Greg Glassman Reveals More Changes to the CrossFit Games in New Interview

The CrossFit Games is in a state of uncertainty right now. In a lengthy article published by The Morning Chalk Up a couple of weeks ago, CrossFit\’s CEO and founder Greg Glassman began to reveal seismic changes to the CrossFit Games format.

  • No more Regionals.
  • The best male and female athlete from every country with a CrossFit affiliate will receive a party invitation to the Games.
  • Just the very best 20 finishers from the Open will get additional invites towards the Games, likely leading to far fewer competitors in the United States.

[Read a lot of potential changes in our review of the job interview.]

Athletes around the world held their breath as they waited for official confirmation from CrossFit HQ. Or denial. Or something. Inside a BarBend interview, Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet said,

I think at this time it\’s difficult for the athletes, for the reason that this is type of our life at this time. I think it\’s very scary for a lot of us. (…) Nothing is proven or denied (…) The hard thing at this time is just having this sort of waiting game and waiting to determine exactly what the pick up may be like.

But weeks have passed with no official statement from HQ. And while lots of athletes feel a little like they\’re in limbo, Glassman has given another interview, this time around around the podcast Girls Gone WOD – and he\’s made some quite interesting follow-up statements. You are able to listen to everything on their site (it\’s all regulated within the first half, beginning round the three-minute mark) but we\’ve transcribed the most pertinent parts below.

We\’re likely to complete the globalization from the Games and maybe even CrossFit.

(At this year\’s Games) Used to do see athletes entering the arena carrying their flags. And boy, it appeared as if a Fourth of july parade, you realize? And there\’s nothing wrong with that, but better than that might be a real reflection of the growth and also the universal nature, the globalization, from the affiliate. (-) 160-something (countries), I believe, took part in the Open. They do not all reach the finish.

But what we\’re going to do in the future is, we\’re going to have a national championship that\’s based on the Open. So in each and every country we\’ll have crowned the Fittest Man? and Woman?. And we can perform something similar, obviously, with the Juniors, Masters, Seniors, that kind of thing. And that Fittest Husband and wife are going to come to the Games in Madison.

On the Timing from the New Format

We\’re likely to slowly move the Available to October after this next one in February, (which is) in the regular slot. We\’re going to have two next year, oddly enough, ‘cos we have to jump on that tempo.

We\’re going to open up the season from October to July, that provides November through June, eight months where we\’re going to have sanctioned events. And those sanctioned events are going to be the pathway to get at the Games following the Open together or as a second chance for people who weren\’t national champions and going automatically.

On Team Qualifications

This newbie, we\’ll probably take the top 20 in the Open, as well as the national champions, and conduct however many sanctioned events we\’ve ready. And they\’re falling into our lap, this is easy. Wodapoalooza is aboard. Granite Games is on board. The French Throwdown is aboard. Dubai (Fitness Championship) is on board. We just spoken with Annie Thorisdottir this morning and it\’s her intent to take a lead within this and mine to aid her. There\’s likely to be something in Iceland, I\’ll be shocked if not. And there is a lot of others to talk to.


I wish to bring the rest of the world in every year. If you have a joint venture partner inside your country, you need to be able to send anyone to the games.


Our plan\’s we\’re gonna have a large amount of athletes at the Games, so quickly we\’re gonna cull the herd to a very watchable and exciting number of individuals. (-) I\’m gonna have roughly 160 men and 160 women from each one of the countries. I will have, we\’re talking initially within the first year or two, launching with 16 sanctioned events that provide a pathway to the Games. Those are in which the teams are going to come from. We will have 16 teams.

On New Methods to Qualify for the Games

I\’m going to have about 160 men and 160 women, 16 people from the sanctioned events, 20 of the top 20 from the Open because I do not have all of the sanctioned events in position. And that gets me to around 196 and that leaves 4 slots to get us to 200 and we thought we\’re gonna have some wild cards.

We\’re really attracted to this (concept of a) “Blowhard Card.” You didn\’t do the Open, you\’re not certainly one of us, but you won\’t shut the fuck up about how fit you\’re. (-) Why don\’t we let someone obtain a “Blowhard Card.” All we ask is that you simply talk a load of that crap and that someone believes in your soul more than us. You need a community. There needs to be someone with a loud mouth having a bunch of people saying, \”Yeah you\’ll do great.\” I know where to find \’em, so we just drop a line at some of the people places and say, \”Hey, tough guy, we have a seat for you.\”

What May happen in Madison

(At the Games) we\’re gonna have 16 events, we get towards the Games, what could?happen – it appears enjoyable in my experience – is earlier within the week put 200 to some task that leaves 10. After which (we\’re) watching 10 for just two days. (…) A greater intensity, denser format, where there\’s less to watch but more to see.

He discusses some more changes he\’d like to see in the organization, just like a less litigious approach that would allow more affiliates to host their own CrossFit-branded competitions for a nominal fee (“It’s time to loosen the thing up.”) He concludes the discussion on the Games by saying,

The shift in structure and restructure of the Games is good for the Games. It\’s gonna result in the games bigger. It\’s gonna make it bigger. But it is also gonna give us a chance to commit resources and concentrate towards the part that actually, really matters.

This interview brought clarity to his previous statements and revealed newer and more effective changes as well. Observe that none of this has officially been confirmed by CrossFit HQ, but we\’re certainly getting excited about a statement.