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Who Gets Invites to WZA Miami?

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Top athletes will be able to bypass the Wodapalooza Online Challenge & Qualifier to compete at Wodapalooza Miami in January. This is based on past Sanctional and CrossFit Games finishes.

Individual Elite

CrossFit Games

  • CrossFit Games 21 – All Individual Elite Athletes 
  • Individual CrossFit Games Top 3 – 2015-2020
  • CrossFit Games 21 Quarterfinals – Top 30 Men & Women Worldwide

Additional Events

  • Individual Top 3 at WZA, DCC, & Granite Games 21: Top 3 Men & Women
  • Individual Winners at WZA, DCC, or Granite Games the last five years: 1st Place Men & Women
  • Individual Winners at 21 CFG Semi-final

Age Group

  • 1st place 2020 Wodapalooza and/or 2021 CrossFit Games

Please note: 20 spots will be earned via the WZA Indy Online Challenge & Qualifier. If all the above invites have been granted and spots are still available, they will be awarded to the next finishers in line via the WZAOC leaderboard. Additionally, athletes who receive invites are still responsible for their registration cost, lodging, travel, etc.

Elite Team of 3

CrossFit Games

  • CrossFit Games 21 – Top 10 Team | May put together 1 male & 1 female team of 3 consisting of both CrossFit Games teams
  • Any individually Elite Invited athletes may put together an Elite Team of 3, as long as a minimum of two of the three athletes are part of the invite criteria
WZAOC

10 Reasons You Should Do The Online Challenge

By Online Challenge

We’re CrossFitters. We like to measure and assess, test ourselves and see if we’re better than last time. Competitions are naturally popular in our community- but there are loads of online qualifiers, so why should you sign up for the 2021 WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier (WZAOC)?

We’ve got 10 reasons why the WZAOC should be your next big test:

1. The bigger the test sample, the more accurate the result.

The WZAOC is one of the largest online qualifiers and has a deep competitive field. Thousands of athletes from around the globe come together to compete during this challenge. The community you join when you sign up gives you access to a large pool of athletes. You are certain to discover athletic peers ready to challenge you on the leaderboard, wherever you are in the fitness game.

2. Competition ups your game.

If you’ve ever stood under the clock as the coach says “10 seconds” and felt the adrenaline surge, you have that athlete mentality, the desire to challenge yourself and push the limits of what is possible. Competition spikes intensity and requires your best. The WZAOC gives you the chance to celebrate competition through a series of workouts.

3. Bring the WZA party to your gym

What better way to “pre-game” for WZA Miami than with the WZAOC? The WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier lets you take part in that excitement, festivity, and community atmosphere even if you can’t travel to Miami. Join the fun of the challenge and share the struggle and elation of each test with friends from your local box and athletes all over the world.

4. Get your Progress Report & Earn your Spot to WZA Miami

The WZAOC serves as a check-in, a unique test of fitness. For 10 days, athletes have the opportunity to see where they stack up this year compared to years past with the ultimate prize of competing at WZA Miami. The WZAOC is the first step to qualifying for WZA Miami. Athletes interested in competing next to Biscayne Bay and under the city lights of downtown Miami must complete the entirety of the WZAOC to qualify or be eligible to register for Open Registration. Athletes have the opportunity to qualify in one of the 41 divisions offered during the WZAOC.

5. Give purpose and direction to your training

Help hone your mindset and daily training intention with the WZAOC dates marked on the calendar. Let them serve as a goal to work towards in your lifting, gymnastics, or aerobic capacity work. We all get tired of the day-to-day slog of regular training, narrow your sights and concentrate your efforts with the motivation of the qualifiers around the corner!

6. Leaderboarding is your secret favorite pastime

Let’s be honest, updating the leaderboard throughout the competition and watching your place rise or sink as a result of your score is addicting. The WZAOC leaderboard is an opportunity to scratch that itch. It’s rarely shocking to see where the chips lie, but always fun to watch them fall into place. Whether leaderboarding against your own scores or measuring your progress against others, knowing an effort will be measured is an essential component of CrossFit training. And wow, that leaderboard position can sure motivate us through some difficult workouts.

