What are the CrossFit Games?

“In implementation, this looks like sport. This is revolutionary. It's as distinctive of the program as are the movements and the charter of functionality and variance. Our workouts are competitive events.

The strength and value of CrossFit lies entirely within our dominance of other athletes. This is a truth divined through competition, not debate.”

Greg Glassman, CrossFit Co-Founder & CEO
3, 2, 1 — GO!

The Games are over and the results are in!

The Top Female CrossFitter for 2008 is Caity Matter of Gahanna, OH, where she trains with Rogue Fitness. Tanya Wagner took second place and Gillian Mounsey took third.

The Top Male CrossFitter for 2008 is Jason Khalipa of CrossFit Unlimited in Milpitas, CA. Josh Everett came in second, with Jeremy Thiel in third.

The Affiliate Cup was won by the team from CrossFit Oakland.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the volunteers, spectators, and competitors for a great weekend!

Oakland Prepares for 09 - Part 1

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CrossFit Oakland took the 08 Affiliate Cup with a dominant performance. What are they up to now, you ask? We sent Sevan and Carey to find out. They caught up with them on Saturday, Dec 20th, 2008 in the middle of an internal team competition. The workout was three teams of three athletes competing in a Linda-type workout. They're looking damn strong, too!

The Affiliate competition in 09 will be team workouts. What that means at this point is anyone's guess. We do know the majority of the competition will take place on the Friday before the individual competition, with only the top five teams going on to the Finals on Sunday morning.

Got anything to rival Oakland? Let us know. We'd love to post it here. Contact Tony for information about sending in video and photos.

Oakland Prepares for 09 Part 1 ... [wmv] [mov]

Bionic vs. Omaha Ricky

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After his stellar 2:08 Fran, Bionic from CrossFit Hardcore has been cross training hard (he switched bikes for the picture).

Meanwhile, Omaha Ricky from CrossFit Omaha cranks out 100 burpees in 4:45 (he does 70 straight). It's hard to tell who's getting the greater benefit.

100 burpees video [wmv] [mov]

On the affiliate competition front, rumor has it that CrossFit Oakland is training hard to retain their status as top affiliate. Remember, the 09 Games will have a very different affiliate competition. There will be group workouts instead of accumulating the top performances of various athletes. Can you spell teamwork?

Every Second Counts - Trailer

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In case you missed it on the main site, we have a working trailer for the CrossFit Movie: Every Second Counts. The rough cut of the movie is done. There are still several important decisions to be made about additional post-production work. Depending on how those decisions get made, we could see a distributed version as early as Jan 09.

Sevan and Carey have done an amazing job, and the movie will be well worth the wait.

CrossFit Movie Working Trailer [wmv] [mov]

And, as a bonus for the Games site, we have an iPod/iPhone/iTunes version also. Clicking this link will launch iTunes. If you want it for your device, right click the link and download it to your hard drive.

iPod Trailer - [m4v]

Bionic Hits it Hard

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Bionic (Omar Torres) from CrossFit Hardcore in Boca Raton, FL finished 11th overall in this year's Games. He's been training hard, and just set a big PR in Fran at 2:08 (28 seconds off his previous PR). His buddy happened to film it with his phone, so we get to watch a tiny Bionic getting some.

We've all seen so many Fran vids, why another? Because they're fun, that's why. And this may be the most legit sub 2:10 Fran vid I've seen. No ball and full ROM.

Postage-stamp size phone video ... [wmv] [mov]

2min 41sec

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Tony Budding

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In this CrossFit Movie Outtake, Sevan encounters Tony Budding rechecking the 2008 Games Master Schedule at 2:30am on Saturday, July 5, 2008, just six and a half hours before the official start of the games.

Tony, Lynne Pitts, Thomas Crubaugh, and Dave Brewer went through all 300 participants by hand to confirm that each and every one had as close to a four-hour window as possible between start times for each of the three workouts. They had used a semi-automated Excel spreadsheet to generate the schedule, but several registration glitches (such as a formal name on the original registration and a common name on the workout order request) required a manual final check.

Saturday's schedule had to accommodate an unprecedented 900 workouts. Approximately 12 athletes competed simultaneously in each of the three workouts (thruster/pull-up, deadlift/burpee, and run) every 20min. That's about 100 athletes working out per hour. The first workout started at 9am and the final workout finished at 8pm. There were one-hour breaks at noon and 4pm.

Movie Outtake ... [wmv] [mov] 1min 40sec

CrossFit Journal Features

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In case you've missed them, the CrossFit Journal has several feature articles on Games competitors:

An Interview with Jason Khalipa: Part 1 and Part 2
Tanya Wagner is a Beast: Part 1 and Part 2
Coach Burgener Instructs Gillian Mounsey
My 2008 Games Experience by Kallista Pappas

And several have been featured on CrossFit Radio:

Josh Everett
Tanya Wagner
Caity Matter
Jolie Gentry
Jason Khalipa

goCrossFit Challenge

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On August 2nd, 2008 goCrossFit in Nashville, TN put on a Challenge. It was three workouts, two that were known, and one that was a surprise.

The first was 50 pull-ups for time.

The second was 5 rounds for time of:
15 Deadlifts
12 Hang power cleans
9 Front squats
6 Push jerks

The third WOD ended up being overhead farmer's walks sandwiching a run. Ouch!

Video ... [wmv] [mp4]

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Caity Matter Part 3

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Caity Matter during Fran at her CrossFit Level 1 cert on April 13, 2008.

Here is the final part of the CrossFit Movie Outtake with Caity Matter, 2008 Games overall champion.

Caity talks about how CrossFit fills the hole that was created when she stopped playing pro basketball, and how her training with Bill Henniger from Rogue Fitness desensitized her from pain. There's also a guest appearance by Jason Khalipa.

Video ... [wmv] [mov] 2min 7sec

Jeff Tincher Post Thruster-Pullups Interview

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Jeff Tincher, a relative old man at the Games, surprised many by winning the 10:20 heat of Thrusters and Pull-ups with a time of 3:33, beating OPT by 18sec, Khalipa by 22sec, and Bionic by 42sec.

Tony Budding and Carey Peterson catch up with Jeff right after for a quick interview.

CrossFit Movie Outtake ... [wmv] [mov]

2min 5sec

The CrossFit Games 2009 Affiliate Cup Challenge

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Pictured: CrossFit Oakland's winning affiliate team at the 2008 Games.

The CrossFit Games 2009 Affiliate Cup Challenge will start early on Friday, July 10th, 2009. There will be 1-3 team workouts (format to be announced later). The top 5 teams from these days events will then move forward to the Affiliate Cup Finals on Sunday morning, July 12th (prior to the Men's and Women's Top CrossFitter Finals). The winning team on Sunday will then be the 2009 CrossFit Games Top Affiliate.

An Affiliate Team can consist of a minimum of four to a maximum of six. The team needs to have a minimum of two men and two women. You must actively train at the affiliate facility to be part of a team.

All the workouts will be conducted as team workouts with teams of four. Two men and two women will be competing at one time as a team. This will allow team captains or coaches to substitute members prior to an event based on team members' individual strengths and weaknesses.

Workouts and the scoring system for Friday will be announced the week of the event. The workout for Sunday's finals will be announced Saturday night.

Athletes who qualify for the men's and women's individual competition may also be included on an affiliate team. Just understand they will have three days of multiple grueling workouts, and will be competing against others who are only in one event.

We recommend having tryouts and competitions within your affiliate to determine your team of four to six athletes. But that is just a recommendation. All teams are welcome no matter the ability or level of competitor. Scaling will be available on Friday, though it will disqualify you for Sunday.

Registration for teams will be open from June 1-12, 2009, or when all spots fill up (the number of spots for affiliate teams is undetermined at this time). The team registration fee will be $200.

There will be a cash prize and the winner will also get to keep the Affiliate Cup in their gym for the year.

CrossFit Games 2007 Top Affiliate - CrossFit Santa Cruz
CrossFit Games 2008 Top Affiliate - CrossFit Oakland

Saturday Morning OPT Interview

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In a CrossFit Movie Outtake, Sevan interviews James Fitzgerald (OPT) on Saturday morning (July 5, 2008) before the events launched. He talks about being responsible for his performance: Only he can determine how well he does.

And, at the same time, he speculates at how happy Josh Everett must be to have all three events in the 3min time domain, his strongest arena.

CrossFit Movie Outtake ... [wmv] [mov]

1min 21sec

Welbourn on Lululemon Part 2

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This is an aerial photo of the 2008 Games, taken on Sunday morning, during the early heats of the clean & jerk workout. The run course looks flatter and easier from this angle.

In a CrossFit Movie outtake, Sevan continues his fascination with John Welbourn's clothing tastes... [wmv] [mov]

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Caity Matter Part 2

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Here is the second part of the CrossFit Movie Outtake with Caity Matter, 2008 Games overall champion.

