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10 Reasons Why the WZAOC is Your Next Big Test

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10 Reasons Why the WZAOC is Your Next Big Test

by Kristen Chandler Toth

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 2019 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 enter when you sign up gives you access to a large pool of athletes where 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 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 weekly 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 the ultimate test of fitness. For 3 weeks during the individual challenge and 10 days for the team challenge, athletes have the opportunity to see where they stack up this year compared to last year 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 in qualify or be eligible to register for Open Registration. Athletes have the opportunity to qualify in one of 38 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 weekend 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, scaled, elite and everything in between. It’s a party full of like-minded people, there to compete and ready to encourage each other towards greater achievement. The WZAOC is an opportunity to be a part of that highly motivated group of like-minded people.

 

10. Find your Squad

Teams of 3 are gone this year, but Teams of 4 deliver the same experience of the CrossFit Games team competition to your home gym. With the WZAOC for Teams in December, 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.

 

REGISTER HERE!

Introducing… the WZA Demo Team

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Wanna Join the WZA Demo Team?!

Wodapalooza is amped about the changes to their 2019 Season, and now you can be part of creating the magic of competition behind the scenes.

 

 

Last Week, WZA announced changes to this year’s competition, which include the addition of divisions, expansion of others, and minor qualification changes, all in an effort to ensure a fair, safe, competitive and inclusive event. In the spirit of ensuring WZA provides all of the above to competitors, they’re pumped to announce an application process for those who want to be a part of the Testing & Demo Team for the 2019-2020 Season!

What does this mean?

WZA is giving athletes the opportunity to apply to be part of a true team that will commit and be relied upon to help test potential events. Through their results and feedback, they’ll mold what the competition looks like from the online qualification, all the way through the festival in Miami.

Interested in applying?

Click here.

Other Important Details

Athletes should have experience competing (preferably during the WZA Season) but will not be competing during any phase of the WZA 2019-20 season.  Applicants will be selected based on their consistency and performance in certain divisions of competition. We will consider Open placement, previous WZA (Online Challenge and Miami) performances, event experience, etc.  

We are asking for a several month commitment from the testing team.  These athletes will receive tests/workouts directly from our Competition Director and they are expected to leave video, written feedback, etc.

Selected athletes will be considered for our on-site demo team, social media activation, special gifts & discounts from our brand partners, VIP tickets, discounted tickets for their affiliates, compensation for on-site athletes & more.

 

What are you waiting for?! Apply now!

 

WZAOC: 2019-2020 Season Updates!

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WZAOC: 2019-2020 Season Updates

Another year of the Wodapalooza Miami CrossFit Festival season is almost upon, and with it, the qualifying piece to earn a spot to compete in Miami is set to begin: The WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier. Looking for more information on how the WZAOC works? Check out this blog post!


WZAOC INDY CHALLENGE BEGINS: AUGUST 21st
WZAOC TEAM CHALLENGE BEGINS: DECEMBER 6th 

 

While WZA has announced the dates and format of the individual and team portions of the Challenge & Qualifier (and the smell of palm trees and salt water in the air,) it’s important to outline some of the more substantive changes to this year.

See below the detailed list of changes between last year and this year’s format:

 

  • *NEW* All Co-Ed Teams of 4 – No more Teams of 3!
    • Out with the old, and in with the new… 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.
    • Secondly, this format gives more athletes (400+) the opportunity to compete on the bay, under the bright lights at WZA. More chance for more people to experience an inclusive yet challenging weekend competition.

 

  • *NEW* Consolidating Elite/Rx/Intermediate Divisions into one individual qualifier division & one team qualifier division.
    • Last year Elite/Rx divisions and Intermediate/Scaled divisions were separate. This year, they’ve been brought into one, singular division.
    • What does that mean for qualification?
      • For Individuals
        • 1st to 20th – Qualify for Elite
        • 21st to 60th – Qualify for Rx
        • 61st to 90th – Qualify for Intermediate
        • 91st to infinity – Eligible for Scaled or Beginner
      • For 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
      • Check out our How to Compete page for more information!
    • This will reduce the conundrum posed to borderline Rx and Intermediate athletes, that aren’t sure which division to register. Now their division for the WZAOC is one!

