August 1, 2011
Perform the following tests:
L-sit for time.
Handstand walk for distance.
Chest to bar weighted pull-up for load.
Snatch 1 rep for load.
Post time, distance and loads to comments.
2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Winners.
"CrossFit Changed My Life: Sue Pepe", CrossFit Journal preview video [wmv] [mov]
2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Finals ESPN3 Show, and
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"Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
Posted by Pukie at August 1, 2011 5:00 PM
- George Bernard Shaw
incredible weekend!!! kept me wanting more.. congrats everyone
Is there an archive of the closing ceremonies?
Congrats to all the athletes and thanks to HQ for such an awesome event!
Favorite quote of the weekend
Reebok: "We know CrossFit isn't about the money... but we're gonna make it about the money."
Ok, I added that second part, but seriously an awesome weekend. Thanks CrossFit, Reebok, and most importantly the competitors. See you next year!
My friends and I watched all the coverage over the weekend and I think that the CF staff with Reebok and ESPN3 did an amazing job!
Congrats Rich, Annie and CF New England!
How about Graham? Great push in the last set of workouts!
Amazing weekend, tremendous athletes...ESPN next year? Truly humbling to watch the communtiy at work with athlete after athlete cheering on their competition; finally, a group of athletes my kids can look to.
Loved it, awesome job HQ!
REALLY GREAT SHOW. Hats off to all competitors and all the support. Media coverage was truly impressive.
Question: Have the Games had to tolerate any banned substances/doping inquiries? I am surprised that I do not see anything in the media.
With the BIG name sponsors, I am sure all will watch more closely.
This was an amazing weekend!!!! Me and two friends watch the whole thing live, on the big screen at #CrossFit Overcome. It was incredible.
To every single CrossFit competitor, CONGRATULATIONS!
To Annie and Rich ... stay on your game, you're targets now! LOL congratulations guys. :)
nothing more motivating than watching heat 1 of the last event and seeing all the athletes cheering on the last man. finally a group of professionals to look up to. nba, mlb, nfl, and all other pro athletes can learn a thing or too about what sportsmanship means
travis bagent was awesome as an on court announcer.....anybody who was at the games would tell you that
GREAT ATHLETES,GREAT COMMUNITY,GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP AND AWESOME CROSSFIT
Damn, that was a great weekend. These athletes are so impressive, not only in their capacity, but their sportsmanship and camaraderie. The only complaint I had about Travis Bagent was that I couldn't hear enough of him in the live stream as his mic wasn't tied into the audio. His approach was enthusiastic and had just the right amount of style and flare, well done.
Awesome event!! Much bigger than last year. All the athletes were amazing!
Travis was a great announcer. Dave Castro was very hard to hear and understand as an announcer. Not a big fan of his style with the quick announcement of the workouts and athlete introductions. Did not like the 3,2,1 right after the National Anthem. The guy with the cowboy hat was not a very good announcer!
Travis had a good voice but he made way to many errors on names. The fittest woman on earth should be able to hear name pronounced correctly when she's called for her time on the podium. He messed up on so many names it was embarassing. He called the GHD sit up the GHD set up like a hundred times. I really think they should have have someone who is more connected with the community out there.
I thought the coverage was terrible.
None of the live streams had commentary, and Event 1 still isnt in the archive?
I found last year 10x better.
Gotta hand it to the on court announcer. Kept the energy high and got the crowd moving and cheering for the athletes. Plus I loved how he said Annie T.'s last name! Hope he's back next year.
Online coverage was great. Watching ESPN 3 reminded me of XGames coverage 10 years ago when they first started. A bit rough around the edges but I didn't care--I was a part of the beginning.
Did they increase the prize money from last year?
Congratulations to the winners!
He did a great job!! So what he screwed up here and there, commentating an event this size with so many moving pieces come on Monday morning quarterback, you try and do better . He kept the crowd roaring it was awesome. reebok was not prepared nor any of the vendors to Handel the size of the crossfit community . They sold out of everything , I doubt next year home depot center will be able to Handel the size!
What a kick ass weekend. I am so impressed with these athletes, not just their amazing capacity, but for their sportsmanship and camaraderie.
My only complaint with Travis Bagent was that I didn't hear enough of him as his mic wasn't tied into the audio on the live feed. His enthusiasm more than made up for a few mistakes on names. His style was just the right blend of professional and funky. Well done.
I really wish Mikko could have been there in the end as he's one of the few whose work capacity could have possibly challenged Rich. But, so it goes, congrats Mr. Froning.
OK so I've done a little searching and can't seem to find the answer. Where was Mikko this weekend? Did he get injured?
Loved the games. The video stream was fixed quickly and I enjoyed Sat & Sun immensely. Congrats to all the athletes, everyone who gives their all is an inspiration. This represented the real crossfit, all ages from all over, people from big boxes and small boxes and garage gyms. Loved seeing Annie Sakamoto. Almost cried, maybe because when I first watched Nasty Girls I did cry. Seeing Annie compete and kick ass brings it all back. The best games yet. Travis needs a little more polish but his energy level is outstanding. Not bad first time out of the gate. Really, really enjoyed the weekend. Thanks Crossfit.
@ 18 & 19- I totally understand what you are saying. Also, I know a lot about "supplements." Does Froning use them? I can only speculate. But if I were speculating, I would say that 90% of the male athletes we saw over the last 3 days use or have used in the last year. There is NO way to 100% keep competitions like this clean. No way. It's the same in all major pro sports. IF there was a way to test effectively and truly proclaim that the best were drug free, then I would totally support that. Until then, to each his/her own. Use, dont use, use a lot, use a little..... there is no true way to test it and stop it.
I agree, I would have great trouble believing Rich Fronning dominated by "sheer hard work alone," and I know that he in fact did have help, just not the type you may be inferring.
Just Like the true Biblical story of Sampson, the Lord G-d of heaven and earth was and is the source of Rich Fronning's strength. I, and many others I am sure, prayed for Rich's success. Maybe the Lord needed to show the CF world that He is able to give strength to those who place their trust in Him, as Mr. Fronning has faithfully done. Rich was the only athlete that I heard give thanks to God while he was on the podium. Rich does not deny his faith in JC, and it may very well be that JC has not denied RF's success today.
Interesting quote. I like this one better:
"My son, fear the Lord and the king; Do not associate with those given to change; For their calamity will rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin those two can bring? -Proverbs 24:21-22
@22. That is one of the silliest, most asinine things I have ever read in my entire life.
To all the steroid speculators, you do know that Rich only lost last year due to not knowing how to rope climb in the finals...
Imagine if every day you had that burning in the back of your mind: that you were fit enough, but missed the title due to lacking one skill. Now, imagine taking that thought into every single training session you do for an entire year... That alone would increase his training intensity 10%...
If there were anyone in the world training as hard as Rich on a regular basis, I would be very, very surprised.
@21 I completely agree. And I'm not saying that his accomplishment is less impressive if he is taking "supplements". But it bothers me when people claim to be clean and then aren't. If you're gonna use just say something like, "I take everything I can to make myself into the best crossfitter out there". And if directly asked a question of do you use? "No Comment'. Works just fine.
Supplements or no supplements, Rich Froning would beat me, you and everyone else on our best day all jacked up on steriods! He is legit, so let's just congratulate him and look forward to next year and worry about our own training.
