CrossFit athletes from around Europe have arrived in Cyprus to take part in the upcoming Aphrodite Games which take place in Limassol over the weekend.
Cyprus will be hosting the Games for the third year running and organisers have promised onlookers an even bigger and better event.
“We have set down a long-term plan to make the Aphrodite Games the biggest event for CrossFit athletes in Europe, and are well on our way to making our vision a reality,” read a statement by the organisers.
The cash prizes have also been beefed up this year with the first-place winners of the RX men, women and team divisions taking home a cool €6,000. In the individual events, the first-place finisher will be handed a cash prize of €7,500, second place gets €3,000 and third place €1,500.
“A number of Regionals and a few Games level athletes have been invited to compete, and it is a great opportunity to go up against some of the best,” continued the announcement.
CrossFit is a branded fitness regimen-turned-sport created by Greg Glassman and is promoted as both a physical exercise philosophy and also as a competitive fitness sport.
The sport incorporates elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises.
The Games get under way on Friday at the old Limassol port and finish on Sunday and some of the events will be televised live on Sunday at 4.30pm (Cytavision Sports 5).