserve my attention, not my health. Soon, I ballooned in weight and lost strength. By the end of 2019, I couldn’t stand to look in the mirror. Depression, anxiety, and all sorts of insecurities crop up. And um, those aren’t good for your marriage or parenting.

In early 2019, I finally took a giant step back and asked, “Why did I do this to myself?”

And then, “Where the heck do I go from here?”

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb.

This is usually when you see a before and after picture, but I’m not doing all that. Part of the reason I ended up in that old position was that I worried more about how I looked instead of who I was.

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I have so many questions about the CrossFit Games.


We figured.

We know there’s been a lot going on this season. Every day we get a dozen questions about who’s invited from Sanctionals, when the CrossFit Games starts, and a whole bunch of others.

We’re here to help.

So Armen Hammer is coming over for a little coffee break conversation and AMA today and we’re going to answer as many questions as we can.

Things kick off a 12:00 PM PT. RSVP on Facebook or YouTube and start asking your questions. 


The 2019-2020 CrossFit Games Season Calendar

Last weekend, CrossFit released details on the 2019-2020 CrossFit Games Sanctionals calendar, including the specific dates and locations for 27 of 28 Sanctionals. The Rogue Invitational date has yet to determined which weekend in May the Sanctionals will be held.

With 28 Sanctionals next season, spanning six continents and 21 countries, this will be the largest expansion of the sport in its history.

  • Consider this: If the Rogue Invitational takes the only open slot in May, there will be 18 straight weekends  of CrossFit competitions from the first full weekend in March until July 4th weekend.

How to navigate the 2019-2020 season: To help you navigate the expanded season, we’ve built a chronological event calendar with all the information you need, including qualifier dates, location, news and standings.

Two things we don’t know yet: How will Sanctional qualifiers be handled including whether to use the Open instead? And will competitions continue to offer wildcard/special invites for athletes to bypass the qualification process?

  • We’re on it: We’ll be tracking those details as they come up.

Go to the new 2019-2020 CrossFit Games season calendar.

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HEAR: The Rise of CrossFit Invictus featuring CJ Martin 

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  • TRAIN WITH TIA-CLAIR TOOMEY — You can train With Tia-Clair Toomey in Puerto Vallarta on August 17 where she will also autograph her book, How I Became the Fittest Woman on Earth. 
  • CROSSFIT JUMP ROPE AT MAYHEM — The CrossFit Jump Rope course will be at CrossFit Mayhem in Cookeville, TN on Saturday, June 22. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Christine McKennell Christensen gets her first bar muscle-upPierre snatches 221 pounds • Joel Te deadlifts 555 pounds for a PR  • Sam Dancer got to throw the first pitch out for the San Diego PadresHayley Murillo does a clean complex at 220 pounds Stefi Cohen does five paused deadlifts at 465 pounds Happy birthday James Hobart.

…and that’s a 10/10 good box jump.

From Overweight Teen to CrossFit Encourager — Sixteen-year-old Morgan Adams found CrossFit five years ago. Since then, it’s changed his life so much he helps spread the message to other nervous teens. 

— “But more than the competitions and his ranking on the leaderboard, CrossFit has given Adams a newfound confidence to overcome the other typical teenage challenges in his life, and his own experience has imbued him with a wise-beyond-his-years soft spot for the next overweight, out-of-shape or just plain intimidated kid or adult who walks through the doors at Big Mountain CrossFit.

— “When I see someone walk into the gym, whether they are incredibly fit and athletic or not, they’re a little bit nervous, so I just try to talk to them,” he said. “I tell them the first time I came in here I felt the same way you did or worse. Stay with it and you will benefit.”

Flashback for Noah Ohlsen — Noah Ohlsen posted a throwback to his first year doing Regionals.

— “The Dirty South is what they called it, back in the day. I was 20 years old and supremely confident that I could make it to the Games, amidst the big dogs that year. Low and behold, that was far-fetched and I finished the weekend in 24th. In fact, I was cut before the final event.

— “Fired up! Man, did I want to come back the next year to a completely different experience. I did just that. Midway through regionals in 2013, I was in 1st place, but I’ll save that story for next week. You never know when a bad experience can be the catalyst for something great!”

Rich Froning on Games Changes, Sanctionals, and Wildcards — On the lastest episode of Froning and Friends, Rich Froning expresses his thoughts on all the current CrossFit topics.

— On Sanctionals: “Its been a long season already. You know, we tried to qualify back in January and we’ve literally been crushing it since, really, pretty much since November, so it’s been now some of us are taking these next few weeks to take it easy….It’s been a grind, but it’s alright, we’ll make it work….We’re gonna control what we can control and do what we can.”

— On Social Media: “As an affiliate owner, it’s kind of a slap in the face…why don’t you tell us these things before they happen? It’s starting to get really frustrating, from an affiliate standpoint….as an athlete I struggle and I go back and forth, it’s his, Greg owns it he’s the sole owner and if he wants to burn it down he can do whatever he wants. He owns it. But I’m also like, you’re affecting a lot of lives here.”

