They have trained. They have been tested. And now, in an annual rite of televised sadomasochism, some of the fittest people on earth will assemble in Carson, California, for the 2016 CrossFit Games. Over six days, men and women will complete some of the most punishing athletic tests ever devised in a bid to become the “Fittest on Earth.”
So: Who’s going to take the title this year? In our (totally unofficial) ranking of the most competitive men, we looked at three main categories: previous CrossFit Games finishes, scoring within each of the eight 2016 Regionals, and the overall ranking of 2016 Regionals performances, which measured each athlete’s scores as if they were all competing head-to-head. (That last one comes courtesy of FloElite, a blog about fitness sports and competitive weightlifting.)
Scroll through the gallery for a look at who we’ll be watching at the 2016 CrossFit Games, ranked from top dogs to outside contenders.