Caity talks about her love of training and competition, and how the clean is her best event (rumor has it that she has a 4:30 Man-Grace).

Video ... [wmv] [mov] 1min 30sec

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Justin Riley

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Justin Riley, co-owner of CrossFit East Sacramento, competed in the Games this year (44th overall). Co-owner Travis Cassidy finished 28th. In this CrossFit Movie Outtake, Justin talks about his experience at the Games, how he started CrossFit, and his hopes (now realized) to open an affiliate.

Video ... [wmv] [mov]
5min 4sec

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Caity Matter

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Caity Matter's name has been mis-spelled and mis-pronounced too many times. Presenting the 2008 CrossFit Games winner. Former WNBA player, Caity dominated Sunday's 100lb clean and jerk workout. She finished in 3:30, a full 44sec faster than 2nd place Tamara Holmes (who finished fourth overall).

Caity, 25, is highly competitive by nature, and has found that CrossFit workouts are a decent outlet for that since she left pro hoops.

Outtake video [wmv] [mov]

Men's Deadlift/Burpee 1020 Heat

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Another great heat was the 10:20 Men's Deadlift/Burpee workout. The competition was fierce, with the top five finishing within 10sec of each other.

There was a bit of extra drama at the starting, when Brett Marshall took his place in front of one of the bars. Brett hadn't planned on competing. He had been saying for months that he would come only to support his fellow Canadians in their quest to retain the title. But when he got back to Aromas, the spirit of competition was too great. Given his performance the previous year (2nd overall), Dave Castro gave the OK, and Brett was in.

The finishing order for the heat was:
Chris Spealler 2:41
Eric O'Connor 2:44
Ricky Frausto 2:46
Pat Barber 2:49
Dutch Lowy 2:51
Brendan Gilliam 3:18
Brett Marshall 3:29
Scott Delozier 4:17
Jeff Fleming 4:38
Edgar Pangilinan 5:26
Jason Westfall 5:34
Gabe Rinaldi 5:39

Men's DL/Burpee 1020 Heat Video ... [wmv] [mov] 2min 49sec

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Dutch's Timing Bungle

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Dutch flew through the Thruster/Pull-up workout. When he finished his final pull-up, his judge hit the stopwatch. When he checked the watch, the time wasn't there. Something had gone wrong. With over a dozen athletes competing, each judge had to be the timer also, and there was no way a single master time could be kept. What to do?

Fortunately, the Sevan the Great had selected Dutch as one of the athletes featured in the CrossFit Movie, so Dutch's entire workout was filmed. Sevan gave the tape to Tony Budding, who watched it in private. The tape is accurate to 1/24th of a second, and Dutch ended up tying for 3rd place with a time of 3:30.

CrossFit Movie Outtake Video ... [wmv] [mov] 2min 9sec

Men's Run 1820 Heat

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Here is the video from the run that Bionic was talking about. This was also a heat stacked with talent (the finishing order is listed in the above linked entry). Chris Spealler's finish time of 3:22 was the second best time of the day.

Watching Speal run up the second loop (from about 2:15 - 2:30 of the video) might give the impression that the hill wasn't that bad. Compare that to the footage from 3:00 - 3:20 of the video, noting that this footage is sped up. And, Speal did no running to prepare for the 08 Games (similar to Josh Everett).

Video [wmv] [mov] 4min 44sec

Women's Thruster/Pull-up 0920 Heat

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The 9:20am heat of the Thruster/Pull-up workout was stacked with talent. Shown in the picture are Jolie Gentry (the 07 Games overall winner) from CrossFit One World, Maggie Dabe-Colby from CrossFit Fairfax, and Gillian Mounsey (3rd overall in the 08 Games) from CrossFit NYC.

The workout was 3 rounds, 21-15-9, of 65lb thrusters and pull-ups with the additional requirement that the chest physically come into contact with the bar for the rep to count. This chest-to-bar requirement seemed to add about 50% to most of these athletes' PRs when just going chin over the bar. The finishing order for this heat was:

Gillian Mounsey 5:16
Jolie Gentry 5:43
Caity Matter 6:58
Kallista Pappas 7:50
Dani Martin 8:03
Jodi Bainbridge 8:04
Jenni Orr 8:33
Maggie Dabe-Colby 8:56
Nicki Violetti 9:37
Karen Douglas 9:58
Michele Vieux 10:41
Laurah Hawkins 7:12 (jumping pull-ups)

Highlight video of the heat ... [wmv] [mov]

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Murski on the Pull-ups

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Matt Murski had one of the fastest rounds of 21 in the Thruster/Pull-up workout all day (if not the fastest). He was back to thrusters at 1:03. He started to slow in the round of 15 (1:42), and struggled in the final round of 9, which took 2:22 to complete. His total time was 5:07 (over a dozen competitors finished sub 4min). He talks about his experience in this CrossFit Movie Outtake...[wmv] [mov]

1min 51sec (Note: this is the G-rated version for our sensitive viewers)

Omaha Ricky Trains for 09

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Ricky Frausto from CrossFit Omaha finished 6th in this year's Games. He was 2nd going into Sunday's final event, the 30 clean and jerks at 155lbs. He was 59sec behind Chris Spealler and 3sec ahead of Josh Everett. He was 53sec ahead of Jeremy Thiel, who was in 11th (yes, the difference between first and second was greater than the difference between 2nd and 11th!).

Ricky tops the scales at 150lbs, so the final workout was with a barbell greater than his bodyweight. He finished in 5:52, which is blazing fast by nearly any standard. Jason Khalipa, though, finished it in 2:46. Max Mormont, Jeremy Thiel, Connor Banks, and Josh Everett all finished sub 4:20.

What will the 09 Games require? Who knows? But all the top times in the 08 Finals were achieved using the squat-clean-thruster. In this video, Ricky does 15 reps at 200lbs for time. [wmv] [mov]

2min 49sec

CF Movie Outtake - Josh Everett on the Run

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Josh Everett finished third in the 07 Games and second in the 08 Games. His 08 run performance was epic. He was by far the fastest person through the first loop. He was at least 50m ahead of the nearest competitor in his heat entering the second loop. Then he crashed and burned. He had gone too fast. He started walking, and even had to stop briefly going up the second loop. He was caught and passed by Lucas Brainerd. Still, he finished in 3:44, just 24sec off Eric O'Connor's event winning time of 3:20.

Here he is before the Games talking about preparing for that run. [wmv] [mov]

Women's DL-Burpee WOD Highlights

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Maggie Dabe-Colby from CrossFit Fairfax during the Deadlift-Burpee workout from the 08 Games. Maggie finished the workout in 4:57. The top 5 finishers were Libby Dibiase (3:23), Caity Matter (3:53), Jenny Rydh (3:54), Jenni Orr (4:03), and Tanya Wagner (4:10). Notice 14 year old Kallista Pappas in the background doing the workout as Rx'd (she finished in 5:53).

The workout was five rounds for time of:
5 Deadlifts at 185lbs
10 Burpees

DL-Burpee Highlight Video ... [wmv] [mov]

Welbourn on the NFL

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Pukie the Clown stirring some up at the 2008 CrossFit Games.

Here, in a CrossFit Movie Outtake, John Welbourn talks about his experiences in the NFL, and how they relate to CrossFit, including what is was like to play in the hottest game in NFL history.

Video 2min 15sec ... [wmv] [mov]

Jeff Tincher on his 08 Games Experience

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Jeff Tincher finished 5th overall at the age of 39. He's a full time Fairfax County firefighter, one of the managers of CrossFit Fairfax, one of the traveling trainers for the CrossFit Level 1 certification seminars, and a father. What were you saying about not having time to train for the Games?

This video is an interview with Jeff after the Level 1 cert in Virginia Beach on August 10, 2008.
[wmv] [mov] 4min 23sec

Announcing the 2009 CrossFit Games

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The official dates for the 2009 CrossFit Games will be July 11-12, 2009.

The exact format of the Games will not be announced until July. It is likely to be quite different from the 2008 format.

The 2009 Games will not be open enrollment. There will be no scaling. You must qualify to enter. Adequate performance in the 2008 Games will count. There will be a series of qualifying events around the country (world) in May, 2009.

More details to follow here over the coming months.

CrossFit and Weightlifting

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In another CrossFit Movie Outtake, Josh Everett (2nd overall) talks about weightlifting (one word) in the US, and CrossFit's impact on it.
[wmv] [mov] 1min

Pictured are LtCol Dan Wilson, Coach Mike Burgener, and Sean Waxman, of Pure Strength, formerly a nationally ranked weightlifter and NY Jet.