Great times this weekend at the games the energy in the HD Center was INSANE! Watching all the athletes compete inspires me to push harder in my own workouts.
Reebok and CF stepped it up this year, making the spectators experience 100x better than last years games. Big shot out to HQ and the Volunteers you all did great I appreciate all your hard work it really made me proud to be associated with CF.
Hope you all get some R&R this week! See you all in 2012.
post 19...mikko got a kick to the head and burst an ear drum in the event one swim...not sure if anyone out there has burst an eardrum, but the pain is excrutiating, not to mention loss of balance, he toughed it out to complete the wod though!! big fan of mikko, sad he didnt get to show everyone one who was the fittest...
comments re 'juice'...for $250K would people juice and then back it off a month out of the games to get the edge? naive if you say they wouldnt...here's an example, you finish top 5 in one games, next year drug testing is announced, and you dont even bother competing???
Wow... really?? With everything going on in world you think that the Lord made it a priority to give Fronning strength to win the games...?
@25. There's no doubt that he'd beat the pants off of me or any other average (+/- 2standard deviations) crossfitter if we were on steroids. But would he beat Speal? or Mikkho? or Dan Bailey? or Graham if they were? And he wouldn't do it by 10%.
Again that's kind of like winning the Olympic Gold in the 100m Dash by more than a second. Usain Bolt won by 0.2s over the 2nd place finisher while setting a world record. The next 7 finishers were all within 0.4 seconds (about a 4%). Or if you move away from running to Olympic lifting. The gold medalist in the combined clean and jerk/snatch. Lifted a total of 319kg, while the 9th place man finished w/ 287 (which is right at 10%). Is he really that much better than the 2nd best guy? In everything? I'm skeptical. But then again, I was all about Floyd Landis' comeback in Stage 17 in '06 and we all know how that turned out....or we can look it up. Talk, comment, criticize, burn in effigy as you will.
I'd ask you to take a scholarly look and try to figure out why "Lord" is capitalized but "king" is not. Then I'd ask you who the author of the chapter was.
Anyway, only 364 days until next years CrossFit games, gotta toughen up (will taking baseballs to the head from a pitching machine make me a better CrossFitter)
What should be a good time for the L-Sit? i like to have a rough goal set to achieve and overcome.
Comment #22 - Posted by: Gar
I hope you are being sarcastic.
Congrats Rich and Annie T! Super stoked for you guys!
Why does the picture of the winners showcase an empty arena?
Could not agree more with these comments about the juice. I mean these guys make you look like pathetic little girls, (which you are mind you) thus they must be taking a whole bunch of "supplements"
God some of you whining little ****** make me sick.
I really need to work on my shoulders. I tired the handstand walk too many times followed by a handstand push up before the snatch.
It is true that one should ask about testing in accordance of WADA rules. Also it should be mandatory for finalists. But it is sad to see that shit goes on to the fan without any tangible proof! Those athletes have worked hard and here is no reason to blame them in something unethical just for sake of it.
Another thing is slogan "fittest on the earth" can anyone explain how can person become fitter if he runs slower but howls heavier loads (look video Mikko Salo's 2011 Training Plan),? Also I agree that softball throw is funny way to find out who is the fittest. It seems to be arbitrary to choose such an event. May be javelin or shot put throw or discus? Hand-eye movement as well. Do not tell it is too technical O-lifting technical too. May be 3 point hoops? Or soccer kick or slack-line walk? Slogan should go "fittest on the earth in CF" and it would be absolutely true and correct. Let them do Dechatlon and we see that how far it is from this sort of fitness. CF keep the focus and good job up!
Great result, and no, Froning's not doing juice. I worked in this area for a number of years and you get to recognise the appearance.
Coverage LAST year was great - superb announcers, especially the guy with the laconic manner, but who knew all the detail. Coverage THIS year - hopeless, unfortunately. In Australia, you can only get ESPN3 through a cable provider, and many of us don't have (or need) cable here. So we couldn't see ESPN3, and the jumbotron feed did not work for me all week-end. Strangely it is working now, so maybe they fixed the issue - I'll watch all the events now, but in the knowledge of the result. Not quite the same!
Coach is normally very good at acknowledging failures with technology (eg. when the 2011 Games site crashed at the start of open qualifying). Will he or indeed anyone give us an update on this issue?
Whats with all the haters hating? Get a freaking grip!!! Its always the same, people who have the inability to step out of their own comfort zone of tepid, half-assed training regimens, who have $h!tty diets and litle drive or motivation to train more than twice a week who cant understand why people such as Rich Froning or any other elite athlete perform consistantly at an elite level.
@bamf Hit up the crossfit journal, check out the hour-long expose of rich froning and graham holmberg as they run through their typical day, note their training volume, weights, reps, sets, variance, intensity, consistancy, nutritional habits, the time they wake up, the frequency of their training and throw them into your magical mathematical logic machine and perhaps you will find the real definition of 'elite fitness'!
Quit with the negative attitutde, man up, strap on a pair and GET WORK DONE!
C2B PU: 45lbs
Numbers like these are very demotivating and show me that I stil have A LONG ways to go...
Wow, I just read 35 comments expecting to see a bunch of people reflecting on how great the games were, congratulating the winners, etc. Instead I just wasted my time reading far too many comments from a bunch of haters who have nothing better to do than calculate the margin or victory and conclude that all those who are athletically superior to them must be using illegal substances. Pathetic.
Can't blame the speculation regarding 'supplements' - it's difficult to believe how incredibly these athletes can perform. There is clearly a case to be answered in terms of testing, but surely it presents a conflict of interest for such tests to be done 'in house'. It's difficult for a community to regulate itself without defeating the main purpose of those regulations. If HQ implement testing, how long before the cynics espouse conspiracy theories? It is after all in CrossFit's own interest to boast the fittest athletes in the world.
Of course, this won't take anything away from the huge admiration and respect I have for all the Games competitors. Congratulations to them all - they truly are a real credit to CrossFit and will remain innocent until proven guilty in my eyes! Peace!
Look all of you speculating about drugs there is no point- just enjoy the games for what they are and appreciate and except that 1. crossfit is testing for use and 2. that there are athletes with tremendous capacity- capacity that to some seem impossible
Thank you to others for calling out Gar for one of the most ridiculous posts I have ever seen in any forum. Really? So you actually believe that God took a special interest in Rich Froning's training and allowed him to outcompete others in a fitness competition held this weekend? Would you have said the same thing if Spealler or Holmberg won? They are, after all, both incredibly humble and genuinely nice people who are also strong in their faith...Wow.
I'm going to toss in a softball throw for distance today.
@Comment #36 - Posted by: Jon Knutsen
It is so sad.
Thanks to all athletes for an amazing weekend!
Amazing performances and sportsmanship all around. Very inspiring. Special props to the masters divisions.
Why are people speculating that the winner juiced? Because of his margin of victory? Look, a margin of victory like that in the Olympics or the Tour de France probably would be indicative of juicing. But there, the field is so deep, and the training of athletes is so similar and so advanced, that there shouldn't be that big of a spread among the top athletes. The same just isn't true of Crossfit. There aren't enough elite athletes in Crossfit for there to be a close grouping of the top athletes. It's simply that there aren't enough elite athletes in Crossfit to see a close competition among the best Crossfitters. Also, unlike the Tour and the Olympics, Crossfitters don't know what they're training for. The randomness in the events can result in wider margins among the athletes. That margin would probably narrow if the Games had the same events every year.
