Our guide to the 2023 NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison

As Madison welcomes CrossFitters from all over the world, we’re mapping out how to get involved in this year’s CrossFit Games extravaganza.


Madison will welcome CrossFitters from Tuesday, Aug. 1-Sunday, Aug. 6.

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The NOBULL CrossFit Games are returning to Madison next week from Tuesday, August 1 through Sunday, August 6. Here’s how you can get in on the action.

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit falls under the HIIT — high-intensity interval training — umbrella. Workouts are centered around movements that you’d perform on a daily basis; Think: Squatting, pulling, pushing. Similar to Orangetheory, there is a “workout of the day” (WOD) that Crossfitters adhere to during their sessions.

This new-wave workout style came to life in 2000, and has since taken the world by storm. Think of the NOBULL CrossFit Games as the Olympics of CrossFit — the best of the best around the world are coming together to compete for the title of being the “Fittest on Earth”.

Interested in starting your CrossFit journey? Check out these local recommendations from 608today Instagram followers:

Or choose from gyms all around the world.

How to watch

Watch live online or purchase tickets for:

Camping | $250-$350
Skip the hotel and don’t miss a second of the action by lodging on-site at the Alliant Energy Center.

Week-long Festival | $120
A six-day ticket bundle providing access to on-campus competition events and general admission seating for age-group and adaptive events in the Coliseum. Excludes individual and team events in the Coliseum.

Daily Festival | $25
Similar to a week-long package, but the pass is only valid for one day.

Coliseum + Festival | $225-$550
A six-day ticket bundle granting access to on-campus competition events and reserved seating for individual and team events in the Coliseum.

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Bookmark the festival map for help getting around. | Map via NOBULL CrossFit Games

Who’s competing when?

Tuesday, Aug. 1

  • 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. — Age Group and Adaptive | Olympic Total

Wednesday, Aug. 2

  • 9 a.m.-5:15 p.m. — Age Group and Adaptive | Cross-Country 5k

Thursday, Aug. 3

  • 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. — Individuals | TBA
  • 9 a.m.-7 p.m. — Age Group and Adaptive | TBA
  • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Teams | TBA

Friday, Aug. 4

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Teams | Cross-Country 5k, Olympic Total
  • 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. — Individuals | TBA

Saturday, Aug. 5

  • 9 a.m.-6:15 p.m. — Teams | TBA
  • 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Individuals | Cross-Country 5k, Olympic Total

Sunday, Aug. 6

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. — Teams | TBA
  • 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. — Individuals | TBA

NOBULL CrossFit officials keep most of the workout details under wraps until the day of competition. To see specific workouts when they’re announced, keep tabs on the workouts page.

Get involved

The CrossFit Games will be offering workout opportunities for spectators as well, and registration opens today.
Daily Workouts | Spectator Workout Area | Wednesday, Aug. 2-Sunday, Aug. 6

  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. | CrossFit Seminar staff
  • 12-2 p.m. | PRVN Fitness
  • 2-3 p.m. | Hard Work Pays Off
  • 3-5 p.m. | Mayhem Athlete

There will also be a chance for fans to run the same 5k course as contestants at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.
To receive a free festival ticket on the following fan appreciation days, bring an eligible ID signifying your involvement in each respective group:

  • Thursday, Aug. 3: Teacher and Administrator Appreciation Day
  • Friday, Aug. 4: Firefighter, Healthcare, and Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
  • Saturday, Aug. 5: Military Service Appreciation Day
  • Sunday, Aug. 6: Student Appreciation Day

Pro tip: Download the CrossFit Games app to keep tabs on the leaderboards and schedule, and to sign up for spectator workouts.

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