The CrossFit Games kicked off this week with the top 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 80 teenagers and 240 masters athletes competing to determine who is the Fittest on Earth.
As one of the fastest growing sports in the world, the CrossFit Games features a range of events that identify the athletes who are at peak fitness. Challenges include short, high-intensity events to longer large-scale contests. With a range of heats, it allows athletes to build up their points over the course of the Games.
To keep an element of surprise for the athletes and fans many of the events are yet to be announced. This means that in training, competitors needed to prepare for whatever may be thrown at them over the next five days.
Individual events on day one
Crit: Ten laps for time on an approximately 21-lb. aluminum Trek bike.
Thirty muscle ups: Athletes need to pull themselves up 30 times on rings suspended above the ground. The time limit is capped at five minutes.
CrossFit Total: a one-rep-max back squat, shoulder press and deadlift. Athletes had three attempts at each of the three lifts with four minutes to perform each lift.
Marathon row: Under the constraint of a four-hour time cap the individual athletes mounted their Concept2 Rowers to cover 42km as quickly as possible.
She can Crit (5th), she can do 30 Muscle-ups (2nd) and she can definitely Total. Reigning Fittest Woman on Earth @TiaToomey posts 875 lb. on the CrossFit Total to win IE3 at the @DrinkFITAID North Park #CrossFitGames. pic.twitter.com/J4RlZ4HvMD
— The CrossFit Games (@CrossFitGames) August 1, 2018
The CrossFit Games Women Leaderboard
After day one, Laura Horvath sits atop the individual leaderboard with 338 points. In second place sits last year’s winner Tia-Clair Toomey with 326 points, third is Annie Thorisdottir (276), fourth place goes to Kara Saunders (248) and fifth on the leaderboard is Kristi Eramo (230).
Other athletes to watch out for as the competition progresses include Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
Margaux Alvarez, Brooke Wells and Lauren Fisher.
You can watch live coverage on CBS stream, Facebook Live and the official CrossFit Games website.