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!

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]


So when is this whole movie thing going to materialize?

By George Heckert on October 9, 2008 9:58 PM

sevan said they should have a projected release date some time in Oct

yeah Josh Everett! first CF games he was 3rd, second CF games he was 2nd, and third CF games ... well, we'll have to wait and see

If Josh mainly does sprint and oly lifting workouts, and has placed in both CF games - what does that say about the efficacy of his training program compared to only training with the mainsite WODs? Not to take anything away from the mainsite WODs - I do them myself!

By dan on October 10, 2008 1:28 PM

Josh had some years(I believe?) of doing crossfit before doing what he does now.

When it comes to his training protocol now vs main site programming....
Well, Josh has also been beaten each year by 2 guys who have followed the main page WOD so that says something as well.

Another thing to think about is recovery. Josh mentioned on the PM site that even though he finished in he top 5 of each event, he was also in the medical area for an hour after each event.

I still think crossfitting (main page WODs) is the best way to go if you're goal is to get better at crossfit or if you have not decided on what your goal is yet and you just want to be healthy. Josh has stated in the past that he does oly lifting and sprinting because he loves oly lifting and sprinting and not because he finds it better than the mainpage.
Just my 2 cents

By Adam/TempleOwl on October 10, 2008 3:56 PM

interesting discussion.
Dan I spend much more time training than someone who just does the mainsite wod each day. I just don't do nearly as much met-con. I can "get away" with this because I started running competitive track at age 10... I've never really been out of shape since. I started hitting the wts hard at age 16. I've been fit by crossfit's definition since age 16 or so. Over the last 20years I've put so much into my fitness bank I can live off the intrest.

By josh everett on October 10, 2008 5:44 PM

Josh- i'm looking forward to your performance next year!

Adam/TempleOwl - Just a few things that came to mind:

I think in an interview Jason K only trained crossfit for a little less than a year - so not really an experienced crossfitter. I think his brief training with crossfit helped him get used to the metcon stuff, but my guess was that his preexisting upper body strength that really won it for him in the last event.

The two crossfit games had pretty different demands. Just a hunch, but I think if Jason from this year participated in the first CF games I don't think he would place - probably would suffer from the pullups and the run. OPT and AFT didn't place this year probably because they are on the smaller side. Josh placed in both which I thought merited some attention

... which I think calls into question the claim for the CF games winner being the fittest man in the world. Do they mean the 2nd CF games only? And if so why specifically the 2nd CF games? I definitely think that either of the games are excellent measures of fitness, but i wouldn't go that far. but if it was just to make a statement to juxtapose with popular conceptions of fitness then i have no problem with that.

that was a little too long

By dan on October 11, 2008 3:08 PM

I'm not sure if it's possible to make a 2 day competition that truely encapsulates all of fitness. I think the crossfit crew is doing the best they can to create competitons that come as close as possible.
With that said crossfit is the sport of fitness, therefore the crossfit games champ is the fittest man in the world. Some may argue against this but it's on them to provide a better definition of what fitness is than crossfit's. The crossfit games certainly are the best measure of fitness as defined by crossfit.
If one wants to prove he is the fittest man on earth he must prove it on "game day". The only place to do that is the crossfit games.
I'm very proud of being on the podium both years but it means nothing till I win.

By josh everett on October 11, 2008 5:35 PM

Having seen Josh compete in person I was blown away by his capacity for training and competition. I had heard about Josh from Max Mormont and as many things i have to see it to believe it, he did not disappoint. I have rarely seen an athlete push himself to the level Josh did that day. There is no question who the winner should have been on Sunday. Josh to a true CrossFit monster.

By Welbourn on October 11, 2008 6:56 PM

josh, speal, jason, opt are all inspirations for us newbies. keep up the good work.

By duey on October 11, 2008 9:33 PM


I'm curious what your definition is of a "long run" that was deleterious to other fitness aspects.

Just trying to learn from someone that's clearly at the top of the game so I don't make similar mistakes in my own training.

By MikeM on October 12, 2008 3:37 PM

The last few years I had some issues realted to adrenal fatigue due to under recovery. (didn't figure out what was wrong till last winter) The long runs didn't help the issue at all. For the 1st crossfit games I did a hard 20min run once per week.
Between the 1st crossfit games and the 2nd I ran a mile once, and twice did a course near my house similair to the terrain in Aromas that took me something like 15 min to complete. A few 800s but 95% of my running was 400m or less.
I wouldn't say that is the way to go for everyone but given my genetic make up, training background, and lack of zone diet protocol this is what works for me. I feel fine the next day after a max sn, c&J, squat day or hard sprints... I'm zapped the day after an easy 20min run.

