2015 CrossFit Liftoff Powered by Rogue – HQ is Doing a Worldwide “Open” Style Weightlifting Competition

That’s right, CrossFit is hosting their first weightlifting competition. If you want to compare your snatch and clean and jerk with people from all over the world, then this is your jam. It’ll also probably be the largest set of weightlifting data anyone has ever accumulated, which should be interesting. Not to veer too far off the traditional CrossFit path though, they are also throwing in a WOD that won’t be released until November 5th when the online competition officially begins.

Read below to see what CrossFit HQ has to say about the 2015 CrossFit Liftoff Powered by Rogue

Snatch. Clean and jerk. Work out.

Two max-effort lifts and a test of GPP will make up CrossFit’s first online weightlifting competition which will be held in early November.

The 2015 CrossFit Liftoff, powered by Rogue, will begin at 5 p.m. PT, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, with the release of the CrossFit workout. All athletes will have until 5 p.m. PT Monday, Nov. 9, to submit their scores on the three events.

Athletes can aim for cash prizes and Rogue equipment by lifting the most weight or building the largest total.


Heaviest Snatch – US$3,000

Heaviest Clean and Jerk – US$3,000

Largest Weightlifting Total – US$3,000 (1st), $2,000 (2nd), $1,000 (3rd).

Largest Overall Total – US$3,000, plus custom Rogue bearing bar, full set of competition bumper plates, metal change plates, Oso collars, engraved weight belt

Second Largest Overall Total – $2,500 plus custom Rogue bearing bar, full set of competition bumper plates, metal change plates, Oso collars

Third Largest Overall Total – $2,000 plus custom Rogue bearing bar, metal change plates, Oso collars

Fourth Largest Overall Total – $1,500 plus custom Rogue bearing bar and Oso collars

Fifth Largest Overall Total – $1,000 plus custom Rogue bearing bar

Best Pound-for-Pound – $3,000 (1st), $2,000 (2nd), $1,000 (3rd)

Each of the prizes above will be awarded to a man and a woman in the Open Division. In all instances, men and women will be rewarded equally.

The athletes with the five largest overall totals in the Masters and Teenage Divisions will receive the Rogue equipment packages as listed above.

Weightlifting total = snatch + clean and jerk

Overall total = snatch poundage + clean and jerk poundage + workout reps

Pound-for-pound = (snatch + clean and jerk) / bodyweight

Weight Classes

Unlike any other CrossFit competition, the CrossFit Liftoff will include weight classes.

Men – 135/150/165/180/195/210/225/226+
Women – 110/120/130/140/150/160/170/171+

The weights are in pound, and express the upper limit for each weight class. A woman who weighs 131 lb., for example, would be in the 140-lb. weight class. Athletes will have their body weight verified and recorded prior to each event. Body weight will be recorded in whole pounds only (no decimals).

These weight classes will not determine the winners of the larger prizes above, but instead are intended as a tool for athletes to see how their scores compare to other athletes of a similar body weight.

There are prizes for each weight class, though, too. The three largest totals in each weight class in the Open Division will receive a custom Rogue weight belt.

How to Compete

As the CrossFit Games Open, the CrossFit Liftoff will be held in participating CrossFit affiliates around the world. Athletes can snatch, clean and jerk, and work out in front of a judge and get their scores validated by the affiliate manager. Alternatively, athletes may video record their performances and submit YouTube video links with their scores.

Please note all athletes are advised to film their performances—even if the athlete performs the workout in an affiliate in front of a judge—since a video record of all workouts is required in order to claim any prize.

There will be three divisions: Open (all ages), Masters (40+), and Teenage (14-17). Anyone 14 years old or older can compete.

It costs $10 to sign up. Registration begins Thursday, Oct. 15 at Games.CrossFit.com.


Fat Tony

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Fat Tony lives in Long Beach, CA and has been training at CrossFit Long Beach since 2013. Fat is a professional photographer and video producer having worked for companies such as PurePharma, NPGL, MET-Rx, ECC, Red Bull, and ESPN.

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