First Event for the 2019 CrossFit Games Season Includes a Swim

Yesterday, the first event was announced for the 2019 CrossFit Games season. Note, this is not the first event for the 2019 CrossFit Games — in case you read the title too quickly — it is the first workout that has been announced for the Dubai CrossFit Championship, which is serving as the first 2019 CrossFit Games sanctioned event (qualifier).

In eight days, the Dubai CrossFit Championship will kick off and run through December 15th with some of the biggest names in the sport competing. So far, the Dubai CrossFit Championship has shared that Mat Fraser, Sara Sigmundsdottir, Roman Khrennikov, Travis Mayer, Bjorgvin Gudmundsson, and Annie Thorisdottir, who recently underwent a light surgery about a week ago to test for a heart arrhythmia, will all be competing.

Needless to say, this is one heck of a qualifier to kick off the 2019 CrossFit Games season. The first workout that was announced yesterday on the Dubai CrossFit Championship Instagram page titled Arabian Gulf Swim can be seen below.

21 — 15 — 9

  • Dual Kettlebell Snatch 24kg/16kg
  • Dual Kettlebell Front Squat 24kg/16kg


  • Swim 350 meters

Score: For time, and the winner will receive 100 points for a first place finish.

This qualifier is going to be huge for a couple reasons. For starters, this event is the first of its kind, which means it’s going to lay the groundwork for what we can probably expect for the 14 remaining 2019 CrossFit Games Qualifiers.

Second, there’s a ton of talent competing, and with the top male and female athletes stamping their ticket to the Games, then it is going to be shootout to the finish, and a few of the elite athletes competing will have to try again at a different qualifier.

With only eight days until competition, we’re eagerly waiting for the rest of the workouts and to watch history in the making as the first qualifier for re-worked CrossFit Games goes down in Dubai.

Feature image from @dxbfitnesschamp Instagram page.