The 10th annual Wodapalooza fitness festival opened in Miami featuring its first-ever free live stream of all the action. Thursday was open to the public and CrossFit fans and first-time spectators alike were treated to two elite individual and two elite team events. The Gauntlet, an hour-long grueling workout that spectators take on entered it’s third year with the toughest programming yet.
“Flipped Off,” the first event, featured heavy double-unders, GHD situps, and heavy Flip-Sled flips–a new implement similar to the “Pig.” The women’s elite division came down to a tight race between the Australian, Ellie Turner, and Dani Speegle, the only two athletes to complete the workout under the time cap. Turner finished seconds ahead of Speegle, both of whom were followed by Emma McQuaid and Arielle Loewen, who tied for third.
On the men’s side, Patrick Vellner picked up where he left off after winning WZA 2020 by taking the event one win in 2022. He was followed closely by Taylor Self both of whom finished the workout in under 12 minutes.
In the elite team-of-three division, two teams carrying the CrossFit Mayhem banner took the top spots. Mayhem in Paradise, comprised of Rich Froning, Angelo Dicicco, and Luke Parker took the win, completing the event more than 90 seconds ahead of second-place team The Boys, consisting of Travis Mayer, Noah Ohlsen, and Chandler Smith. On the women’s side, MayFem, made up of Taylor Williamson, Andrea Neisler, and Haley Adams tied with Team Kriger, including Kristin Holte, Ingrid Hodnemyr, and Lena Richter from Norway for the event win.
Where “Flipped Off” was a grinder, event two, “Echo on Fran” was fast and furious. The workout called for 21-15-9 reps of thrusters, chest-to-bar pullups, and Rogue Echo bike calories, and on the women’s side, Ellie Turner made it two-for-two to end the day with 200 points and the overall lead. Bethany Shadburne followed in second for the event and second overall to end the day.
The men took the floor next and in a tight race, Jayson Hopper eked out an event win. The WZA rookie finished only four seconds ahead of second-place Phil Toon. Dallin Pepper took third, five seconds later.
In the team competition, Team Kriger ran the table, taking a second event win, closing out day one with 200 points. While MayFem took third, but remain in second place overall. Team GOWOD, made up of Mia Hesketh, Julie Hougard, and Solvieg Sigurdardottir, took second in the event, finishing the day in third. On the men’s side, The Boys took first place, barely edging out Thunder From Down Under comprised of James Newbury, Khan Porter, and Matt Dlugos.
Day two will feature action in every division–Scaled, Rx, Adaptive, Youth, Masters, and Elite, as well as spectator workouts every hour on the hour. And there are can’t-be-missed seminars with Annie Thorisdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir, as well as Mat Fraser, Justin Medeiros, Rich Froning and Sam Briggs.