7. To compete!

Our mission at WZA is to celebrate fitness, community, and life. What better way to celebrate fitness than through competition. It gives us a chance to earn the glory of the win and to prove to ourselves and others that hard work pays off. Of course, with a field this big, we each have to set our own “winning” goal. Whether it’s the top of the leaderboard or the top of the rings after your first muscle-up, the WZAOC is a platform for each of us to chase down a personal “win.”

8. Identify the holes in your training

The WZAOC is a well-rounded test, programmed to find the fittest. Sign up for the qualifier and attack the workouts. Then measure the effectiveness of your training. By competing this year you’ll be able to identify the holes in your performance and have the chance to make adjustments before the next WZAOC.  

9. Join the WZA Family

The WZA Community is one of the most inclusive, welcoming competitive CrossFit communities out there. WZA brings all ability levels together onto one floor from adaptive, masters, teenagers, beginners, elite, and everything in between. It’s a party full of like-minded people, there to compete and encourage each other towards greater achievement. The WZAOC is an opportunity to be a part of that highly motivated group.

10. Find your Squad

Teams of 3 are back! We are going back to our roots and celebrating the tight knit teams that make up our community. With the WZAOC for Teams in November, you have time to assemble your fitness friends and start working out together. By sharing the heavy loads and incredible challenges designed for a team, you’ll quickly find “your squad.” There is nothing quite like the camaraderie of a team pushed to exhaustion, together, over and over. And the WZAOC is the perfect starting place to forge that team.

Which Division is Right for me?

By Online Challenge

Wondering which division you should aim for? Take a look as we break it down!

INDIVIDUAL – Elite/Rx

This division is for the best of the best individual athletes. Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications and should be amongst the firebreathers in their gym.

Elite – 1st to 20th (20 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Rx – 21st to 60th (40 total spots, via invite & qualification)

INDIVIDUAL – Intermediate/Scaled/Beginner

This division is for the competitive athlete with only a few holes in their game. Athletes aspiring to qualify for the Intermediate division at WZA Miami are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed, however, if vying for an Open Registration spot in Scaled or Beginner, scaling is OK!

There will be a prescribed version, and an opportunity to do a version that is not prescribed.

Intermediate – 1st to 40th (40 total spots, via qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 41st to ∞ 

Please note: Athletes seeking to compete in the Beginner division should have no more than a full year of CrossFit experience. As a guide, this would be your first or possibly second live competition if you plan on competing in the Beginner division.

INDIVIDUAL – Seated Adaptive Rx/Scaled

The Seated division is for all adaptive athletes that perform the majority of their workouts in a seated position. Athletes able to perform exercises standing will not be eligible for the seated division.

Seated athletes will compete in a singular division in the WZA Online Challenge. At the conclusion, the top 6 athletes of each gender will qualify to compete in the Rx division, while those athletes that cannot perform the workouts as prescribed or finish 7th or below will be eligible for the scaled division via Open Registration.

Rx Minimums:
Olympic lifts: (110, 55lb)
Skills: Knee Burpees, WB, floor to box, 15/10ft Rope Climb, Swim unassisted, Most Rx gymnastic movements. Seated athletes will need access to a wheelchair.

Higher & Lower function level athletes will be classified as:
Higher – Unable to use abdominal muscles or below ie. T-7 -C-1 impaired
Lower -Access to all or some abdominal, hip flexors ie T-8 to amputee  

The Higher athletes will receive % deductions on prescribed weights. 

Qualify Rx – 1st to 6th (6 Rx qualifying spots)
Eligible for Scaled – 7th to ∞ (limited scaled open registration spots available)

INDIVIDUAL – Standing Adaptive Rx/Scaled

The Standing division is for all adaptive athletes that perform the majority of their workouts in a standing position. Standing athletes will compete in a singular division in the WZA Online Challenge.

