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!

Southeast CrossFit Challenge

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Southeast CrossFit Challenge ...[wmv][mov]

Mike Manning of Harbor City CrossFit hosted this year's SouthEast CrossFit Challenge. For more details, see this thread on the CrossFit Message Board. Scott Delozier and Jenni (Jelli) Orr won the overall titles. Full results are h here . The event was also covered on Florida Today's website .


I'm confused by the scores. What were the events?

By AllisonNYC on June 16, 2008 10:41 PM

I know these folks worked hard, but where I'm from you have to hit your chest to the ground on ALL the burpees and I didn't see that here, not to mention jump at least 6" above the ground. Also, a full extension for thrusters is placing your head all the way through your arms at the top of the rep. I hope the proper form will be reviewed, watched, and adhered to by all the competitor's at the games. Win or lose, I'm sticking to form. I won't sacrifice form for a better time. Whatever the case may be, I'm just going to have fun, and i hope everyone else does as well. Cheers!

By Crossfitter on June 16, 2008 10:57 PM

Hey, we would love to know what the Hopper workout was so we can put our people through it and see how we hold up! Thanks!

By Miranda 801 on June 17, 2008 12:13 AM

Miranda 801

click the video and watch the whole thing. 1000m row then 5 rnds of 21 sdhp, 15 burpees and 9 thrusters.

By ken c on June 17, 2008 4:31 AM

Crossfitter. Nice accountability there by the way. Take a look at the video again, I think you'll see that form is blended with intensity pretty damn well. Which is a testament to their effort because these folks were teetering on the line constantly of completely overheating. The amount of suffering experienced by every athlete who partook in that event is beyond the scope of the short video. After round 2, picking up the bar again was a gut check, burpees were a struggle against self preservation. To even attempt to diminish the effort each and every one of these athletes put in is preposterous. These folks were well within the margins of form and intensity. I'm going to slightly steal this from Coach, Crashing the car, Missing the target, Hitting a wrong note, and Faltering some on form is an unavoidable consequnce of developing increased intensity.
Let that one marinade for a bit.

By Whit. on June 17, 2008 6:16 AM

>Whit i couldn't have said it any better. As one of the competitors i have to agree 100% with you brother...

By Bionic on June 17, 2008 6:40 AM

Eeeeyup. This is gonna be good. The intersection of Form Avenue and Intensity Boulevard, conveniently intersecting in downtown Argumentville . . . ;-)

By TexasPatrick on June 17, 2008 7:30 AM

Well said, Whit!

By MikeG_CFATL on June 17, 2008 7:40 AM

Nice job on the video Whit! As for the "form/intensity issue", All competitors were briefed and had demonstrated, prior to the start, what was and wasn't acceptable. EACH competitor had a CrossFit Level 1 or higher trainer assigned to them throughout the WOD, verifying ACCEPTABLE completion of each rep, most reps counted, some didn't... Acceptable form, for the sheer volume and intensity of the WORK these athletes mustered, was on a HIGH ORDER that day, likely better than you would see during the everyday WOD at your local affiliate. Every athlete was on stage for two days, with over 100 fellow competitors, trainers, judges and spectators watching every move they made. In true CrossFit fashion they stepped up and put on one helluva' show! Just like this year, for next year, all anyone has to do is click "REGISTER NOW" to test the "form vs. intensity principle"

By Mike Manning on June 17, 2008 9:46 AM

Allison, The CFT weights were in KILOS. As for scores, 1st place was 100 pts, 2nd 99 and so-on. The events were CFT, 5K run and "HOPPER" WOD of 1k row, followed by 5rds of 21 SDHP, 15 Burpees and 9 Thrusters, SDHP and Thruster weight was 95# men, 65# ladies. Hope that helps, See you at the Games!

By Mike Manning on June 17, 2008 10:43 AM

I understand what you're saying, and I anticipated that argument. But, after watching the video again per your suggestion, I would have demanded 2 simple things... Chest to floor, not NEAR floor, & full extension through the thrusters. Guess we're gonna have to agree to disagree on this one.