 

  • *NEW* Beginner Individual & Team of 4 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 60+ division added!
    • We want to give more opportunity for Master’s to compete, and now they can.
    • We’ve added a considerable number of spots to each of the Master’s divisions. Head to the How to Compete page (scroll all the way to the bottom!) to see the total number per age group.
    • Now, there’s 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, doesn’t matter… step 1 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 their roots, it’s important to continue to grow and adapt. These changes seek to keep WZA 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 over three weeks. If planning on vying for team, grab your three friends, and prepare for ten WOD’s over ten days.

Get your WOD shoes ready… the WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier is coming soon.

Who Receives Invites to WZA?

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Who Receives Invites to WZA Miami?

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

Individual Elite

CrossFit Games

    • CrossFit Games 2019: Top 30 Men & Women
    • CrossFit Games Podium, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015: Top 3 Men & Women

CrossFit Open

    • CrossFit Games Open, October 2019: Top 30 Men & Women Worldwide

Sanctional Events

    • Individual Podium at WZA & Granite Games 2019: Top 3 Men & Women
    • Individual Winners at WZA or Granite Games the last five years: 1st Place Men & Women
    • Individual Winner at CFG Sanctional over the last 12 months, from event date
      • Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge 2019
      • CrossFit Italian Showdown 2019
      • Asia CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Reykevic CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Brazil CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Down Under CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Rogue Invitational 2019
      • CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown 2019
      • Granite Games 2019
      • CrossFit French Throwdown 2019
      • Filthy 150 2019
      • Pandaland CrossFit Challenge 2019
      • Dubai CrossFit Championship 2019
      • SouthFit CrossFit Challenge 2019
      • CrossFit Mayhem Classic 2020
      • CrossFit Strength in Depth 2020
      • CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town 2020
      • Norwegian CrossFit Championship 2020

Age Group

    • 1st place 2019 Wodapalooza and/or 2019 CrossFit Games

Please note: 20 spots will be earned via the WZA Indy Online Challenge & Qualifier. If all 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 4 (Co-Ed)

CrossFit Games:

    • Top 10 Teams at the 2019 CrossFit Games

Sanctional Events:

    • 2019 WZA Co-Ed Elite Team of 4 Podium Finishers (1st – 3rd)
    • Previous 1st Place Team Finisher at CrossFit Sanctional during the 2019-2020 season
      • Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge 2019
      • CrossFit Italian Showdown 2019
      • Asia CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Reykevic CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Brazil CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Down Under CrossFit Championship 2019
      • Rogue Invitational 2019
      • CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown 2019
      • Granite Games 2019
      • CrossFit French Throwdown 2019
      • Filthy 150 2019
      • Pandaland CrossFit Challenge 2019
      • Dubai CrossFit Championship 2019
      • SouthFit CrossFit Challenge 2019
      • CrossFit Mayhem Classic 2020
      • CrossFit Strength in Depth 2020
      • CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town 2020
      • Norwegian CrossFit Championship 2020

Please note: 15 spots will be earned via the WZA Team Online Challenge & Qualifier. If all above invites have been granted and spots are still available, they will be awarded to the next finishers in line via the WZAOC leaderboard. Athletes must return with the same 4 athletes, but may use either M/F alternative from their roster. Athletes who receive invites are still responsible for their registration cost, lodging, travel, etc.

What is the WZAOC?

How Does the WZAOC Work?

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How Does the WZAOC Work?

Have you seen one of our posts that include the acronym WZAOC and secretly wondered what it meant? Let us fill you in on exactly what the WZAOC is and why you’d be crazy not to get involved! It stands for The Wodapalooza Online Challenge and Qualifier. The WZAOC is an online fitness challenge that takes place in the fall with options to compete as an individual or on a team.

We kick off the individual side of the challenge on August 21st releasing an undisclosed number of workouts over 3 weeks. Similar to the CrossFit Open, we keep the workouts secret until the release in order for it to be a true test! Workouts are released on Wednesday & Thursday and must be completed prior to Monday at 8pm ET, when scores are due. This pattern continues for the next two weeks (3 weeks in total).

What is the WZAOC?

The Team Challenge kicks off next (December 6th!) and consists of co-ed teams of 4 (2 men and 2 women) with several different divisions options. Over a three day period, 10 workouts will be released and must be completed by the end of the 10 days, when scores are due at 8pm ET.

