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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






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




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.

What is the WWF?

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What is the WWF?

A weightlifting competition like you’ve never seen before.

Under the lights of WZA Miami, on Biscayne Bay, the WZA Weightlifting Faceoff (WWF) takes weightlifting to a whole new level in bracketed, head-to-head format. Thursday, January 17, 2019, athletes will be challenged in an opening round with the snatch, and after a brief reset, the clean & jerk.

The athlete with the higher Sinclair total advances in the bracket. Round two features just the snatch, the semi-finals, the clean and jerk, and the finals, at night under the lights, will feature both lifts again.




In order to compete in the WZA Weightlifting Faceoff, athletes must submit their application in one of two ways:


1- Submit video weighing yourself and then performing a max snatch and clean and jerk


2- Submit a total from a USA Weightlifting Sanctioned event


Don’t miss this opportunity to compete on the big stage, complete with WZA Miami flare, against some of the best in the sport. It’s the ultimate “David meets Goliath” event, where everyone has an equal chance at the top prize!


Visit the WWF page for all the info on how to register!


2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

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2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

Proving yourself at the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival just got a lot more profitable. In addition to the collection of prizes from their partners, WZA is increasing the cash prize purse for athletes competing in Miami this January by over $100,000.

Not just podium finishers receive cash, but 1st – 10th place for both the Elite Individual & Elite Team of Four division.

2019 WZA Miami Prize Purse

As expected, it pays to be at the top. Winning WZA Miami as an Elite Individual will net $25,000. This is a $5,000 increase over 2018. Second place receives $15,000 (a nearly 50% increase) and third place receives $10,000 (double last year). The remaining fourth through tenth place collectively pays out $35,000.

For our new Elite Teams of Four division, first place receives $25,000, second – $20,000 and third – $16,000. Fourth through tenth place collectively pays out $23,500.

Elite Teams of Three don’t miss out on the action either. 1st – 3rd place will receive some major cash. 

And we didn’t forget about the Masters and Adaptive divisions! With the addition of the 50 – 54 division, and 55+, first place in each Master’s division will receive $1,000. Seated and Standing Adaptive Rx divisions also get a piece of the action, taking home $500 for first place.

WZA Miami begins by qualifying through the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier. The Individual Challenge is going on now and the Team Challenge begins November 2nd. There’s still time to jump in on all of the action.


WZA Programming Collective

WZA Programming Collective

By News, Online Challenge, WZA Miami

Introducing the WZA Programming Collective

7 functional fitness programming arms, CompTrain, MisFit Athletics, WheelWOD, Street Parking, Team Soul Training, Deka Comp and Brute Strength came together to program the Wodapalooza season, starting with the WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier.

This is the first time a competition has collaborated with multiple industry experts to program an event.

The WZAOC begins October 3rd with the individual challenge. Don’t miss out:

WZA RX Teams Qualify For Regionals

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WZA RX Teams Qualify For Regionals

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Competing as an individual athlete can be a daunting challenge whether it’s in Miami at Wodapalooza, or at Regionals for the CrossFit Games.

Having skill is one thing, but working with others for the benefit of a team takes a lot of heart, communication, and practice. Some of the best Rx Team finishers at the Wodapalooza in 2018 went on to do well both individually and as members of teams during the CrossFit Open. Here are some athletes looking to compete in May for a chance to make it to the Games in August.

Sarah Viets – SinCity CrossFit

Sarah’s WZA Rx team Vegasstrong made their way to the podium finishing 3rd at Wodapalooza this January. Not surprisingly Viets is no stranger to team competition at the CrossFit Regional level. In 2016, Viets was part of the Regional team, SinCity CrossFit ,who finished 26th. This year, Viets has done quite well for herself during the CrossFit Open.  Viets finished as the fittest woman in Nevada and is sitting in 16th place in the South West Region. With an invite to land in her inbox soon, Viets will have the luxury of competing by herself or going back for a shot at the CrossFit Games with her team SInCity CrossFit who finished the year 11th in the South West.

Dillon Betancourt – CrossFit Soul Miami

Betancourt was part of an Rx team who took home a silver medal as Team Soul Incommunicado. This wasn’t the first time Betancourt stood on a podium for a fitness competition. In 2015, Dillon competed on Team FYF and in 2016 he was part of Team Soul who won the Atlantic Regional and went on to place 11th at the 2016 Reebok CrossFIt Games. As an individual, Betancourt had his best year ever in the Open finishing 87th in the South East and 38th in the state of Florida. Neither of these positions put him in a spot to compete in West Palm Beach at the Atlantic Regional this year, but his team, CrossFit Soul Miami sits in 11th place (the top 15 teams advance). There is a great chance Soul Miami will be in and then we’ll have to wait and see if Betancourt makes the cut as one of the two male athletes who will compete for a shot at a return trip to Madison in August.

Elise Fugowski & Nicole Ninomiya -Coliseum Strength

Fugowski & Ninomiya both were crowned as champions in Miami at Wodapalooza in 2018.  Each of them held their own in a tough North East Region which is loaded with a past champion and tons of former Games’ athletes. While neither will have a shot to compete as individuals (Fugowski was 37th and Ninomiya landed in 32nd – her best finish ever) their team Coliseum Strength finished comfortably in 6th place in the North East and 38th in the Worldwide which easily qualified them for the East Regional in Albany, NY this May. With only two spots for the ladies on this Regional team, if their Open scores are any indication (Fugowski’s score was used 3 times and Ninomiya’s scores were used 4 times) of their importance to this team, we’d expect to see them take the floor to compete at the Times Union Center.