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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.

The Original Swole and Flexy Athlete

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The Original Swole and Flexy Athlete

Written by Kristen Chandler Toth

It’s a common CrossFit story. The former high school athlete looking for fitness as an adult finds a random website in 2006. Watches fuzzy instructional videos and teaches him- or herself weightlifting and gymnastics and then experiences the thrill, success, and devastation of this thing called intensity. Does that for a few years then hits the plateau of immobility. Squat snatches and a good front rack position seem impossible for the garage-gym athlete and niggling injuries start to pop up.

It’s not surprising that a man with that kind of normal-within-CrossFit story is the co-founder of ROMWOD, a program of daily stretching routines that targets the specific mobility issues that CrossFitters run into. Jeremiah Head, a former teacher and volleyball coach, was that 30-something athlete looking for fitness in his garage who found CrossFit but hit a wall and needed help. Luckily, he found guidance in his own family as his brother Daniel, a well-known vinyasa yoga teacher, stepped in to guide Jeremiah towards becoming the original “Swole and Flexy” athlete.

When Jeremiah left teaching to become a full-time CrossFit coach he started training more. He and his wife Tiffany opened a small CrossFit box in order to cross-train his volleyball team. And he said, “I couldn’t afford a membership at a CrossFit gym, so we just opened our own tiny gym.” Eventually that gym grew into what is now Parakaleo CrossFit in Redlands, CA.

“I started dabbling with competition programming, just to see. And then the 2015 qualifiers for the Wodapalooza came up,” remembered Jeremiah.

He barely made it into the Master’s division. Jeremiah and his wife came to Miami to compete.

“I had the time of my life. The Wodapalooza atmosphere was super fun and something I wanted to keep trying to do,” he said.

As he continued training with higher volume, Jeremiah realized that he really liked competing in CrossFit, but he couldn’t do half the movements, because he couldn’t get into the full positions. As a former competitive high-school and college athlete, Jeremiah had stiffness and old injuries to work through. His squat snatch numbers were lower than what he wanted and he’d hit a plateau in his training because he couldn’t progress to higher weights with things like overhead squats. Advanced gymnastics were out of the question for him, even though he was by then, a seasoned CrossFitter.

Lucky for Jeremiah, in stepped his brother Daniel who happened to know a thing or two about stretching and mobility. Daniel, who in addition to being a yoga instructor had a degree in kinesiology and a background in martial arts. He wasn’t into CrossFit like his brother, but he was happy to help Jeremiah. Daniel prescribed a series of yoga positions to help improve mobility. Daniel’s martial arts experience introduced him to yin-style yoga stretches, where an athlete holds a single pose for several minutes, increasing the stretch as time ticks away.

“I was the original test-monkey for ROMWOD. Daniel would give me a series of stretches to do to target my shoulder tightness or help me get to the bottom of the squat. I would do that for a week or so and then he would give me a different series of stretches.”

Jeremiah found a lot of success with the routine Daniel prescribed for him. Slowly he saw his ability to get in certain positions increase. Movements that were formerly out of the question became accessible. At age 40, Jeremiah did his first muscle-up and handstand push-up.

Because of the success Daniel and Jeremiah found with the mobility routines that Daniel wrote for his for his brother, they shared it with other local athletes. They started sharing their routines with competitive CrossFit Regional and Games athletes in the area. They sponsored their first athlete, Wes Piatt and then Miami’s own Noah Ohlsen. In order to share their ideas with the world, they needed a bigger platform. Seminars reach coaches, but they wanted to reach all of the CrossFit athletes, across the world.

Coming from the yoga scene, Daniel was familiar with the subscription models available online for yogis. He and Jeremiah translated their stretching routines, which were targeted at the specific mobility issues that CrossFitters regularly encounter, turning them into a series of sessions available to subscribers online. The brothers adopted the concept of Workout of the Day (WOD) that was focused on increasing Range of Motion (ROM) and voila, ROMWOD as we know was born. It’s founders were Daniel along with his wife Shawna, and Jeremiah and his wife, Tiffany.

