CrossFit fans, get excited. The Buttery Bros—the documentary team behind some of the best-received films about the sport, like Fittest on Earth: The Story of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games and Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness—just dropped a trailer and release date for their latest project.
The new movie, The Fittest (you should be sensing a theme here), will be released exclusively on iTunes on April 7, before hitting other video on-demand services a week later on April 14.
The Fittest goes behind the scenes of the 2019 CrossFit Games, which ended somewhat predictably with repeat champions in both the men’s and women’s divisions as Mat Fraser won his record-tying fourth title and Tia-Clair Toomey took a record third straight crown.
“For me, second place and tenth place is the same thing. It’s not winning,” Fraser says to open the clip, setting the tone for the rest of the trailer.
The path to the podium, however, was anything but ordinary, as the trailer reveals behind the scenes drama after shakeups at CrossFit Inc. between the 2018 and 2019 Games. Through in-the-moment footage from the Games and confessional style interviews with athletes like Fraser, Toomey, Katrin Davidsdottir, Patrick Vellner, Annie Thorisdottir, and Noah Ohlsen, the documentary aims to capture the competitors’ experience adjusting to the new Games format and fighting through other obstacles to win the title of the Fittest Man or Woman on Earth.
Fraser looms over the trailer, but Toomey gets the final words of the clip, with a sound byte that likely mirrors the reactions of CrossFit fans everywhere after watching the promo. “Oh shit,” she exclaims, pumping both her fists. “This is gonna be good.”
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