Exercise competitions have increased in recent years thanks in part to CrossFit. The culture of CrossFit and CrossFit games have helped create a competitive environment around fitness.

This weekend, for the first time ever in Duluth, the GameDay North licensed CrossFit event will take place at the DECC.

It will include individual and team events where athletes will be tested in a variety of different disciplines like running speed, rock climbing and heavy weightlifting.

“It can be pretty mind-blowing,” said Chris Bell, owner and director of performance training at IST Fitness in Duluth. “The level of fitness that people display, and people are on display, and they exercise and they work really hard. If you’ve never seen anything like that, you can see it in person here.

Team and individual events are scheduled to begin Saturday at 8 a.m. and end Sunday at 5 p.m.

The event is free to the public. For more information, Click here.