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Whether or not you’re a regular CrossFitter, you’ve likely heard of the workout phenomenon, and for good reason. In cities large and small, across the US and abroad, you’ll find CrossFit gyms, or “boxes”, touting a close-knit group of fitness fanatics crushing WODs (workout of the day), hitting new PRs, and encouraging and supporting each other every step of the way.
But once a year, serious CrossFit athletes and enthusiastic fans gather together for a multiple-day event that’s the ultimate show of strength and sheer determination. We’re talking about the Reebok CrossFit Games, and if you live in Chicago, you’ll be happy to learn that the competition that crowns two athletes as the “Fittest on Earth” is again descending on the nearby city of Madison, Wisconsin — and you’re gonna want to be there.
From August 1–4, elite athletes from over 120 countries will be battling it out at the Alliant Energy Center in divisions for men, women, and also a team competition.
Every year is different, but none have ever been easier than the last. Competitors will have to dig deep and use every ounce of willpower they can muster to tackle the meticulously-planned and notoriously-difficult workouts — many of which are unknown to the athletes until it’s almost go time. With the best athletes in the world pushing themselves to their near breaking point, you get the same mesmerizing and thrilling atmosphere as the Olympics.
Plus, there will be plenty to see and do when the competitions aren’t going on. You’ll get to peruse the 100,000-square-foot Vendor Village and chat with some of the best brands in health and fitness (and likely snag a few samples), hang out in the on-site beer garden, enjoy live demonstrations, and refuel with all sorts of healthy eats from food carts.
And if you’re left feeling particularly inspired by the incredible physical triumphs you just watched go down (it’s been known to happen), there will also be a workout area for spectators where you can try your hand at some of the same exercises featured throughout the competition. Who knows, it may just be the push you need to finally join that CrossFit gym down the street.
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the difference between a muscle-up or a clean and jerk, the Reebok CrossFit Games is an opportunity to witness greatness as top athletes put years of hard work and training on the line in what can only be described as the world’s premier fitness showcase.
So, clear your schedule and grab your ticket — you’ll want to be there when they announce who has earned the podium, bragging rights, and the title of Fittest on Earth.