Rx Minimums:
Olympic lifts 135, 85lb
Skills: Burpees, WB, DU, 15/10ft Rope Climb, Swim Unassisted, Most Rx gymnastic movements depending on the impairment 

Single Arm & Single leg athletes will be classified as 1 point of contact on the equipment or floor. These athletes will receive % deductions on prescribed weights. 

Qualify Rx – 1st to 6th (6 Rx qualifying spots)
Eligible for Scaled – 7th to ∞ (limited scaled open registration spots available)

INDIVIDUAL – 35-39

Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications. If you miss qualifying in this division, you’ll be eligible to compete in the Individual Scaled division via Open Registration.

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 35 years of age but not older than 39 as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 30th (30 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 31st to ∞ 

INDIVIDUAL – 40-44

Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications. If you miss qualifying in this division, you’ll be eligible to compete in the Individual Scaled division via Open Registration.

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 40 years of age but not older than 44 as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 30th (30 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 31st to ∞ 

INDIVIDUAL – 45-49

Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications. If you miss qualifying in this division, you’ll be eligible to compete in the Individual Scaled division via Open Registration.

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 45 years of age but not older than 49 as of 1/1/2022.
Qualify – 1st to 20th (20 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 21st to ∞ 

INDIVIDUAL – 50-54

Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications. If you miss qualifying in this division, you’ll be eligible to compete in the Individual Scaled division via Open Registration.

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 50 years of age but not older than 54 as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 15th (15 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 16th to ∞ 

INDIVIDUAL – 55-59

Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications. If you miss qualifying in this division, you’ll be eligible to compete in the Individual Scaled division via Open Registration.

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 55 years of age but not older than 59 as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 10th (10 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 11th to ∞ 

INDIVIDUAL – 60-64

Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications. If you miss qualifying in this division, you’ll be eligible to compete in the Individual Scaled division via Open Registration.

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 60 years of age or older as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 5th (5 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 6th to ∞ 

INDIVIDUAL – 65+

Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications. If you miss qualifying in this division, you’ll be eligible to compete in the Individual Scaled division via Open Registration.

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 65 years of age or older as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 5th (5 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 6th to ∞ 

INDIVIDUAL – 13-15

This individual division is designed for the top Teen athletes. Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications.  

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 13 years of age but not older than 15 as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 10th (10 total spots, via invite & qualification)

INDIVIDUAL – 16-18

This individual division is designed for the top Teen athletes. Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications.  

Age Requirement: Athletes in this division must be 16 years of age but not older than 18 as of 1/1/2022.

Qualify – 1st to 20th (20 total spots, via invite & qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Individual Scaled or Beginner – 20th to ∞ 

TEAMS – Elite/Rx

The “Elite/Rx” Team of 3 division is designed for the best of the best. The teams will be made up of 3 males or 3 females with athletes and should be CrossFit Games caliber or aspiring. Athletes in this division are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed with no scales or modifications.  

*Athletes do NOT have to complete the Online Challenge together.

Qualify Elite Team – 1st to 30th
Qualify Rx Team – 31st to 70th

TEAMS – Intermediate/Scaled/Beginner

This division is for teams with only a few holes in their game. Athletes aspiring to qualify for the Intermediate team division at WZA Miami are expected to have performed all workouts in the 2021 Open as prescribed, however, if vying for an Open Registration spot in Scaled or Beginner, scaling is OK!

There will be a prescribed version, and an opportunity to do a version that is not prescribed.

Intermediate – 1st to 40th (40 total spots, via qualification)
Eligible for Open Registration in Scaled or Beginner Team – 41st to infinity

Please note: Athletes seeking to compete in the Beginner Team division should have no more than a full year of CrossFit experience. As a guide, this would be your first or possibly second live competition if you plan on competing in this Beginner division.

