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: 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.


Monster! Catch you at the games.

Cheers, kempie

By kempie on June 10, 2008 6:21 AM

"Now lets say you come in and tell me you have 600 pound deadlift with a 4:50, mile and a twinkle in your eye. Now I know I have a monster okay.....now I know I have a monster."-Greg Glassman

By Adam/TempleOwl on June 10, 2008 6:22 AM

Sweet Jesus!

A 500+ Deadlift AND a 2:09 Fran?

The Texas boys are getting scary!

By David - Chatt, TN on June 10, 2008 6:36 AM


By julie on June 10, 2008 6:38 AM

that's ... just ... not ... right ...

By Anthony Bainbridge - CrossFit Fredericton on June 10, 2008 7:08 AM

And at the games, I shall proudly bring up the rear . . . . Ha!!

By texaspatrick on June 10, 2008 7:48 AM

i witnessed that grace. i remember thinking, "awesome display of power but i wonder if he can run?" so much for thinking matt might be slow. freakin beast man!

By ken c on June 10, 2008 7:51 AM

Oh dear lord. Well, I'll be the inspirational crossfitter . . . after I perform, EVERYONE will feel better about how they do. I'm also available for golf outings and birthday parties . . . .

By TexasPatrick on June 10, 2008 7:57 AM

Those of the proudest stats I've seen yet. Strong work Matt, can't wait to see you throw down.

By Chan on June 10, 2008 8:10 AM

um, what are ya'll drinkin down there in texas, and can you please send some of it up here?


By nadia shatila on June 10, 2008 8:35 AM

We drink only the finest in domestics . . .Shiner, Pearl, and Lone Star. Everything else is imported . . . .

By TexasPatrick on June 10, 2008 9:28 AM

"Be Afraid...Be Very Afraid"

By dangam on June 10, 2008 9:32 AM

Jeeeez - Matt, you are a freak of athletic nature.... Looking forward to seeing you compete!

By Ian Carver on June 10, 2008 9:55 AM

As far as i can tell those are one of a kind times. This is what makes this year's games so exciting. If periodization is how you get 5 minute miles and 345lb cleans, I need to start periodizing.

By Aaron MJ on June 10, 2008 11:21 AM

matt was asleep right before he did gracie. The guys woke him up and said your up. Then he whipped it out in 2:02.

By Jeremy T on June 10, 2008 11:40 AM

How is a 1:38 Diane even possible. I just re-watched aft's 1:49 and that was fast as hell...Great to see a 200+ athlete kill it in so many crossfit disciplines. I can't wait to watch the elite 15 or so compete against each other at the hopper wod.

By The Pie on June 10, 2008 12:14 PM

Matt sounds like a beast...ex marine etc.

Does anyone know if there is detailed info about the Crossfit Games?

I know there is the Hopper WOD, is the CF Total and run events definitely on? And is that it, or is the format like "turn up in the morning, and prepare to be surprised"?

And how does the scoring system work? I'm betting that Welbourn is close to a lock for the cf total. Matt has got to be "a contenda" for the run, and well in contention for the other.

Last year went:


Speal 3 1 22
Josh: 4/ 10 2
AFT: (don't know)
OPT: 2 2 11

How is the winner calculated?

By Slowjoe on June 10, 2008 1:02 PM

Simply amazing numbers. Nice to see there will be a couple of serious contenders to take on the Canadians. I will be cheering you on bro!

By freddy c._one world on June 10, 2008 1:14 PM

I am legitimately terrified.

By Jacob Tsypkin on June 10, 2008 4:24 PM

Anybody that can run a 200m as fast as me and bench/clean twice as much as me is essentially the scariest thing imaginable.

That's right, Matt. You are the scariest thing imaginable.

By Dan Schmieding - CrossFit Sonoma County on June 10, 2008 5:04 PM

I know there will be a ton of cameras at the Games.

This dude live? Don't blink...

...and I want the first Matt Murski CrossFit Games Card!

By Michael Pommerening on June 10, 2008 5:47 PM

No kidding. NIICCEE numbers bro. Looking forward to seeing all you guys at the Games, competition always brings out the best in you. I with you Texas P, pulling up the rear. Have been crossfitting for a short 5 months and see that I have my work cut out for me.

Will be a blast nonetheless. I heard of a guy deadlifting 601 at the Southeast Challenge though and I think he only weighed 200.

By Lance on June 10, 2008 10:31 PM


no one knows the format of this years games yet. highly highly unlikely there will be a crossfit total. there are 300 competitors in the games. i was in a cft competition with about 25 people and it took over 5 hours. not nearly enough time for a cft.

with 300 people i would think the workouts have to be short. fran, diane, grace or some variation. you didn't really think the games would be the same as last year did you? just not the crossfit way. right?

as for last years scoring, it was points for each competition. 100 for 1st, 95 2nd, 90 3rd, then down by ones from there 89 4th and so on. then total up your 3 scores.

By ken c on June 11, 2008 6:35 AM

I am very upset by this Matt Murski guy. What kind of crap is he trying to pull, with those ridiculous times? I am six feet, 220, and I took GREAT PRIDE in being able to say "of course OPT and Speal can pull of a sub 3-minute Fran...they are both under 170#. I can't do it cause I'm too heavy." Now THIS guy comes along...what is my frickin' excuse supposed to be now?!?

But seriously, now I'm even more motivated to improve my self! I guess we don't need separate weight classes after all...GO MURSKI!!

By j-seal on June 11, 2008 4:50 PM

ken c on June 11, 2008 6:35 AM -

Man I didn't even put the numbers in that kind of perspective. I can see how running a TOTAL would be tough!

Props to the organizers, planners, and directors of events like this!

By David - Chatt, TN on June 11, 2008 6:30 PM

Are all of the running and lifting times recorded during crossfit? Or are some of those football or track training numbers? I'm not trying to take anything away from this beast of a specimen, I'm just trying to wrap my meager mind around these stats. I feel like a wee little slow mouse.

time to go run a 43 sec 400m and then clean 263kg.

By jeffluke on June 12, 2008 6:48 AM

Hello all,

I am Matt's best friend and I have the benefit, and advantage, of watching this freak of nature for years. He has pulled me along with him on this path, sometimes grudgingly, but always with a smile.
He is as patient a teacher as he is awesome a specimen. For those of you who don't know him I look forward to you meeting this kind, unpretentious character. For those of you who doubt him and his scores...watching your responses to his performances should be funny.

By ben w on June 15, 2008 6:14 PM

gig em ags!

By Ethan on June 17, 2008 7:01 AM

it's good to see someone that is over 200# and has at least reached the 6'0" marker. i also was given some height so i see the challenges. i can't wait for the outcome! is this going to be recorded? i can attend, but want to watch every second of the action.

By brandon m. on June 18, 2008 6:36 AM

Talk about inspiring! Those are freak-beast numbers but it's invigorating to know it's possible. I've picked my horse.

By Daniel Mick on June 19, 2008 6:31 PM

500+ DL and 400 BP and a 5m mile besides a sub 50 400 and -23 200. Insaneness. That poundage and metcon could carry you to the top if any of the hopper workout turns to be heavy.

By Blair Lowe on June 19, 2008 11:48 PM

Good luck MJTM!

By Courtney on July 2, 2008 8:49 PM

that's olympic athlete level!

By person on August 13, 2008 10:12 AM

that's olympic athlete level!

By person on August 13, 2008 10:13 AM