I guess we'll all be eating PB&J (with no bread) now! (and a chocolate milk chaser?)
Sadly, I was on the road & couldn't see the coverage via hotel trickle-net.
As for the "margin of victory" marginalia: keep in mind that a first-place finish was worth 5 points vs second-place. A one-second or single-rep victory could give you a five-point margin over other competitors. So, the numbers aren't a reflection of the degree of victory, they are just the scoring system. Being fairly consistently a top-ten finisher would yield the best numbers and largest margins vs people who were not as consistently high performing.
This scoring system was introduced to reduce the impact of people who were eliminated in the later reductions of field. Is anyone going to say that Froning was "infinitely" better than Mikko and Orlando because of the point system?
Next year, to keep it honest, we'll have to have an indicator on athletes through the competition showing how many times they've had to pee in a cup, eh?
1) if excluding the two skill event we would have had another winner.
2) margin does not represent a time or a distance in the games but a ranking system. Quite likely that if you dominate in one WOD you probably dominate in another, and thus adding to the margin.
I don't care what anybody says if Rob O didn't have to do that silly swim he would of given Fronning a run for his money!
@43 Great point! I bet some of those amazing athletes will learn how to throw a softball before next years games. Crossfit and the element of surprise, gotta love it. Congrats Rich, Annie and all the athletes that had the courage to compete. Hope we get to watch live on TV next year.
The fact that you are looking at the points instead of the actual times of each event and then comparing with a marathon race is like comparing apples with pears.
Take a bunch of long jumpers and let them compete ten times against each other throughout a season and score it games style:
If the same guy wins all the ten events by just ten cm and the same guy comes in second in all the ten competitions the winner would get 1000p and the runner up 950p (5% ahead). But the actual margin in performance (if the winner jumped 8m every time) would be 10cm, which is just 0.1%.
I dunno if he's using or not, but your reasoning doesn't hold up I think.
The games were off the hook this weekend, my favorite moment was to watch the last team WOD specially the girl doing Fran from CFNE, she ROCKS.I bet she PR, Also Speal sled push. Unbelievable. Congrats to everyone who competed. The competition is getting better and better every year, what's next year weight classes?
It was a great weekend for sure. Regarding "supplementation" if I would be suspect of anything it wouldn't be the margin of victory as this might be explained by other factors as well but I have trouble believing that any human being can maintain the volume of training that Mr Froning does year round un-assisted. For me the positives of the weekend were the Masters divisions (if I had to choose someone to inspire me it would those guys), the programming which was good (with the exception of the soft-ball idiocy), I really liked the bikes, the crowds which were the biggest ever in the games and the level of competition in women's category.
However, there was a strong negative for me and that was the appaling coverage of the event for everyone outside the USA. After so much build up and hype, us the crossfiters in the rest of the world, got nothing of what was announced. No shows, no commentary, no explanations. If these was down to technical issues it's understandable as long as the HQ media people explain it to us. If it was a concious decision to reserve the better coverage for the network though it was very un-crossfit-like and shameful.
Just reminded myself of all the personal achievements I owe to crossfit! It truly is a incredible method that yields remarkable results. In fact, I might have to submit myself to a drug test, as its hard to believe how much it's changed my own life.
Once again thanks to the athletes for all they have given! Nobody can take away the inspiration you have provided for us over the weekend! I hope its a fair estimate that the vast majority of crossfitters love and support you all as much, if not more, than I do!
What I liked the most with the games this year was that Annie Sakamoto was competing and doing it so frikkin well. Congrats on a super performance Annie S.
Annie T wasn't too shabby either... ;)
A point system that allows for a victor to win by what is being perceived as a large margin also allows for as great of an opportunity to lose a large point lead. Example - Graham's brilliant advance on the final day. Rich established a large lead by winning (a lot). Everyone of the athletes that competed this weekend, at the regional and in the open for that matter performed amazingly. They are just that - athletes.
Contentment in ones preparation both physically and spiritually allow for a person to perform very well.
Give credit where credit is due.
I've been a fan of Rich F. since last games, but Josh Bridges is my new CF hero. He was trashed-talked during the Open and barely mentioned in all the build-up to the Games, then he showed up a stone-cold, CF stud this weekend. Most inspiring CF male competitor.
Annie S. was the most inspiring woman. What a legend and what a great attitude. When asked how one of the workouts was just after finishing, she responded with the most genuine smile "That----was----so-MUCH-FUN!" She inspired me when I first found CF and did it all over again this weekend.
Hey guys- I was away all weekend, looked like i missed a ton! Cant get the archived footage to work, it comes up "player loading" but never loads. Dying to see the action. Any suggestions or help? Please!!
Did the games check for steroids? I don't know why they wouldn't but just wanted to know. I obviously think the Crossfit competitors are extreme athletes and am not trying to discredit their hard work.
I went to reebok.com this morning, excited to see how they presented the fittest man and woman on Earth to the world. The only athlete pictured is in the lower left, and it's Peyton Manning.
Awesome Awesome Weekend!!!!!
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Thanks so much
Really wanted to see Clever repeat as the women's champ! She had the deck stacked against her with some tall person dominant events in the final workout (started with a row and wallballs). She competes with sportsmanship and a great attitude, she is the best ambassador for this sport. Kristan Clever is my new favorite Crossfit Athlete!
Does HQ check for $ter0id$ at the games? I do not want to take away any credit from the amazing competitors and athletes, and I do not think everyone wants to speculate, but if Crossfit is going to be treated like any other sport, and nationally recognized, the playing field must be equal. I love crossfit, and I am tired of reading about the drug speculation as well, so I just want my question answered by someone who knows the answer.
60 long seconds
3 awkward feet
First, congratulations to all the competitors from this years games. All were truly amazing and showed class. I am glad to see Froning win it this year. A real class act.
As far as the sponsorship from Reebok and there roll in it, a little too much for me. I know it's becoming a business w/ all the money and such, but let's not get away from the wholle idea behind CF. The announcer was horrible in my eyes and Castro should've been the man talking like he has in the past.
C U in 2012
@bamf #18...I'm not sure your "10.8 percent better than the next guy" statement is the basis for any type of logical argument. I mean if the Yankees beat the Cardinals in in 4 out of 5 games to win the World Series, would you argue that the results aren't valid because the Yankees aren't 400% better than the Cardinals?
The Yankees would be World Series Champions. If they played another series, the Cardinals might very well win, but the Yankees won the one that counted.
Cmon ppl just post ur times...
L= 42 secs
h= 10 feet
c/b=25 lbs (rings)
s= 75 lbs
Snatch def my weak point today. Just cant move past 75. I psych myself out i guess.
my favorite part of the games was watching Spealler push the sled as well. I didn't punch the numbers, but if all the scores were then divided by the athlete's bodyweight, would he take the competition? What about Clever in the same light? All in all, I love watching the athletes push to their limits, but I found myself commenting numerous times that the thing I love most about CF is that even though everyone wants to win, they still find the time and energy to stop and cheer for their rivals. I loved watching the athletes gather around the last athlete to encourage them to finish strong, and when Briggs was helping Clever with her sled pull, I said out loud..."I love this sport!"
