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Wodapalooza is back after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19. While the Miami Beach competition attracts over 30,000 spectators, not everyone can take a trip to South Florida for the celebrations. Stream Fitness, a powerful gym management system founded by Scott Panczyk and Jacob Hebner, brings Wodapalooza into the community with a Virtual Gauntlet companion.
remind me: Wodapalooza Gauntlet is a one-hour competition featuring intense workouts programmed by five-time CrossFit champion Matt Fraser and the HWPO team. This competition will take place January 13-15, with the top performers moving on to the finals on January 16. The competition is open to all athletes.
- Community members can register and participate in Virtual Gauntlet – As a gym or as an individual – with the Stream Fitness app. They just have to set up a camera and record their performance.
- Those participating in the Wodapalooza Gauntlet They can compare their videos to the best competitors within the app and also receive feedback from a huge community of judges.
the details: The registration price per person is $10, which gives access to all Virtual Gauntlet exercises spread throughout the weekend. The registration price for an affiliate is $50, which includes an unlimited number of registered affiliates.
- Panchik is excited to give athletes the chance to watch themselves Together with other athletes to learn from these types of events. The idea came from years of smashing videos with iPads along with his siblings, Saxon and Spencer, during the opening.
Panchik: “There are a lot of athletes who haven’t been able to qualify, or maybe even get into the event because of travel restrictions and various things like that… Local competitions are tough right now because of how people are feeling, and it’s definitely a challenge now around the world. What we wanted to do With it is that we wanted to create this virtual opportunity for people to play alongside the athletes who would get frustrated at Wodapalooza while practicing the gauntlet.”
Dustin Bucher, CEO of Stream Fitness: “This is a more inclusive way than just posting your results and kind of seeing yourself on the leaderboard. It’s about actually seeing yourself and being able to look at others.”
The process took some time. Stream Fitness launched in early 2021 as a gym management system, and the tech team did a great deal of work throughout the year before the company took on Loud and Live. Matt O’Keefe, President of Loud and Live, provided some feedback on some of the modifications to the platform. Bosscher made the changes within weeks and returned the platform to Loud and Live.
- “When we reached out to Loud and Live about Wodapalooza, The question was, “How can we use what we have to make your event exciting for the people at home and give them the opportunity to play along?” Panchik said.
- “Once we showed them the platform and how it was accessed And what he could do, it was something they believed in. We are excited to partner with them and dip our toes in the water here a little while bringing the community together and giving them something to rally behind.”
Kristen Chandler, Director of Communications for Live and Hot Sports: “When Scott and Dustin showed me the functionality of the app, I was excited about how it was based on the same idea of the Finals Trials, which we had last year, and developed further, making some aspects of the competition more user friendly.”
Bottom line: With so many logistical and health concerns surrounding travel due to COVID-19, there are large numbers of people who won’t be able to head to South Florida for Wodapalooza, or perhaps, other competitions in the future. The Stream Fitness app provides the community with a solution to this problem when these doubts seem endless.
- “We are in the process of upgrading these events,” Panchik said. “We got the shot here with Wodapalooza and proving that what we have is something. Our goal is to continue to raise the bar in this way. So we will keep screaming away.”
- “As we grow, I think people want that ability to do it For all the events they did to get more community involvement,” Bucher added. “Instead of having one affiliate that has to do it themselves, there is a place to go to do it. And then they can just sign up, and it’s all managed for them.”