All of our divisions have the ability to qualify for WZA Miami 2022. If you fall out of qualification, then almost all divisions have the opportunity to register through open registration. This gives everyone a chance to compete under the lights in downtown Miami. Can’t wait to see you on the big stage!

2021 WZA Season Updates

By News

Wodapalooza is fast approaching, and with it, the qualifying piece to earn a spot to compete on the Miami floor is set to begin: The WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier.

WZAOC INDY CHALLENGE BEGINS: OCT 4th
WZAOC TEAM CHALLENGE BEGINS: NOV 1st 

Take a look at some of the changes to this year’s online challenge!

*NEW* Taking it back to Teams of 3!

  • With our 10th year here, we’re going back to our roots and celebrating the tight-knit teams that make up our community.
  • Grab your two best buds and test your fitness on the most fun stage in the fitness world!
  • No need to be together to compete in the WZA Team OC! Team members can register and compete from across the world with hopes of meeting together on the competition floor in Miami!

*NEW* Beginner Team of 3 Divisions

  • In order to accommodate the vast diversity of abilities with athletes, now the true CrossFit beginners are eligible to compete in a division that best suits them: Beginner.
  • Open Registration” is still also an alternative to what has become a very competitive Scaled division at Wodapalooza.

*NEW* More Spots for Master’s in Miami

  • Master’s 65+ division has been added!
  • We want to give more opportunities for Master’s to compete and now they can along with a greater chance to qualify to compete in Miami!

Everyone Must Compete in the Online Challenge

  • This isn’t a change, but still worth noting! Whether looking to compete in beginner, scaled, elite, or Rx, the first step is completing the WZAOC in its entirety. Unless you fall into one of these groups… Who Receives Invites to WZA Miami?

While WZA seeks to stay true to our roots, it’s important to continue to grow and adapt. These changes seek to keep Wodapalooza ahead of the competitive curve and to provide the very best experience to athletes as part of the Online Challenge & Qualifier, as well as the event in Miami.

There is only one thing left to do. When registration opens, sign up, and get ready to throw down. If planning on vying for a team, grab two friends and prepare for exciting workouts over ten days.

The WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier registration opens Monday, August 30th!

Complete Guide to the 2019 WZAOC Team Challenge

By News, Online Challenge

Complete Guide to the 2019 WZAOC Team Challenge

The WZAOC Individual Challenge is over but who wouldn’t want more WZA?! The second act of the WZAOC kicks off with the Team Challenge. Teams of 4 (MMFF) take on 10 workouts that must be completed over a 10 day period. 

The first step is to register! One teammate (the team captain!) registers for the entire team. Registration is open now and closes on December 16th, the same day scores are due.

Workouts are progressively released on our social channels (Instagram, Facebook & Twitter) and emailed out to registered athletes starting on December 6th with scores due on December 16th at 8pm ET. Movement standards, video requirements, and scorecards will also be available on our website once they are announced.

This is a great opportunity to come together and test your fitness on a worldwide level with like-minded athletes around the world! Don’t miss out on 10 days of fun with your fit friends as you push your limits and potentially earn a spot on the floor at WZA Miami! 

That being said, we’ve gone ahead and pulled together some of your top questions on the WZAOC Team Challenge!

 

PROBLEM: MY BFF LIVES NOWHERE NEAR ME

NOT a  problem! Teams are NOT required to be in the same location in order to participate and do not have to complete the workouts together. All workouts are designed to be performed independently and at any time. Athletes do not have to be from the same gym, city, state, or even country!  Keep in mind that if you and your squad earn a spot to compete in Miami, all four athletes will compete together across all three days. 

 

WHAT ABOUT THOSE VIDEOS?

If you are interested in stepping on that competition floor at WZA Miami in February, video submission from all team members (including athletes in the Scaled and Beginner divisions!)  is required after the conclusion of the Team Challenge. The WZA Team will request specific videos from specific workouts, but exactly which workouts will not be revealed until after the Challenge ends! We recommend having all your videos locked, loaded, and ready to go prior to the deadline! See a full list of important dates and deadlines here!