HELEN, with 500m runs
For those of you wasting your time speculating about "supplements" and improperly calculating "margins", you really have no place in this community. Your defamation of character and outright disdain for the fittest man on the planet is sickening. We saw tremendous sportsmanship all weekend ... the type of character we all can be proud of and the type of character that should serve as a model to the rest of the professional sporting community! There were no touchdown dances, just honest, hard work rewarded by pats on the back, encouragement, and mutual respect among the competitors. Making baseless accusations represents everything this community is not. I'm glad you haters don't work out in my box ... this wouldn't be tolerated.
awesome job to all the competitors. loved how froning won it, then josh bein the new guy take 2nd, thenthe young man smith 3rd. same for women, loved how voigt finally got the podium.butttt, they need to give the masters more credit. theres all talk bought evet afterevent, then theres the masters. and 250,000 for individual and how much for masters 5,000? cmon.these guys are 45+.vi think its cool how Reebok is in it, but i think its getting out of hand. lets not forget the original crossfiters, the orginal site, and what origianly crossfit was. they then change the store, it just bam, pops out at u, have models, and took away stuff that i was just about to buy. everytime i heard "Reebok Crossfit Games". cmon.one last thing, why didnt Castro anounce anything? o, sry, he anounced there names comig into the heat. big wow.who was this guy?he did alright, give him credit. but he is nottt crossfit material for anouncing. glassman and castro found the games, they awayss have been in charge, castro has always anounced, and he goes way back with these athletes, he knows them. Go back to Every Second Counts and the '09 fames..even last year. but '08 and '09 where it was at. glassman wasnt even there on the court for the final awards!?!? castro didnt even anounce the awards. i love crossfit i have been crossfitng for 2 years, i will be competing when im older cuz im only in high school, but its getn i thnk outa hand.
Great work CFHQ, volunteers, judges, and or course competitors! The Games were a wonderful show, even from the vantage of a laptop.
Kudos and congratulations to all the winners!
Am I the only one that fell in love with Annie Sakamoto?
@56. No one asked you if we could participate in this "community". It's called an open forum for a reason. Discussion and differing viewpoints is how progress is made physically and intellectually. If you don't even want to consider alternatives to your view point, well then you're not welcome in my box either (read...I'm taking my toys and going home. Na na na na na na).
The CF Games have WADA-style testing for PEDs. Not saying it's foolproof, but it is up to Olympic and all major-ball sport standards.
The trolls come out already so sad to see.
For one CrossFit does do testing for illegal supplements there are entire Journal articles about what substances are banned and this has been talked about repeatedly. They've done it for years now.
Second alleging someone must be using because he is 10 percent better than every one else is an argument that makes no sense in this sport where training methodologies and the events that come out of the hopper are a huge factor in deciding who will do well over the course of the weekend.
Third to suggest that these athletes use without proof is just pathetic.
#26 John Thomas you are a tool. You know nothing of the kind and are simply attempting to stir the pot by being a troll. Your life is likely pathetic seeing as you have nothing better to do pretend to know stuff that you do not.
I've crossfited for five years. I'm proud of this sport and our athletes. I'm proud of the growth and excited for where the sport is headed. I'm proud that Rich and Annie are the fittest this year and believe they will do a fantastic job of representing our community.
I watched the game sporadically this weekend focusing mainly on the individual event and got the following comments.
-Games were well done in general and exciting to watch
-Women competition was far more exciting than the men competition. Was it because Rob and Mikko were disqualified early on, not really sure these two were up to par with Rich. But it's fun to stay on the top of your chair until the end of the final event
-Having the online results immediately posted was really adding to the excitement of following the games
-I switched to CFFB and Strength Bias for almost a year now and after watching the games it is clearly the direction CF is heading. Greater emphasis on Short Heavy metcon and raw strength then longer grueling body weight/low weight WOD
I think Main site programing should adapt to reflect that shift in the CF community. Perhaps having a strength WOD like CFFB and heavier metcon (I never saw 225 clean on a main site WOD). Even with a 26th place in the only "endurance event" Rich won the competitions before the last event.
-Concerning the point above I am wondering if the shift is due to the direction the community is taking or by the fact that Short Heavy Metcon and Max lift sells more to the general audience. We have to be careful not to become a Strong Men contest.
-I am not sure about the scoring system once competitor starts to be eliminated. even if you crash in the last event (like Rich did) you still score a lot of points since they assume you finished at least 12th. I am pretty sure that if everyone would have compete Rich would not have finished 8th in the last event, probably much lower. Performing in the early event is therefore much more important
-Given the much higher level of competition today, where do the 35-44 people fit in the games now. If the level keeps on increasing it is clear that this group of age won't be able to compete anymore. Even early 30's guys are showing signs of struggle.
-Finally CF community will have to come up with a clear message on juicing. Today it seems the topic is simply avoided as if it didn't exist. A clear policy message should be given to the community.
I really enjoyed the show and hope CF Games will become more and more mainstream in the future.
did these on saturday and sunday before the wod:
HS walk 100 ft (ran out of space)
Wt C2B 100#
SN 185# (205F,215F)
wasn't warmed up enough for the heavy snatch attempt.
I almost never post like this but there are so many rediculously jealous and immature posts I feel like I have to.
When did it come down to guilty until you prove yourself innocent? Rich Fronning has been putting up insane numbers for over 2 years now. I would say that the skill event played to one of his inherent strengths (baseball player and the softball throw) but other than that...? He has been working out like CRAZY.. talk about 3-5 WODs per day.. anybody want to try that insane schedule? He's a perfect size and has tons of skill training. He works out in the perfect environment with high end athletes with great equipment and a great environment of competition to push yourself evey day. He's at the best age of 24 to recover and he's a great natural athlete with a crazy work ethic.
I feel like he's a great athlete and a mature person for 24. He truely proved he was well rounded and the best CF athlete in the Games.
In my opinion within the next few years this will turn into a series of big evets throughout the yera with points being given to each event... then the top point earners will automatically be invited to the games as well as past winners, etc. I would be surprosed if we don't have Open type system from now on as well. It allows the unknowns to arrive if you will.
I liked the Open except for the many many technical difficulties. I would have preferred to be able to just film myself without looking to find someone to stand in the frames, etc. That was stupid in my opinion.. I mean if someone is going to go to the efforty to doctor up the images then they WILL be exposed in the regionals.
I would only hope that one day there will be weight classes.. I am only 133 lbs (the heaviest I have ever been) and certain exercises I will never be able to compete like max DL, etc. There is a reason that these type of events have gender and weight classes in their respoective sports. Why not divide the weight lifted by the person's body weight. If you're bigger you should be stronger, but then you also have to be proportionately stronger or it's actually not that impressive to some degree. Spealer snatching 210 is way more impressive that Fronning snatching 245 in my opinion. Not that it's not a great feat for Fronning's 245 snatch. I can't do either.. not even close.
