• April 11, 2024By Brian

    This is the third week of a three-part series leading up to the Individual Quarterfinals for 2024, a stage of the season which is getting a lot of attention as being one of the most critical stages of competition when it comes to the programming and administration of it in the history of the sport.

  • April 3, 2024By Brian

    This past week took us to Jacksonville, Florida for out first opportunity to be involved with the REPS AHEAD format. Prior to the competition day we had a chance to catch up with the athletes and the director of Reps Ahead in three separate podcasts, which, if you missed them, were quite good.  James Sprague

  • April 2, 2024By Brian

    Image Credit: Athlete’s Eye Photography Last week we featured the European Men as we begin to display how much of a premium there are in certain competitive regions for Semifinal spots. In both North America and Europe this is the lowest number of available spots we have seen for Semis in the Quarterfinals era. In

  • March 29, 2024By Brian

    When: Saturday March 30, 11 am EST – 1 PM EST Where: CrossFit Tailwinds; Jacksonville, Florida How to Watch: BFriendly Fitness YouTube channel Format: Think of this as a “Fight Night”. There will be four head-to-head matchups featuring the same sequence of movements and format. The goal is to get a pre-designated number of Reps

  • March 26, 2024By Brian

    For years it has felt like the depth of the European men’s field has been increasing, and yet their opportunity at Semifinals has always remained about half of that compared to North America. This year, that continues to be the case (Europe get 40 spots to North America’s 80 at Semifinals, with a guaranteed minimum

  • March 26, 2024By Brian

    Image Credit: SandClash While the world was largely focused on the Open, I was on the road in the Middle East covering two different CrossFit competitions in two different countries.  One of the difficulties for competitions when scheduling is to try and navigate the Games season dates when they typically aren’t known until it’s too

  • February 26, 2024By Brian

    Dates: February 29-March 2 Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Competition Overview SandClash 2024 will be the fifth annual edition. Starting in 2019 the competition featured 75 athletes from 11 gyms from around the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has seen an increase in the number of athletes participating, and the number of attendees every year; and

  • February 15, 2024By Brian

    After 20 stops in 26 weeks it’s time to reflect on the biggest lessons learned. These are my own personal opinions when it gets down to it, but they are largely founded in consistent observations and repetitive conversations from several competitions during this offseason.   Who, What, Where, When, and How to Watch This is what

  • February 8, 2024By Brian

    Image Credit: Picsil Pamplona, Spain The final stop (stop 20!!!) of the “2023-24 B.Friendly Fitness Offseason World Tour” brings us back to Europe in what was a late add to the tour. We were in Spain back in September for the Madrid Championships and have returned in February for a much less well known competition,

  • February 1, 2024By Brian

    A late add to the 2023-2024 “B.Friendly World Tour”, I am on the way to Spain this week for the 20th and final stop on the tour before the Open (I measure CrossFit years from Open to Open), the Picsil Pamplona Arena Games. This competition came on my radar relatively recently as I started seeing