Europe’s Open Air Fitness Competition by the Sea

Welcome to Aphrodite Games Cyprus

An annual functional fitness event as part of the Geraklion Sports Festival based in the panoramic Old Harbour of Limassol, Cyprus.

Registration Opens: January 10
Qualifiers: February 28 - March 9
Finals: May 20-24

The Qualifiers for the 2020 Aphrodite Games will run between February 28 and March 9 with 3 qualifying workouts to be completed.

Registration Deadline: March 2

Aphrodite Games 2019

Highlights

Europe’s Exclusive Open-air Functional Fitness Competition by the Mediterranean Sea since 2014! An annual unique event based in the panoramic Old Port of Limassol, Cyprus. Join us for the Aphrodite Games 2020 with a showcase of fitness under the beautiful Cyprus sun!

Day 1

Event 1 - Odyssey
4000 meters run, 500 meters swim, sprint to the finish. Time cap 50 minutes.

Event 2 - Achilles
1RM Thruster, 10 minutes for teams

Event 3 - Pegasus
AMRAP 15 minutes, 5x5 HS Walk, 2X Rope Climbs, Max X RMU

Day 2

Event 4 - Cronos
0-3 min MM
MAX X BIKEERG (cal)
3-6 min MM
MAX X SNATCHES 60kg
3-6 min FF
MAX X BIKEERG (cal)
6-9 min FF
MAX X SNATCHES 40kg

Event 5 - Chimera
For time
1000/750 meters row
18X sync jerk 80/55 kg


Day 3

Event 6 - Centaur
3RFT
10X Worm Clean+Jerk
A. M1F1 Hold the Worm
M2F2 Perform each 10X C2B
15X WB 13/9 kg
10X Worm Clean+Jerk
B. M2F2 Hold the Worm
M1F1 Perform each 10X C2B
15X WB 13/9 kg
CAP 9 minutes

Event 7 - Gaia
4RFT
40X STR HSPU
30X Worm Squats

About us

The institution of Aphrodite Games begun in 2014 and has evolved over time into a sought-after, world-renowned event that is at the scope of athletes worldwide for participation. From the beginning up until last year, more than 700 athletes representing almost 30 different countries, the majority from Russia, England, Norway, Sweden, 15 national fitness champions, one Olympic gold medalist and 5 times world champion at the Olympic weightlifting. Last year, 350 athletes from 47 countries, 3 continents took part!

Over €40.000 prize money and every year the amount gets bigger!

350

Athletes

47

Countries

€40 000

In Prizes

Story of the Aphrodite Games

    2014

    In January 2014 an idea was born. A competition showcasing some of the fittest athletes in the region, competing in an event combining strongman implements, swimming and hard core fitness on the sunny seaside in Cyprus - the island of Aphrodite. The intention was to show the world that the sport of fitness is for both genders and that women can be as strong and fit as they are beautiful. Beauty in strength. Beauty in Fitness. Once the ball got rolling, invitations were sent out to selected high level female athletes from around Europe. The word began to spread about this unique competition in Cyprus, and soon the male athletes also wanted in.

    By June that year the first Aphrodite Games went live attracting some of Europe’s up and coming superstars in both the male and female divisions. A 1-day event held on the sandy beach of Limassol, with 5 gruelling workouts (2 completely strongman based) ended with some popular names on the podium. In the Men’s division, Iceland’s Arnar Sigurdsson just clinching 3rd place ahead of Jonas Muller. A 21-year-old Lukas Esslinger made sure there was a swiss on the podium finishing in second place behind the shock winner – a Physical Education teacher from Russia – Sergey Koltovskoy.

    On the women’s division, 6-time European Champion, 3-time World Champion, and Olympic Silver medallist in Olympic Weightlifting – Oxana Slivenko from Russia finished 3rd behind a young pre-games era Sara Sigmundsdottir from Iceland. In first place, taking full advantage of her background in strongman and as a former pro swimmer was Hannah Caldas who came all the way from the USA.

    2015

    The second Aphrodite Games was held once again on the sandy beaches of Pareklissia, Limassol. However, this time the event was held over 2 days and introduced the team division. The competition while still implementing strongman odd objects and movements, was transitioned to more of an all-round fitness competition involving more gymnastics movements, a row-swim-run mini triathlon and a 1RM snatch and clean & jerk as some of the workouts. In the new teams division, Team Gorilla from Israel stepped up on the podium in 3rd place behind 2 teams from Russia – Heroical Fantasy Killers in 2nd and Team Idol in 1st.

    Calm, cool and collected - The 2014 winner of the European Open – Jakob Magnusson from Iceland ended the 2 days in 3rd place, with his major highlight maxing out his snatch with his shades on and wearing a bright yellow t-shirt. In second place was the blonde-haired Viking looking German - Joshua Wichtrup. Joshua shocked everyone on the island with his performance as physically, he just didn't look like he could keep up with the big boys. He may not have had the bulging biceps and shredded 6pack like some of the other athletes competing, but he was so precise, efficient and effective with every movement, even his rests were tactically calculated, like clockwork. The 2015 Aphrodite Games men’s champion didn’t come to Cyprus to talk or make any friends. The Russian ‘Terminator’ Erast Palkin had one clear goal in his mind from the go…WIN! And win he did.