As for the tag line “Swole and Flexy,” Jeremiah, the owner of a Jeep with the SWLFLXY license plate, takes credit for that.

“We were doing our first photo shoot with our Games athletes and I said they were both swole and flexy. We all laughed and I hash tagged it on a social media post,” he said.

Jeremiah has continued competing in the Masters divisions at Wodapalooza every year since 2015. He is one of those athletes that appears to be reversing the aging process.

“Last year I was able to bring my kids and ended up 3rd overall in my division. Hearing my family cheer for me and showing them what is possible with hard work makes it all worth it,” said Jeremiah.

Today Jeremiah earned his best finish at WZA – 2nd place in the Masters 40-44 division. His family made T-shirts and are here in Miami, supporting him wholeheartedly.

Tiffany, Jeremiah, Noah, Mackenzie, and Madison

“It’s cool to watch the process,” said Jeremiah’s daughter Mackenzie. “When we were young he was just working out in the garage, but now look at him here on this stage. We are so proud of him.”

Teams of 4 Take Miami

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Teams of 4 Take Miami

Written by Brian Friend

The WZA Elite Team of 4 Competition is a Must Watch Event

The new CrossFit Games Team format allows for athletes from anywhere to come together and compete in the Sanctioned events for an opportunity to earn an invitation to the Games in Madison this August. The depth of the field at Wodapalooza is what the CrossFit community has been waiting years to see; even if they haven’t known it. Thirteen teams will take the floor in Miami, and collectively it might end up being the deepest, strongest, field of athletes we’ll see in a team competition at any point this year, including at the Games.

Of the 52 athletes who will be on the competition floor 26 of them (half the field!)  have previously qualified for the Games individually, 18 others have been to the Games as part of a Team, and the other 8 each have Regional experience. There is not a single inexperienced, or unqualified athlete in this field.

There was no qualifier for the elite co-ed teams of 4 in Miami, instead, teams were invited to send a resume to our competition directors and were then selected to be in this elite field. The field of teams competing in Wodapalooza is the most talented field we’ve ever seen. However, come Sunday, only one team can claim a ticket to Madison. These are three teams to keep an eye on throughout the weekend.

WZA Teams to Watch

The field of teams competing in Wodapalooza is the most talented field we’ve ever seen. However, come Sunday, only one team can claim a ticket to Madison. These are three teams to keep an eye on throughout the weekend.

CrossFit Mayhem Freedom

Four-time individual champion, three-time team champion, and nine-time podium finisher Rich Froning brings a lot of clout to the competition,. A major question many had once the new format was revealed is whether Rich would recruit teammates from outside Mayhem. Rich has a ton of qualities that draw people to him, but the one that shines through? Loyalty.

This man likely could have asked anyone around the world to join his team, but he’ll be taking the floor with people he knows and trains with every day. Tasia Persevecz returns from the team that won at the Games last summer. Kristin Miller, who had previously been on CrossFit Mayhem Independence will be replacing Lindy Barber. And Dre Strohm, a long time regional athlete who many also might know as the ‘fittest cameraman on the planet’ will be on the other side of the lens at last as he takes the floor stepping in with the absence of Matt Hewett.

Team Misfit

When it comes to team competition it’s been known for some time that capable men can get you so far, but without elite level women alongside them, teams will falter in the end. Team MisFit has the women to help put them in contention at Wodapalooza.

Chyna Cho (6 times CF Games athlete) and McKenzie Riley (3 times CF Games athlete) have more than just individual experience at the CF Games, they are both regulars at Wodapalooza. Chyna, who historically has competed in the elite women’s team division, has been on the winning team for two straight years in Miami. McKenzie was on the podium last year in the individual competition where she took third.

Jordan Cook (3 times Games athlete) and Chandler Smith (whose team just took second place in Dubai) have plenty of experience, strength, and ability to compliment the women on this team be in contention throughout the weekend.