Also, in my opinion, if you're stronger then you should be able to move your body around easier so the whole notion that only light guys can do bodyweight stuff well is silly. I wrestled and you should see a 190 lb guy who IS in shape doing pullups, etc. There are a lot of guys who are fine to do those movements.. it's just harder since they have to wield around more weight, so they should be that much stronger then.
Don't hate Fronning or doubt his performances just because he's that much better. All the stars aligned and there IS drug testing at the Games.. this is the beginins not the end. We'll see most of these people for the next few years I would suspect.
I'm having a hard time grasping the motivation behind all the talk about PED's. What's the point? Axe to grind on Foning? Big fan of another competitor? Troll just trying to knock CrossFit down a peg? Either you have faith in the athletes and the competition or don't bother to be involved and just do your own thing.
That being said, I still say Bagent is a terrible emcee and he owes Rich Froning an apology for questioning his heart.
What an awesome weekend, I am so impressed with these athletes. Not just for their amazing work capacity, but for their sportsmanship and camaraderie. The only complaint I had about Travis Bagent was that I didn't hear enough of him. His mic should have been tied into the audio in the live feed instead of just picking it up over the speakers. His enthusiasm more than made up for a few mistakes on names. His style was perfectly reflective of CF - professional with just the right amount of funk. Well done.
I am bummed about Mikko, I think had he not suffered a ruptured eardrum, he would have been there in the end. Oh well, so it goes, Froning is amazing and deserves the title.
What did everyone think of the programming? I didn't have much of a problem with the softball throw, but thought that it may have been more fair for the foreign athletes had it been a shotput for distance instead. I was also thrilled to see a swim, but maybe a pool swim would have been a bit safer for mostly inexperienced swimmers. I swam four years at the Division 1 level, and open water swimming is NO JOKE...200 meters or 1000 meters.
I just wanted to say congratulations to EVERYONE that competed, judged, coached, cheered, sold food, shot video, hauled equipment, etc. You all did a fantastic job bringing "our baby" CrossFit to more and more people across the globe. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!
As for PEDs....do what you do, but be ready to deal with the choices you make with your life. If you use and get caught, stand up and take it. It's the risk you take, yours and yours alone. Not some internet Ninjas who can't compete on that level. Life isn't fair, get over it.
Congrats again to all for their hard work! I might have talked me mom and dad into starting with me in a scaled version. THAT is worth more than any money or contracts ever would. Thanks again.
Rich Froning is a genetic freak. He is also one of the most hard working people I've ever seen. The media piece they did on him in the gym was amazing. He was doing almost 5-8 hard WOD's a day. Not to mention he very obviously ran out of gas on the last workout after completely crushing the first two of the 'final'. I have no question as to why he is the fittest man in the world: Hard Work.
Why no questions on whether Annie was juicing?
Face it, the weights this year were much heavier and that lent itself to someone like Froning with a huge weight lifting capacity and an engine from a freight train.
@Nick C. #50 - Try downloading the Google Chrome browser and watching the stream in that. It seemed to have the least issues during the live streams, so I imagine it should be best with the archived footage as well.
My favorite moments of the weekend (in no particular order):
- Spealler pushing the sled (That was one of the most impressive athletic displays I've ever seen)
- Josh Bridges cheering on Rich after finishing the sled push (Where else could you see the guy in second place cheering on the only man between him and 1/4 million dollars?)
- Everyone high-fiving Josh as he came back from his second run on the beach workout
- Annie T. managing to smile even when she looked like she was ready to pass out
- Annie S. dominating the sled push (I thought she would have serious trouble with it, but I can't remember a woman moving it faster than her)
- General sportsmanship and camaraderie throughout the weekend was incredible
- It was awesome to be able to watch most of the events live via the internet
Things that need to be improved:
- Softball seemed unfair to Europeans and the accuracy standard seemed arbitrary and dumb (Blair should have won it, but he was 6 inches out of bounds)
- L-sit standard needs to be revised (I think no bending of the knees makes the most sense – the gymnasts superb form seemed to give them a disadvantage)
- Consistent starting points (I think heat 1 women got to sit in rowers to start, but heat 2 were told to be out of the rowers at the start of Events 8,9, and 10)
- No more equipment failures (Camille’s rower in Event 9)
- It would be nice to have commentary on the live streaming
- Commentary and production of the live stream coverage was pretty poor (lots of awkward pauses before cutting to different cameras, focusing on athletes that already finished while over half of the field has finished - this was especially bad on the first event when they cut away to some stupid interview while 2/3rds of the field was still on the last run. If people are still competing please show me them. On the final workouts it seemed like the camera people were only interesting in filming 4 or 5 of the people - I didn’t see much of Gretchen, Zack Forrest, etc.)
- I know they are going for the whole unknown and unknowable thing, but it would be nice to have a better idea of the schedule of events in advance
All in all the games were awesome to watch this year and I can’t to see what HQ has in store for us next year – I just hope they can resolve some of the issues that are inevitable for a fast growing sport.
To all the people who talk about "supplements": How many people on "supplements" have you known that are as kind and humble as the top 3 this year? There were definitely some men that lost their tempers this weekend, but Rich, Josh, and Ben were not among them.
The Crossfit Games does have drug testing. It's urine testing, not blood testing, but will be able to catch most standard "supplements". If you remember, last year two athletes were caught afterwards for taking something you can buy at GNC but contained some illegal substances. They were unaware that what they were taking contained banned items in their supplements, but that just tells you that the testing does cover a wide variety of items... Obviously if someone is willing to go to the extreme of blood doping or "Balco" type of stuff, then they are probably paying more then the prize money itself.
@Nick C. #50 - Try downloading the Google Chrome browser and watching the stream in that. It seemed to have the least issues during the live streams, so I imagine it should be best with the archived footage as well.
To all the people who talk about "supplements": How many people on "supplements" have you known that are as kind and humble as the top 3 this year? There were definitely some men that lost their tempers this weekend, but Rich, Josh, and Ben were not among them.
Everyone except for #53 and a minute few others Get a grip and post your results for todays WOD. If you want to be a bunch of imature whiners and haters go post on your face book or where ever. Lets keep this site about promoting fitness and supporting each others achievements!
@ #43 and #46,
The element of surprise this year was enjoyable, agreed. I laughed to myself in the HSPU/Butcher event that Rogue was getting a PO for 100,000 Butcher sleds by end of weekend. Crossfitters were saying, "oh hell! Gotta get that in the repertoire!"
to all "supplements", im not sayn anything against the athletes. they are humble, when i talk to them, they are amazing. im just not liking how reebok is like takin over. the "reebok cf games" "reebok crossfit". castro didnt even anounce! this guy doesnt know the competitors like castro and glassman do. that my opinion
Results w/o skills 1 workout:
1 Rich Froning USA (020)
2 Joshua Bridges USA (036)
3 Graham Holmberg USA (010)
4 Blair Morrison USA (044)
5 Ben Smith USA (028)
6 Jason Khalipa USA (008)
7 Dan Bailey USA (032)
8 Matt Chan USA (022)
9 Chris Spealler USA (021)
10 Spencer Hendel USA (058)
11 Patrick Barber NZL (026)
12 Zach Forrest USA (060)
Froning should be given high praise, no matter what. that was pretty incredibly entertaining and a site to see both such a high metcon threshold and strength. he has raised the bar and that is a good thing for xfit. between him and Annie Thorisdottir I'm not sure who is going to beat them in the next couple of years unless others step their games up. it's hard for me to say that given i was hoping the more charismatic and non arrogant persona of someone like Bridges would have won on the men's side. but it's ultimately a good thing for xfit to see the bar raised so high. it's also neat to see that someone who doesn't follow a strict paleo diet can compete at such a high level shining light on the fact that paleo/zone isn't the only way to go.
