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Posted on July 13, 2008 in Competition | CrossFit Games

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One week after the (2007) CrossFit Games I was sitting around CF Santa Cruz and the topic of the top three male competitors came up. Someone marveled that they all performed at such high levels. As the discussions gained some steam I wondered to myself what they all have in common in the performance arena. The first thing that came to mind was the benchmark workout known as "Fran" (three rounds, at 21, 15, and 9 reps, respectively, of 95-pound thrusters and pull-ups). I knew for a fact that all three of them had a sub-3:00 "Fran" time. So I wondered what other benchmark performance numbers they put up. What does it take to compete with these three? What are some constants in their performances? And, are there certain benchmark workouts and exercises that act as indicators (and predictors) of broad fitness and capacity across diverse domains?

Brett Marshall (known as "AFT") and James Fitzgerald ("OPT") flew in from Canada to compete in the Games. Marshall burst into the realm of the CrossFit elite with his sub-2:00 time on "Diane" (three rounds, 21, 15, and 9 reps, of 225px-pound deadlifts and handstand push-ups). His training partner, Fitzgerald, is equally impressive. Josh Everett, the head strength and conditioning coach for UC Riverside's athletic teams--drove up from Southern California. He is well known in the CrossFit world for his lifting prowess, his broad fitness, and his epic battles against Greg Amundson at "Fran." The games The first event, the Hopper, was won by Marshall. He dominated the workout, which consisted of a 100px0- meter row followed by five rounds of twenty-five pull- ups, and seven 135px-pound jerks. Fitzgerald took second, and third went to Chris Spealler from Salt Lake City. Everett rounded out the group in fourth place.The second event, the off-trail run, saw Spealler winning and Fitzgerald again taking second. Marshall came in third, and Everett finished in the top ten.

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Posted on May 13, 2007 in Competition

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Last winter we challenged the message board crew to drive towards 40+ pullups by September '04. After a couple of deadline extensions the contest officially ended with seven winners – Lynne Pitts, Kelly Moore, Aaron Fisher, Adam Walinsky, Larry Lindenman, Ryan Atkins, and Graham Hayes. Each received a CrossFit Champion T-shirt.

From a contest intended to demonstrate that the secret to high rep pull-ups is desire and that all methods couple successfully with desire, here are Larry Lindenman and Lynne Pitts recounting their paths to success.

"My pull-up challenge started when the contest was first posted. I had been completing the Workout of the Day since September 2003. I have been doing the WOD, as written, with no modifications, since February 2004. Along the way I have picked up or made every piece of equipment necessary to stock a Crossfit Gym, except I still substitute towel chins for rope climbs and I haven't purchased a GHR bench yet. I am a 43 year old police officer, with approximately 20 years of weight training experience and 37 years of athletic experience. I rockclimb and teach and practice martial arts. I am currently 6'0", 200 lbs, approximately 6-7 % bodyfat.

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Posted on March 23, 2007 in Competition

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On October 2, 2004, CrossFit North in Seattle held the 2nd Annual CrossFit Championships. This year’s competition had a strong field of 28 competitors and even more spectators. CrossFit North has a new facility this year that is more than double the size of the original and the field of competitors almost tripled. Participation at last year’s event was buoyed by a few ringers brought in from CrossFit Headquarters in Santa Cruz, CA. The participants at this year’s competition were all from the Northwest, showing that the CrossFit concept is clearly expanding thanks to the efforts of Dave Werner, Nick Nibler and the newest member of the CrossFit NW family, Kurtis Bowler- owner of Rainier CrossFit.

The format of the competition was unknown by all of the competitors till the day of the competition. Last year’s competition was three rounds of: 400m run, 21 kettlebell swings and 12 pullups. That workout is now known as “Helen”. The workout this year was a long, linear circuit resembling an obstacle course with fitness implements.


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