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!



Please review all of the information in this post. Be sure to download a copy of this PDF, which contains rules, explains what the Games workouts will be, and provides schedule information. This is your key to understanding the weekend.

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Video 1: CrossFit Games 2008 Movement Standards ...[wmv][mov]

Video 2: Additional Explanation on the Games Format ...[wmv][mov]

After reviewing the PDF and watching the videos, ALL COMPETITORS SHOULD PLEASE send the required email to saturday@crossfitgames.com no later than 8 am, Pacific Time, on Friday July 4th. Competitor emails after that time will not be reviewed.

Competitor emails should contain exactly and only the following information, in exactly and only this format. Non-conforming emails will not be used.

Your Name
Your Gender (M or F)
Affiliate Team (if any)
1.Preferred first event
2.Preferred second event
3.Preferred third event
Prescribed weights or scaling requests for Thrusters and Deadlifts

If we don't hear from you, you will be assigned an ordering as the schedule requires. You may include multiple athletes per email or send separate emails. But only this information and this format will be recognized. No requests after 8am PDT July 4th will be recognized.

For competitor questions other than scheduling, please email registration@crossfitgames.com


Pullups standards are definitely interesting for the "thrusters and pullups" workout. Makes the butterfly kip difficult if not impossible, and doesn't honor the chin reaching that's been very prevalent lately.

By Chachi on July 2, 2008 6:16 PM

That's a great format for the games, I am really impressed. I especially like the strict movement standards, they are very clear and precise.

I am also very jealous that I'm not going. Best of luck to the Bainbridge's!

By RJ on July 2, 2008 6:33 PM

Very nice Tony, clear and easily "judge-able". LOVE the chest to bar "monkey wrench" standard, we'll surely see some much slower than record Fran times... I guess the butterfly kip will have to wait a little longer for it's formal acceptance. 20 minute time limit on a 750m run? that thing MUST BE STEEP! Been waiting all day to see the format/events, now I want MORE! any hints for Sunday? -Good luck everybody, see you all on Saturday!

By Mike Manning on July 2, 2008 7:03 PM

Wow. I'm not going but I'm very interested to hear the results.

275# deadlifts? Even with the 50 burpees that is still a WOD for a big guy to dominate. Fran results should be exciting too.

Interesting how the time works. Someone could theoretically have median times on 2 of the events and blow away everyone else on the 3rd event and end up winning, assuming they win their 3rd event by a couple minutes or more.
I wonder what the grade on the hill is.

By Shane S on July 2, 2008 7:09 PM

Will you be posting the final workout here, so that those who cannot attend will be able to check it out?

By David - Chatt, TN on July 2, 2008 7:21 PM

Good luck to everybody but especially the folks from Utah. Represent!

By Wasatch Damon on July 2, 2008 7:50 PM


Having gone back and read the first couple CrossFit journals the other day, I should have seen some of this coming.

This sounds fantastically challenging. We'll see!

By Dan - CrossFit Sonoma County on July 2, 2008 7:54 PM

So what's the tie-breaker?

By Tommy_Gun on July 2, 2008 7:55 PM

The grade is serious business, check out this photo:

By saulj on July 2, 2008 9:00 PM

I just walked the hill tonight (didn't want to lose that great dinner by running-thanks David and Mary!). Now I know why goat herders have dogs. Reminds me of the Yankee Stadium nose bleed section.

saulj, that picture is of the flat part.

By Michael Pommerening on July 2, 2008 9:32 PM

I thought the butterfly would be out, but the video on the main site sure proved that wrong.

I'm hoping to break the top 20%, but I know the competition is going to be tough. Best of luck to everyone!

P.S.- No margarita machine, but we will have a keg and margaritas on the rocks. I am spending the night on site so we should have a ton of fun!

By freddy c._one world on July 2, 2008 9:37 PM

275 is a bit of weight for 5 rounds... at least for a guy like me (131 lbs), but everything should even out in the end. Somehow 750 meters seems like a really short distance, but I'm sitting at a computer not at the hill. I think that the standards are fair, but it will throw a kink if people are not flexible to adjust their pullup standards like the new buterfly. I can't agree more with what Tony said about the mental game and the missed attempts... especaily when you're tired... character will emerge. At the end of the day, the standards are the same for everyone... I can't wait to see the order the people select.. I'm pretty sure I'd want the run last.... I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't wait to see the results and to try these workouts on some weekend comming up where I can actually do all three in one day. The staggered start concept for the last day is a great feature to keep it all really exciting to watch. Great idea.
Good luck to all competitors. 3,2,1, GO!

