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!

CrossFit Movie Outtake - Tony Budding

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In this CrossFit Movie Outtake, Sevan encounters Tony Budding rechecking the 2008 Games Master Schedule at 2:30am on Saturday, July 5, 2008, just six and a half hours before the official start of the games.

Tony, Lynne Pitts, Thomas Crubaugh, and Dave Brewer went through all 300 participants by hand to confirm that each and every one had as close to a four-hour window as possible between start times for each of the three workouts. They had used a semi-automated Excel spreadsheet to generate the schedule, but several registration glitches (such as a formal name on the original registration and a common name on the workout order request) required a manual final check.

Saturday's schedule had to accommodate an unprecedented 900 workouts. Approximately 12 athletes competed simultaneously in each of the three workouts (thruster/pull-up, deadlift/burpee, and run) every 20min. That's about 100 athletes working out per hour. The first workout started at 9am and the final workout finished at 8pm. There were one-hour breaks at noon and 4pm.

Movie Outtake ... [wmv] [mov] 1min 40sec


I actually had a pet theory that the reason more slots for the games opened up later on was that once you'd settled on the workouts and the 3x20 minute cycles an hour (or whichever order it came), it was apparent that there were more slots for pain-fun!

Good times good times.

By TexasPatrick on December 3, 2008 7:26 AM

And the next outtake is trying to squeeze AFT in there somewhere.

Lovin' the fact Lynne is rocking an OPT hoodie. Talk about some good PR there!

By gaucoin on December 3, 2008 8:34 AM

Tony, and everybody else who helped, you rock for organizing all of that.

I can certainly understand the desire for regional qualifiers to cut down on games participants in 09. 900 workouts in 1 DAY!? Logistical nightmare. And it all went swimmingly come gameday.

My hat is off to you.

By Mini T on December 3, 2008 9:35 AM

Best part about the vid, "can I RSVP for your wedding right now?"...Sevan your priceless!

By Ben W on December 3, 2008 9:31 PM

The work put in by the organizers was amazing. Lynne sat in that tiny office inputting data relentlessly while everyone else was enjoying the games. The volunteers were great as well, it really was the best of the community.

By Tom Brose on December 7, 2008 6:43 PM