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Noah Ohlsen and Annie Thorisdottir Win Dubai Fitness Championship, Pocket Big Prize Money

By William Imbo

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December 15, 2015

In conjunction with the continued international growth of CrossFit, the Dubai Fitness Championship recently wrapped up, and thanks to the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Since the Sheikh is the fifth son of the Primer Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai, he had a little money to throw around for the prize pot, which led to some big-name CrossFitters making the trip to the Middle East to compete.

As it turns out, the Sheikh is a big fan of functional fitness, so he created the competition in 2012 to highlight the importance of exercise and health in his home country. The organization’s Facebook page states that the initiative “is in conjunction with His Highness Sheikh Majid Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s other annual sports events such as Sea Dubai (Water Sports Festival), Majid bin Mohammed Futsal Championship, Majid bin Mohammed Horse Marathon among others.”

Over the course of two weekends (December 3-5, 10-12), athletes from across the world competed in several different workouts held in two different gyms in Dubai. The top finishers from the first weekend moved on to the final, held from December 10th to 12th. The workouts were as follows:

Day 1
Workout 1
4 Minute AMRAP of:
16 Thrusters (132/88lbs)
32 Toes-to-bar

5 Minutes rest

Workout 2
6 Minute AMRAP of:
12 Deck Squats (35/26lbs)
60 double-unders

Day 2
Workout 3
For Time:
2000m row
8/9 minute time cap (male/female)

Workout 4
6 Minute AMRAP of:
12 handstand push-ups
6 box jumps (30”/24”)

Workout 5
9 minutes to find 1RM front squat

Day 3
Workout 6 (Men)
3 Rounds of:
25 meter swim
Move 55lbs by swimming 25 meters
10 minute time cap

Workout 6 (Women)
4 Rounds of:
Move 55lbs by swimming 25 meters
25 meter swim
10 minute time cap

Workout 7
200 meter swim for time
5 minute time cap

Workout 8
Max kettlebell swings in 5 minutes

Workout 9
4000m run for time

Day 4
Workout 10A
1RM Barbell Snatch

Workout 10B
1RM Barbell Clean

Workout 11
4 Rounds of:
10x 20m Sandbag Carry and 20 GHD Sit Ups

Day 5
NOTE: Workouts 12, 13, 14 happened one after the other on a running clock. 10min time cap per workout, 10 min rest following each workout.

Workout 12
Ski Erg 50/35 calories
Then 3 rounds of: 15 Overhead Squats (154/99lbs), 20 Toes-to-Bar

(10 minute rest)

Workout 13
Indoor Rower 100/80 calories
Then 2 rounds of: 30 Flying Push-Ups, 30 Wall Balls (20lb/16lb)
(10 minute rest)

Workout 14
Assault Bike 50/35 calories
Then: 50 Box Jump Overs and 50 Pull-Ups

Workout 15 – FINAL WORKOUT
With a 45-minute time cap, complete:
10 Farmers carries with two 90lb/65 dumbbells (65ft)
2 Rounds of  2x65ft lunges with Tsunami Bar weighing 176/132lbs, then 20 dumbbell burpee presses with two 44/33lbs dumbbells
4 Rounds of 5 rope climbs (16ft), then 15 burpee box jump-overs
20/10 reps of atlas stone lifts over the shoulder – 180lbs/140lbs (men/women)

You can still watch some of the live stream from the competition here:

Games veterans Noah Ohlsen and Annie Thorisdottir were the male and female victors respectively. Thorisdottir pocketed almost $90,000 for her efforts, while Ohlsen received $82,000. For each workout, athletes finishing in the top 3 spots received roughly $4000, $2700 and $1360 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The final workout was equivalent to 3 workouts, thus the points and prize money were tripled. Over the course of the championship, Ohlsen accrued two 3rd-place finishes, four 2nd-place finishes, and won the final event. Thorisdottir had two 3rd-place finishes, four 2nd-place finishes, and two event wins (including a 1st-place finish in the final event).

This is a ridiculous amount of money for a functional fitness event held over the course of two weekends, so perhaps we should all quit our day jobs and start training for next year’s competition in Dubai. The final top 10 standings for men and women were as follows:

1st NOAH OHLSEN 1459
6th ANT HAYNES 1059
7th ALEC SMITH 1044
10th NATAN GEVA 941

3rd BROOKE ENCE 1378
9th FERN CARVER 1070
10th LAURA HUGHES 1059

Photo courtesy of Dubai Fitness Championship Facebook

William Imbo

About William Imbo

William Imbo is an Associate Editor at BoxLife magazine, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and holds an MPS in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University. He is an avid CrossFitter and loves film, music and travel, thanks to having grown up across Europe. A fan of the New Orleans Saints and Newcastle United, Will's favorite CrossFit girl is Helen-least favorite being Isabel. View all posts by William Imbo →

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