Team Lesser Evil (Invictus)

The champions from Dubai had already committed to competing in Wodapalooza and will indeed be showing up to throw down in Miami. With all the pressure off their backs having already secured a ticket to the CrossFit Games it will be both fun and exciting, to watch this team featuring Lauren Fisher, Rasmus Andersen, Regan Huckaby, and Tommy Vinas compete against this deep and talented field.

If there were ever a team competition to follow or get excited about, Wodapalooza is that event.

WZA Kicks Off Season for Age Groups

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WZA Kicks Off Season for Age Groups

Written by Brian Friend

As the sport of fitness has continued to evolve, so have the arenas in which we, as fans of the sport, get to appreciate the incredible capacity, strength, and persistence of the best athletes. The top individual men and women get the most headlines, but frequently, the most impressive feats are reserved for some of the other divisions; specifically the Masters and the Teens.

Despite the new format in place this season, all familiar age groups will continue to be present at the Games. However, this year in each division, only 10 athletes, rather than 20, will qualify. Wodapalooza is the first event of the season in which we get a chance to see some of these athletes compete; and you know they’ll be sizing each other up heading into the Open and the Age Group Online Qualifier.

Masters  

For both the men and women, there are five divisions of Masters athletes competing in Miami (35-39, 40-444, 45-49, 50-54, and 55+). On the Men’s side of things there are 18 past Games competitors across all divisions and for the women there are 15. The depth of experience here insures a great competition.

Jeff Dempsey and Patrick McCarty (50-54) as well as Mike Kern (40-44) lead the way with three Games appearances each. Stuart Swanson (55+) and David Johnston (40-44) are the only athletes coming off top 5 Games finishes last year. Most competitors, across all these divisions will see this as an opportunity to assert themselves as top contenders for the year.

There are five women competing in Miami who each have at least three years experience at the CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete: Colleen Fahey and Litsa Olsson (55+), Cynthia Truax and Trisha Beauperthuy (50-54), and Aida Koepplinger (40-44). Then there’s the 45-49 year old division which does not have a single athlete with Games experience in it. With a good blend of the old and the new, all divisions feature exciting competition.

Colleen Fahey

Teenagers

The teenagers have two divisions each (13-15 and 16-18). Nearly half of the teens (29 of 63) have previous experience at the CrossFit Games.

Among the girls competing, the top 6 girls form the 14-15 year old division at last years Games will be in Miami making for what is essentially a rematch and an opportunity to see if any of the others has caught up to defending champ Olivia Sulek, who trains out of ESF CrossFit in Ohio.

In the older girls division many of the top athletes have aged out leaving the door open for athletes like Mikaela Senkus, Faith Ferguson, and Ellie Kerstetter who were 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively last year at the Games to assert themselves as the new top girl in the division.

Lastly it’s notable that Ellie’s sister, Olivia Kerstetter, at 13 years old will be in the younger division. We’ve seen several pairs of brothers over the years in CrossFit, but it’s rare to see sisters at the top level. It will be fun to keep an eye on these two as they get older to see if they might become the first set of elite individual sisters in Games history.

Olivia Kerstetter

The boys side of things is opposite to the girls. In the younger division there are only two returning games athletes in Brynjar Ari Magnusson from Iceland, and Julian Rodriguez of Venezuela. The top qualifier, David Bradley from CrossFit 30004, will be looking to establish himself as the one to beat in this division early on this season.

 

The 16-18 year old division features both of the CrossFit Games Teenage champions from last year. Defending his title, Dallin Pepper, now welcomes fellow champion Tudor Magda, (who won in the 14-15 year old category, but has aged up) to the division. Accompanying them are Dylan Klade and Noah Casey (3rd and 6th respectively at the Games last season), as well as William Kearney out of Gladstone Australia, where at only 18, he’s the head coach. Oh, and you might be familiar with Gladstone, Australia…that’s where Tia-Clair Toomey happens to be from.

Dallin Pepper

The Masters and Teenage divisions are always fun to watch. It’s incredible to see young kids, as well as the older generations, showing us that fitness is not bound by age. Whether you’re in Miami, or following along online, don’t ignore these divisions, some of the biggest athletic accomplishments and inspiration can be found here.