— On Affiliates: “If we really wanted to we could unaffiliate, but we don’t plan on doing that, we have zero plans of doing that it’s just because I feel like the CrossFit names has, it should be almost like a badge of honor, but right now it’s not. It’s frustrating.”

— On Wildcards: “It’s frustrating from the standpoint that, with the changes this year…but I think that he should have to go through the same qualification that everybody else did…my thing is, you have so many different avenues to qualify, man up and qualify. If you’re so fit and because you want to talk trash and do whatever, I think it’s extremely frustrating and degrades the sport and waters down the work that other people have done just so you can sit here and chirp and act like a fool, and you get to go to the CrossFit Games.”



“Loehner, Herrera Receive Drug Sanctions. MisFits Finally Gets MACC Invite,” by Tommy Marquez, Morning Chalk Up 

CrossFit Games officials announced two drug sanctions today for Chantelle Loehner and Lauren Herrera, who were in breach of the drug policy stemming from in-competition tests following the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (MACC).

Loehner’s breach of CrossFit’s drug policy has been known for more than a month after she announced it on Instagram. The cause for the delay in finalizing was due to the back and forth of the appeals process and testing of Loehner’s B sample. She was popped for anabolic steroid Oral Turinabol.

Loehner will receive a four year ban effective April 14th, 2019.

She also earned an individual spot at the Games through the Open. Her score will also be invalidated.

What happens now: Invictus X’s win at MACC is invalidated and their invite rescinded. Team MisFit is now the official winner.

Team MisFit: Roy Gamboa, Alexis Johnson, Jennifer Smith, and Travis Williams (C). They will have seven days after receiving their invitation to finalize the roster which includes one male and female alternate.

The Open leaderboard will now be finalized for women. Via the CrossFit Games Twitter: “the Open Leaderboard will soon be finalized and all pending female invitations will be sent to Open qualifiers and Sanctionals Invitees.”

This will include the backfilling process for Sanctionals which has now grown very, very deep.



6/7 – 6/8: 2019 Bricktown Throwdown (Oklahoma City, OK)

6/8: The Mountain Meltdown (Park City, UT)

6/8: Battle In The Basin 2 2019 (Joshua Tree, CA)

6/8: Battle on the Creek (Johns Creek, GA) 

6/8: Supergiant Meltdown (Westerville, OH)

6/8: Double Down Skylands Showdown (Sparta, NJ)

6/8: CFE’s Summer Sizzler 2 Masters Competition (Burlington, MA)

6/8: The Charlotte Throwdown for Mental Health Awareness (Charlotte, NC)

6/8: 3rd Annual WODing for SuperTy (Pawling, NY)

6/8: OUTWOD Showdown at Brick (West Hollywood, CA)

6/8: Flex on the Mall (Washington, DC)

6/9: Million Meters Row (Baxter, MN)

6/8 – 6/9: CFCC Triple Threat (Denver, CO)

6/14: 2019 Summer Splashdown (Tuscon, AZ)

6/14: 30 Minute Rowing Challenge (Greenville, SC)

6/14 – 6/15: CanEast Games (Hamilton, ON)

6/15: Best of the Midwest Team Series (Greenwood, IN)

6/15: AZFITCOM (Phoenix, AZ)

6/15: Rep Your Box 8 (Jacksonville, FL)

6/15: Rookie Rumble at CrossFit Mercenary (Owings Mill, MD)

6/15: SweetTatas (Newtown,CT)

6/15 – FireTeam 4 Challenge and Fundraiser (Wheaton, IL)

6/15: Gameday (Rochester, MN)

6/15: Summer Slam 2019 (Staten Island, NY)

6/15: The East Coast Gambit (Brooklyn, NY)

6/15: WOD for Wishes (New Brunswick, Canada)

6/15: Garage Gym Throwdown (Austin, TX)

6/15: Cooler By The Lake Clash (Milwaukee, WI)

6/15: Wags & Weightlifting (Atlanta, GA)

6/15: Summer Series II (Greenville, SC)

6/15: OUTWOD (Arlington, MA)

6/15: The NCR Classic (Ottawa, ON)

6/15 – 6/16: 2019 Tribal Clash (Huntington Beach, CA)

6/16: Three Fathers RCMP Memorial Challenge (Bedford, NS)

6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/21 – 6/22: Greenville YMCA Beast Mode Games (Greenville, SC)

6/21 – 6/23: The MiHi Games (Glendale, CO)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22: Strength in Our Streets (Indianapolis, IN)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)

6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)

6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)

6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)

6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)

6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)

6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Detroit (Farmington Hills, MI)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Raleigh (Wake Forest, NC)

6/22: Big Orange Brawl (Knoxville, TN)

6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)

6/22: OUTWOD (Sunnyside, NY)

6/22: The Rookie Rumble at CrossFit PowerHour (Lebanon, NJ)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)

6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)

6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)

6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the Hills, IL)

6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)

6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)

6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)

6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)

6/29: 2019 Soul Games (Miami, FL)

6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)

7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)

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