Another C2 Challenge

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The Concept2 Indoor Rower is ideal for challenges of all kinds. In last year's Games, a 1K row launched the hopper WOD. This year, Concept2 gave away an indoor rower to the top male and top female 1K row times. They've also invited all affiliates to participate in their Fall Rowing Challenge.

Greg Hammond from C2 sent over this link to a BBC Sports video. In it, Andy Hodge rows 100m in 15.5sec. If there's any distance that CrossFitters might take an elite rower, this is probably it. Anyone got sub 15sec?

Check out C2's article in the CrossFit Journal on how to take advantage of the power of the Performance Monitor.

Gillian Mounsey - 2 Months Later

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Gillian Mounsey from NYC took third overall in this year's Games. In an interview after the CrossFit Level 1 certification seminar in Virginia Beach, Gillian talks about her experience at the Games, what she did to prepare, and what's different going toward next year. 3min 4sec
[wmv] [mov]

Welbourn on Lululemon

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At 6'5", 310lbs, John Welbourn is extremely large for a CrossFitter.

He competed in this year's Games, finishing 96th overall, completing all four workouts as Rx'd (think about that hill run and doing 45 pull-ups to the chest at 310lbs!).

Here, in a CrossFit Movie Outtake, John, Sevan, and Brian MacKenzie discuss the relative merits of Lululemon clothing for men... [wmv] [mov]

More Omaha - More Libby

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Here's another take on Libby Dibiase from CrossFit Omaha. Libby won the Deadlift-Burpee workout, and came in 6th overall. At just 20 years old, she's got lots of time to attack her weak links. Expect to see a lot of Libby over the next few years!

Libby Dibiase video ... [wmv] [mov]

Kallista Pappas Post-Games Interview

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Kallista wowed the CrossFit community with her unbelievable performance in the finals of the 2008 Games. She did the 30 Clean and Jerks at the prescribed weight (100lbs), which was her body weight, and up until a few months before the Games, her PR. To top matters off, she fell on rep 22 (caught amazingly by the aerial photographer), and the bar fell on her leg. She got up and finished. Oh, and she was 14 at the time. Check out her full story in the CrossFit Journal.

This interview is with Kallista on September 6, 2008 after a workout at CrossFit One World. Video .... [wmv] [mov]

Where is Omaha?


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CrossFit Omaha produced two top 10 finishers in the 08 Games. Both Ricky Frausto and Libby Dibiase finished #6 in their divisions. Here's a little of Ricky's story.

Omaha Ricky Video ... [wmv] [mov]

Bionic Pre-Run Interview

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The video is an interview with Bionic right before his run.

The picture was taken about 15s into the race, running up the first hill. Ricky Frausto is in the lead, with Jason Khalipa and Mike Giardina right behind. Bionic is in the red shorts and white sunglasses, right behind Dutch and Jeff Tincher. Speal is just to our left of Tincher wearing the big headphones. OPT (white hat) is right behind Brendan (mohawk), and right next to Geoff Aucoin (black hat). Pat Barber is in the back.

In this race, though, starting order was very different from finishing order. The athletes finished the heat like this:

Speal 3:22
OPT 3:34
Jeff Fleming 3:46
Ricky Frausto 3:47
Pat Barber 3:48
Jeff Tincher 3:55
Jason Khalipa 3:58
Dutch 4:04
Geoff Aucoin 4:05
Bionic 4:12
Brendan 4:20
Nick Hawkes 4:21
Mike G 4:34
Eric Jones 4:45

Bionic Pre-Run Interview ...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Hardcore At the 08 Games

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CrossFit Hardcore of Boca Raton, FL sent a few folks to the Games:
Adriana Grassi
Omar Torres (Bionic)
Lance Mosely

They made a highlight video of their experience.

The picture is of the 3 of them with another Floridian (Jenni Orr). We're not sure what they're doing here, so maybe some other native Floridians can offer some ideas.

CrossFit Hardcore Video Highlights ...[wmv][mov]

Von Ware-Kallista Pappas Interview

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Here's another good-lookin' video from Von Ware, this time talking to rising CrossFit monster Kallista Pappas. Kallista is 14, a veteran of both CrossFit Games events, a gymnast, and a budding beast on the CrossFit horizon.

Von Ware/Kallista Pappas ...[wmv][mov]

Games 08 Top 5 Finishers in Each Event

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For those of you who asked, or secretly desired, to see the results by event, here they are, in PDF. For the really curious among you, Caity placed 11th in the run, 8th in the Thruster WOD.

Jason was 11th in the Thruster WOD and 38th (!) in the run. The run results are interesting; only 38 seconds separate first from 38th place. Kind of a quirky irony, but it also indicates just how competitive the field was.

Von Ware Video Interview: Jason Khalipa

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Here's another beautifully produced video from Von Ware, who's done some great videos for the Games (another one of his montages was recently featured on the main page). By the way, Von is QUITE the athlete himself. If you've never taken the opportunity to Google him up, give it a shot!

Von Ware/Jason Khalipa Interview ...[wmv][mov]

The Affiliate Cup Team

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Tom Campitelli from CrossFit Oakland put together this slideshow of his pictures of the Oakland crew from this year's Games. Oakland won the affiliate cup over several great teams, after months of dedicated preparation.

They brought the right mix of athletes and skills for this year...but who knows about next year?

Thanks to Mike Minium of CrossFit Oakland for this detailed list of not only who, but when they appear, in the slideshow.

It's fantastic to be able to put a name with a sweaty face!

0:05 Mike Minium 1:30 Lance Velasquez
0:07 Connie Moreno 1:32 Journey Meadows
0:10 Brandon Banks 1:36 Candace Hamilton
0:14 Candace Hamilton| 1:39 Mike Minium
0:17 Nabil Langkilde 1:42 Mike Minium
0:20 Laura Blair 1:46 Sierra Carter
0:23 Patrick McMahon| 1:49 Connor Banks
0:27 Tamara Holmes 1:52 Laura Blair
0:30 Daniel Hester 1:56 Audra Dunning
0:33 Loren Goodwin 1:58 Daniel Hester
0:37 Nabil Langkilde 2:02 Candace Hamilton
0:40 Nicole Okumu 2:05 Tamara Holmes
(team captain in black tee, 2:08 Audra Dunning
did not participate, though) 2:12 Brandon Banks
0:43 Tom Campitelli 2:15 Tamara Holmes
0:46 Brandon Banks 2:18 Daniel Hester
0:50 Tamara Holmes 2:22 Candace Hamilton
0:53 Nabil Langkilde 2:25 Patrick McMahon
0:57 Audra Dunning 2:28 Connie Moreno
0:59 Connor Banks 2:31 Brandon Banks
1:03 Connie Moreno 2:34 Loren Goodwin
1:06 Daniel Hester 2:38 Tamara Holmes
1:09 Connor Banks 2:41 Brandon Banks and Nabil Langkilde
1:12 Tamara Holmes 2:44 Loren Goodwin
1:16 Tom Campitelli 2:48 Candace Hamilton
1:20 Lance Velasquez| 2:51 Patrick McMahon and Mike Minium
1:23 Sierra Carter
1:26 Audra Dunning

CF Oakland Slide Show ...[wmv][mov]

Run, Caity, Run!


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Here's another great video from yesterday's enthusiastic, if slightly unsteady, videographer. The heart and enthusiasm he (and the other Games spectators) displays is wonderful. I'm afraid Bingo may have lost the "top spectator" title here. These videos are a great addition to our catalog of Games content, and they also really make you appreciate the efforts of Tony B and his team.

Caity finished the run in 11th overall for the women - pretty amazing.

Caity's Run ...[wmv][mov]

Caity's Last Reps

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There are a couple of things to learn from this video:

First, Caity Matter, who works out and is a trainer at Rogue Fitness, pushed HARD on the final reps of the final workout of the Games. No doubt that this girl is an outstanding athlete.

Second, it's hard to hold the video camera steady while screaming your lungs out for your favorite competitor!

Caity's Final Reps ...[wmv][mov]

No Rest for the Victorious

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"Behind every great man is a great woman." The awesome Jamie V., soon to be Mrs. Tony Budding, is the source for many of the great photos we get to enjoy on the CrossFit site.

In the video, we get to see Jason Khalipa knock out a blistering 500M on the C2 rower. Not a PR, but then, it was his third workout of the day.

Seems like he's taking keeping his title seriously!

Khalipa Rows ...[wmv][mov]

Look at All The Great Prizes Our Sponsors Donated!

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Our amazing sponsor recruitment specialist (otherwise known as the chief arm twister), Mike Pomerenning, goes through the incredible goodies that the Games winners received. We had, as you will see, tremendous support from a wide variety of cool sponsors, and hope that this little video will whet your appetites for next year's events.

I was talking with our Customer Service rep tonight, and she told me that on Sunday night, July 6th, she received an email marked URGENT! The contents of that email? "How do I register for the 2009 Games?"

