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OPINION: Off-Season Competitions Are Moving the Sport Forward in Ways the CrossFit Games Isn’t
Here’s something you’ll be hearing us say a lot over the next several months: every athlete will be walking away with a guaranteed payout.
Why? Because three of the biggest off-season competitions are doing just that: paying out every athlete on the roster.
It was just a few years back when the Dubai CrossFit Championship set this new standard by not only awarding every athlete competing a guaranteed payout but also awarding prizes for placement in the qualifier.
That meant just by showing up to the 2018 Dubai CrossFit Championship an athlete was guaranteed to take home $1500 minimum. I know Dubai is an expensive trip, but Madison can be even costlier for European and Oceania athletes.
Now other competitions like Rogue and Mayhem Desert Heat are following suit.
On top of offering the largest prize purse ever offered in an off-season competition ($1.5 million), Rogue is supporting athletes with up to $2000 for travel, four nights hotel accommodation, and a guaranteed payout of nearly $6,000. Plus, there’s no registration fee.
You know how they did that? They tied payouts directly to ticket sales and created a first of its kind bitcoin payout that allowed the purse to balloon even higher.
Even Mayhem Desert Heat, which is in its first year, is paying out every athlete on the roster, offering partially subsidized hotel, free airport transfer and post competition cultural experiences.
Get this: Since 2019 when the Rogue Invitational first started, they’ve increased the first place prize payout a whopping 400%, while the CrossFit Games has only increased theirs by 24% over a decade. Games athletes still pay a $250 registration fee and don’t receive any discounted hotel options or stipends even though it’s their names on NOBULL shirts being sold and their fitness that’s filling the stadium seats.
CrossFit also only pays out the first 20 finishers, while the second half go home empty-handed unless they take first, second or third in an individual event.
To be fair, you can’t have the Rogue Invitational without the CrossFit Games. That is to say, proving your fitness at the CrossFit Games is what gets you an invite to Rogue, and that’s reasonable, and the Games is a different animal altogether, much larger and less able to pivot on a whim. And, winning the Games will always remain the crowning achievement in the sport of fitness, but a decade after this payout system was implemented, it remains largely unchanged and has only increased 24%.
Even with COVID, outside competitions have made significant strides to continue moving the sport closer towards financial viability, offering new incentives to athletes and setting a new standard for an elite event. From where I’m sitting, I’m not seeing the same approach coming from the top of the sport.
CrossFit has yet to outline the full scope of their 2022 season, including payouts, and specific details surrounding next year’s Games. And as they reassess the new season I hope they take notice of what others are doing and find ways to set a new standard by which other events can hope to strive for.
Until then, one thing remains clear: the precedent of paying all athletes that began in Dubai is starting to take hold. And as more competitions invest financially in providing value to athletes, the sport will continue to grow and provide opportunities for athletes to fully invest in this sport.
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Rogue Invitational released all events except for the seventh and final workout. Toggle through the tabs for a day-by-day breakdown.
🤔 Food for thought…Yuengling, America’s oldest operating brewing company which opened in 1829, is now a sponsor of Wodapalooza. Beer companies have long sponsored sporting events globally. Could this be the beginning of bringing beer sponsors to CrossFit?
Workout with Alec Smith and Adam Klink at the Rogue Invitational. The two will be hosting workouts at CrossFit Texas.
Friday 10/29 at 7:30 AM CT, 8:30 AM CT, and 9:30 AM CT.
Saturday 10/30 at 7:00 AM CT and 8:00 AM CT.
Sunday 10/31 at 7:00 AM CT and 8:00 AM CT.
Overall Zelos Games results are in with some serious payouts going to winners. Here are the top five earners:
Cedric LaPointe – $7800 | Arielle Loewen – $9250
Iaonnis Papadopoulos – $5250 | Emma Cary – $7250
Dallin Pepper – $4250 | Kari Pearce – $5250
Olegs Lascenko – $2650 | Carolyne Prevost – $2350
Bartek Lipka – $2300 | Feeroozeh Saghafi – $1650
Underdogs Athletics announced they’re bringing Casey Acree on board to coach individualized programming for adaptive athletes. Casey won the upper extremity division at the 2021 CrossFit Games and he’s a multi-year of the men’s adaptive division at Wodapalooza.
Acree: “My experience competing in Adaptive CrossFit competitions and coaching Adaptive athletes brings a unique perspective that will expand the inclusivity of the community, and increase the opportunities for athletes who may be interested in Underdogs Athletics coaching, no matter their situation.”
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Battle Cancer announced they’re partnering with CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown. Lowlands will donate 1 Euro for every athlete registration.
Babylon CrossFit Does Global Grace, Raises $12,000 for Breast Cancer
Trish Evangelista, the owner of Babylon CrossFit in Long Island, NY was struck by a startling statistic: One in eight women are affected by breast cancer.
“And there isn’t enough information out there for survivors, so many women don’t realize they even can get back to fitness after cancer,” she said.
This thought led Evangelista to reach out to Barbells for Boobs this fall to find out more information about how her affiliate could participate in October’s Global Grace fundraising event to raise money for those going through, and survivors of, breast cancer.
Not only did her affiliate participate, but 70 people in her community did Grace two Saturdays ago and raised $12,000 through donations.
“We even had kids participating doing Grace. They did ground to overheads with a kettlebell or a plate,” Evangelista said.
Remind me:Barbells for Boobs, a charity founded by long-time CrossFit athlete Zionna Hanson in 2009 that provides support and education to incorporate physical activity for breast cancer risk reduction, treatment and survivorship. In the last 12 years, the CrossFit community has raised more than $20 million for the non-profit, mostly through hosting competition fundraisers featuring the classic CrossFit workout Grace—30 clean and jerks for time.
One big thing: The Babylon community likely wouldn’t have been able to gain as much momentum as they did in their first year participating in Global Grace had it not been for the fact that two Barbells for Boobs coaches paid a visit to their affiliate on October 6, Evangelista explained.
“When I emailed them, they asked if I was open to letting them come to the gym and coach some morning classes, and they just took over from there. Zionna and their head coach came to the gym, told their story, and coached some of the best coached classes I have ever attended. It hyped up the community a lot and in two weeks we were able to hit $8,000, and then last night hit $12,000,” Evangelista explained.
She added: “And a Barbells for Boobs representative and breast cancer survivor also came to our event and shared her story about how she found her lump through working out because her chest was sore from a workout. It was an unbelievable day for our community. Very emotional.”
Just the beginning: After this year’s success, Envangelista intends to make Global Grace an annual event at her gym, the ultimate goal being to raise more and more money each year for the disease that affects so many.
“And now that we have one under our belt, I know we can make more next year,” she said.
Donations to Babylon CrossFit’s Barbells for Boobs fundraiser can be made until the end of 2021.
How To Pace A Workout
If there is one skill that will help 99% of CrossFitters perform better in workouts, it's pacing. While it's true it takes years to master, there are certain tricks to help you properly pace a workout. Here is a great one from Aerobic Capcity's Chris Hinshaw.
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31-years-old and five months pregnant, Desirée Genter from CrossFit East Nashville in Nashville, TN, clean and push jerks 200 pounds/91kg.
The fourth annual VETWOD is back, partnering this year to support the Global, Surgical, Medical Support Group. Workouts will take place from November 1 – 14, and you can compete as an individual or a team.
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