Promising Young Athletes Compete at WZA

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Promising Young Athletes Compete at WZA

Written by Brian Friend

These young athletes aren’t well-known names yet, but with their impressive performances in recent years it’s only a matter of time. The new Sanctionals™ format gives them that opportunity, and they’ll all be in Miami for Wodapalooza to showcase the hard work they’ve been putting in. The men and women featured here have been improving for years and are establishing themselves as elite competitors in this new, exciting CrossFit season.

He just turned 23, but Ryan Reeves already has our attention. He’s the owner of Shockoe Bottom CrossFit in Virginia. He relentlessly pursues his education and evolution as both a coach and an athlete. He qualified for the Atlantic Regional the last two years where he finished 32nd in 2017 and improved to 22nd last year. He finished 6th overall in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier, and he has some impressive lifting numbers posted; a 355-pound clean and jerk, 290-pound snatch.

Justin Medeiros is the youngest competitor by a considerable margin in the men’s elite field this year. At 19 years old he’s already qualified for Regionals twice. Two years ago he placed 15th at the California Regional, and this past year he was 14th in the West. He has the ideal build for a CrossFitter at 5’9” and 190 lbs. He finished 10th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier. He trains at Another Level CrossFit in Boise, Idaho, and seems ready to challenge the competition.

CompTrain athlete Logan Southard is a 2x Regional athlete already despite being only 23 years old. In 2017 he competed with CrossFit Dwala taking 9th in the Atlantic Regional. Last year he went individual and placed 16th. He’s been consistently improving in the CrossFit Open, and all signs are pointing to that trend continuing. He was 15th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier, so it might be tough for him to crack the top half of this elite field, but with young athletes like Logan, the experience is often more valuable than what place you finish.

Chantelle Loehner is 26 years old and follows CrossFit Invictus programming. Last year she placed 14th overall in the CrossFit Open. She qualified for the Central Regional the last two years as an individual and competed three years ago on a team (Plymouth CrossFit). Last month she competed at the Dubai CrossFit Championship where she took 12th place. She was 8th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier. She’s pretty good in the water and will have a realistic chance of cracking the top ten overall come Sunday.

At 27 years old, Talyor Streid is the oldest athlete featured on this list, but everything is trending in the right direction for her. She’s qualified for the Central Regional the last three years, and this past season she finished 7th in the Region, missing a Games spot by only 18 points. She was 6th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier and, like Chantelle, has a serious chance to threaten the top 10 in Miami.

Although Keston Mendoza is only 24 years old, she has already competed in 6 CrossFit Opens. A Texas transplant living in California, she’s qualified for Regionals each of the last three years, where her best finish was 12th in 2016. She snuck into this field finishing 18th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier, but will be looking to place higher than that once the competition kicks off in Miami.

The big names we know, but these up and comers fill out the competition with fresh faces and new talents that will be fun to follow. With so much young talent competing at WZA, the Elite division at the first American Sanctional™ is definitely one to watch.

Tia Clair Toomey

Who will stop Toomey in Miami?

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Who will stop Toomey in Miami?

Written by Brian Friend

Second. Second. First. First.

Not much else needs to be said when it comes to Tia-Clair Toomey.

Toomey at Pacific Regional

 

At 25 years-old, she’s got quite the rap sheet. In the last 3 years at the Games, in a total of 42 events, she’s taken 1st place 6x, 2nd place 7x, and 3rd place 4x. That means against the best female CrossFitter’s in the world she finishes 1st, 2nd, or 3rd over 40% of the time.

But this will be Tia’s first trip to Miami and the first event she will compete in since the new format has been announced. So that begs the question, who is going to give Tia a challenge on the competition floor?

 

Who Are the Challengers?