So...don't wait too long before starting to train for next year....

Mike P. Displays Games Goodies ...[wmv][mov]

The Final, Final Results

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Inquiries have been researched, scoresheets have been reviewed, fat-fingered typos have been fixed, and the results re-calculated.

Below in PDF are the men's, women's, and team corrected final standings.

Thanks to all of the eagle-eyed reviewers helping us get this right, and thanks to you all for your patience. We didn't say *which* Wednesday we'd have the results retabluated, did we?

Men's Corrected Results (PDF)

Women's Corrected Results (PDF)

Corrected Team Standings (PDF)

Sevan and Carey Interview: First Day of the Games

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As a couple of you might have heard, there's a CrossFit movie in the works. Sevan and Carey are the evil geniuses behind this effort, and their movie will culminate with the 2008 CrossFit Games.

Here they are, discussing how things went after the first day of the Games.

Sevan & Carey After Day 1 ...[wmv][mov]

The Announcing of the Final Event


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As most of you know, the choice of Sunday's event wasn't announced until Saturday after the first three events were completed.

Here's your chance to see the announcement, which includes the description of the standards. As some of the Khalipa-naysayers will discover, the "squat clean to thruster" technique was briefed to all the competitors as an allowable method of completing the work.

Check the reactions to the choice, too. More than a few groans (and several cheers) met the announcement.

Sunday's Event Announcement ...[wmv][mov]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation


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Here's a great video sent in by Josh and Tanya Wagner of CrossFit Apex in Harleysville PA. It chronicles their games experience from start to finish. You will see blood, sweat, and smiles, but no tears, in this one.

CrossFit Apex Goes to the Games. ...[wmv][mov]

Corrected Results, Men and Women

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Based on the queries for corrections submitted, we've reviewed the official scoresheets and made the appropriate corrections - final versions are in the PDFs.

Special "Spirit of CrossFit" kudos to Geoff Aucoin, who dropped himself out of a top-20 finish and into the DNF pack by admitting that he and his spotter mis-counted the reps on his final workout, resulting in a time based on 27 reps, not 30.

The outstanding integrity in coming forward, while small comfort for his drop in standings, elevates him to the top of the heap in my book.

UPDATE 13 JUL: Folks, looks like some technical difficulties with the results files, so I'm pulling them back to compare to an original file and the official timesheets. Will get them back up after some data validation. Sorry for the delay, and the angst.

OPT Final Event Interview, Part 2

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Last night's interview continues....

OPT Final Event Interview Part II ...[wmv][mov]

OPT Final Event Interview, Part 1

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In this interview, James Fitzgerald ("OPT") talks about the final event of the games. Interesting to hear the pre-event perspective, now that we know how it came out. Tune back in for parts 2 and 3 coming up.

OPT Final WOD Interview, Part I ...[wmv][mov]

Post-Games Recovery

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Chris Spealler, Dutch Lowy, Pat Barber, and Adrian Bozman at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on Monday after the Games.

Kallista Pappas Pre-Games Interview

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Here's your chance to hear from the sentimental star of the Games, Kallista Pappas. You can check out her inspirational performance on the final event on the July 8th main site WOD post.

Kallista Interview ...[wmv][mov]

Corrections to the Results? Send Them In!

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Competitors (and friends): Please take a look at the results PDF. If you find mistakes in the scores for the Games, please submit corrections to saturday@crossfitgames.com by Wednesday and we will verify those corrections using the original score sheets and get an update posted by Wednesday night.

The Results Are In!


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The Games are over, and results are in.

Top female CrossFitter for 2008 is Caity Matter of Gahanna, OH, where she trains with Rogue Fitness.

Second place: Tanya Wagner

Third Place: Gillian Mounsey

See the PDF for the rest of the results!


Top male CrossFitter for 2008 is Jason Khalipa of CrossFit Unlimited. In a stunning, come-from-behind victory in the staggered-start final heat, Jason quietly finished the reps and walked off the field victorious while all eyes were on the presumptive favorites.

Second place: Josh Everett of Mike's Gym

Third place: Jeremy Thiel of CrossFit Central

A stellar end to a wonderful weekend!

Check the PDF for the rest of the men's results.


And, last but not least, the affiliate cup. The affiliate cup was won by CrossFit Oakland. See the PDF for the rest of the results.


AND, a huge thanks to the team of volunteers who made it all run - you guys and gals were troopers!

No Rest on Sunday!

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The early women's heats are complete, and the men's heats are underway. After lunch, the final women's heat and the final men's heats will take place. So far, the time to beat for the Sunday workout is 3:24, by Max Mormont.

Final games results should be posted by early evening. Stay tuned....

Sunday's Workout and Schedule

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The final workout for the CrossFit Games will be as follows:

155 pound Squat Clean and Jerk, 30 reps (100 pounds for women)

The barbell goes from ground to overhead, passing through a front squat in which the crease of the hip passes below the height of the kneecap. The finish position is with the arms, hips and knees fully extended, arms overhead, with at least a portion of the ear visible in front of the arm. Dropping the barbell is acceptable.

The heat schedules are in the attached PDFs. See everyone tomorrow for a great finish to a great event! Again, parking will be tight so please carpool if you can. Come out to cheer on our amazing athletes.

Women's Heats

Men's Heats

Results after All 3 Saturday Rounds

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You guys know what to do...check the PDFs for the standings after Saturday's three events.

Men's Results After 3 Rounds

Women's Results After 3 RoundsMenRd3.pdf

Round 2 (of 3) Results

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Download the PDFs for the updates and corrections to Round 1, and the results for Round 2.

*Men's results corrected as of 1700 Pacific!

Men's Corrected Results, Rd 2

Women's Results, Rd 2

Results As of Round 1 (of 3)

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Grab these two PDF's to see the standings for the women and the men after the first round of the Games. One down, two to go!

Women After Round 1

Men After Round 1

Important: News and Announcements

Quick newsflashes, reminders, and announcements dispatched live from the Games will be added under the Newsflashes link at right. Please check there often for the latest updates. These will not appear on the front page of the Games blog.

Master Schedule


At last....the master schedule of competitors, heats, and time slots for the games.

CrossFit Games Master Schedule

You will need to use the zoom feature of your PDF reader to view the document. It will be available in consumable form at the Games site tomorrow. Don't forget: registration begins at 6am; plan on arriving early.

Volunteer Reporting

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Volunteer check-in begins at 6am on Saturday morning; please arrive as early as possible to get your assignment, point of contact, and t-shirt.

Rules Clarification: Deadlift

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For the Games deadlift, any stance is acceptable AS LONG AS YOUR HANDS ARE OUTSIDE YOUR KNEES.

Addendum to the Games Burpee Standards

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A point wasn't made clear in yesterday's standards video regarding full opening of the hips during the jump in the burpees. Please watch the video to understand this rules clarification.

Dutch Demos Burpees ...[wmv][mov]

Dutch on the Games and Kipping Pullups

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Here's a great interview with Dutch Lowy, definitely a front-runner for the Games this year. He talks with Tony B about the standards, the events, and shows us that yes, (if you're a beast) you can do the "butterfly kip" to the Games standard. Give it a look!

Dutch Does Butterflies. ...[wmv][mov]

Austin, TX Fittest Challenge

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A report from the wilds of Austin, TX! Thanks to Nicole Holstrom from CrossFit Central for the update.

The CrossFit Central Team just left today for Cali!! We're so excited for the Games!!!

The Fittest Games Challenge was developed to seek out top CrossFitters from the Southern region and send them to compete at the CrossFit Games.

Once a month a challenge was held in different locations across Texas including Breakaway Speed and the Dynamax facility.

The 4 Challenges:
Bench Mark Workout,
CrossFit Total,
a MetCon Challenge, and
the 5K Off Road with an unknown challenge.

To win the Grand Prize - Round Trip Airfare, Hotel Accomadation, and Entrance to the CrossFit Games - the athlete had to compete at the Elite level and complete all four challenges. Affiliates from across Texas sent their clients out to the challenges to represent them and join in the competition for a chance to compete at the CrossFit Games this July.

Texas affiliates, kettlebells, hill runs, deadlifts, pull ups, squats, med ball work, and Mark Rippetoe ensured these challenges were consistently intense! By the final challenge the Grand Prize competitors were within points of each other - This year Lisa Bender of Austin , TX Kris Kepler of Austin, TX, and Ken Kutrer of Ft. Worth, TX are heading to the Games and representing as Elite athletes from Texas!

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Please review all of the information in this post. Be sure to download a copy of this PDF, which contains rules, explains what the Games workouts will be, and provides schedule information. This is your key to understanding the weekend.