 

Once your team has completed a workout, your team captain (the rad person that registered your team) is responsible for submitting the team’s scores. They will have a “(C)” next to their name when you log in to Competition Corner. To submit videos, you have the option of uploading all the videos to a single Dropbox folder and sharing that link with us OR creating a playlist on YouTube with all the videos and sharing that link with us. If you need further assistance, shoot us an email at [email protected]!

 

WE’VE GOT A MIXED CREW, NOW WHAT?

If an athlete on your team has to perform the alternate version of a workout, the entire team must perform the alternate workout. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this! However, you may mix the prescribed and alternate workouts throughout the challenge. For example, if your team does workout #1 Prescribed, workout #2 Alternate, etc. that is okay! 

 

If your team submits some alternate workout scores, you are still eligible for Open Registration, as long as you complete all the workouts in their entirety and submit the required videos. Submission of the requested video(s) at the end of the Challenge is CRUCIAL in maintaining your eligibility. Remember, you are NOT required to perform the workouts in the same video, same gym or even at the same time as your teammates, however, all athletes attempting to compete at WZA Miami (through either qualification or Open Registration) are required to submit videos of their workouts.

 

As a side note: in the event, you’ve already registered for WZA Miami and one of your original teammates cannot compete with you any longer, you are allowed a one-time substitution (prior to January 31st, 2020) for a fee. All you have to do is email [email protected] and they will help you take it from there!

 

UH-OH, OUR QUAD JUST BECAME A TRIO!

In the event that a teammate you originally registered with cannot complete all the WZAOC workouts, there is still a chance to qualify! Team Captains can replace teammates at any point during the WZAOC Team Challenge (Dec. 6-16th) through Competition Corner. Any athlete substituted midway through the Team Challenge must complete ALL the team workouts before the score submission deadline on December 16th. No team substitutions or score submissions may be made after score submission closes. See a full list of important dates and deadlines here!

 

I CHANGED MY MIND, I WANT TO GO TEAM!

If you’ve already snagged one of the coveted spots for WZA Miami as an individual, congrats! Unfortunately, any athlete who accepts an individual invite from the WZAOC cannot participate on any WZAOC or WZA Miami Team at any point during the competition season, unless you plan on giving up your individual spot. If this is the case, please email [email protected].

 

WHY NO MORE TEAM OF THREE?

This year we’ve said farewell to teams of three and all teams are Co-Ed teams of four. We’ve got two main reasons for this shift: 

  • WZA originated with the desire to provide a CrossFit Games-like experience to the average Joe aka, the 99%. Nothing speaks more to this then aligning their team divisions, from the Elite to Scaled with this same format.
  • This format gives more athletes (400+) the opportunity to compete on the bay, under the bright lights at WZA. More chances for more people to experience an inclusive yet challenging weekend competition.

 

AFTER THE CHALLENGE, WHO QUALIFIES?

Here’s the breakdown for qualifying teams! 

  • 1st to 30th – Qualify for Elite Teams
  • 31st to 130th – Qualify for Rx Teams
  • 131st to 230th – Qualify for Intermediate Teams
  • 231st to infinity – Eligible for Scaled or Beginner Teams (Open Registration)

 

Got more questions? Shoot us an email at [email protected]. Otherwise, we’ll see you on the leaderboard.

Wodapalooza Raises Funds for Relief and Recovery Efforts in The Bahamas

By News, WZA Community

WZA Raises Funds for Relief and Recovery Efforts in The Bahamas

Our hearts are broken by the devastation in the northern Bahamas this week from Hurricane Dorian. Early estimates report that roughly 60% of Grand Bahama Island is flooded and 13,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.

A short plane or boat ride away, The Bahamas are a frequent place that we go to celebrate fitness, community, and life. Each time we visit, the Bahamian community gives of themselves to help us celebrate and now, more than ever before, this community needs our help.

