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 Games

30 Entries

Every Second Counts - Trailer

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In case you missed it on the main site, we have a working trailer for the CrossFit Movie: Every Second Counts. The rough cut of the movie is done. There are still several important decisions to be made about additional post-production work. Depending on how those decisions get made, we could see a distributed version as early as Jan 09.

Sevan and Carey have done an amazing job, and the movie will be well worth the wait.

CrossFit Movie Working Trailer [wmv] [mov]

And, as a bonus for the Games site, we have an iPod/iPhone/iTunes version also. Clicking this link will launch iTunes. If you want it for your device, right click the link and download it to your hard drive.

iPod Trailer - [m4v]

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

Men's Deadlift/Burpee 1020 Heat

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Another great heat was the 10:20 Men's Deadlift/Burpee workout. The competition was fierce, with the top five finishing within 10sec of each other.

There was a bit of extra drama at the starting, when Brett Marshall took his place in front of one of the bars. Brett hadn't planned on competing. He had been saying for months that he would come only to support his fellow Canadians in their quest to retain the title. But when he got back to Aromas, the spirit of competition was too great. Given his performance the previous year (2nd overall), Dave Castro gave the OK, and Brett was in.

The finishing order for the heat was:
Chris Spealler 2:41
Eric O'Connor 2:44
Ricky Frausto 2:46
Pat Barber 2:49
Dutch Lowy 2:51
Brendan Gilliam 3:18
Brett Marshall 3:29
Scott Delozier 4:17
Jeff Fleming 4:38
Edgar Pangilinan 5:26
Jason Westfall 5:34
Gabe Rinaldi 5:39

Men's DL/Burpee 1020 Heat Video ... [wmv] [mov] 2min 49sec

Men's Run 1820 Heat

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Here is the video from the run that Bionic was talking about. This was also a heat stacked with talent (the finishing order is listed in the above linked entry). Chris Spealler's finish time of 3:22 was the second best time of the day.

Watching Speal run up the second loop (from about 2:15 - 2:30 of the video) might give the impression that the hill wasn't that bad. Compare that to the footage from 3:00 - 3:20 of the video, noting that this footage is sped up. And, Speal did no running to prepare for the 08 Games (similar to Josh Everett).

Video [wmv] [mov] 4min 44sec

Women's Thruster/Pull-up 0920 Heat

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The 9:20am heat of the Thruster/Pull-up workout was stacked with talent. Shown in the picture are Jolie Gentry (the 07 Games overall winner) from CrossFit One World, Maggie Dabe-Colby from CrossFit Fairfax, and Gillian Mounsey (3rd overall in the 08 Games) from CrossFit NYC.

The workout was 3 rounds, 21-15-9, of 65lb thrusters and pull-ups with the additional requirement that the chest physically come into contact with the bar for the rep to count. This chest-to-bar requirement seemed to add about 50% to most of these athletes' PRs when just going chin over the bar. The finishing order for this heat was:

Gillian Mounsey 5:16
Jolie Gentry 5:43
Caity Matter 6:58
Kallista Pappas 7:50
Dani Martin 8:03
Jodi Bainbridge 8:04
Jenni Orr 8:33
Maggie Dabe-Colby 8:56
Nicki Violetti 9:37
Karen Douglas 9:58
Michele Vieux 10:41
Laurah Hawkins 7:12 (jumping pull-ups)

Highlight video of the heat ... [wmv] [mov]

Women's DL-Burpee WOD Highlights

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Maggie Dabe-Colby from CrossFit Fairfax during the Deadlift-Burpee workout from the 08 Games. Maggie finished the workout in 4:57. The top 5 finishers were Libby Dibiase (3:23), Caity Matter (3:53), Jenny Rydh (3:54), Jenni Orr (4:03), and Tanya Wagner (4:10). Notice 14 year old Kallista Pappas in the background doing the workout as Rx'd (she finished in 5:53).

The workout was five rounds for time of:
5 Deadlifts at 185lbs
10 Burpees

DL-Burpee Highlight Video ... [wmv] [mov]

CrossFit and Weightlifting

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In another CrossFit Movie Outtake, Josh Everett (2nd overall) talks about weightlifting (one word) in the US, and CrossFit's impact on it.
[wmv] [mov] 1min

Pictured are LtCol Dan Wilson, Coach Mike Burgener, and Sean Waxman, of Pure Strength, formerly a nationally ranked weightlifter and NY Jet.

