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: 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

Benchmarks
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"?

I have been committed to fitness in all domains since starting CrossFit 3 years ago and I'm confident in my abilities. There will always be improvements to make in skill, and so I am always trying to improve on those areas. I tell those who compete with me day in day out that I am not the most talented in all aspects but the stars aligned for me last year and I had a good 2 days...but my commitment to fitness is hard to beat as it is my life as a coach/athlete

Are you training specifically for it?
Over the year since last years games I have taken time to work on things I needed to improve - O-lift skill and gymnastics elements - and did for a while enjoying the 3 on 1 off on CF.com; I have found since early Jan that there were too many repeat workouts and named workouts, and for me it was not the best fit for my fitness mentally... so I found other ways to be challenged and that has kept me on my game. Lately I have loved the new WOD's - they inspire me to be at my best again and that is important.

Are you doing anything different?
No, as I feel it is anyone's game any year. I try to keep all aspects of my fitness at top levels and feel this is the best way for me to train. My belief is that CF is a sport in which you have to train against and improve your own capabilities and not focus on others. Do the best you can do and all good things will come.

Is it a focus or just another thing you're doing? What is your diet?
Food is fuel for me, I am quite intricate in how I fuel myself. To sum it up I eat to train more effectively.

Are you changing it for the Games?
No as my food profile is centered around longevity and low toxicity tied in with performance so what I eat never changes that much, just some experimenting here and there to optimize what I am doing.

What is your mentality going in?
Right now a little perplexed with a calf strain I have going on, but I know that all the time I have spent on training this year will back me up when its go time.

How do you prepare mentally also?
I visualize a lot. I workout at 4 am and noon most days. The early morning time allows me time by myself to attack what I need to; to fight the demons that come with fatigue by myself, and to allow me to create a rhythm to both the competition and the anxiety around competition each and every day. All so that when it comes time to fight, I have done it over and over, and there are no surprises.

There are no secrets to my training; I consistently post a lot of videos of workouts for my clients, for my own analysis and for fun competing against other peers in the sport. I workout intensely, I treat CF as my sport, and I do all the little things to try to excel at it. I know there are many others doing that now as well. This is exciting for the CF sport and for me, as I'll have to raise my game now alongside all the others raising theirs.

11 Comments

Unreal stats! Look forward to meeting you James.

By Anthony Bainbridge - CrossFit Fredericton on June 7, 2008 6:09 PM

You are very inspiring. I hope I can be like you one day.

By Julie on June 7, 2008 11:24 PM

Who's down with OPT?

Yeah you know me!!


I see a repeat, baby!!

By FunnyMoneyLoanShark on June 8, 2008 7:05 AM

OPT, you are an amazing athlete and just an all around cool dude! I am really looking forward to watching you compete this year. I am excited that there will be a lot of folks from One World watching and competing this year and they will get to see your intensity first hand. You are a role model for all.

Thanks for what you bring to the community!

By freddy c._one world on June 8, 2008 4:38 PM

you are truly an inspiration with your amazing times, hark work, and dedication.

people like you make me proud to call myself a "crossfitter"

keep up it up! and best of luck at the games!

By Gabe T. on June 8, 2008 10:06 PM

Amazing times ... you represent Canada well OPT.

I want to be just like you when I grow up - oh wait, you're younger than me. Crap!

By Mike - CrossFit PEI on June 9, 2008 10:34 AM

Unable to attend, but I'll be rooting for you all the way from El Dorado, Arkansas. Good luck & GO OPT!

By JDC on June 10, 2008 11:48 AM

@ funnymoneyloanshark:

We DEFINITELY need a t-shirt with that on it!! Can crossfitshirts.com handle that?

By j-seal on June 11, 2008 7:41 PM

OPT - do Canada proud!!! all the best - crossfit vancouver

By Chris on June 11, 2008 10:24 PM

James, your calf strain may be in part related to your conventional running shoes disrupting the natural biomechanics of your lower legs. just food for thought.

i used to have calf and foot problems a lot. now i barefoot or use vibrams all the time. all problems gone. even though it may seem like only a slight difference, it adds up over time. at this point, I find regular sneakers almost unbearable.

By Genghis on June 11, 2008 10:54 PM

James ...you are an inspiration that helps to keep me motivated. I look forward to seeing clips of you at the games. Next year for me.
Cheers

By Calgary Colin on June 12, 2008 10:56 AM