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Video 1: CrossFit Games 2008 Movement Standards ...[wmv][mov]

Video 2: Additional Explanation on the Games Format ...[wmv][mov]

After reviewing the PDF and watching the videos, ALL COMPETITORS SHOULD PLEASE send the required email to saturday@crossfitgames.com no later than 8 am, Pacific Time, on Friday July 4th. Competitor emails after that time will not be reviewed.

Competitor emails should contain exactly and only the following information, in exactly and only this format. Non-conforming emails will not be used.

Your Name
Your Gender (M or F)
Affiliate Team (if any)
1.Preferred first event
2.Preferred second event
3.Preferred third event
Prescribed weights or scaling requests for Thrusters and Deadlifts

If we don't hear from you, you will be assigned an ordering as the schedule requires. You may include multiple athletes per email or send separate emails. But only this information and this format will be recognized. No requests after 8am PDT July 4th will be recognized.

For competitor questions other than scheduling, please email registration@crossfitgames.com

Sevan Interviews Tony B


Sevan talks to Tony Budding, hoping to pry loose some insights about the Games events. Tony plays it coy, and keeps us all wondering just what's in store for the athletes on Saturday and Sunday!


High Altitude Training

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The crew from CrossFit Front Range, including Mike Pistono, Cori Gobel, Sean Roeper, Jodi Miller, and Matt Griffin, are training hard for the Games. After their oxygen-deprived atmosphere, the Games events should be a piece of cake! (Or not...)

Front Range Workout...[wmv][mov]

Hot! Undercover Training Scoop!


This just in: Diligent spying, creative snooping, and the opportunity of a lifetime for our reporter on the scene allows us to bring you this unbelievable photographic evidence of how two top Games contenders, "Dutch" Lowy and "Speal" Spealler, are REALLY preparing for the games.

WODs? Ha. Wood-tossing? Nope. Incredible bodyweight workouts, Olympic lifts, and the Zone diet? Hardly!

Come on out and see how the latest in high-tech machine training prepares these athletes to smash the competition!

C2 Wants a Do-Over!


Our friends at the Concept2 shop figured they could do a better job on their "good luck" video, so here's the new and improved version, complete with Tabata rowing, rower-box-thrusters, nose-picking, and the well-wishes of their whole staff.

C2 Games Good Luck ...[wmv][mov]

Sevan Interviews Josh Everett

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Josh Everett and Sevan ...[wmv][mov]

So now, we begin to see the REAL nature of athletes, pushed to the edge by pre-competiton jitters (and Sevan) coming to light. The veneer starts to crack...

Athlete Profile: Kallista Pappas

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Kallista Does Fran...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'1"
Weight: 103
Age: 14

Fran : 4:33 55#
Cindy: 19 rounds
Grace: 7:35 95#
Linda: 32:20 (bench 85#)

Back Squat 145
Shoulder Press 72
Overhead Squat 3x95
Deadlift 209

I am so excited to get out there and Get Some! During my three years of CrossFitting I haven't experienced anything as exciting and inspiring as the CrossFit community, especially last year at the Games. I just want to be there again, have fun, and give it my all.

I am as prepared as my full time gymnastics has allowed. Though I am fitter than I have ever been, I have so much room for improvement! Going to the CrossFit Northwest Championships and coming in 2nd in the 36 and younger division really fired my up for the Games. I can't wait to be there and watch all the beasts perform. I know the field is going to be different this year, but I'll still be bringing it on.

See you there!

Introducing the Hopper Deck


Born from the marriage of the old-school "deck of cards PT" and the traditional CrossFit concept of the "hopper" workout, an amazing team of artists and CrossFitters has, working closely with Coach Glassman and other CrossFit principals, developed the perfect tool for your travel workouts, your "I need a change of pace" workouts, your affiliate challenge workouts... the Hopper Deck.

Featuring the Heroes, the Girls, and many other workouts.

Enhanced by bad-ass graphics.

These will be available 7 July, and at the Games. Get yours!

He's At It Again: Sevan Interviews Dutch

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Sevan Interviews Dutch ...[wmv][mov]

More to Fear: Max Mormont

Sevan is going to get a reputation if he keeps getting picked up by big, strong, guys...

In case the roster of athletes wasn't scary enough, just add Max Mormont from Buena Park, CA. If you'd like to see what else Max is up to, just hop on over to MaxFit.

Max Mormont and Sevan ...[wmv][mov]

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John Welbourn and Sevan...Don't Quit Your Day Jobs

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This one left me speechless...although I will note that the weight overhead in the picture is a lot more than that used in the video.

Sevan and John Welbourne ...[wmv][mov]

Athlete Profile: Jeff Tincher

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Jeff Tincher profile ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 178 lbs.
Age: 39
Home Gym: Crossfit Fairfax
Profession: Firefighter - and I absolutely love the job - otherwise I would be a CrossFit Trainer full time

Fran: 2:38
Jackie: 6:27
FGB: 403
Total: 1030
5K run: 21:20
Linda: 20:02

My thoughts: Being around fellow CrossFitters is always a good time. Ever since I went to my first cert 3 years ago, I have been blown away by the community that CrossFit has created. We have developed the same type of community at our gym. Firefighters are widely known for having a strong brotherhood, but it doesn't compare to the CrossFit community.

As far as the competition, I can't wait to watch the show. There are going to be some amazing athletes and performances. The only thing I have done differently to prepare for the CF Games is stick to the Diet more. I am at 16 blocks a day now. I have been doing CrossFit for 3.5 years, and I have practiced 'My Bitch' (whatever it may be - there have been so many) after WOD's ever since I have been CrossFitting. I will be one of the few who don't follow the main site WOD. I do the same workouts that I write for CF Fairfax. I am excited to see how we do in the Affiliate Competition. Like Coach says "The magic is in the movements, the art is in the programming, and the science is in the explanation."

Athlete Profile: Gillian Mounsey

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Gillian Mounsey ...[wmv][mov]

Age: 30
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 136
Home town:
Queens, NYC
Affiliate: Black Box CrossFit NYC

Occupation: Personal Trainer

Sports History: gymnastics for 20 years, track and field (800m, 100 & 400m hurdles, discus), physical fitness competition, push-up world record holder, distance running, ballroom dance, mixed martial arts.

Fran 3:00
Diane 4:37 (w 185lb DL), 3:37 (w 155lb DL)
Cindy 26 rounds
Mary 11 rounds
Linda 19:11
Grace 3:14
Squat 235
Deadlift 285
Press 120

I have been CrossFitting now for three months with the Black Box. I have been competing in sport since the age of 2 when I started gymnastics.

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Athlete Profile: Connor Martin

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Connor & David Martin at the 07 Games ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5-11
Weight: 150
Age: 16

Helen: 8:19 (460m run)
Fran : 3:53
Cindy: 39 rounds
Angie: 13:09
Murph: 31:43 (1.2 Mile run)
30 muscle ups 4:43

Back Squat 305
Shoulder Press 150
Overhead Squat 150 x 15

I've been going to CrossFit events since I was 12 years old. The games are a chance to see a lot of people I've gotten to know over the years. Last year I was excited to compete in the games, but a little intimidated. Then the hopper event was announced and I found out I would be pressing more than my bodyweight. It was a hard couple of days, but I learned a lot.

I have been thinking about the games since they ended last year. Since wrestling season ended I have been training really hard. I've been working on my weaknesses and began a heavy lifting program. I have gotten a double bodyweight deadlift, back squat and a bodyweight shoulder press. Last year I had a hard time dealing with the weight in the hopper event, but I've been training heavier the past few months, so if heavy push jerks or presses come out of the hopper I think I will be able to deal with it.

The competition is obviously heating up this year you never know what monster might come out of the woods, all I can do is push myself in my daily workouts and hope for the best. If something body weight comes out of the hopper then I think I'll do well but if something with heavy lifting comes out I'll do my best and see what happens. I'm glad that I get the opportunity to compete among athletes of this caliber and hope to have a good showing. Either way I'm still young so I'll get to keep coming back for years. See you guys there !!!!

The Utah Challenge

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From the wilds of Utah, Miranda Oldroyd of CrossFit 801 reports,

"Several affiliates gathered for the Utah CrossFit Challenge that was held at CrossFit 801 on May 24th. We had an awesome turnout with over 40 competitors and 70 or so spectators. The following for CrossFit in Utah has grown so much, and we are really excited about it!!"

Participating Affiliates:

CrossFit 801, Midvale (Salt Lake City) Miranda and Tyson Oldroyd
Wasatch CrossFit, Kaysville, Damon Stewart
CrossFit Park City, Park City, Speal
CrossFit Utah Valley, Orem, Nolan &Annie Foster Jeremy and Brandy Wann, Brandon, and Tom
Viking CrossFit, Pleasant Grove, Jason and Natalie Garcia, Dave Chase, Cody Jolley
CrossFit Cache Valley, Logan, Brad Thorne

Lots of pictures here...