First and foremost, you have to look at Sara Sigmundsdottir. Although she had to withdraw from the Games this past August, the three previous years she finished 4th, 3rd, and 3rd. A month ago she competed in Dubai against some of the other top women in the sport, and although she took third place behind Sam Briggs and Jamie Greene, Sara was only 12 points behind Briggs for the top podium spot.

 

Sara at European Regional

 

Over the last three years Kari Pearce has established herself as the top American female CrossFitter, she’s a threat in any competition she enters. She also has previous experience at WZA having podiumed twice (3rd place in 2016 and 2nd place last year). Kari has qualified as an individual at the CrossFit Games each of the last four years. In the last three years she’s consistently been in the top 10.

 

Kari by Jay

 

Norway’s Kristin Holte has never been lower than 21st worldwide. The last 4 years in the CrossFit Open, she consistently qualifies out of the most competitive female Region in the world. She won the Meridian Regional in 2017, she’s been to five consecutive CrossFit Games as an individual, and she’s taken 7th place in back to back years in Madison. Kristin deserves to be mentioned alongside the elite women in the sport, and at Wodapalooza she’ll have yet another chance to prove herself.

 

Holte at Regionals

 

Close races and tight finishes have come to characterize the elite women’s competition within CrossFit, and fans can count on 2-time Games Champ Tia-Clair Toomey to turn up the heat in south Florida. Many of the best female athletes from around the world will descend on Miami, where they will make sure the spots on top of the podium are not easily won.

Get Ready For an Epic Showdown in Miami

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Get Ready For an Epic Showdown in Miami

WRITTEN BY BRIAN FRIEND

As the second CrossFit sanctioned event of the season approaches all eyes are narrowing in on Miami. If you’re familiar with Wodapalooza, you already know that it’s a fitness-focused, community event with a festival-like atmosphere, nearly 40 competition divisions, and has no shortage of incredible events and speakers making it the premier event for fitness enthusiasts around the world. However, at the end of the weekend, one man, one woman, and one team will stand atop the elite divisions of the podium having earned an invitation to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.

 

 

Noah Ohlsen has become synonymous with Wodapalooza. He’s from Miami and has competed there every year since 2012. He won the elite division for three consecutive years from 2015-2017 before having some fun last year competing in the men’s elite division with friends and training partners, Travis Mayer and Will Moorad. That trio took second place. This year, Noah returns to the individual elite division with his eyes set on reclaiming the title at his hometown competition, and of course, earning that coveted ticket to Madison.

 

Pat Vellner

 

Patrick Vellner has never competed at Wodapalooza before and will be a serious threat to prevent Noah from reclaiming his spot atop that podium come Sunday evening. In three years competing as an individual at the CrossFit Games he’s finished third, third, and second. Noah qualified for the Games in each of those years and has never finished ahead of Pat. So the real question might be, is there any reason to believe Noah can beat Pat?

 

The answer is yes.

 

In 42 total events at the Games over those three years, Pat has placed ahead of Noah in 26 of them. However, last year the split was only 8-6 in favor of Pat, and the year before that it was even tighter with Pat edging Noah 7-6 across 13 scored events.

 

 

Looking at previous WZA workouts, we can assume that one of them will include swimming, and on the swimming events the last three years Noah has gotten the better of Pat:

 

2018 Madison Triplus: Pat was 21st, Noah was 12th

2017 Run Swim Run: Pat was 36th, Noah was 8th

2016 Ocean Swim: Pat was 35th, Noah was 8th

 

With such a small sample size, Noah having a decided edge on at least one event, and the added bonus of competing in his home city where he is both comfortable and extremely well supported, fans and spectators have every right to expect a heated battle between these two top performers throughout the weekend in Miami.