Games 08 Top 5 Finishers in Each Event

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For those of you who asked, or secretly desired, to see the results by event, here they are, in PDF. For the really curious among you, Caity placed 11th in the run, 8th in the Thruster WOD.

Jason was 11th in the Thruster WOD and 38th (!) in the run. The run results are interesting; only 38 seconds separate first from 38th place. Kind of a quirky irony, but it also indicates just how competitive the field was.

Look at All The Great Prizes Our Sponsors Donated!

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Our amazing sponsor recruitment specialist (otherwise known as the chief arm twister), Mike Pomerenning, goes through the incredible goodies that the Games winners received. We had, as you will see, tremendous support from a wide variety of cool sponsors, and hope that this little video will whet your appetites for next year's events.

I was talking with our Customer Service rep tonight, and she told me that on Sunday night, July 6th, she received an email marked URGENT! The contents of that email? "How do I register for the 2009 Games?"

So...don't wait too long before starting to train for next year....

Mike P. Displays Games Goodies ...[wmv][mov]

The Final, Final Results

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Inquiries have been researched, scoresheets have been reviewed, fat-fingered typos have been fixed, and the results re-calculated.

Below in PDF are the men's, women's, and team corrected final standings.

Thanks to all of the eagle-eyed reviewers helping us get this right, and thanks to you all for your patience. We didn't say *which* Wednesday we'd have the results retabluated, did we?

Men's Corrected Results (PDF)

Women's Corrected Results (PDF)

Corrected Team Standings (PDF)

Sevan and Carey Interview: First Day of the Games

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As a couple of you might have heard, there's a CrossFit movie in the works. Sevan and Carey are the evil geniuses behind this effort, and their movie will culminate with the 2008 CrossFit Games.

Here they are, discussing how things went after the first day of the Games.

Sevan & Carey After Day 1 ...[wmv][mov]

The Announcing of the Final Event


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As most of you know, the choice of Sunday's event wasn't announced until Saturday after the first three events were completed.

Here's your chance to see the announcement, which includes the description of the standards. As some of the Khalipa-naysayers will discover, the "squat clean to thruster" technique was briefed to all the competitors as an allowable method of completing the work.

Check the reactions to the choice, too. More than a few groans (and several cheers) met the announcement.

Sunday's Event Announcement ...[wmv][mov]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation


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Here's a great video sent in by Josh and Tanya Wagner of CrossFit Apex in Harleysville PA. It chronicles their games experience from start to finish. You will see blood, sweat, and smiles, but no tears, in this one.

CrossFit Apex Goes to the Games. ...[wmv][mov]

Corrected Results, Men and Women

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Based on the queries for corrections submitted, we've reviewed the official scoresheets and made the appropriate corrections - final versions are in the PDFs.

Special "Spirit of CrossFit" kudos to Geoff Aucoin, who dropped himself out of a top-20 finish and into the DNF pack by admitting that he and his spotter mis-counted the reps on his final workout, resulting in a time based on 27 reps, not 30.

The outstanding integrity in coming forward, while small comfort for his drop in standings, elevates him to the top of the heap in my book.

UPDATE 13 JUL: Folks, looks like some technical difficulties with the results files, so I'm pulling them back to compare to an original file and the official timesheets. Will get them back up after some data validation. Sorry for the delay, and the angst.

The Results Are In!


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The Games are over, and results are in.

Top female CrossFitter for 2008 is Caity Matter of Gahanna, OH, where she trains with Rogue Fitness.

Second place: Tanya Wagner

Third Place: Gillian Mounsey

See the PDF for the rest of the results!


Top male CrossFitter for 2008 is Jason Khalipa of CrossFit Unlimited. In a stunning, come-from-behind victory in the staggered-start final heat, Jason quietly finished the reps and walked off the field victorious while all eyes were on the presumptive favorites.

Second place: Josh Everett of Mike's Gym

Third place: Jeremy Thiel of CrossFit Central

A stellar end to a wonderful weekend!

Check the PDF for the rest of the men's results.


And, last but not least, the affiliate cup. The affiliate cup was won by CrossFit Oakland. See the PDF for the rest of the results.


AND, a huge thanks to the team of volunteers who made it all run - you guys and gals were troopers!

No Rest on Sunday!