By Anton on July 2, 2008 9:59 PM

New name! These are chest ups, not chin ups! I realize that we call them pullups, but we can differentiate using this standard. Chest ups. Get your chest to the bar. Good luck competitors, can't wait to see who emerges from this group. Hopefully an unknown darkhorse!

By kevin c on July 2, 2008 10:06 PM

great videos. Loved the kid asking "why are you talking? Nobody is there." LMFAO!

By Joe on July 2, 2008 10:17 PM

That Fran deserves a name, how about "High Class Fran" or "Stuck Up Fran"?

By Adam/TempleOwl on July 2, 2008 10:21 PM

The final bets are in: Going off at a definitive 2-5 odds, Utah, takes the title!!! Good luck and strength to all!

By Tim Jones on July 2, 2008 10:26 PM

"Snooty Fran" ;) but Snooty Fran should have your ass touch the ground on the thrusters.

By the way, I have the Fran jitters already, and I usually don't get the Fran jitters; (I think I'm more scared of the 1000M row on Sunday than anything else, quite honestly- there is a 1000m row on Sunday, isn't there?) As a matter of fact, I've been pooping every five minutes or so... that usually only happens to me like 15-20 minutes before the competition, and now I've got to look forward to like 3 more days of this.

Thanks, CrossFit!


By Andres De la Rosa on July 3, 2008 12:31 AM

I like the new standards. The only thing that sucks is that they are all really short events. I think one of them should be a longer wod like murph or eva. Also they better get some muscle ups, wall pushups, and clean n jerks in the wod for sunday.

By devildog on July 3, 2008 1:46 AM

Andrea, aren't you being quirky. 275x5 DL?! Heck, I maxed out today at 287x3. Maybe I could have done 1 or 2 more. Not like I wanted to. Personally, I also want to move tomorrow and not see how many reps I could do with that weight.

I've never done a clapping burpee. I've never even seen one done. Period. Or in the military. I think they are a bit silly but understand why.

I'm pretty sure Sunday is gonna be something like Murph or FGB or something like filthy 50. Something long and arduous.

I'm glad they're not running more than 800m. Boring. Not on a hill of course as there will be much of " this frack'n hill. "

Rowing 1000m. That's not too bad. I think that's 5 minutes on a slow pace and probably around 4 give or take. Hopefully the adrenaline is going so ADD doesn't kick in.

No, CFT this time, eh? Then why did I practice for one today. Still was fun, though.

By Blair Lowe on July 3, 2008 2:06 AM

too bad folks didn't get a heads up months ago about these standards so they could have incorporated them into their training. oh well, i suppose that's the "varied" part. good luck to all. sounds like a great way to spend the 4th weekend!

By christin street on July 3, 2008 3:42 AM

I really like the how videos expand on the format and the technical requirements. The kids were great.

Really like the staggered ending. That will make for a very cool ending.

So wishing I was going - any chance of watching it live or getting an update?

By Mike - CrossFitPEI on July 3, 2008 3:56 AM

Fantastic work Tony! You've all done an incredible job on this.

By Steve on July 3, 2008 5:20 AM

Echoing an earlier comment... any of the games going to be available as a streaming video [or after the fact] or and EOD posting of results??

This will be a tough couple of days - would be really great to be able to be there to watch. Good luck to all the participants - especially the team from CrossFit - Fairfax [Go Jeff, Maggie, Tony & Sara!!!!]

Also go find the folks from CF - Agoge and check out the Hopper Deck, your portable WOD!

By Craig Taylor on July 3, 2008 5:44 AM

The plan is to post updates throughout the day if possible (after each round ideally). At the very least, we'll post the standings at the end of the day.

For those of you thinking the workouts are too short to test long and arduous capacity, try the three together in a single day.

By Tony B. on July 3, 2008 7:57 AM

great videos tony, and very nice demo work jamie! my god you are riiiiiped! you look fantastic.

very cool about the standards. if i can i'll be doing the wod's at home, along with you guys. sorry no uphill run for me though...hehe.

good luck everyone!

By nadia shatila on July 3, 2008 8:09 AM

Good Luck to all of the competitors. East Coasters represents us out there!

By Jason Ackerman - Albany CrossFit on July 3, 2008 8:17 AM

Excellent job to all who put together the format and ROM guidelines. Seriously, it's feels much more official now. I love it.

My plan to win the whole thing was to cheat every rep. Way crush me yet again CF.

So...anyone want to try to guess sunday's workout?

I'll say "Isabel" or something to do with snatches.

By Austin@Unlimited on July 3, 2008 9:33 AM

Freddy C.

