The Most Popular State for CrossFit Competitions

A different kind of gridiron game is played in various gyms across the globe.

There are over 5,770 CrossFit® Affiliates in the United States.*

California is home to 11% of these, while Texas is right behind with 9%, followed by Florida and New York.

But there is one state that stands out when it comes to competitions: Colorful, CrossFitting Colorado.

Photo Credit to Scott Brayshaw of Brayshaw Creative

On almost any weekend, you can walk into a local CrossFit® affiliate gym and find a competition going on.

Though it ranks 7th among the amount of affiliates in the state, Denver Metro (25 mile radius from city center) area alone is home to a whopping 97 CrossFit® affiliates*, making it a prime breeding ground for talent.

It’s no wonder Colorado is home to some amazing competitions, and doesn’t seem to revolve around “seasons”. There is definitely no lack of events, but the competition season usually kicks off right after the CrossFit® Open ends in March, and continues strong into the holiday season.

Most notably ending right around the infamous Turkey Challenge at MBS CrossFit, an annual competition known for its impeccable programming, organization, and world-class views of the mountainside. Where else in the world can you say you got to do burpees on the tarmac while planes land and take off in the background?

Photo Credit to Scott Brayshaw of Brayshaw Creative

This one attracts participants from all over the country, drawing in spectators for 3 days of fast-paced entertainment.

Photo Credit to Scott Brayshaw of Brayshaw Creative

New on the scene for 2018 was the Tacos and Tequila Throwdown at BackCountry CrossFit in Highlands Ranch. I personally participated in this one, and I have to say, it was very well run and organized. It’s sure to be a Colorado favorite going forward!

Looking for a more fun girls’ day out competition? Check out Girls Gone Rx, a women’s only CrossFit® competition popping up in locations all over the world.

Don’t let the bright pink fool you, these women are badasses ready to throw down in the name of fundraising for women’s health organizations, like BrightPink!

Photo by Vibrant Photography

Whether you’re looking for a male/female partner workout, an excuse to dress up in Halloween costumes, or just want to represent your box… or maybe all three together, how are you supposed to choose the right one?

The answer is: just effing pick one! Or two or three!

With no shortage of competitions available to check out, I asked around to see what sets apart some competitions from others.

When it comes to choosing the right competition, the top priority is reputation. We want competitions with a history of being organized, fun, and some legit prizes.

“When I first signed up I was scared as f*ck but also as excited as I’ve ever been for something” says Gene Ramirez of CrossFit Elevation.  

“I knew I wasn’t going to win but I really wanted to see how far I had come and that’s always what it was about for me. Challenging myself every day to be a better version of me whether I finished first or last I just wanted to test myself and have fun.”

That, my friends, is the why. Why you should open a new browser and search for the next competition near you. 3, 2, 1…Gooooo sign up!

Still not sure you’re ready to sign up for one? Here are some more reasons why I think you’re ready.

What competition is the best in your area? Let us know! We keep an up-to-date list of all local competitions here so you can scout out your next one!

*Based on affiliate data as of 6/10/2018 available at Data Analysis Report available by contacting us at

Malia is the owner, and mamapreneur, of Lifting the Dream. When she’s not lifting heavy weights, she’s doing some fun shit outdoors with her family or taste testing local ciders. She is a Cali girl born and raised, with salt water in her veins and sunshine in her heart. She and her family now reside near Denver, Colorado, soaking up the 300+ days of sunshine and breathtaking (literally, altitude) views.

Bee Tee Dubs (BTW). 


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