    3-time Regional athlete, Marianna Tzourtzek of Greece fought her way to 3rd place on the podium for the women’s division. In second place was Iceland’s Hjordis Oskadottir, who put in a stellar performance, but despite her best efforts was not able to finish the 2-days atop of the podium. That privilege went to the 3rd place finisher in 2014 – Oxana Slivenko, who managed to succeed in what she attempted the previous year.

    2016

    2016 marked the year of the revolutionised Aphrodite Games. Limassol Old Port was the new location for the event. An exclusive waterfront development in the heart of the city, between the marina and the Limassol promenade. The arena was set in the centre square with an 8-lane rig, and direct access to the pier for swimming events. 2016 saw a lineup jam packed with Games and Regionals level athletes, with over 20 nations being represented.

    The team division showed a true representation of the multicultural atmosphere with 3 teams from 3 very different nations standing on the podium. In 3rd place was The Dutch Bunch, just behind Team Cyprus who used their home advantage to secure 2nd place. The runaway winners however were the Polish Beasts, with a very well suited name.

    It came down to the wire to confirm the top 3 in the men’s division. Iceland’s Sigurdur Hafsteinn Jonsson was a man on a mission on the final day, and gave absolutely everything to finish 3 days in 3rd place. 2015’s runner up Joshua Wichtrup, made it back to back silver medals in 2016 as he once again shocked the crowd and showed that the last year was no fluke. Coming all the way from South Africa was Jason Smith who was consistent throughout and finished the clear winner of the 2016 Aphrodite Games.

    The women’s final was like a mini Meridian Regionals, with 7 of the 8 ladies having all competed in Madrid that May. Two women were tied on points in 2nd and 3rd place and we needed to look back to see their head to head record wins to determine the final placings. It was 3 times Individual Games athlete - Thuri Helgadottir who finished in 3rd place holding up the 3-year tradition of a ‘Dottir’ on the podium. Russia’s Oxana Slivenko just snuck ahead of Helgadottir to secure 2nd place and complete her collection of 1st,2nd & 3rd place finishes at the Aphrodite Games. It was a very close battle for 2nd and 3rd place, but up at the top one woman was evidently ahead of the rest of the pack. That woman was Norway’s Kristin Holte.

    It has been an exciting journey since the first Aphrodite Games in 2014. Now the time has come for you to create your AG story by signing up for the 2020 Aphrodite Games!

    Location

    The Aphrodite Games will be hosted at Limassol's Old Port Square, in the heart of the city's coastal zone. Both the location and the design of the square make it ideal for the organization of such events, while it is noted that more than 7,000 people cross the area daily.

    Sponsorship

    An international, world-class athletic event that takes place in the most central part of Limassol and duly promoted by the media, offers unique sponsorship opportunities and value for money packages for companies and organizations that would like to promote their products and services, both to the general public and, more specifically, to the target audience of Fitness.
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    Facts

    • One of the most competitive and prestigious fitness competitions in Europe.
    • Over 350 World class athletes.
    • 14 Different Categories (Elite Men/Women, Elite Teams, Masters Men/Women 35-39 , Masters Men/ Women 40+, Masters Men/ Women 45+, Juniors, Intermediate Men/Women/Teams).
    • Cyprus Sports Organization (KOA) Certified.
    • Under the Auspices of Limassol Municipality and the Cyprus Ports Authority.
    • In the heart of Limassol.
    • Proudly Supports Charity Foundation “ΚΕΠΑΚΥ”.

    Geraklion

    The company behind this event is one of the leading organizations in Russia that offers invaluable ideas, innovations and modernization in the field of medicine and sports.

    About

    There are 6 CrossFit gyms in Moscow under the flag of Geraklion. It aims to make the primary achievements in athletic education accessible to anyone who is ready to start his healthy journey.

    The Geraklion Fund is a private non-profit organization, emphasizing its activity in spreading the innovative educational system - a functional intensive training complex.

    Priorities

    • Planning a full-year calendar of sports events.
    • Organizing Games and Competitions from local club levels to the national ones.
    • Organizing sports events among different categories of population.
    • Coaches training and certification.
    • Free open-air classes for everyone interested.
    • Making from scratch and re-equip public arenas and stadiums.
    • Sports medicine: providing scientific research and further upgrading of sports training methodology.

    Volunteers

    Volunteers are the backbone of the games. They play a major role in executing a successful event and they are the core of an amazing athlete and spectator experience. Volunteers get the chance to have a look behind the curtains and get the unique opportunity to experience the action up close.

    What are volunteers doing?

    • Athlete- & Volunteer Check In
    • Entry & Exit Controls (Athlete Area, Warm-Up Area)
    • Spectator Information
    • Merchandise
    • Equipment & Arena Management
    • Scoring (Scorecard, Software)
    • Athlete control
    • Medical Care (First Aid, Physical Therapy)
    • Graphic Design, Streaming, Cutter, Light & Sound

    Contact Us

    info@aphroditegames.org

    Limassol Old Port, Limassol,
    3037 Cyprus