Fitness by Numbers: Official Stats from the 2016 CrossFit Open

The 2016 CrossFit Open is far in our collective rear view mirror, but HQ has finally released numbers stats worth reflecting over. Check out the video below with some of the key metrics, along with our own analysis and number crunching below (yeah, we took math in college):

Some highlights of the 2016 CrossFit Open, by the numbers:

  • There were 324,307 registered participants; overall, 58% were male, and 42% were female.
  • There were 60,391 registeredMasters athletes. There was more gender parity in these divisions, which overall break down to approximately 52% male and 48% female.
  • In its second year, the Teen division had 7,552 total registered participants. This division actually had the biggest gender imbalance of all, and a bit more than 59% of registered Teens were Boys.
  • Athletes from 175 countries participated in the Open. Many of them had pretty streamlined, box-based experiences. But more than a handful had to go the extra mile — sometimes literally — in order to participate. A reminder: Though we can’t go to the mall without passing upwards of seven affiliates, there are still a lot of countries and regions on the globe where CrossFit has yet to make a huge impact.
  • CrossFit is no longer an American phenomenon, or even a North American one. Europe had the most Open participants with 42,302.
  • It’s easy to think of Europe as disproportionately dominant at The CrossFit Games, in part because we’re used to seeing so many Icelanders succeed. This can be misleading, however. Because Iceland is among the least populated countries in Europe, it’s easy to assume Europeans have competition success with relatively few CrossFitters. But that Region is pumping out more athletes than any other; Iceland’s string of podium finishes is sort of its own crazy circumstance separate from the rest of Europe’s numbers.


David Tao

David Tao

BarBend’s Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting. David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of

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