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What You Need to Know about the CrossFit® Games


crossfit gamesThe CrossFit Games are quickly approaching, but what exactly does that mean? The Marc Pro team has the guide to the top questions about the CrossFit Games so that you can flex your CrossFit knowledge heading into the biggest event of the year.

1. Question: What Exactly Is CrossFit?

CrossFit is defined as “performing functional movements that are constantly varied at high intensity.” These exercises include cardiovascular exercises, agility, balance, flexibility, power, and speed.

2. Question: How Do You Qualify for the CrossFit Games?

There are three stages in the qualification process, starting with the Open stage. Scores are submitted from the Open 5-week, 5-workout competition, and top athletes from the 17 regions qualify for stage number 2—regionals. Regionals are a live, three-day competition that are held in May over three weekends. Top athletes from the regions combine and battle for five spots to qualify for the CrossFit Games.

3. Question: How Are Events Scored?

The scale for the events is considered “relative.” This means that athletes are awarded based on how they place in relation to peers in the event, not on total performance in that event. The CrossFit Games includes the top 40 fittest men and women.

crossfit games4. Question: Where Are the CrossFit Games This Year?

The CrossFit Games take place from July 19-24, 2016 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. The competition field includes 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 40 teenagers, and 200 masters.

5. Question: How Can I Try a CrossFit Workout at Home?

Looking to join in the CrossFit action for yourself? You can watch the CrossFit Games while doing your own workout, including pushups, v-ups, and air squats before you try a “Box” out for yourself.

6. Question: Does Marc Pro Have Any Athletes Competing in the CrossFit Games?

Yes! Marc Pro has multiple athletes competing in the CrossFit Games, including: Noah Ohlsen, Scott Panchik, and Emily Bridgers.

7. Question: What is the “Inside Scoop” on the Marc Pro Athletes Competing In the CrossFit Games?           

Noah Ohlsen

  • Lives in Miami and trains out of CrossFit Peak 360
  • He finished 8th at the 2014 and 2015 Games and is looking for his first break onto the podium
  • Noah’s top performances last year were in the Pier Paddle (3rd), Murph (3rd), Triangle Couplet (2nd)
  • Won the Atlantic Regional in 2015 and 2016
  • Super cute golden retriever named Maximus Ohlsen- his right hand training man
  • He has a coiffed hairdo with a signature part on the left side (he says it doesn’t look good flipped the other direction).

Scott Panchik

  • Lives in Mentor, Ohio and trains at CrossFit Mentality
  • Finished 6th in the 2015 Games on a ruptured plantar fascia, and 5th in 2014. Looking for his first podium finish
  • Scott’s top performances last year were in the Heavy DT (3rd) and the Sprint Course 1 (2nd).
  • Won the Central Regional in 2015 and 2016
  • Engaged and getting married this summer
  • Two younger brothers who are up and coming CrossFit stars, Spencer and Saxon Panchik

Emily Bridgerscrossfit games

  • Lives in Atlanta, trains at CrossFit Terminus
  • Finished 24th in 2015 and 6th in 2014 at the CrossFit Games
  • Emily won the Atlantic Regional in 2015 and 2016, and the Southeast Region in 2014
  • Top finishes in 2015 were Murph (8th) and the Soccer Chipper (8th)
  • Married to Ben Benson

If you would like to learn more about the CrossFit Games, then simply follow the Marc Pro social handles to stay up-to-date on the latest CrossFit news!