Wodapalooza 2024 Day 1: Events Recap & Leaderboard Results

One of the biggest events in the world of functional fitness is taking place right now in Miami, Florida – you guessed it, we’re talking about the 2024 TYR Wodapalooza, which started yesterday and will end on Sunday when the final winner of all three categories will be announced.

The first two competition days will focus on the Elite Individuals events, and yesterday was the first time we saw many of the best athletes in the world in action. Unfortunately, due to severe rain at the Bayfront Park in Miami, a few of the workouts that were initially planned had to be adjusted, which also applied to the overall day workout schedule.

Thankfully, everything went well, and the competition managed to get underway despite the last-minute adjustments.

Elite Individuals Event 1: Recap & Leaderboard

The first workout that kickstarted this year’s Wodapalooza is called “Double or Nothin’,” and the athletes had two perform for max load, two attempts of the following movements: 


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  • One Snatch + One Hang Snatch – 45 seconds on/ 45 seconds off with Max Overhead Squats as a Tiebreaker if needed. 

This short but heavy complex was won by Guilherme Malheiros on the men’s side and by Julia Hannaford on the women’s side. Both showed incredible athletic ability and managed to put on quite the show. 

On the women’s side, Julia managed to get the first 100 points of the weekend, lifting the impressive 195 lbs for the complex, but surprisingly enough, someone was there to match her achievement.

Dani Speegle also managed to lift 195 lbs, and the winner had to be decided with a max overhead squats tiebreaker, which Julia managed to edge out with five overhead squats. 

On the men’s side, Guilherme Malheiros proved just how strong he is – without any fuss or messing around, he managed to complete a staggering 310 lbs complex that blew everyone out of the water.

He won the event without any competition, as the other best attempts came from Brent Fikowski and Jack Rozema, who managed to lift 285 lbs.

Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Guilherme Malheiros – 310 lbs
  2. Jack Rozema
  3. Brent Fikowski
  4. Jack Farlow
  5. Kalyan Ribeiro De Souza
  6. CJ Gerald
  7. Kaique Cerveny
  8. William Bennett
  9. Samuel Cournoyer
  10. Antonios Makaronas

Women’s Leaderboard 

  1. Julia Hannaford
  2. Dani Speegle
  3. Olivia Kerstetter
  4. Gabriela Migała
  5. Bergros Bjornsdottir
  6. Ro Scott
  7. Jessica Androsik
  8. Danielle Brandon
  9. Nina Vragovic
  10. Abigail Domit

Elite Individuals Event 2: Recap & Leaderboard

Once the results from the first event were recorded, it was time for the athletes to face their second challenge  – the “Cortadito” workout, one far more intense than the previous weightlifting challenge. 

“Cortadito” is a 21-15-9 scheme workout, which goes like this: 

For time; 21-15-9 reps of:

  • Parallel Bar Dips
  • Deadlifts – Men: 185 lbs | Women: 125 lbs

Into 15-12-9 reps of:

  • Front Squats — Men: 185 lbs | Women: 125 lbs
  • Bar-facing Burpees

In the women’s section, the event winner was Arielle Loewen, who finally managed to come back after finishing only 22nd in the first event. Loewen managed to win this event by more than 20 seconds, leaving Emma Cary and Rebecca Fuselier just behind her. 

When it comes to the men, the winner, Colton Mertens, stunned everyone by having a more than 30-plus lead over the other competitors, finishing Cortadito in just over seven minutes, leaving Pat Vellner and Ricky Garard in his wake.

Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Colten Mertens — 7:05.59
  2. Patrick Vellner — 7:40.32
  3. Ricky Garard — 7:59.21
  4. Austin Hatfield — 8:03.69
  5. Samuel Kwant — 8:10.39
  6. Harry Lightfoot — 8:21.35
  7. Lucas Heuze — 8:21.87
  8. James Sprague — 8:22.50
  9. Arturo Torres — 8:28.65
  10. Jack Rozema — 8:34.45
  11. Nick Mathew — 8:44.44

Women’s Leaderboard 

  1. Arielle Loewen — 8:10.15
  2. Emma Cary — 8:32.91
  3. Rebecca Fuselier — 8:50.47
  4. Gabriela Migała — 8:51.44
  5. Danielle Brandon — 8:56.64
  6. Andra Moistus — 9:13.77
  7. Sydney Wells — 9:14.54
  8. Rebecka Vitesson — 9:27.39
  9. Feeroozeh Saghafi — 9:33.64
  10. Christee Hollard — 9:33.78

Elite Individuals Event 3: Recap & Leaderboard

The last workout of day 1 had to be adjusted due to the weather conditions in Miami, but still, “Deja Vu” remained quite the challenge for the athletes.  It was divided into three parts, with one minute of rest in between each. 

Part A: three minutes; Part B: Five minutes; Part C: For time (eight-minute time cap).

  • Assault Row – Men: 25 calories | Women: 20 calories
  • 30 Wall Balls – Men: 20 lbs | Women: 14 lbs
  • Strict Chin-Over-Bar Pull-Ups – Men: 20 reps | Women: 14 reps
  • 30 Box Jump Overs – Men: 24-inch box | Women: 20-inch box
  • 25 Single-Arm Dumbbell Snatches – Men: 100 lbs | Women: 70 lbs

The workout will have two scores, one for all reps across all parts and one for time on part C.

For the last workout of the day, Emma Cary made a huge push for the number one spot in the women’s event, managing to get past Arielle Loewen and switching the order from event two.
On the men’s side, things were also looking interesting as Ricky Gerard, who started the weekend finishing 13th in the first event, managed to climb back on top and win this final event of the top, which means he will start the final day of competition just 4.5 points ahead of Patrick Vellner. 

Men’s Leaderboard

  1. Ricky Garard (199 + 06:02.1)
  2. CJ Gerald (198 + 06:44.6)
  3. Samuel Kwant (195 + 05:53.1)
  4. Brent Fikowski (193 + 07:48.0)
  5. Patrick Vellner (190 + 06:04.0)
  6. Jacob Heart (190 + 06:12.5)
  7. Roman Khrennikov (189 + 06:29.4)
  8. Samuel Cournoyer (186 + 06:12.6)
  9. Jack Farlow (184 + 05:59.0)
  10. James Sprague (184 + 06:08.9)

Women’s Leaderboard 

  1. Emma Cary (182 + 05:31.0)
  2. Arielle Loewen (180 + 06:36.4)
  3. Rebecka Vitesson (170 + 06:15.4)
  4. Gabriela Migała (169 + 06:18.0)
  5. Danielle Brandon (166 + 05:56.2)
  6. Abigail Domit (166 + 06:02.2)
  7. Rebecca Fuselier (166 + 06:44.6)
  8. Elizabeth Wishart (165 + 06:53.8)
  9. Lexi Neely (165 + 06:54.8)
  10. Sydney Wells (160 + 06:18.2)

After the end of all three events for day 1, the top 3 for the men and women looks this: 

Men’s Top Three

  1. Ricky Garard (252)
  2. Patrick Vellner (247.5)
  3. Jack Farlow (235.5)

Women’s Top Three

  1. Gabriela Migała (270)
  2. Emma Cary (264)
  3. Danielle Brandon (259.5)

The final events today will decide the winners in both categories, and during the weekend, we will see many of the stars compete in the Elite Teams competition too. 

For all news and updates regarding the 2024 TYR Wodapalooza, continue to follow our blog and social media posts. And as always, for more weightlifting content, make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well. 

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Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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