Dropping In: WZA Miami Edition

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Dropping In: WZA Miami Edition

Looking to hit up a gym while you’re in Miami for Wodapalooza? Look no further than some of our Community Partner’s premier facilities:

 

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CrossFit Wynwood

CROSSFIT WYNWOOD
56 NE 29th St, Miami, FL 33137

 

Class Schedule:
Mon.-Thur. – 6:15a, 7:15a, 8:15a, 9:30a, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p
Fri. – 6:15a, 7:15a, 8:15a, 9:30a, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p
Sat. – 10 & 11a

Open Gym Schedule:
Mon.-Fri. – 10:30a to 4:15p
Sun. – 10:30a to 12:30p

Drop-In Pricing:
Class – $25; w/ T-shirt – $40
Open Gym – $15/hr; w/ T-shirt – $35

 

 

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CrossFit Soul

 

CROSSFIT SOUL
8354 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

Class Schedule:
Mon.-Thur. – 6:00a, 9:00a, 4:30p, 5:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p
Fri. – Sun. – Closed

Open Gym Schedule:
Mon.-Thur. – 7:00a – 8:30p
Fri.-Sun. – Closed

Drop-In Pricing:
Class or Open Gym – $20

 

 

 

 

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CrossFit Zoom

 

ZOOM CROSSFIT
1910 NW 96th Ave, Doral, FL 33172

Class Schedule:
Mon.- Fri. – 6:00a, 8:45a, 10:00a, 4:00p, 5:00p, 6:00p, 7:00p
Sat. – 10:30a

Open Gym Schedule:
Mon.-Fri. – 6:00a to 8:00p

Drop-In Pricing:
Class or Open Gym – $25 + T-shirt

WZA Sanctional Partnerships

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WZA Sanctional Partnerships

We’re excited to announce our partnerships with other sanctioned events in an effort to support the CrossFit Sanctional system and provide WZA athletes with more opportunities to qualify for the CrossFit Games.

 

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WZA + Fittest in Cape Town

 

 

 

 

CROSSFIT FITTEST IN CAPE TOWN

The CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town event seeks to bring the community together to support each other equally as much they compete against each other.

Individual Elite Division athletes finishing 2nd & 3rd place at 2019 WZA will receive a “Wild Card” spot to compete at the CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town 10 days later!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WZA + Brazil CrossFit Championship

 

 

BRAZIL CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP

The top five Individual Elite & 1st place Elite Team of Four at 2019 WZA, will earn a “second chance” at qualifying for the CrossFit Games, by automatically earning a spot to compete in Brazil in May 2019.

To be confirmed, athletes must post their acceptance of their invitation on social media by January 22nd, 2019.

We look forward to continued collaboration between sanctioned events, as we all continue on the journey to find the fittest athletes to send to Madison together.

WZA Gauntlet

6 Reasons You Should Run the Gauntlet

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6 Reasons You Should Run the Gauntlet

Written by Kristen Chandler Toth

The expression “to run the gauntlet” means to put yourself through a series of tests or tasks. These sequential tests don’t usually cause serious injuries, just a little bearable pain, a feeling most CrossFitters are familiar with. Often the rituals associated with running a gauntlet are sought after by the runner as a sign of acceptance into a more prestigious group.

What more prestigious group to gain acceptance into than the star-studded group of athletes competing at Wodapalooza Miami? In order to run through the CrossFit-style Gauntlet at WZA Miami ,you have one hour to complete three consecutive workouts, with fellow competitors by your side.

On the Thursday before the 3-day competition starts, WZA Miami will host a condensed CrossFit competition- open to everyone: spectators, volunteers, locals and fans from far away. There are three different divisions, so you’ll be able to find a competitive level perfect for where you are on your fitness journey.

WZA Gauntlet

1- It’s Fast and Furious.

Get the thrill of competing at Wodapalooza without having to compete for 3 days. A long-weekend of competition can be intense, intimidating, and a serious time commitment. The Gauntlet is an hour of intensity that gives you the opportunity to test yourself in 3 different types of WODs. You’ll find yourself in a familiar test of strength, a classic CrossFit couplet (or triplet?) and one more workout to round out the hour. If the 3-day WZA Miami competition is a marathon, the Gauntlet is a 5K. Challenging, accessible, and fun for everyone. Accessible, but still an incredible challenge and a great amount of fun without the commitment to a months-long train up program.