We, here at Wodapalooza, are committed to helping our community, friends, and neighbors in The Bahamas rebuild their homes, communities, and livelihoods.
 

We have aligned with WZA Community Partners and Gyms to send provisions to The Bahamas and we are asking you to help us by donating. Below are a variety of ways that you can give back to The Bahamas and affected communities:

 

Drop off needed items at your local gym

These are the gyms we know are accepting donations, if you know of others accepting donations, please email us at: [email protected] so we can add them to the list.

  • CrossFit Soul – Miami, FL – (305) 668-2898
  • Peak 360 CrossFit – Miami, FL – (877) 236-6731
  • CrossFit Unbounded – Doral, FL – (786) 393-4948
  • Zoom Fitness – Doral, FL – (305) 306-9886
  • CrossFit Yellow Falcon Miami – (786) 703-2601
  • CrossFit Wynwood – (305) 741-0730
  • Train8Nine – Miami, FL – (305) 912-3963
  • Freakin CrossFit – Pembroke Pines, FL – (954) 442-3356
  • CrossFit Tamiami – Miami, FL – (786) 360-5471
  • CrossFit Downtown Miami – Miami, FL – (305) 915-0358
  • CrossFit Armed – North Miami, FL – (786) 709-5677
  • Caution CrossFit – Hialeah Gardens, FL – (786) 558-4163
  • Training Pit CrossFit – Hollywood, FL – (305) 345-0457

 

Donate Funds through GoFundMe

Team WZA has set up a GoFundMe account for the WZA Community to donate for the families and communities affected by Hurricane Dorain. 100% of all funds raised will go to assist in relief efforts in The Bahamas.

DONATE HERE!

 

Thank you for helping us give back to the families and communities that have given so much to all of us.

BTS: Chandler Smith Crushes Indy WZAOC – WOD 5/6

By News, Online Challenge

BTS: Chandler Smith Takes on Indy WZAOC – WOD 5/6

Chandler Smith takes on WOD 5/6 of the Indy WZAOC at Bayfront Park in Downtown MIami. See how he approached the workout, how he feels about the Beatles, and his estimated heart rate while completing the WOD.

 

2019 WZAOC – Indy WOD 5/6

With a 15 minute running clock:
21-15-9
Thrusters (95, 65lb)
Calorie Row
Burpess Over the Rower

With Remaining Time, 1RM Clean & Jerk

2019 WZAOC: FAQs

By News, Online Challenge

2019 WZAOC: FAQs

We’re breaking down all your WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier (WZAOC) frequently asked questions in a quick and easy blog post!

 

PRESCRIBED VS ALTERNATE

New this year, we will only offer two versions of each workout, Prescribed and Alternate. In previous years, there were several versions of the workouts posted, but we wanted to simplify the process for those looking to qualify and participate. Each week, athletes may choose to perform the workout

Athletes seeking to compete in Scaled or Beginner at WZA Miami 2020 must complete all WZA Online Challenge workouts, whether it be prescribed or alternate workouts.  This includes submitting all scores and videos. We highly encourage that all athletes participating complete the prescribed version of the workouts whenever possible. However, there will be an alternate version of each workout posted for those who need modifications.  After the closing of WZAOC, any athletes who fall out of qualification will be eligible for open registration.

Now, for those looking to qualify for WZA Miami 2020 in the Elite, Rx, or Intermediate divisions, they must successfully complete all Prescribed versions of the Online Challenge workouts. All athletes will then be ranked based on their finish and a video review.  Qualifying positions are based on the following:

 

Qualify for WZA Miami Elite: 1st to 20thWZAOC

Qualify for WZA Miami Rx: 21st to 60th

Qualify for WZA Miami Intermediate: 61st to 90th

Eligible for Open Registration for WZA Miami Scaled & Beginner: 91st to ∞

 

To be clear, the WZAOC acknowledges one individual division.  At WZA Miami 2020, the individual division will be broken down into Elite, RX, Intermediate, Scaled and Beginner.  

