Brutal Crossfit video shows just how far fitness fanatics will go to be named the Fittest man or woman

This is intense stuff

Athletes during the Resurgence Documentary
(Image credit: Resurgence Documentary)

Most of us love a good sweaty workout - but how far would you push your body to get results or win an award?

Top athletes last year competed in the ultimate CrossFit challenge - and a new gruelling documentary shows just how far they went to be crowned the fittest man and woman in the world.

The 2020 CrossFit Games documentary called Resurgence, which will be available on iPlayer and Apple TV later this month, shows 10 top athletes being put through their paces with extreme workouts. 

The CrossFit Games has gained a reputation for being one of the most punishing and endurance contests out there, since its inaugural event was held in 2007.

You may be into CrossFit and even have enlisted the help of the best cross training shoes to help you perform better, but by the looks of this trailer, you never would have encountered a workout this hard.

Top CrossFit athletes, including consecutive winner Mat Fraser, are shown being put under extreme pressure, with some even breaking down into tears. 

The CrossFit Games is said to be the most exhaustive test of fitness in the world - and last year 10 athletes, 5 men and 5 women, took part in the competition, which was held on a reach in California. 

Resurgence documents the dramatic shakeup of the annual fitness competition, which took place last summer, in the midst of the global pandemic.

Dedicated CrossFit athletes including Mat Fraser, Tia-Clair Toomey Katrin Davidsdottir and Brooke Wells took part in the challenge, which includes sprints, sled pushing, rowing and swimming.

While the new documentary, directed by Heber Cannon and Marston Sawyers - better known as The Buttery Bros, follows all the tension and excitement in the athlete’s pursuit to be crowned the official fittest man and woman on earth

If it sounds like your thing the documentary will be released globally on iTunes and Apple TV on Tuesday July 20th, and across all digital platforms and VOD on August 6th. Resurgence is also available to pre-order now globally on iTunes now. 

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Sarah Finley

Sarah is a freelance journalist who writes about fitness and wellbeing for the BBC, Woman&Home and Tech Radar. During lockdown she found her love of running outside again and now attempts to run around 50 miles a month. When it comes to other fitness, she loves a sweaty cardio session – although since she’s been working out from home she’s sure her downstairs neighbors aren’t too happy about it. She also loves to challenge herself - and has signed up to do hiking holidays, intense bootcamps and last year she went on her dream activity holiday: paddle boarding around deserted islands in Croatia. On her rest days, she loves to recover with a simple yoga flow session – the perfect antidote to her active fitness schedule.