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!

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]


1:31 grace?! as far as i know that's a crossfit record. geez i bet 135 feels like a match stick to this guy. like me doing it with the bar (wouldn't that be a stupid looking video). good work john.

By ken c on May 30, 2008 6:25 AM

Be nice to get some mere "mortal" athlete profiles, instead of the "machines" all the time!!

I am hyper scared to take part now!!

By julie on May 30, 2008 6:50 AM

My Grace time is 3:51, and my linda is 76 minutes at a 265 - I'm 235 now but haven't done it since....

Hoorah for Mortals!!

By Jesse Ward on May 30, 2008 9:55 AM

It would be nice to see what women are bringing to the games. How about some female athlete profiles?

By Adi on May 30, 2008 9:55 AM

CrossFit is almost as good at controversy as it is introducing people to Pukie...you are in good company here!

By Robb Wolf on May 30, 2008 9:56 AM

John will obviously win the CFTotal leg of the Games. It will be very interesting to see how he is able to do in the running and the hopper (particularly if, as I would anticipate, it is pullup-intensive), as none of his posted workout times above shed much light on his abilities in those areas.

I wish I could be there - maybe next year, and welcome aboard, John.

By Pete - Dacatur, GA on May 30, 2008 11:00 AM

50 Blocks a Day!


By David @ CF Chatt on May 30, 2008 11:03 AM

Goodness. That guy is a powerhouse

By AllisonNYC_23/5'2/128 on May 30, 2008 11:11 AM

OMG...a 308 strict press. 1:30 grace? I have a new favorite football player. Wherever he signs I'm going to get his Jersey and wear it proudly when I workout.

I can't believe he is a guard. From that video It looks like he could post a sub 2min 30 snatches at 135#.

Can't wait to meet him at the games.

By The Pie on May 30, 2008 11:32 AM

So, that guy is amazing..no doubt...so are the rest of the guys (my moneys's on Speal). But, what's up with all the profiles of male athletes??? I know we all know that Jolie is a bad ass, but we would love to see some more women athlete profiles!

By Miranda 801 on May 30, 2008 5:26 PM

Scary stuff indeed!!

By Anthony Bainbridge - CrossFit Fredericton on May 30, 2008 6:36 PM


YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN. How the heck do you have time to do some much stuff.. The new CFgames blog is awesome..

AND the added video of each athlete is just fantastic.

Big hats off to you BRO!


By sevan on June 1, 2008 7:47 AM

That little guy working out next to John looked impressive.

By freddy c._one world on June 1, 2008 3:06 PM

hahah which little guy everyone in the vid was a little guy compared to John. im guessing you meant the 1,000,000 peso man.

By Patrick B on June 1, 2008 11:26 PM

It is good to see another big guy doing CrossFit. He is a monster. I thought I was the only 300 plusser around.

By 9Pood on June 3, 2008 10:22 AM

Maybe i should start eating 50 blocks a day? I think I would probably end up in the hospital or something.

Look forward to meeting you John. Oh but I would not like to see heavy come out of the hopper. Give me that 800m.


By Chad - CrossFit Timed on June 4, 2008 2:47 AM

OMG... That. Guy. Is. Huge.

I'm no shrimp (6'4", 222; struggling to get in 19 blocks), but I'd feel like a human standing next to Optimus Prime or something if I was near you, John.

And, I gotta say, I think it's amazingly cool that you're doing CrossFit; imagine when more pro athletes get wind of you and what you can do.

Good luck (not that you'll need it!) at the Games.

By Adam K - CrossFit Podunk on June 6, 2008 7:05 AM

I think he will need all the luck he can get on the 5km hill race!

By julie on June 6, 2008 10:03 AM

i was impressed with the physical performance in the video but disappointed to find out he has been suspended on more than one occasion from the nfl as described in the following... http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2638819

begs the question what is crossfit's position on performance enhancement at the crossfit games? obviously what people do in their own time is up to them.

By ben on June 6, 2008 1:00 PM

Wow, I have never seen a C2 rower look so... tiny!

By tater on June 12, 2008 12:30 PM

This guy is a monster. It will be interesting to see how he stacks up against OPT and Speal. Who is the most fit individual? We shall see.

By david k crossfit el paso on June 13, 2008 1:15 PM

Good Job at the 2008 CrossFit games John, and good luck to you in your upcomming season with the KCC. It was a privilege to have been a part of your 2008 CrossFit games experience.

By Greg X-5339 on July 6, 2008 11:12 PM