Festivus Games is the first worldwide competition designed for the novice and intermediate athlete. Determining exactly where to draw a line between novice and intermediate is a tricky task, but we have come up with a line nonetheless. Remember, these are not absolutes. Just guidelines. If you match up with a majority of any of these choose that category.
NOVICE OR INTERMEDIATE?
If at least four of these six guidelines are true for you then we suggest you go Novice. Otherwise we suggest you go Intermediate.
- Unassisted unbroken pull ups less than 5/2 (Male/Female)
- 1-rep max deadlift is less than 300/225 (Male/Female)
- Mile run is over 10 minutes
- 2000-meter row is over 8 minutes (Male) or 9 minutes (Female)
- You have no clue what your Fran time is
- You’ve been Crossfitting less than six months
Why age 45? Why not 40? We only have one masters division that we podium/award at each location. We realize that being 35 you may not feel as spry as the 20 year olds. But the 55, 60 and 65 year olds look at 35 year olds as pups. So instead of it being 40+ we made it 45+ to at least minimally accommodate the slightly older athletes a bit better.
Ideally there’d be 5-year age divisions from age 35 up to beyond the age of 70. But logistically, we can’t manage that.
We first offered a Masters division for our October 17, 2015 event. As a Masters Athlete you will use the same loads and movements as the Novice Athletes, however, you will only be competing against others who are 45 and older. Just because you are 45+ doesn’t mean you have to go Masters. If you are a bad ass Masters Athlete you can opt to register for the Novice or even the Intermediate division.
This competition is designed for athletes who are not pure Rx or firebreathers. The goal is to promote a friendly, yet competitive environment for those who routinely scale WODs and wish to challenge themselves.
PLACED 1ST IN A PREVIOUS FESTIVUS GAMES COMP?
In 2016 we made a rule that if you placed 1st as an Intermediate with us in our comp you had to move on and couldn’t do Festivus Games again. In 2017 we rescinded this rule. Why? Because placing 1st in ONE Festivus Games doesn’t mean you’ve outgrown us. It could very well mean you had limited competition at your location. It could mean, for that event, the WODs were perfect for you. Because we change the WODs for every event the next event’s WODs could very much be out of your wheelhouse.
For these reasons and more the bottom line is you can compete in Festivus Games forever AS LONG as you aren’t over-qualified.
TOP IN THE OPEN?
You are automatically over-qualified if you placed in the top 10% of this year’s Open but not as a Masters athlete.
You are automatically over-qualified if you placed in the top 5% of this year’s Open as a Masters athlete.
BETTER THAN SEVERAL OF THESE PERFORMANCES?
You are probably over qualified for The Festivus Games if you have several of the following bench marks equal to or better than:
- You compete in the Crossfit Open and Rx every WOD as an Athlete under age 40
- 4:00 min Fran
- 10:00 min Helen
- 3:00 min Grace
- 6:30 min Annie
- 25:00 min Kelly
- 18+ rounds of Cindy
- 1-rep max deadlift 500/300 (Male/Female)
- 275/185 C+J
- 2000-meter row less than 6:30-minutes (Male) 7:30-minutes (Female)
PREVIOUS ATHLETE IN LARGE RX EVENTS?
You are probably over-qualified if you have competed in such events as CrossFit Regionals, Wodapalooza, Beast of The East, Garage Games, Granite Games, Fire Breather competitions, and any other elite level competitions. Please let those with less experience enjoy the spirit of The Festivus Games and display their own FEATS OF STRENGTH!