The world’s top CrossFit athletes are competing at the sport’s main event in California– the Reebok CrossFit Games.
The games, which are in their tenth year, will host the final rounds of competition on Sunday at the StubHub Center.
The CrossFit Games are the last stage of a season-long competition to determine the world’s fittest male and female athletes through a broad range of athletic movements and challenges.
The field has been narrowed from hundreds of thousands of athletes to 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 40 teenagers, and 200 masters. Each competitor qualified by participating in February’s five-week, five-workout competition called the Open and then, competing during the regionals in May.
The six-day competition, which began on Tuesday, consists of a wide variety of functional movements. The series of physical workouts include moves such as deadlifts, pull-ups and overhead squats. However, each athlete is prepared for an element of surprise.
At each CrossFit Games, the athletes engage in a series of challenges unknown to them until right before the competition. According to the CrossFit website, “A key element to a fair test of fitness is the unknown and unknowable.”
Since its inception in 2007, the CrossFit Games have become “one of the fastest growing sports in America,” according to Forbes.
The CrossFit Games website states that in 2015, there were just more than 11,000 affiliates. Currently, they have surpassed 13,000.
CrossFit was founded by Greg Glassman with the concept of varied, high-intensity, functional movements, combined with collaborative competition.
CrossFit Games Details
Note: All times ET
Where: SubHub Center- Carson, California
When: Sunday, July 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 9:40 p.m. on WatchESPN and YouTube (International)
Channel: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2; 7 to 9 p.m. PT on ESPN2