Athlete Profile: Anthony Bainbridge

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Anthony Bainbridge Profile...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'7
Weight: 170
Age: 29
CrossFit Fredericton


30 Muscleups: 3:14
Angie: 13:41
Cindy: 33 rounds
Diane: 3:21
Elizabeth: 4:31
FGB: 404 (3 rounds) / 585 (5 rounds)
Fran: 2:47
Grace: 2:13
Murph: 33:43

Squat: 405
Press: 205
Deadlift: 565
Power Clean: 235
500m Row: 1:26.2

Thoughts on the Games: Everyone knows what happened last year, but with CrossFit's infamous "variety" principle it is obvious that things could change. I've heard a ton of rumors but it honestly doesn't matter. You could tell me the exact events and I would still use the WOD to prepare. But if there is another random hopper event, I'd be hoping for something like 21-15-9 of 405 pound deadlifts and muscleups. Can you pass that on to Coach for me?

The competition itself is going to be insane! The big dogs are coming out for this one and it's almost tempting to just sit back and watch them demolish the events. I won't see any of it since I'll be gasping for air and wiping sweat out of my eyes for 2 days, so hopefully Tony B gets some great video of everyone kicking ass.

Diet: I'm on a steady stream of Big Macs and Pepsi. I figure I'll self-sabotage so that if I don't perform well I can blame it on my diet. Seriously though, I'm Zoning on 18 blocks with 4x fat - practically no sugar or starch.

Mental: I'm in a really good spot right now. I took a break from fighting so I have no injuries, diet is dialed in, sleep patterns are solid, and my benchmark workouts have been improving at a steady rate. I know I'll come in well rounded and at my best - so whatever happens on the scorecard is irrelevant.

Countdown is on!

CrossFit Central Team Profile


You know they say everything is bigger in Texas...maybe there's something to that. Austin's CrossFit Central is bringing a BIG team to the Games. And they've been doing BIG preparation, with challenges and other events leading up to the Games.

Check out some of their athletes in this PDF!

You can also check out their interviews over on YouTube:

The East Coast Challenge

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Albany CrossFit recently hosted The East Coast Games challenge.

Results and descriptions can be found here. Pics can be found here.

Great video content on the event is here ...[wmv][mov]

Affiliate Cup Contender: Front Range CrossFit

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Front Range CrossFit Discussion ...[wmv][mov]

Front Range CrossFit is sending 15 (!) athletes to the Games this year. Here's a discussion with Skip and Jodi Miller (the owners) and several of their athletes. With the numbers, attitude, and training background this team brings to the event, they look to be SERIOUS contenders for the team title.

Games Competitor Shirts

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Too nice to sweat in! Adidas is donating these great shirts for all competitors.

Athlete Profile: Ian Carver

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Ian Carver Profile...[wmv][mov]

Occupation: Deputy Sheriff / K9 Handler - Sacramento Sheriff's Dept.
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175 Lbs
Age: 34
Years CF'ng: 3

Fran: 2:43
Helen: 7:46
Karen: 5:01
Cindy: 29 Rounds
5k Run: 19:49
10k Run: 46:52
Squat: 315 Lbs
D/L: 355 Lbs
C & J: 100 Kilo (220 Lbs)
Snatch: 175 Lbs

Thoughts on the Games

The unexpected is what I am looking forward to, hence the beauty of CrossFit. I don't consider myself one of the "CF Immortals," but I feel I can be relatively competitive amongst the field of athletes.

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Matt Murski Has a LOT of Distractions...


As you'll see from our man-on-the-scene Sevan's interview with Matt, he's got a lot going on. Training for the Games (watch for the inside scoop on one of the events -EXCLUSIVE!!!), getting his affiliate off the ground, and, well, Laurah.


Athlete Profile: Lauren Pryor

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Sevan Interviews Lauren ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'9
Weight: 145
Age: 26

Fran 65lbs - 4:49
Fran 95lbs- 8:00
Michael- 16:26
Cindy - 19 rds
Nancy: 15:45
Kelly: 21:30 (with 12lbs ball)
Annie: 6:20

5K Run: 22:30
500m row: 1:46
Deadlift: 300
Back Squat: 235
Press: 105

I am totally excited to participate in my first CF Games this year. I feel so privileged to compete against some amazing female athletes, as well as watch the whole competition unfold. I am viewing this competition as an opportunity to push my limits, physically and mentally, to a new max. Like executing the WODs, this will set myself a new standard to work with for the challenges to come.

I have been involved with track and field for 14 years, and when I 'retired' after university I started to dabble in CF. I followed the info on the site and completed the WODs that I was able to do confidently. In the fall of '07 I really started to focus on CF, this meant completing all the daily WODs and focusing more on improving my weaknesses. By following the WODs I have seen great improvements in all aspects of my own fitness as well as witnessed huge developments in others.

Like each workout my daily nutrition is different. I fuel myself depending on the workouts and how my body is feeling. I eat as clean as possible and make the best choices that my situation will allow.

I am so excited to participate with the CF Calgary team, as well as meet others from the CF community. Everyone's support and motivation is amazing and I believe these games will bring all that to a new level.

Let the games begin!!!

Southeast CrossFit Challenge

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Southeast CrossFit Challenge ...[wmv][mov]

Mike Manning of Harbor City CrossFit hosted this year's SouthEast CrossFit Challenge. For more details, see this thread on the CrossFit Message Board. Scott Delozier and Jenni (Jelli) Orr won the overall titles. Full results are h here . The event was also covered on Florida Today's website .

Athlete Profile: Omar "Bionic" Torres

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Bionic Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Weight: 165lbs
Age: 30
Home gym: CrossFit Hardcore


Fran 2:44
Linda 20:05
Helen 8:08
Cindy 28 rds
Grace 3:47
Mary 13 rds
CFT 946 in lbs/430 in kilos
FGB 351
Deadlift 418lbs/190kg
Backsquat 352lbs/160kg
Shoulder Press 176lbs/80kg

My Thoughts on the Games:

The Games, well all I can say is I will be giving it my all. I've only been CrossFitting for just under a year now, so I know I'm not yet at my best.

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Athlete Profile: Jenni "Jelli" Orr


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Jelli Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Age 28
Height 5'5"
Weight 121 lbs
BGI Fitness Jupiter
Miami Dolphins Cheerleader

Fran: 4:23
Jason 33:59 I thought that was good : )
Nancy 17:27 95#
Helen 9:28
Eva 1:03:00 As RX with bloody hands
Uneven Grace 4:02

Back Squat 235lbs
OH Squat 125lbsx16
Shoulder Press 85lbs
Deadlift 242lbs

Thoughts on the Games:
I started CrossFitting about 1 1/2 years ago.

Continue Reading »

C2: Sponsor Deluxe

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Not only is C2 donating a shiny new rower, they're even bringing water! The water's for drinking; not for rowing in. Concept2 will be providing private label water at the CrossFit Games. They are also enthusiastic supporters of CrossFit and the CrossFit Games, as seen in this video: ...[wmv][mov]

OPT: (Not) Just Another Pretty Face


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In case OPT doesn't garner adequate fame and fortune at the Games this year, looks like he's got himself a fallback plan.

Look for him on billboards near you....

OPT: Fashion Model ...[wmv][mov]

Athlete Profile: Pat Barber

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Pat Barber Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'7"
Weight: 160lbs
Age: 22

Fran 2:20
Helen 7:39
Fight gone bad 411
Diane 3:01
Christine 8:22
Press 155
Jerk 265
Snatch 170
Clean And Jerk 245

Pat's thoughts on the Games
I'm a little nervous, of course, but I'm pretty comfortable competing. I played D1 volleyball in college, and still play a few hours of beach volleyball most days. I have nothing to lose, years of Games ahead of me, and I'm stoked to go head to head with the greatest athletes in CrossFit. Plus, Freddy is bringing his RV!

Being consistent is my biggest challenge, so I'm really trying to hit it hard week after week. I've recently dialed in the Zone tightly, and it seems to be working. I failed to break 3min in Fran forever, then just hit 2:20 and felt like I had even more to give.

I know the Canadians will bring a strong crew. There's also a cadre of East Coast CrossFit trainers that are supposedly coming out. They talk a good game, but when it comes down to it, they don't have what it takes to hang in Cali.

Important Message for all CrossFit Games Participants!


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The official format for the Games will be announced and posted here to the CrossFit Games site, on Wednesday, July 2nd at 6pm PDT. All scoring, workouts, exercises, and standards will be explained in detail. You will be expected to be familiar with this when you arrive on Saturday for the competition.

There will be multiple events, and you will have until Friday, July 4th at 8am PDT to request your preferred sequence for doing these events. An email address will be listed for you to send that preference. The preferences will be honored as much as possible, and on a first come first served basis. We make no guarantees, though, that you will get your preferred ordering.