I thought for sure you'd have a few of these lined up for margaritas. Bike powered!

B3 Xtracycle Blender

By Alex on July 3, 2008 10:01 AM


I think they'll break out the hopper on Sunday and we'll end up with:

5 Rounds
Box Jump

By Dan - CrossFit Sonoma County on July 3, 2008 10:13 AM

Hopefully, no pullups, Dan...but if my legs would be working after Saturday, they can throw all the box jumps at us they want. SDHP no problem.

By Blair Lowe on July 3, 2008 10:20 AM

The short workout is very sensible. Even if Dutch and Speal could have gone longer, we don't want 10% in the ER with Rhabdo.

What do people think about ordering? Is time of day an issue re: sun power? All three WODs are going to use a lot of leg power, but with the DL/Burpees probably the least. Should DL/Burpees be put in the middle.

From here in London, I REALLY hope that some kind of video update/streaming video system is put in place. Come on Tony B, give your fans a CrossFit fix.

By Slowjoe on July 3, 2008 10:28 AM

Great format. I'm going to do todays's Wod with the chest touch standard. You guys and gals are the best. Good luck to all competitors.

By john wopat on July 3, 2008 10:47 AM

We are planning on doing the DL WOD before the thruster WOD, topping it off with the run. The thought is that the DL WOD will not be as tear-ific on the hands. It would be an even tougher one to do with torn hands from all the pull ups. I just PR'd the DL on Friday with 335 and I tried the 275 last night, thats a heckuva lot of weight! Fortunately, I am way past my DL # from last years games (260 x 1) I would have had to scale it.

Good luck to all, I cant wait to meet a bunch of you!!!


By Nick on July 3, 2008 11:02 AM

Hey Nick, looking forward to seeing you again, we'll be there Fri. afternoon at the Hilton in Gilroy. That DL is movin' up! You're going to do great!... Austin, it will be great to see you again also, you were a beast at level 2, and it looks like you have added some serious skills! All the "top level" guys have their work cut out for them! My bet is on a "dark horse"...

By Mike Manning on July 3, 2008 12:25 PM

Freddy... if we bring some East Coast Love, can we get in on some of that RV Shakin" ?

By Mike Manning on July 3, 2008 12:29 PM

I'm so jacked for these games!! I can't wait!

I was really kinda sad to see straight up hopper workouts though - I was gunning for ditch digging, or brick hauling or paintball or something just way way outside the box - so outside that my three examples suck!
You know what I mean?

Thankfully though the 275# seems easy - the burpees are gonna push me dangerously close to 12:00.....
I love this shi*%!!!!

By Jesse Ward on July 3, 2008 12:40 PM

Honestly, I think DL/Burpees, Frannish, and run is the best bet for what I'd do.

However for a big guy, perhaps Run, Frannish, DL would be best. Or swap Frannish and DL.

Specific, Metcon, Endurance.

I can't imagine DL after Frannish, though I could see it after the run. Frannish when fresh, run, recover, hit DL at the end of day. Just have to be tight and good about recovery.

By Blair Lowe on July 3, 2008 1:23 PM

Good luck to all the competitors!

The wod's are fun. Tried the Chest to bar BFK today on "Death By Pullup" - much harder but quite doable, definately much harder on the hands.
And did the Deadlift + Burpee right after in 7:15 rx'ed.

It's going to be a long day for ya all!

Wish I was there.


By Leonid S. on July 3, 2008 3:47 PM

I'll say that within 5 years this will be on ESPN. I'd pay PPV bucks to see this.

EEEK! Don't look now, but I think I just saw corporate advertising on the Crossfit website.

By Ian on July 3, 2008 4:39 PM

Did the DL/Burpee as RX'd in 6:57. The studs usually take half the time as me, so this means that the mid threes is my guess for this one at the games. Not to mention another two workouts to go!

By TP on July 3, 2008 10:32 PM

Knocked out the burpee/dl in 3:50. The fran took about twice as long with chest touching though.

Side note: Sad to see some whining about the standards. Man up and take a hike.

By Steve on July 4, 2008 12:36 AM

Did the deadlift/ burpee wod as rx'd but jumped over the bar each burpee: 6:08 I feel like I should've pushed harder.

1hour later:
for time:
83 box jumps 20"
83 pvc ohs
83 pushups
83 swing-ups 53#

17:26 at half intensity until the swings...

By JeffChalfant 29/168/5'10'' on July 4, 2008 3:50 PM

Is the run up and down, or just up? What is the change in elevation?

By Charlie DeWeese on July 5, 2008 6:27 AM