By josh everett on October 12, 2008 7:26 PM

what kind of diet do you follow josh?

By jeff on October 13, 2008 5:37 AM

Its great reading the comments you're putting up Josh. I appreciate the fact that you are more than willing to talk about your training program and help others out.

Keep up the good work bro!

By Jason Khalipa on October 13, 2008 6:37 AM

I second Jason's comment. There are many who are looking for Games training answers. Josh, your two-time Games feedback is appreciated.

How would a 10k run in the Aromas hills factor in to your training if you knew it was on the menu?

By Michael Pommerening on October 13, 2008 7:30 AM

josh, just out of curiousity ...

why do you seem to prefer catching cleans/snatches in the lunge position? if you can clean x amount in the lunge position, shouldn't you be able to clean even more with the squat position?

By dan on October 13, 2008 9:05 AM

jeff diet...
right now typical day is breakfast:cereal w/milk & protien powder
snack: protien bar
lunch: Turkey sandwich & some pistachios
snack protien shake
dinner: meat, vegtables, & avacodo.. often rice too
definetly not zone porportions... my protien blocks for dinner ranges from 12-15 blocks

dan... i split due to poor flexibility... the split allows me to keep an upright torso. my best sqt snatch is 92.5k my best split sn is 122.5k. My best sqt clean is 150k, my best split clean is 160k.
most lifters sqt because they do not have to lift the bar as high. I have to lift the bar higher to make my lifts but I'm blessed with a very strong pull and speed. I'm short on flexibility & technique.

By josh everett on October 13, 2008 12:38 PM

Hi Josh,

Great to have your comments here to read! I am in a similar situation with flexibility but haven't tried split cleans yet - any quick tips to ease the conversion?

Also I'm assuming that split cleans were okay for the Games or did you have to squat clean in the last event?


By cam birtwell on October 14, 2008 2:21 PM

michael p... if I knew there were a 10k run I wouldn't sign up. I don't consider myself a serious athlete, i do this stuff for fun. 10k is not fun. I ran it one time a few years ago in 44min & change and decided I'd never run that far again.

Cam... switching to the split clean and snatch was really easy for me as i had done split jerks for years... no real advice to offer. 1st and 2nd pull of squat style lifts & split lifts are identical... you just pull your self into a lunge on the 3rd pull instead of a squat.
the final event required the athlete to pass thru the front squat position.

By josh everett on October 14, 2008 7:46 PM

I second what Jason K. said... its humbling to see how open you are to sharing your training and diet. Goes to show how its truely the work you put in, and there's no secrets to your success. Just straight power! Always motivating to see him train, especially on that King Kong video. Inspired me to do a Crossfit Total the next day (lol).

By h on October 23, 2008 11:20 AM

Josh, I'm was wondering after seeing 'Kong' you go at the squat clean and deadlift so easily. (Which I have tried myself and it looked nowhere near that easy) what is you max for both of those movements?

Thanks for the unofficial Q&A

By Mike on October 24, 2008 8:26 PM

Josh, couple questions if you don't mind. Watching your King Kong video has really inspired me to lift heavy again. I was wondering where you got your shoes, Are they the Adi Stars? also, I have heard they can make the deadlift a little bit tougher because of the large heel, I am in the market for a pair or the romaleos. Any thoughts you have would be greatly appreciated. Another one if you don't mind me asking, in the video I think you said you couldn't lock out your shoulders on the muscle up? is that an injury?
appreciate your time.

Thanks to you and Jason, you have both been a big help to my crossfitting experience and lifestyle.


By Mack on October 25, 2008 1:33 PM

Mike... DL 570lbs... squat clean 330, split clean 350

Mack... weightlifting shoes really help on the o-lifts & squats. For DL's and everything else I'd go with adidias sambas (indoor soccer shoes). If you buy weightlifting shoes just go with the cheap ones... the performance menu sells high quality cheap shoes. The romaleos or adidas your just paying for the name brand.

By josh everett on October 26, 2008 7:50 PM

I think it's pretty obvious you have a naturally high ratio of fast twitch muscle fibers... and it seems like you have coupled your natural ability with weightlifting and sprinting most of your life, which aligns with what you can do the best... call upon a lot of power for a short period of time.

This also explains why you hate running for 20+mins

By Shane McGrotty on October 30, 2008 7:28 PM

Thanks for the reply Josh

By Mack on October 31, 2008 2:56 AM