Does anyone know definitively what happened to Mikko, Rob O, and Camille's C2 issue? Or have any of them spoken in a public forum about it? It's like Kobe Bryant getting sent to the lockerroom in game one of the NBA finals, and no one really saying anything about it.
Great coverage, even in Europe via Jumbotron! Good
What hapened to Rob Orlando? Did he get hurt or just not a good swimmer? Since he DNF'd does that mean he could not compete any longer or did he choose to not compete?
Ten percent higher score doesn't mean ten percent better performance. It just means being the person who most consistently scores at the top of all of the workouts. Since the scores are based on rank in a workout, there can be only a few seconds, feet, or pounds separating first and third place - a 10% difference in points awarded (100 vs 90). It's an artifact of a scoring system that's designed to keep things exciting by making it possible for there to be big changes in the rankings even in the last 3 events.
If someone's training program happened to coincide extremely well with the events, it's entirely possible they could have that big of a lead. Look at Annie T - if she had rocked the Skills 1 workout, she would have had just as commanding of a lead. But nobody's implying she's using "supplements".
The Games were awesome and incredibly inspiring. If all you can think about after watching them is that the winners couldn't have achieved those results with "just Crossfit", then it's on you to get out there and prove that it can't be done.
+1 for #30
I can't talk for anyone else, but I know Rich personally and have worked out with him my fair share of times over the past 2.5 years from the time he started doing CrossFit until now and he has never taken any illegal supplement by CrossFit standards or any other standard. He is, on the other hand, the most competitive person and the hardest working person I have ever met and has always been that way. His faith just serves as the foundation on which his natural God given abilities and insane work ethic meet.
I can understand the suspicion surrounding some of these guys, given the strength of us mere mortals, but I will vouch for Rich any day.
Froning Jr, Annie T - amazing job on some incredibly hard events!!
L-Sit- 30.3 sec
Handstand walk 8 ft (disappointing PR is 25)
weighted pullup chest to bar 80lbs
A few comments on what has been written above.
1) The margin of victory is not an accurate indication of anything. It depends heavily on the scoring system and on the programming. Better if you took the average placement but even this can be misleading for the same reasons. The scoring system was an improvement however, if it was tweaked a bit to widen the margin between first and second (like a MotoGP scoring) it would make for more interesting games.
2) Regardless of whether I believe that top crossfiters are using PEDs, testing shows only that they were not using at that particular time, yet the greatest benefits of using PEDs are reaped during the preparation period. So someone may have been using then stop about a month before the games and not get caught by the tests. That is why WADA does tests throughout the year. Again I am not saying that people are using I just don't like reading that argument.
3) Programming for the games was better than last year's (in my opinion) but I didn't like the ball throw at all.
4) Broadcasting was OK on Saturday and Sunday (in Europe where I live) but in terms of commentating and information given was worse than last year. It didn't live up to the hype I have to say. So for next year please be upfront about it. Just say "it's going to be awesome, blah, blah, blah... but only if you live in the States"...
L-sit= 8 sec
WPU= 53lbs(almost had 70)
Snatch=155(185 is PR failed 4 at 175)
But just because I have these numbers doesn't mean others are juicing, it just means I suck!
Congrats to Froning on what was obviously an amazingly impressive weekend, judging by all these unfounded accusations.
But guys, the fact of the matter is that these Games are just a particular sequence of programming with points attached to it. Froning happened to be the best in these events, and I would surely admit that he is one of the fittest guys there, if not the fittest. It seems that we will never be satisfied with the programming, and that is just the way it may always be when the Games are restricted to a weekend. There is just too limited a window to test all aspects of fitness. Just because he was 11 percent better than the 2nd guy does not mean is 11 percent fitter (whatever that could mean). It just means that he did 11 percent better in these scored events.
a day of humility - and discovering new things to work on
20 second L-sit
72 pound - dead hang, honest to God collarbones to bar
24 feet 3 inches handstand walk
150 pound snatch, though I'v done better
Those were great Games! I was feeling pretty left out when the Reebok exec made the presentations, they all waved goodbye, and then he said, 'We've got a big party in the tent. We hope to see everyone there!' - and then the jumbotron feed stopped DEAD. All I could see was the Games logo, and then black. That was damned lonesome.
The Games were and are freakin awesome and do exactly what they say they set out to do: find the fittest person on earth. They did and part of what makes it awesome is that if it was hotter, if it was raining, if, if, if. "if" changes things and I don't doubt that every single athlete there was in ridiculous shape. Just fun to watch and take it all in. Good stuff.
Also, just a quick question:
If I'm working on building my HS Walk, is the best skill development through HS Push-ups or by some other method? Anytime I come up to something I don't know how to do well or can't do (muscle-up without rings, etc.); I tend to focus on those in my skill work portion prior to my WOD.
Does anyone else do this and has this been effective for you?
L-sit: 11 sec
HS Walk: n/a - skill work
Weighted Pull-up: 80#
Snatch: n/a - skill work
Froning was a beast. He deserved everything he got! It was clear he would win before the games even started.
He would have not finished less than 8th on the last event if he didn't need to. He knew he was ahead by a very large margin and didn't need to push it in the last event.
Crossfit and Crossfitters are the BEST. I love the encouragement and assistance from your biggest opposition. Where else would you ever see that. It can't even be explained that easily. As those on this board know, it's really something special and I'm really proud to be a part of it.
Great job on the games. Let's do it on the east coast next year so I can go!!! How about at Reebok?
Funny thing, I watched most of the games but don't remember the names of all of the top finishers, but I do recall quite vividly the amount of pure effort, heart, and sweat exhibited throughout the weekend.
Points, shmoints...I just want to see competitors who refuse to leave anything on the table, whether they're first or one-hundred-and-first...and I saw enough of that to last me 'til next year!
All competitors impressed but for me, Josh Bridges and Annie Sakomoto were tops.
Truly amazing performances. I was glued to the computer for every event. As a swimmer and triathlete, the swim and sand run were fantastic. I also wish Mikko and Rob didn't have injuries or difficulties early on. They will be back.
Regardless, Froning, Joshua and Ben were incredible! Way to go Graham. Nice strategy at the last few events to grab additional points. Annie T. is amazing. She is so powerful and has such a humble spirit. Congrats to Annie, Kristen and Rebecca. Each competitor gave their best efforts. Thank you for your hard work and truly inspirational performances.
I'm on a PED..called CrossFit
Gar, to my brethren in the Lord JC:
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from JC, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.
To the critic,
G-d chooses His champions. Who are we, His creation, to question Him? Since the beginning of time, G-d has chosen His own to represent Himself. He accepted Able’s sacrifice, but rejected Cain’s. He chose Enoch and Elijah to escape death; for they never tasted it, but were taken up into heaven alive. He chose Noah to deliver his family from among all the people of the earth before the great flood destroyed them who were left. He chose Moses to deliver His people from Egypt. He chose a boy named David from among many faithful brethren to defeat Goliath. He chose (12) disciples to preach repentance and faith in JC for the forgiveness of sins. But the most amazing choice G-d made was choosing His one and only Son to pay the ransom for the sins of the world.