 

ONE INCLUSIVE LEADERBOARD

Our individual division encompasses Elite, Rx, Intermediate, Scaled and Beginners. For the purposes of the WZAOC, everyone will compete and be scored together on one inclusive leaderboard. We also offer our Adaptive and Master’s & Teen divisions, which will be scored separately from the individual divisions.

 

WHAT IS OPEN REGISTRATION AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

It’s simple. You didn’t qualify? But you did all the Online Challenge workouts, and submitted the required videos? Great. On October 2nd, 2019 at 8PM ET, you will log-on and race against the rest of the eligible to try and sign up to secure a spot to compete at WZA Miami 2020! Read more on Open Registration here!

All non-qualifying athletes are eligible for Open Registration in the Scaled or Beginner division, except for Teens 13-15. We can’t reiterate enough, these spots are first-come, first-serve, and extremely limited. There is a huge demand, so make sure you sign up quickly! 

 

SCALED VS BEGINNER DIVISION

Keep in mind that the scaled and beginner divisions at WZA Miami 2020 will be consistent with our standards which can be found below and on our Division Standards page. These two divisions are meant to truly represent the name of each division, Beginner and Scaled.

 

WZAOC

BEGINNER

Athletes seeking to compete in the Beginner division should have no more than a full year of CrossFit experience. As a guide, this would be your first live competition if you plan on competing in the Beginner division. Athletes in this division typically scale most if not all workouts at their affiliate, during The Open or on CrossFit.com. Workouts at our event will reflect these details.

 

    • Snatch (75/55lb)
    • Clean & Jerk (115/85lb)
    • Single-Unders, Ring Rows, Hanging Knee Raises
    • Proficiency performing any movements with dumbbells (35/20lb)

 

SCALED

Athletes in this division may have performed workouts in the 2019 Open as prescribed, but that is not mandatory. Having performed workout(s) scaled or with modifications is acceptable and programming for this division will reflect that.  

 

    • Snatch (95/65lb)
    • Clean & Jerk (135/95lb)
    • Pull-Ups, Double-Unders, Hanging Knee Raises, Rope Climbs
    • Proficiency performing any movements with dumbbells (40/25lb)

All of our divisions have the ability to qualify for WZA Miami 2020! If you fall out of qualification, then almost all divisions have the opportunity to register through open registration! This gives everyone a chance to compete under the lights in Downtown Miami! Can’t wait to see you on the big stage!

Beginner’s Guide to the WZAOC

By News, Online Challenge

Beginner’s Guide to the WZAOC

by Kristen Chandler Toth
Take the plunge! Sign up and start planning.

New to CrossFit but hungry for a real challenge? Maybe you just finished an intro course at your gym or you’ve been training with CrossFit for several months now – either way you’re curious about pushing to the next level. This year we opened up our competition to athletes who are new to the sport. There’s a brand new division, just for beginners.

Competing for the first time can be scary. But we’re here to help- so you can confidently take on the Wodapalooza Online Qualifier and Challenge (WZAOC). You’ll be able to set your own pace and find appropriate scaling options for your level of fitness. The WZAOC is about challenging yourself and rising to meet (or even exceed!) your expectations.

 

So how does it work?

 

Step 1: Register and Choose your division. 


As is typical in most competitive CrossFit competitions, athletes are split into different divisions depending on their current skill and ability level. Each division has associated movement standards that athletes can use as a guide to choose the division that is right for him/her. This helps ensure that when competition time rolls around, athletes are competing against athletes at a similar ability level.

With 37 different divisions, Wodapalooza has something for everyone. From the Elite division ( the most competitive athletes in our sport) to the Beginner division (athletes who have less than one year experience with CrossFit). To further break down the competition into specific fields, we have Age Group (Masters & Teenagers) and Adaptive (Rx/Scaled Standing & Rx/Scaled Seated), divisions.