Athletes will sign up for a time of day and get assigned a specific time to compete. No waiting around all day wondering when your heat is up. Get in, work hard, and finish fast.

WZA Gauntlet


2- Compete where the Champs compete.

Climb the same ropes, pull-up on the same rig, train on the same stage where the best athletes in the sport have competed. The all-star photographers that capture epic shots of professional athletes will be grabbing shots of your PR lift or your final push at the end of the metcon. You might even be featured on WZA Miami’s social media.  

The Gauntlet is your opportunity to glimpse the glory of throwing down at one of the biggest CrossFit competitions in the world. This sprint-length competition will be held on Flagler Stage. It’s intimate enough for your friends to be able to cheer you on and take videos for the Gram, but it will be decked out in true Wodapalooza style. What better backdrop to take on your first competition or your fiftieth?

3- Experience the professional management of one of the best-run comps in the world.

The experienced organization of WZA Miami is top notch. For first time competitors, there’s no better way to encounter a CrossFit competition than to jump into one of the best. For veteran competitors: how great to benefit from the smooth operations of a well-oiled machine. It’s like being able to run the Boston Marathon without having to, you know, run the actual race, or even qualify. The team of professionals that organizes and coordinates over two-thousand athletes competing in 39 different divisions will be the same team that sets up the Gauntlet and makes sure each athlete has the best experience possible.

4- Earn your chill

You are probably going to fitness at some point in the weekend. Instead of dropping into a box on Thursday, why not get 3 WODs in during the time of one class? Think of how much more relaxed and triumphant you will feel sitting back to watch the big dogs throwdown knowing you’ve already put forth a serious effort?

The thrill of watching stellar athletes compete motivates people to get moving. Watching the elites perform movements we know and love to hate always inspires. Seeing a woman lift unimaginable weight with ease and confidence encourages us to get back to the gym and try a little harder, focus a little more. You’ll get to compete, then feel the camaraderie with those elites, being able to understand the stress of competition and the strain of doing multiple high-intensity workouts in a row.

And extra benefit, if you throw down at the Gauntlet, you’ll get to CrossFit before watching the competition, so you can kick back and enjoy your post-workout carbs or cheat day while watching the some of the Fittest on Earth battle for a spot to the 2019 CrossFit Games.

WZA Gauntlet

5- For the Competitive CrossFitter: Grab this second chance, and feel the rush of adrenaline push you to a new PR

Maybe you missed out on getting a spot to compete in the full Wodapalooza Miami competition this year. The Gauntlet is your second chance to battle for the respect of being one of the best at WZA Miami. The quick turnover between workouts will challenge even the fittest and let you demonstrate your ability to recover and continue grinding. We all know the thrill of an adrenaline rush when something is on the line in the middle of a workout. Whether it’s the Open, Friday Night Lights, or a local road race, something changes when we put ourselves out there. Let the flutter of competition propel you to a new strength personal record, or to cycle your movements a little faster. It is hard to push yourself to new limits everyday, so let the crowd at the Gauntlet inspire you to chase down new challenges and get a little taste of the WZA Miami magic in order to motivate you for next year.

WZA Gauntlet

6- For the non-competitive CrossFitter: Get out of your bubble and challenge yourself.

We aren’t all naturally competitive. Surely there is something about CrossFitters that drives us to conquer goals and reach for new ones. But we aren’t all natural born athletes, and some of us are not outgoing enough to voluntarily get on a stage. But what if there was a chance for you to compete with a little less pressure, while still feeling the rush of adrenaline that comes when you put your fitness to the test? What if you could stand on the same stage as the elites, and perform the same movements, do your very best, and find your own victory? This year at Wodapalooza you have that chance! The Intermediate and Scaled divisions offer something for everyone.

Do it, Run the Gauntlet!

Whether you are looking for a chance to prove yourself to your gym buddies, to test your limits, to try out the big stage, or you just want an excuse to down some guiltless treats, come throw down with us at the first ever Wodapalooza Gauntlet. Then sit back and watch the pros, not just as a spectator, but, as a fellow competitor.