G-d does chose; the difference between those who believe and trust Him is this: Those who really believe in JC all share in the same victory of the person G-d chooses to lift up. G-d chose to lift up Rich Fronning this past weekend, and Graham Holmberg, Chris Spealler, and all faithful followers of JC shared in this victory!
In the end, all the faithfully will fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and we will cast our crowns before the throne, saying: "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created."
Peace be with you,
Handstand subbed 22 sec wall handstand alternating hand on floor
45lb Pull Up
95 lb snatch; mightve gotten more but tried 115 and made my shoulders very sore so called it quits
Games are awesome and motivational but maybe a different blog for that sorta stuff.
Crossfit has an uncanny way to motive a fitness focused person and I am grateful for everyone involved athletes, members and admin alike. Definitely gotta work more, obvious in my numbers but this program will get me there.
What's a replacement for handstand walks?
Great Job! Loved seeing this new sport taking off and all the rough edges. Thought it was very inspiring. I might even have to take a crack at it next year?
GREAT JOB CROSSFIT HQ! WELL DONE!
male, 39 yo, 151#, 68"
L sit: 18 sec
Walk on hands: 3 feet
Weighted pull ups: 40#
Snatch 1 rep: 135#
Hand stand hold against a wall for time.
WOW!!! How disappointing and truly sad it is for those of you who do not beleive that God, Lord, JC, Buddha, whatever name you choose for GOD, is capable of giving someoene such invincible inner strength. It's not like GOD came down and struck him with a lightning bolt of extreme athleticism at the last minute. It's called "manifestation." Trusting in GOD and the universe that "all is as it should be, and that you will accept whatever outcome." Clearly Rich has put his faith in GOD, Lord, JC, etc, for many many years. Instead of judging him for such intrinsic beauty and trust, and a ridiculous amount of inner and outer strength, learn from him. At the young age of, I think he's 25, he is more enlightened then most people will ever be in there lives. All of you who criticize GOD's ability to provide one with strength are truly ignorant. And, what a sad life for you. He also trained like a mofo to get there, AND WIN, but all with the "HIGHER-POWER'S" guidance. If you look at many of the winners, last year, this year, they seem very happy and light, and truly supportive of their fellow competitors. Being a HUGE Kristan Clever fan I was somewhat disappointed not to see her take 1st again, but you know what, after seeing her smile on that podium from ear to ear, clearly she was just thrilled to be there. Basically, peace, love, harmony, and most of all TRUE faith, will bring to one whatever they want. BUT first one has to remove all doubt and replace it with faith and trust. Congratulations and GOD bless to all the athletes this weekend. True warriors with heart =)
made up my own WOD today:
5 RFT of:
(10) 225# deadlift; (10) GHD situps; (20) walking lunge steps; (10) 115# push jerk
Congrats to everyone that competed in the games as well as everyone who helped out with making the games happen. It was an awesome event. Proud to be a CrossFitter!
wasn't able to do this WOD because of a bad shoulder, so subbed in "Angie"
after about 30 pullups or so, I had to alternate between jumping PUs, negatives, and kipping. Otherwise, all as requested.
I don't understand why people think the baseball throw was ridiculous. It's a great measure of a very important skill.
It is however NOT very good for a wod. And that is of course why it isn't on the mainsite.
I don't think it's disantvantagous to non Americans either. Kids throw balls over here in Europe too you know.
A shot put is more like a wallball than a throw, so that would be useless.
TO ALL STEROID SPECULATORS...
Don't you think these guys are big because of good genetics? Most of them have a mesomorphic body type. Add in some protein, glutamine, creatine, possible testosterone boost, and hard training and it's quite simple to look like these athletes and lift like they do without anabolics.
CrossFit you've outdone yourself, again. The games were fantastic - a fantastic event to watch (thanks for the webcast and EPSN cast) and an obviously fantastic event to have held. Well done! Hats off!
WOD: L-sit is all I can do b/c of my arm.
I held the L-sit for 21 seconds.
I did go on to Clean 95# which is the most I've cleaned since surgery! Stoked, It felt great and was at the end of a wod so I think I could go heavier. Slow and steady - soon I'll be back on the pull-up bar, i hope!
Today's WOD (post-L-sit test):
3 minute AMRAP: minute 1: max rep 24 inch box jumps, minute 2 max reps wall ball shots, minute 3 max rep push-ups with hand release. Not sure of score because a pesky stray dog kept coming in and laying on me. Rest 1 minute then run 600 m, 30 burpees, run 400 m, 20 ground to overhead (95#, anyhow), run 200 m 10 KB SDHP, 5 handstand push-ups, then 100 m walking lunge with a weight or med ball. Time: damn dog messed me up again but somewhere around 13: something.
Rest 2 minutes then do a 1 minute amrap max air squats.
Strength: Deadlift 5x5
L-sit for time: 30 secs
Max HSPU: 15
Chest to bar weighted pull-up: 45lbs
Snatch 1 rep: 115lbs
L-sit :58 seconds... almost made the 1 min mark!!
HS walk 95 feet with a pivot turn around at 65 ft.
CTB weighted pull up. 20# we don't have the right set up for that. the weighted vest smacked me in the throat.
95# snatch...need to work on that
Perform the following tests:
L-sit for time.
Handstand walk for distance.
Chest to bar weighted pull-up for load. with 2 min time cap
Snatch 1 rep for load. with 2 min time cap
L sit 32seconds
handstand walk 5 feet (one try only)
C2B pullup 38lbs then time was up I had a bit more in me.
Snach 125lbs and times up. I had ALOT more in me, but I gave myself the same 2 min cap as in the games. I should have jumped faster. 2 min is'nt much.
L-sit for time. 10 seconds (sucking)
Handstand (on wall)for time: :58
Chest to bar weighted pull-up for load- 50 #.
Snatch 1 rep for load.-111 lbs
22sec wall handstand alternating hand on ground
45lb pull up
95 snatch; tried 115 but no platform at lame gym and shoulders became very sore so called it quits
@131...Do you even know what anabolic steroids are? You say "add in a testosterone boost"...that would mean supplements.
And to everyone who thinks I'm a hater...I could care less. RF was amazing and completely destroyed the field. Kudos to him for doing that and I take nothing away from the fact that he did it. All I'm saying is that that performance, if you wanna base it on points or how many top 5 finishes he has compared to the rest of the field, at the VERY LEAST should raise an eyebrow.
If he is using superman supplements fine and I honestly couldn't care less. I'm not in his league if I WAS juicing and I know that. But if he is using then that knowledge would help me determining what kind of programming, goals, and nutrition methods work. Thats what I'm saying.
And to anyone that thinks G-D or GOD, or God, or whatever helped him win...I hope it makes sense to you that there was intervention in the CrossFit games by some diety and that person/diety is a bit to busy to intervene in the daily lives of those who are starving to death, jobless, or in war zones. Comments like that make me sick.
