What began as a grassroots 1-day fitness competition with 145 athletes and 500 spectators in 2012, Wodapalooza (WZA) has since established itself as the world’s premier Functional Fitness Festival. The Wodapalooza descends on Miami’s Bayfront Park for 4-days in February and brings together thousands of athletes, spectators and fitness fanatics to celebrate fitness, community and life.
There are multiple parts to WZA Miami, the fitness competition (the foundation of WZA Miami), the Weightlifting Faceoff (1-day Olympic Lifting competition, WZA Strong (a hybrid competition of Strongman and functional fitness movements), the Gauntlet (an exciting and fast race through three workouts within an hour), and the spectator experience- which includes one of the largest collections of functional fitness vendors and exhibitors as well as spectator workouts and seminars.
All set next to the Biscayne Bay in sunny Miami, the Wodapalooza has become a calendar staple for the local Florida fitness community and a winter getaway for athletes from around the world.
This 3-day competition gives athletes from around the world an opportunity to compete on the “big stage.” In order to compete on the floor in Miami, athletes must qualify through a test of fitness, our WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier (WZAOC). With limited spots available, the WZAOC serves as a way of identifying those worthy of competing in Miami, under the lights.
WZA Miami is so much more than just competition. Throughout the 4-day festival, attendees have the opportunity to attend WZA Seminars with industry experts, experience WZA as a VIP spectator with primetime seating, the ability to skip the line for food vendors AND mingle with elite athletes, visit more than 100 exhibitors, experience Miami in January and so much MORE!
WZA Weightlifting Faceoff
This one-day Olympic lifting competition takes place on Bayfront Stage, looking out across Miami’s beautiful Biscayne Bay. There is no qualifier for the WWF, but athletes must register in advance.
The Gauntlet is WZA’s exciting individual competition format that is accessible to spectators and athletes wanting to get a taste of the competition floor.
Athletes will battle through three thrilling stations, all within a single hour. Each station provides a different style workout and challenge. But after the hour, you’ve made it. Mission accomplished. You’ve tackled the Gauntlet.
And NEW this year: top finishers from Thursday and Friday heats will advance to the Gauntlet Finals on Sunday!
WZA Strong is an annual competition that happens over the WZA Miami weekend and features a unique combination of strongman grit and functional fitness movements. Competitors can expect to face anything from heavy carries to gymnastics movements in a showcase of hybrid strength.
** Started as a homegrown showdown.
** WZA expands to two days and the top athletes in FL come to compete.
1,200 qualifier athletes
** WZA is on the map! WZA implemented online qualifier and expanded event to full Friday, Saturday, Sunday Festival. 2014 saw nearly 700 athletes competing over MLK weekend.
3,000 qualifier athletes
** WZA over doubled their spectators. 2015 (Year 4) was a breakout year for WZA and was noticed globally as a premier functional fitness event.
6,812 qualifier athletes
** Major increase in spectators.