How to Watch Stage One of the 2020 CrossFit Games

Emily Shiffer
·3 mins read

From Men's Health

This year has been challenging for everyone, but never fear, fitness sports fans: the CrossFit Games are just around the corner.

Back in August, CrossFit's new owner and CEO Eric Roza announced that the games would indeed be happening, but with a new format to limit the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The Games were moved from a stadium filled with fans in Madison, Wisconsin, to a smaller setting in Aromas, California without any spectators.

Determining the field of competitors is different this year, too. The Games will now consist of two separate stages: an online-only competition for qualified athletes to participate in remotely from their home gyms around the world, followed by an in-person finals event in California for the top 10 qualifiers to compete for the titles of Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth. Standouts in the field for the first round include Mat Fraser, looking for his record fifth straight win on the men's side, and Tia-Claire Toomey, who could continue her reign for the fourth straight year for women.

The first stage begins this Friday, September 18, at 12 p.m. PT (3 p.m. ET), and ends on Saturday, September 19. The top 20 women and top 20 men from the Open leaderboard, along with the 10 women’s and 10 men’s qualifiers from Sanctionals, will compete. The field comes from 15 different countries around the world. The finals are scheduled for October 19 through October 25.

CrossFit HQ will help to keep fans updated on the Games, with programming hosted by Niki Brazier and Sean Woodland, along with other CrossFit commentators. A live pre-Games preview event will stream on on Thursday, September 17, at 3:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. ET).

Watching the first round of the Games will be a bit tricky compared to years past, but fans will still be able to follow along with all the action. You can tune in for live updates on event results on, and the live shows on the Games website or through the CrossFit Games Facebook, Games Instagram, or the new CrossFit Games YouTube page to stay up to date on breaking news and competition highlights. Another option: you can keep up with your favorite Games athletes through their individual Instagram pages.

We'll keep you up to date on the biggest news here on Men's Health, too. Let the Games begin.

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