After watching the hopper WOD from last year's games, I saw full extensions by about all the competitors on the video, so i know it's possible.

By Crossfitter on June 17, 2008 11:53 AM

For gods sake, why does everyone have to nit pick?!!! It is obvious the athletes are giving their all. There is always someone ready to criticise and isnt it funny how they dont give their real name, sounds like a pussy to me! If you tell us your name, we will make sure we check YOUR form on the day!

By Julie on June 17, 2008 12:15 PM

Wow! Julie I was goona comment but dang girl you said it.
I am a HUGE stickler on form and after my review of the video there were 30 thrusters shown out of an estimated 2475 reps worth. Of those 30 I being a form nazi might give up about 4/5 of those for not getting back enough but extension is there. So to even try to dicredit the effort and performance of those in the video or any of those who participated is absurd.

By Jelli on June 17, 2008 1:47 PM

This will be the final comment I'll send in about this, as it was never my intent to cause any hostility.
Julie, it is obvious the athletes are giving their all. I have little doubt they are amazing athletes. That being said, even if you give your "all", your chin should still go over the bar to be considered a pullup, you still need to cross the line at the end of your 5k, or it's not finished, and you need to tap that chest on burpees and extend your head through on thrusters.
I'm not here to call anyone names. I've rendered my opinion respectfully, as I have a right to do. I enjoy discussing crossfit issues, scenarios, and forms and such. But to answer your question as to why I have omitted my name, it is because I'm not prepared to tolerate classy ladies such as yourself calling me names. I'd rather keep it only to a blog.
I love my Crossfit community, and I'll see you all at the games.
With much respect to all my fellow athletes...

By Crossfitter on June 17, 2008 3:07 PM

Awesome video guys...
3 things I hate...thrusters, burpees, SDHPs...nice work! Those of us that are coming to the games from our place will do this workout over the next few days sometime and see how we did compared to your times!

CrossFit 801

By Miranda 801 on June 17, 2008 3:31 PM

The event was a blast! Thanks to HC2 crew and all the competitors!

Next year I'll be at 235 and kicking ass :D

Crossfitter - there's a fine line between training and competition. If you've never competed - don't bitch about it because you don't know.

By Leonid S. CF Evolution on June 17, 2008 3:33 PM

Ok, so one more thing guys...I don't get the scores for the total. I have seen scores from some of these people before and these aren't even close. Are we missing one of the lifts here??

By Miranda 801 on June 17, 2008 3:38 PM

Miranda -

Scores are in Kilos. To get the Total in pounds - multiply the score by 2.2

Example - Lance got 570.5 kilos - that's 1255 lbs

By Leonid S. CF Evolution on June 17, 2008 3:43 PM

I hope that at the Games --- and I recognize that having ignorant newbs like me can be an annoying and even problematic tax on time & staff already spread too thin --- we'll receive not only a verbal statement of requirements, I'm hoping I can pull a trainer/staff/judge aside, do a couple reps in front of him/her, and thus be sure I'm doing the movement better than required.

Eg. Thrusters -- hell, I just go to lock out my elbows and have my hips fully open at top; drop bar to rack position and hips below parallel at bottom. Never heard of sticking my head through. So, I must be ignorant. I don't want to drop the ball in the Games just because I missed a memo somewhere; I've *only* done CF on my own, overseas, with extremely limited internet at hand.

I'll slam chest or throat to bar on PU, chest to ground on push-ups... but a detail like not poking my head forward on a thruster may be my downfall? What else don't I know? (Also why I'm speculating/hoping that exercises in the Games will be chosen to be clearly, fairly and universally judged.)

Any reassuring words?

By Kirez on June 17, 2008 5:13 PM

Kirez, check out the vids from Xfit games 07. The huge rusted smoker that has balls spinnin' round in it...yea thats how you know your hopper will be extra special July 5/6 :o)

By Jamie HC2 on June 18, 2008 6:31 PM

freaking AWESOME video! i had no idea this was even here... so glad i browsed over!

By john heins on June 20, 2008 5:47 PM