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!

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]


Ohhh nooo Freddy.. Better watch out for that beast.

If you don't win the total you'll always win the best and biggest smile contest :D

By AllisonNYC on May 24, 2008 7:37 PM

Are you freaking kidding me? As cool as it is to have a KC Chiefs guard interested in CrossFit, you HAD to invite him to the CF Games? Nice work Freddy. That's like the kid that ruins the grading curve because he's too freaking smart.


j/k welcoma board John & Stephanie.

By James Falkner on May 25, 2008 4:44 AM

Not impressed, sorry.

"Chiefs lineman Welbourn suspended for steroids"


To quote Rippetoe: "There are no shortcuts."

Hope he's clean now.

By Afraid of What?!? on May 25, 2008 11:25 AM

Afraid of What?!? aka David Stout of CrossFit Chatanooga,

I don't want to be the one to break this to you, but, nearly everyone in the NFL, certainly every one who plays in John's position, is engaged in exogenous hormonal therapy.

The testing for banned substances is not a zero tolerance deal, but for each banned substance there is an upper limit that is tolerated beyond which there's trouble.

Elite cyclists, football players, body builders, throwers, sprinters, ...ALL on steroids. This cannot be rationally denied.

It is mistaken perception that the ones "caught" are cheaters and the others "clean". The ones caught have erred in dosage, masking, or metabolized abnormally slow the outlawed substances. They are more unlucky than anything else. These athletes are no more cheaters than stepping out of bounds accidentally on the one yard line before crossing the goal line is cheating.

The best reading I've seen on steroid use was written by Malcolm Gladwell (Yeah, the author of "Blink"). You owe it to yourself and the Chatanooga affiliate to school yourself on the subject!

BTW, If you're thinking that Mark Rippetoe has a different take on this or shares your misapprehension and condemnation of athletes taking steroids, then you don't know the man as well as I do.

By Coach on May 25, 2008 6:07 PM

Here's the Gladwell piece:


By Coach on May 25, 2008 6:31 PM

Coach –

In retrospect I think I could have certainly posted more clearly/intelligently my thoughts, opinions, and knowledge on the subject. In thinking on it some more, the topic is certainly served better through discussion than the remark I left.

Points taken to heart and apologies for the curt comment.

Speaking of exogenous hormonal therapy, maybe I was a bit hormonal myself (pun intended). I hope you can forgive.

Maybe we can discuss more sometime face to face.

Have a safe holiday,

CF Chattanooga

By David @ CF Chatt on May 26, 2008 7:45 AM

It's scary when someone makes Freddy look like a little kid!

Great reference to the Gladwell piece. Having worked as an analytical chemist I can attest to how ridiculous the drug testing scene has become, how it plays to political and puritanical leanings more than anything else. Folks want a "level playing field"...where else do we here that term and what chaos does it create?

Here is a nice, non-steroid example: Endurance athletes have been known to use erythropoietin (EPO) to increase red blood cell count. One can test for EPO but the use of hypobaric tents can mimic exogenous EPO use. Solution? Ban the use of hypobaric tents! Response? Drive athletes up and down from places like Big Bear so they can "live high" (10,000ft elevation) and "train low" to optimize training intensity AND stimulate natural EPO production. Net result? We still do not know if EPO is being used and now athletes drive up and down the interstate accomplishing what could have been done with a hypobaric tent. Oddly enough, no level playing field has been created and in fact an inexpensive technology has been placed "off limits".

I'd practice caution moralizing others behavior.

By Robb Wolf on May 26, 2008 11:48 AM

Thanks. I think you encapsulated it well my take aways from this.

Thanks for adding to Coach's informative posts (here and on the mainpage), and turning this into a positive learning experience for me.


By David @ CF Chatt on May 26, 2008 3:32 PM

John & Stephanie! I look forward to meeting you at the Games!

By Michael Pommerening on May 28, 2008 7:52 AM

obviously this wasn't well thought out. I have to admit, it took balls to do that, but it also took a kind of cowardly behavior that allows someone to post just an article. An article I might add that states he passed a lie detector test, and his coached backed him up. But since we are all so familiar with Pro Ball and the hundreds of tests that John has gone though on a weekly basis, they could not have had a faulty test. they never screw them up....

In the 3+ months i've trained John he exemplifies everything CrossFit is and is headed too. He also thinks that it would be a great thing if we all were to piss in a cup for the games. You know, just to legitimize everything. WTF, i'll piss. The rest of you in?

Before you try to look good for a lot of people, think it through twice. Then, refrain from being an a#@!

Make sure you stop by and say hi at the games Dave.


By brian on May 28, 2008 6:59 PM

Indeed Brian...

Again, whether he juiced/never juiced, the issue is much much larger and a discussion to be had by smarter guys than me like Robb and Coach G. I hope they continue to discuss so that I can continue to stand by and learn.

Incidentally, it wasn't a measure of "trying to look good." It was a knee jerk reaction, and one that (like a rest day topic for example) was/is certainly served better through discussion than the remark I left (as I mentioned above).

Having said that, yep I was an a$$. My apologies again, and apologies directly to you, your affiliate, and your athlete.

I wish you both the best of luck at the games and hope you all crush some WODs.


By David @ CF Chatt on May 28, 2008 7:29 PM

I think its best left alone now. We dont want the board to be filled with hostility. We are or should be all part of the same big family with a love and a passion for CrossFit. Of course people have the right to have their say, but not here folks!

By Julie on May 29, 2008 4:36 AM

I'm impressed by the physical difference of crossfit beasts-Welbourn and Speal for example.
A great side by side visual that elite fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. Good luck to all.

By U'i' on May 29, 2008 8:00 PM

I don't want to piss in a cup at the games if they test for beer.

Yo John! It was pleasure to meet you and Stephanie. Good to hear you have sucked up the Koolaid in big gulps. Look forward to lifting more than you at the games. HAHA!

By freddy c._one world on May 29, 2008 10:31 PM

Welcome to John and Stephanie. I look forward to following your progress in the "sport of fitness". This testing thing is a tough nut. Brian, you are doing a great job working with John but unfortunately John and his profession are a matter of public record whether he did or did not do what he is accused of. He is in a no-win situation. There is an elephant in the room and you cannot ignore it.

This is not chess, it is an athletic competition -he competes and kicks ass, you cannot tell me someone will be whispering that he got that total or that score by doing something other than zoning and hard training. It is human nature to look for excuses as to why we are not as successful as the next guy or gal that outdoes us- either on the playing field or in the board room. Bottom line and all would have to agree that this is a non-issue until there is a testing policy, no drug testing- no worries and no finger pointing. BTW- agree with KenC, that Grace time is awesome.

By Anthony Springman on May 30, 2008 9:07 AM