Let’s take a closer look at how to read the division standards for the Beginner division… Athletes in this division are expected to be able to Snatch, at least, 75lb (for men) and 55lb (for women), Clean & Jerk (115/85lb) and be prepared to perform single-unders, ring rows, hanging knee raises and any movements with a 35/20lb dumbbell.

You can get a full breakdown of all movement standards on our Division Standards page. And remember the weights for those movements should be considered working weights, meaning you can do multiple repetitions if they come up in a workout.

 

Step 2: Mark your calendar and make a plan to hit the qualifier workouts.

With the WZAOC there are two ways to compete – as an Individual or on a Team of 4 (MM/FF). The Individual Challenge begins: August 21st and the Team of 4 Challenge begins: December 6th


For Individual Athletes:
Each Wednesday for 3 weeks (August 21st, August 28th & September 2nd), WZA will release a workout (or two!) through a video announcement on our social media channels (make sure to follow our
Insta, Facebook & Twitter!) and email blast to registered athletes around 8p ET.

In an effort to make this a true test, the workout(s) stay a secret until they’re announced! Which means you won’t know what challenge lies in store for you until the workouts are released each week. Because you only get the workouts a few days before the scores are due, no athletes will have the advantage of practicing or perfecting the workout too much before it’s time to test it. We guarantee you’ll look forward to the workout release with anticipation and nerves each week, which no doubt adds to the fun. Athletes have all weekend to complete the workout(s) and submit scores by the following Monday (August 26th, September 2nd & September 9th).

 


For Team of 4 (MM/FF) Athletes
: you’ll face 10 workouts that must be completed over a 10 day period. Workouts are released on our social channels (Insta, Facebook & Twitter) and emailed out to registered atheltes beginning December 6th with scores due on December 16th (visit our Schedule page to get all the info on due dates and deadlines!) It’s important to note that athletes do not have to complete the workouts together.

 

Step 3: Read (and reread) the scorecard for each workout so you know what exactly qualifies as a good repetition.

Following the release of each workout, Team WZA will post a scorecard online for athletes to use (or have their judge use!) during their workout. You’ll need to download the scorecard for each workout from our website and then print it out for your judge (or rep counter or cheerleader) to hold. It is vital for all athletes to read (and reread) the scorecard and movement standards to ensure they are completing the workout properly.

For example, knowing what will determine “full-depth” for a good squat rep will help make sure you don’t waste effort. Pro tip for beginners- get your coach involved and have her or him demo and talk through a game plan with you.

 

Step 4: Game day. 

Get excited! The day is finally here! You’ll set up your equipment for your workout and figure out the best vantage point for you to film from (please note: this is required only if you are interested in competing at WZA Miami – you can read more on who needs to submit a video here). 


Next step is to grab your scorecard, hand it to your judge, press ‘record’ on your video and start the clock. (*Note that a judge is
not required but we recommend it to help keep you accountable and moving quickly.)

With the 3, 2, 1 Go-  you’ll take on the first challenge. It’s just a workout in the end, but competition is a catalyst that helps us reach new heights, new personal records, and find our potential. After you’ve finished the workouts for the week, make sure you get on the website early to submit your scores! Although scores aren’t due until Monday we don’t recommend waiting until the last minute. Remember: if you intend to try for a slot in WZA Miami you’ll need to upload your workout video as well- and that takes time!

 

Step 5: Look on the leaderboard.

After the start of the WZAOC, you can find a live leaderboard online where you’ll be able to see how your scores fall against other athletes in your division. The leaderboard is a chance to see your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll see yourself place high on the leaderboard with some workouts and lower on others- this is great feedback to help you find areas to improve. For athletes hoping to earn a spot to compete at WZA Miami, watch your inbox after the the WZAOC is over, for details about Open Registration. If you get one of the coveted Scaled or Beginner slots, pack your gym bag and sunscreen and get stoked for a fun, exhausting weekend of fitness in Miami in February. We’ll be there – ready to guide you into the most fun you’ve ever had working out.

 

REGISTER FOR THE WZAOC TODAY!