The official time slots and ordering will be announced Friday, July 4th at 4pm PDT. There will also be detailed information on Saturday morning when you register telling you exactly where to be and when throughout the weekend.

And, in case you were wondering, the format is significantly different from last year. It will, though, reward athletes with tremendous work capacity in broad time and modal domains.

Athlete Profile: Adriana Grassi


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Adriana on Youtube ...

Height: 5'5"
Weight: 131
Age: 38

Fran 4:42
Helen 9:24
Filthy 50: 23:57
Deadlift 231lbs
Press 95lbs
Squat 200lbs

Southeast CrossFit Challenge
Women's Hopper: 1st Place
CFT-middleweight: 1st Place
Overall Female CrossFitter: 3rd Place

Wow, watching all of those videos of so many amazing women, really sets the tone for the Games. I have to be honest I'm very nervous and this will be my first time going to the games. I started CrossFit back in October 2007, I used to compete in fitness competitions, but this is a whole different world. However, it is amazing at what CrossFit has done for my strength and endurance.

By living in Florida, it is very difficult to train for the trail run, so I had to modify a few things in my training to prepare myself for that treacherous 5K. I have no love for running, but as they say we must address our weaknesses.

I am looking forward to meeting so many of the incredible athletes, that CrossFit has produced. I am going in with the mindset of winning and if I don't...........I will not go down without a fight!!!!

Athlete Profile: Matt Murski


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Matt Murski Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210lbs
Age: 28

Fran 2.09
Helen 6:52
Diane: 1:38
Grace 1:48

Mile Run: 5:00
200m: 22.8 sec
400m: 49 sec
Clean: 345lbs
DeadLift: 535lbs
Bench Press: 405lbs

I grew up playing sports of all kinds. In High School I played football (RB and LB) and ran track (200m, 400m, Heptathlons, and all relays), and I went to Texas A&M to play Football as a Freshman in college. We won the Big 12 Champs that year, but got smoked in the Sugar Bowl by Ohio St. (it was a massacre). Then I decided college wasn't for right for me, and I took off for the Marines. Different kind of training there...Long range recon carrying heavy packs was the hardest thing I had experienced until CrossFit. After the service, I'm now back at school finishing my degree in Kinesiology Motor Behavior with 3 semesters left. Training and school, teaching the gospel of functional movement at high intensity to anyone who will listen. I have found the greatest opponent to compete against: TIME.

I like to periodize my training. In the winters, I tend to train more strength and Oly lifting. In the summers, more running and speed. These last few months, I've been gunning for the Games. It doesn't matter what anyone has done before, what their previous records are. What matters is what they bring to Aromas and how they do that day. I know I'm showing up to compete.

Athlete Profile: Jolie Gentry

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Jolie Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'4"
Weight: 125 lb
Age: 30

2007 Games Results:
Hopper: 1st
Run: 2nd
Total: 2nd
Overall: 1st

Fran: 3:41
Diane: 8:49
Max weighted pullup: 91#
Max rep pullups: 40
Max dead: 260
Max press: 100
Max squat: 195

For Jolie's thoughts on the Games, see Jolie's Interview with Pat ...[wmv][mov]

Athlete Profile: James Fitzgerald ("OPT")

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OPT Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 165lbs
Age: 34
Owner: Optimum Performance Training

2007 Games Results
Hopper WOD: 2nd
Run: 2nd
Total: 11th
Overall: 1st

Fran: 2:17
Nancy: 10:37
Elizabeth: 5:14
Diane: 2:32
Helen: 6:59
Murph - 31:50 w/20 lb pack
Heavy Cindy - 24 rds w/ 20 lb pack
Linda - 13:01
Angie - 9:54
Cindy: 32 rds
Mary: 20 1/3 rds
Tabata something else: 551
FGB: 397
Deadlift: 459
Back Squat: 359
Max Chin Ups: 51
Clean: 245lbs
Snatch: 185lbs
Clean and jerk: 229lbs
5K Run: 18:15
500m row: 1:28

James's thoughts on the Games

Seeing it's only the 2nd time the games have gone off, my experience in approaching the games this year and for the future will be, "If it's not broke, why fix it"?

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More to Fear: Top Spectator

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As if it wasn't bad enough, having to compete against the likes of Speal and Jolie and Dutch and Maggie, now even you spectators had better start working on your game.

Dr. Darrell "Bingo" White is staking claim to the Top Spectator title, so the rest of you guys had better get your game-watching-faces on and come prepared for battle.

Bingo: Top Spectator (?) ...[wmv][mov]

Athlete Profile: Maggie Dabe-Colby

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Maggie Dabe-Colby Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'5"
Weight: 118 pounds
Age: 33
Home Gym: Crossfit Fairfax
Profession: Firefighter

Fran: 4:03
Helen: 8:36
Linda: 30:03

FGB: 355
Deadlift: 280 pounds
Squat: 200 pounds
Press: 87.5 pounds

Max pull ups: 42 (single set)
Chinup: BW+45 pounds
500m row: 1.54

My thoughts:
These are going to be my first Crossfit Games, and I have to admit that I'm a little bit anxious.

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Glory AND Money? Sweet.

In addition to fun and fame, there are PRIZES for the CrossFit Games.

Top Male CrossFitter will take home $1500.

Top Female CrossFitter will take home $1500.

There is another $2000 in prize money for other placings and events, and our gracious sponsors have provided a variety of goodies, including Oakley glasses, Oakley watches, Adidas gift cards, and lots more.

I'm Going to the Games! How the Heck Do I Get There?


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The address for the CrossFit Games site is 275 Dunbarton Rd, Aromas CA 95004

Google Maps and Mapquest have incorrect data and take you to the wrong side of the highway.

Here is a link to directions from San Jose airport to the final intersection. When you get to the intersection of Highway 101 and Dunbarton Rd, turn East and the ranch is 0.33 miles on the left (East side of the road).

Layman's directions to the Ranch:

From the South
Take 101 North.
Pass a town called Prunedale and you are roughly 10 minutes out.
Once you pass Crazy Horse Canyon Rd you are 2 minutes out.
You will be looking for a sign that says Dunbarton Rd on your right. If you pass the first sign there is a second larger exit on your right. Which ever you get off of continue up the road. You will see the Ranch on the east side of the road.

From the North
45 minutes South of San Jose International Airport.
Take 101 South.
Once you pass The Red Barn Flea Market make sure you are in your left hand lane.
Your exit will be on the left and you will have to cross Northbound highway 101 traffic to get to the Ranch.

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Athlete Profile: Jodi Bainbridge


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Jodi Bainbridge Profile ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'2
Weight: 110 pounds
Age: 29
Home Gym: CrossFit Fredericton

Fran: 6:19
Elizabeth: 8:55
Linda: 40:29
30 muscleups: 7:27
Deadlift: 290 pounds
Squat: 180 pounds
Press: 85 pounds
Chinup: BW+55 pounds
500m row: 1.52.2

Jodi's thoughts on the Games:
The number of strong and powerful women attending the games this year is so impressive. I can't wait to meet them all even though they scare me a little. Okay, I'll admit it, they scare me A LOT! It's going to be a great competition and I know more than anything it's going to be a lot of fun!

I'm Zoning on 11 blocks with 2-3x fat and feel awesome. Except when I piggie eat an entire brownie waffle bowl from Dairy Queen!

I'm excited, I'm nervous...I have no idea what to expect! I'll just keep following the WODs and hope that prepares me for whatever challenge is thrown our way. I've got my lucky socks packed and ready to go!!

See the Games Free! Get Cool Gear!


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Adidas is generously outfitting the CrossFit Games staff this year with the gear shown in the photo. Interested in volunteering as part of our weekend staff? Please contact Jamie Vomvolakis at jamie@crossfit.com for more information about how to sign up.

Roles and responsibilities will be assigned prior to the event. These duties will range from helping with set-up to being part of the registration and event teams. Can't commit to the whole weekend? Still email Jamie for a smaller role.

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Panda: Garage Gym ...[wmv][mov]

Athlete Profile: Mike Giardina


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Mike G Interview ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180lbs
Age: 27

Fran: 2:27
Elizabeth: 6:56
Helen: 7:31

Deadlift: 397lbs
Squat: 370lbs
Press: 203lbs
OH Squat: 255lbs
500m row
: 1:29

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Athlete Profile: John Welbourn


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Calvin Interviews Welbourn ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 6'5"
Weight: 310lbs
Age: 32
NFL Offensive Lineman (Right Guard, Free Agent)

Grace: 1:31
Bag o' Grace (135lb sandbag): 3:56
Isabelle: 2:40
Quarter Gone Bad: 109
FGB: 295
Linda: 27:18
Deadlift: 600lbs
Back Squat: 535lbs
Shoulder Press: 308lbs
500m row: 1:24

Welbourn Snatch Row WOD ...[wmv][mov]

Athlete Profile: Josh Everett


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Josh Everett Profile...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 185lbs
Age: 33
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach University of California Riverside

2007 Games Results

Hopper WOD: 4th
Run: 10th
Total: 2nd
Overall: 3rd

Fran: 2:25
Snatch: 270lbs
Clean & Jerk: 346.5lbs
200m Sprint: 22.61s
Long Jump: 22'4"
110 High Hurdles: 14.48

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Competitor Registration Reopened!

