It’s that time already: the 2018 CrossFit® Games Regionals. We’ve had a truly unprecedented Open — well, there was one precedent. The final workout of the Open, 18.5, was a repeat of 11.6. But even that was new. Open workout 18.5 was decided by a community vote, a first in CrossFit history.
Speaking of firsts, workout 18.4 was the first Open workout ever with handstand walks.
Mat Fraser and Cassidy Lance-McWhirter ultimately won the Open — Fraser by the largest margin in history, at 342 points. After giving us a little over a month to cool down, Regionals are upon us.
Here’s how to watch the workouts live.
How to Watch the 2018 CrossFit Games Regionals Live
They’re being held from May 18 to June 3rd and there will be six events all together. They’ll be held over three weekends in different regions, but the schedule will be the same Events 1 and 2 on Friday, Event 3 and 4 on Saturday, and Event 5 and 6 on Sunday.
There are four ways to watch them this year.
1) On Facebook Live at the the official Facebook page of the CrossFit Games, where all events will be streamed live and free, regardless of the country from which you’re watching. You can also use the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device.
2) Head to Games.crossfit.com, where it will be streaming live. You can switch between live events on mobile, tablet, or desktop devices. The footage will be archived on the website in case you miss it live and “all the key moments” will be bookmarked so you can watch your favorite team or athlete.
3) On CBS Sports’ website, along with the CBS Sports app for connected TV devices and the CBS Sports movile app for iOS and Android.
4) On CBS Sports, on TV. This is the first time ever that the CrossFit Regionals will be broadcast on television, and it will feature coverage across broadcast, cable, and digital platforms. Here’s the schedule.
- Saturday, May 19 at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT / 2-3 p.m. ET on CBS:
Week 1 Recap + Look Ahead to Week 2
- Saturday, May 26 at 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT / 2-3 p.m. ET on CBS:
Week 2 Recap + Look Ahead to Finals
- Saturday, June 2 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT / 1-3 p.m. ET, live on CBS (from the Atlantic Regional): Final round coverage
- Saturday, June 2 at 12-3 p.m. PT / 3-6 p.m. ET, live on CBS Sports Network (from the Atlantic Regional): Final round coverage
- Sunday, June 3 at 12-3 p.m. PT / 3-6 p.m. ET, live on CBS Sports Network (from the Atlantic Regional): Final round coverage
The Regionals exists to separate the wheat from the chaff, or rather the CrossFit Games athletes from the best CrossFit Open athletes. At the Regionals’ close, there will be 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 80 teenagers and 240 “masters,” who compete for championships at the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games.
We already know the first six workouts that we’ll see at the Regionals and again, there are a lot of unusual movements. Event 3 will involve a handstand obstacle race (which we also saw at the 2017 CrossFit Invitational) and Event 2 will, for the first time in Regionals history, involve bench presses.
One thing’s for sure: CrossFit still knows how to keep fans guessing. Let’s hope this is a great prelude to the Reebok CrossFit Games kicking off on August 1st.
Featured image via @heber_cannon and @anniethorisdottir on Instagram.