Not sure you’ll be able to do the workouts? Let us calm that fear right up front! The WZAOC workouts are all-inclusive and designed for EVERY fitness level. You can expect to see weights and gymnastics movements differ per division, but everyone will be doing the same type of workout. This is the beauty of fitness, it is infinitely scalable based on your current level of fitness. You can also check out our movement standards to help find the division that’s right for you.

What is the WZAOC?

Each week scores will be posted to the WZA leaderboard, where you and your friends can see each other’s scores and find out where you stack up against the rest of the WZA Community.

Let’s face it. One of the best parts of going to the gym every day is seeing your friends to talk about the WOD and how everyone did.  “Wow. That was tough! How’d you do? How many reps did you get?”

Many gyms are programming the workouts anyway, why not see where you stack up?! Everyone will be doing the same workout, trying to beat the clock, and push just a little bit harder to see where they sit on the leaderboard. After the WZAOC comes to a close, the top athletes in each division will earn their invitation to Wodapalooza Miami.

What is the WZAOC?

Qualifying isn’t the only way to grab a spot on the competition floor in Miami. Athletes in the Individual Scaled, Beginner, Adaptive Seated, Adaptive Standing and Scaled Team of 4 divisions are eligible to register for WZA Miami through Open Registration. Open Registration is a race to beat other WZAOC competitors to register for one of the coveted spots in the Scaled division. (Please note that Adaptive athlete who do not qualify as Rx are eligible for Open Registration in their respective scaled division, seated or standing).

So what are you waiting for?! Join the thousands of athletes from across the globe that come together to celebrate fitness, community, and life! Registration opens July 1st.

How Many Teams Qualify For WZA Miami?

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How Many Teams Qualify For WZA Miami?

You’re registered and ready to go for the WZA Online Team Challenge & Qualifier. But what are your chances of qualifying?

 

      

 

For the Online Challenge, athletes will complete 10 workouts over 10 days, all released between November 2nd & 3rd, 2018. Registration ends the same day scores are due, November 12th at 8p ET.

Athletes don’t have to be from the same gym, city, state, or country, and don’t even have to perform the Online Challenge workouts in the same gym at the same time.

However, if you earn a spot to compete in Miami, all three will compete together across all three days.

Didn’t qualify? Don’t worry…your journey does not stop here! Consider competing at WZA Miami through Open Registration or joining the WZA Community as a spectator for the most epic fitness festival in Miami this January.

Jacob Heppner Does The Impossible

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Jacob Heppner Does The Impossible

He’s back! This week Jacob Heppner, completes WOD 7 of the 2018 WZA Indy Challenge in it’s entirety. They said it couldn’t be done…but he proved us wrong!

 

2018 WZAOC – Indy WOD 7

Every 2 minutes on the 2 minutes complete: 
8 burpee box jump overs
8 power snatches
8 thrusters

Time Cap: 60 minutes

WZA Donates 10% of WZAOC Registrations to Barbells for Boobs

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WZA Donates 10% of WZAOC Registrations to Barbells for Boobs

 

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. This statistic is huge, scary, and very real.

Wodapalooza believes in Barbells for Boobs’ mission to mobilize and empower people to take action in breast cancer. That’s why for the rest of October,

WZA is donating 10% of all WZAOC Team registration fees to Barbells for Boobs.

At our core, we celebrate fitness, community, and life. We support our community through our partnership with Barbells for Boobs.

Breast cancer is black and white. You either have it or you don’t. Barbells for Boobs is helping people take action with their breast health. They help people get screened and improve their quality of life post-diagnosis through health and fitness.

Everyone has a RIGHT to know if they are living with breast cancer.

 

REGISTER FOR THE WZA TEAM CHALLENGE & SUPPORT BARBELLS FOR BOOBS TODAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Heppner

Jacob Heppner Takes On WZAOC WOD 5

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Jacob Heppner Takes On WZAOC WOD 5

Jacob Heppner, a 3 times CrossFit Games athlete based out of Cobra Command CrossFit in Basehor, Kansas, takes on WOD 5 of the 2018 Indy WZAOC! Watch his full workout video here to see how he strategized this 15-minute chipper!

 

2018 WZAOC – Indy WOD 5

30 Back Squats (135, 95lb)
30 Toes to Bar
30 Back Squats
30 Def. HSPU (6, 4in)
30 Back Squats
30/20 Ring Muscle-ups