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Due to the overwhelming demand for more competitor slots, we're opening up the Games registration again for a limited number of competitors. Register now before the new cap is reached!

Athlete Profile: Gabe "Dutch" Lowy


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Dutch Lowy...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'4"
Weight: 150lbs
Age: 26
Owner: CrossFit ATM

Fran: 2:30
Elizabeth: 6:38
Grace: 5:00
FGB: 452
Cindy: 34 rounds
Mary: 14 rounds
Helen: 9:02 (450m run)

Total: 875
Snatch: 182
Clean: 245
C&J: 235
500m row: 1:37 2000m row: 7:21

Dutch's thoughts on the Games

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Win a Concept2 Indoor Rower!


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Participate in the 1,000-meter race put on by Concept2 at this year's CrossFit Games for a chance to win a C2 Model D Indoor Rower. The race is open to everyone present.

To help you prepare, check out Alex Dunne's article in the upcoming June issue of the CrossFit Journal on how to pace a 1K race.

Check out these links:

Concept2 Home

Concept2's CrossFit page

CrossFit - C2 Row Technique Videos

500M Row, Johathan Burns, Northwest CF ...[wmv][mov]

Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid.


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Check out this interview with John Welbourn and his girlfriend Stephanie Clark, at Day 1 of their certification (which, coincidentally, was their first day of anything to do with CrossFit)!

John Welbourn & Stephanie Clark ...[wmv][mov]

Athlete Profile: Chris "Speal" Spealler

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Speal in Action ...[wmv][mov]

Height: 5'4"
Weight: 135
Age: 29

2007 Games Results
Hopper WOD: 3rd
Run: 1st
Total: 22nd
Overall: 4th

Cindy: 24 1/2 rounds with 20lb. vest, 36 rounds as rx'd
Fran: 2:05
Linda: 18:39 as if I weighed 155lb (DL 225, Bench 155, Squat clean 115)

Max DL: 358
Max Squat: 314
Max Press: 149
Max pull-ups: 72

Chris's thoughts on the Games:

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Returning the Favor: Pat interviews Jolie


For this interview, the players change sides, and Pat Barber asks Jolie Gentry all about the games: her plans, her training, her job, her appreciation of the event scheduling...

Give this one a look to see who the reigning female champ is nervous about competing against, who in CrossFit she looks up to, and admire the greatest white rapper since Eminem.

Pat interviews Jolie ...[wmv][mov]

The Affiliate Cup


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Keeping an eye on the prize at CrossFit Redding

The CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup will be contested by affiliate teams. A team will consist of at least 2 men and 2 women from the same affiliate. You can have as many athletes from your affiliate participate as you want. Your team score will simply be the cumulative scores of your top 2 men and top 2 women.

Jolie Interviews Pat Barber

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For those of you who'd like more info and an inside scoop on the victor in the 20 May Main Site video, check this one out. Last year's female champ, Jolie Gentry, interviews Pat Barber, who had a fine showing in this WOD and aims to be a threat at this year's games.

Jolie Interviews Pat ...[wmv][mov]

Freddy Camacho & Mike Minium Games Discussion

Come on in and check out an interview between our intrepid man on the street, Freddy Camacho, and Mike Minium, principal of CrossFit Oakland, as they discuss the Games, potential firebreathers from CF Oakland, event preparation, and some other pretty intriguing content.

Freddy Camacho & Mike Minium Games Discussion ...[wmv][mov]

Inspiration: 2007 Video Links


In case everyone isn't fired up about the games, here, for easy reference, are links to the videos we posted from last year's games. They should help get you in the mood to join the fun!

CrossFit Games 07 CFT Highlights...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Female Awards...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Male Awards...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Hopper WOD...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Hopper WOD (Connor & David Martin)...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Run Highlights...[wmv][mov]

Interview with Nick Cruz, Fullerton, CA of CrossFitRoadWarriors.com

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From: CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Competitions Update: CrossFit Games 2008 July 5-6

MP: What sort of strategy you are planning for this year (if you don't mind giving some skinny-I've read a few of your earlier posts on the games)?

NICK: Hmmm, strategy.. To be honest my strategy right now is to get to the point where I can do nearly all the CF WOD's with Rxd weight's (practically there!). Even if I take longer than anyone else, I want to be able to do the hopper WOD this year without scaling. Last year I had to scale the push jerk's down quite a bit, and my pullups sucked. In fact even with the scaling I was not able to complete the 5 rounds in the alotted time! As far as extra training goes, for me, since this is the Crossfit Games I want to see what doing Crossfit only does for me. I have been and will only be doing the CF WOD as training for the games. One thing that I will be doing differently, though, will be taping my hands this year for the pullups! My avatar was a common site amongst even the most hard core CF'ers. (side note: I still have the skin that ripped off my hand that day. Its pinned above my monitor as motivation!).

MP: Did you plan differently?
What extras have you done in addition to the WOD's?
How has recovery been? Nutrition? Any time off?

NICK: Nutrition wise I was Zoning back then and I am still Zoning this year, so that hasn't changed much. I do tend to be a little more liberal now with my eating though. As recently as this past November I had my weight down to 178 (on a 6-2 frame)!!! I felt that that was too light for my size and most of my progress seemed stagnant, especially with the weighted WOD's, so I started upping my block intake, upped my fat blocks and started drinking alot more whole milk. Im now back up to about 190ish and I'm hitting PR's more consistently, and I can handle most of the heavy WOD's. My times aren't impressive but I can at least make it through them without scaling the weight.

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Dave Castro, "Reading Between the Lines"

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Once last year's CrossFit Games were over, at the beginning of July, CrossFit HQ guy Dave Castro got intrigued about the commonalities and differences in the experience, performance, and training of the competitors. So he did some digging and analysis to try to answer questions like "What does it take to compete with these three? What are some constants in their performances? And, are there certain benchmarks workouts and exercises that act as indicators (and predictors) of broad fitness and capacity across diverse domains?"

Read the Article in PDF

CrossFit Games 2008: Let the Countdown Begin!

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The Crossfit Games are coming. Some of the world's finest athletes are going to have the opportunity to compete side by side. No weakness will be left untested, and only the best all-round competitors will prevail. Come out for two fun-filled days at "the Woodstock of Fitness" - fun, competition, comraderie - all in the beautiful California outdoors.

Partnership Opportunities


What do you know about CrossFit?

CrossFit is the sport of fitness. Roughly defined, CrossFit is constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity, continuously increasing work capacity over broad time and modal domains.

CrossFit is FUN! Millions of people worldwide are training using the methods and programming developed by Greg and Lauren Glassman. The focus on excellence demonstrated by CrossFit trainers and participants has generated a return to athletics. American Heritage Dictionary defines an athlete as: A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, which are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts.

CrossFit participants compete against themselves every day to best their previous performance, Personal Records (PR), using the many "Workouts of the Day", or WOD, that are posted on www.crossfit.com, free for everyone to try. Many of these workouts have names, names like Cindy, Michael, Helen, Joshie, Fran and the Filthy Fifty, and are formatted as a stand alone event, repeated yearly on a random schedule.

The CrossFit Games

The CrossFit Games brings together athletes from around the world for a two day competition utilizing WOD benchmarks and several random elements. In 2008, athletes and spectators will gather in Aromas, California July 5th and 6th to share their love of the sport of fitness, and watch their fellow "crossfitters" compete.

The 2008 CrossFit Games is excited to welcome corporate partners that celebrate the growing movement of individual achievement our athletes emulate. The 2008 partnership opportunity gives any company the ability to gain exposure with this growing community. For any company evaluating this opportunity, one need only spend 10 minutes on www.crossfit.com to realize the potential. Below are a few video links of experiences from the 2007 CrossFit Games:

Video #1:
An interview with James Fitzgerald, owner of Optimum Performance Training and winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games.

Video #2:
CrossFit: The Sport of Fitness. An excerpt from a lecture by Coach Greg Glassman, featuring footage of a CrossFit certification.

Video #3:
An interview with CrossFit Brand X of Ramona, California at the 2007 CrossFit Games.

Please feel free to direct your questions to the CrossFit Games Partnership guy Michael Pommerening, 917.575.6336, mike@crossfitgames.com.