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The early women's heats are complete, and the men's heats are underway. After lunch, the final women's heat and the final men's heats will take place. So far, the time to beat for the Sunday workout is 3:24, by Max Mormont.

Final games results should be posted by early evening. Stay tuned....

Results after All 3 Saturday Rounds

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You guys know what to do...check the PDFs for the standings after Saturday's three events.

Men's Results After 3 Rounds

Women's Results After 3 RoundsMenRd3.pdf

Round 2 (of 3) Results

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Download the PDFs for the updates and corrections to Round 1, and the results for Round 2.

*Men's results corrected as of 1700 Pacific!

Men's Corrected Results, Rd 2

Women's Results, Rd 2

Results As of Round 1 (of 3)

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Grab these two PDF's to see the standings for the women and the men after the first round of the Games. One down, two to go!

Women After Round 1

Men After Round 1

Sevan Interviews Tony B


Sevan talks to Tony Budding, hoping to pry loose some insights about the Games events. Tony plays it coy, and keeps us all wondering just what's in store for the athletes on Saturday and Sunday!


John Welbourn and Sevan...Don't Quit Your Day Jobs

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This one left me speechless...although I will note that the weight overhead in the picture is a lot more than that used in the video.

Sevan and John Welbourne ...[wmv][mov]

Games Competitor Shirts

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Too nice to sweat in! Adidas is donating these great shirts for all competitors.

More to Fear: Top Spectator

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As if it wasn't bad enough, having to compete against the likes of Speal and Jolie and Dutch and Maggie, now even you spectators had better start working on your game.

Dr. Darrell "Bingo" White is staking claim to the Top Spectator title, so the rest of you guys had better get your game-watching-faces on and come prepared for battle.

Bingo: Top Spectator (?) ...[wmv][mov]

Glory AND Money? Sweet.

In addition to fun and fame, there are PRIZES for the CrossFit Games.

Top Male CrossFitter will take home $1500.

Top Female CrossFitter will take home $1500.

There is another $2000 in prize money for other placings and events, and our gracious sponsors have provided a variety of goodies, including Oakley glasses, Oakley watches, Adidas gift cards, and lots more.

See the Games Free! Get Cool Gear!


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Adidas is generously outfitting the CrossFit Games staff this year with the gear shown in the photo. Interested in volunteering as part of our weekend staff? Please contact Jamie Vomvolakis at jamie@crossfit.com for more information about how to sign up.

Roles and responsibilities will be assigned prior to the event. These duties will range from helping with set-up to being part of the registration and event teams. Can't commit to the whole weekend? Still email Jamie for a smaller role.

Competitor Registration Reopened!

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Due to the overwhelming demand for more competitor slots, we're opening up the Games registration again for a limited number of competitors. Register now before the new cap is reached!

Win a Concept2 Indoor Rower!


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Participate in the 1,000-meter race put on by Concept2 at this year's CrossFit Games for a chance to win a C2 Model D Indoor Rower. The race is open to everyone present.

To help you prepare, check out Alex Dunne's article in the upcoming June issue of the CrossFit Journal on how to pace a 1K race.

Check out these links:

Concept2 Home

Concept2's CrossFit page

CrossFit - C2 Row Technique Videos

500M Row, Johathan Burns, Northwest CF ...[wmv][mov]

The Affiliate Cup


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Keeping an eye on the prize at CrossFit Redding

The CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup will be contested by affiliate teams. A team will consist of at least 2 men and 2 women from the same affiliate. You can have as many athletes from your affiliate participate as you want. Your team score will simply be the cumulative scores of your top 2 men and top 2 women.

Freddy Camacho & Mike Minium Games Discussion

Come on in and check out an interview between our intrepid man on the street, Freddy Camacho, and Mike Minium, principal of CrossFit Oakland, as they discuss the Games, potential firebreathers from CF Oakland, event preparation, and some other pretty intriguing content.

Freddy Camacho & Mike Minium Games Discussion ...[wmv][mov]

Inspiration: 2007 Video Links


In case everyone isn't fired up about the games, here, for easy reference, are links to the videos we posted from last year's games. They should help get you in the mood to join the fun!

CrossFit Games 07 CFT Highlights...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Female Awards...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Male Awards...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Hopper WOD...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Hopper WOD (Connor & David Martin)...[wmv][mov]

CrossFit Games 07 Run Highlights...[wmv][mov]