L-sit: 48 seconds on rings
HS Walk: 21ft 4in, I suck at these
C2B weighted pull-up: 120lbs, don't suck at these
Snatch: 155lbs, I'll take it after not being able to lift more than a handful of times in the passed 6 months
Team Judgement...Hats off to Boz and the crew. It was a blast to serve with you all this past weekend. See you guys out on the road.
Did the spartan 300 in 15:58.
Boxjump was 40cm high.
Yesterday's MU/DL/GHD/sprint workout:
Wow, to think Josh Bridges did that in 7+ minutes!
Congrats to Rich & Annie!
And thank you CrossFit!
Oh Suzanne, I don't even know where to begin...The suggestion that the creator of the universe decided to bestow the Crossfit Games victory on the man who did, in fact, train hard and win is absurdly presumptuous and outright silly. Graham Holmberg put in an amazing performance last year and is also a devout Christian. Your suggestion that God took a special interest in Froning's training AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS (only one winner, right?) is completely ridiculous, and you are either deluding yourself or just not being honest if you suggest otherwise. Just think about it, Dan Bailey is a fantastic athlete and devout Christian too. Did God pick one winner for the Open and another for the Games? I hope you can see that your suggestion is based on no evidence whatsoever (put forth in a community supposedly committed to evidence). Is it wrong for me to ask for evidence or alternative plausible explanations? If so, there is a problem...
lsit - 40/ hswalk 5 ft/ pullup 50/ snatch 135 cool down 9-6-3 pullups and 95 lb. snatch with 500 meter row before each set.....humbling
W/U: 3 rounds of L-sit hold; erg row, 10 cal; push-up, 10x; AbMat sit-up, 10x; OHS, 10x.
L-sit hold: 0:32.
Handstand walk: 14 feet.
CTB weighted pull-up: 70#.
1RM snatch: 135#.
C/D: SP, 150x1 - 165x1 - 180(f).
Three attempts at the L-sit hold (done during the w/u): 0:21 - 0:31 - 0:32. One attempt at handstand walk. Usually I can go longer, but I came to a halt at 14 feet and couldn't get going again. Did it in my backyard. Maybe the ground wasn't level? Used a 2 minute time limit for the CTB weighted pull-up (50-60-70) and for the full squat snatch (115-135). Didn't have much strength for the SP today. Not sure why. Had fun doing this workout.
20 min ARMAP of:
5 weighted pullups 20lbs
10 hand release pushups
15 front squats 80lbs
9 rounds + 5 pullups + 10 pushups.
135lb OH walk 25m
weighted PU 98lbs
Snatch attempted 135x3, then gave up.
Very blah day today, just couldn't get with it. Looking forward to rest day.
Run 400 meters
Run 800 meters
Run 1200 meters
Run 1600 meters
If anyone thinks those guys/girls were on something, they haven't been crossfitting long enough.
Hswalk-12 feet11/2 inches
5 front squats@185
5 burpee boxjumps 21inch
L-SIT 18 SEC
HS WALK(HANDSTAND SHUFFLE WLK 59 SEC
WEIGHTED PULLUP 80 POUNDS
SNATCH 135 POUNDS (UGLY FORM BUT GOT IT)
@Mike... You are entitled to your feelings respectfully =) I personally beleive that YES, the higher powers that "BE" are behind everything, both light and dark. I hear you about their training getting them there, obviously, as I mention that in my post as well. I personally beleive that there is something else--something GREATER, which brings me comfort. I do feel sad for those that do not beleive in the power of the universe and manifestation, and that there is something truly greater--I pray for them. You are absolutely right that what I am suggesting has no evidence, that's why it is called "FAITH." Faith is trusting in something greater that one cannot see. Call me delusional Mike, you are entitled. I am human, and at times I struggle with that which is not seen in the physical, but I have been blessed with a child that is, at 4 years old, more enlightened and informed that there is something greater. So, he has reinforced my FAITH which brings me peace. I thank you for being honest with your feelings. In the end I celebrate that 2 phenomenal hard working KICK A-S mofos won the CrossFit Games 2011 =) Congratulations to ALL competitors--it takes heart and soul to put yourself out there. I hope to some day compete in Master's... First I have to grow some BAWLZ =)
Lsit: 35 sec
HS Walk: 20ft
CTBPU: 90 lbs
Snatch: 175 lbs
Total Time: 15 minutes
20 sec rings L-ish sit, 1' handstand walk (subbed max hspu--did 20), 25lb chest to bar pull up, 125lb snatch. 1k run wu 4:56. abmat x 16 after.
comment #33 is awesome...it so good I've read it 5 times and giggled every time...
L-sit for time (on rings).
Chest to bar weighted pull-up for load.
Snatch 1 rep for load.
2 HSUP's (wall-facing)
I cant do a hand stand push up let alone walk on my hands. Any input on how to scale that. Thanks.
Weighted pull up: 55 lbs
Havnt snatched since high school, I was suprised at how much I did
my humble opinion is this years games was great minus event 1. for a general inclusive fitness program event 1 pretty much excluded everyone who doesnt have access to a ocean or beach for that matter. it also elimanated two of the top contenders. but it was awesome to see the elite if crossfit crush it.
Need evidence, see Gar's post #121 or so. The number may have changed depending on how many posts are in the filter and not yet approved.
Caught in filter.
As Rx: 0:32 - 14 feet - 70 - 135.
CFWU(1 set only of pull-ups/dips)
L-Sit on dip machine bars ~20 sec (2 attempts)
Handstand walk against wall, 50 shoulder touches
CTB pull-up 65f,60
@142. Faith breeds confidence and fortitude. God isn't some dude in the sky that hands a little magic to the guy with the best build. He happened to think Froning was more deserving than his other Christian boys this weekend? That's not what the faithful are saying. No, faith in God is trusting that the will of nature is greater than the feeble human ego, that man's will is endowed with the same strength that drives a river through a mountain. So, yes, it damn well helps some athletes to be aware of the strength their true nature supplies them and of the limitation their lower mind can hamper them with. I'm not religious at all, it just irks me when people think faith is synonymous with the cooky Jesus people they see around town.
L sit: 25 seconds
HSW: 66ft (approximate) from the end line of a basketball court to the free-throw line on the opposite side.
I was not able to do the other 2 because of the gym I was at.
I am beyond disappointed in this comment stream. I remember when you could log on and just see people trying to push other people, not tear each other down. It was what made our community great. It is good to see that so many competitors still showed that sportsmanship at the Games. Congrats Rich and Annie, your hard work has paid off. Trust that most of us are just inspired by you, not trolls trying to justify why our numbers aren't as good as yours.
L-sit: 27 seconds
HSW-33 feet...ran out of room
Lsit 40 seconds
HSW wasn't happening today
70 lb chest to bar
Congrats to Rich and Annie and all competitors.
weighted pull up: 40kg
handstand walk: 0m
L Sit was more a Knee sit because of my back: 1:24
HSW: 20 ft.
CTB: 105 lb.
No snatch today.
L: 42 seconds.
HSW: 10 feet.
C2B: 50 lbs.
ran today on track temp was 99-100 deg
time 1.5 mile 11:26(2400m 11:360
@ Mike R, fair enough, I can definitely go with that.
@ Suzanne, thanks for your response. I really appreciate your honesty, although we disagree. This is probably not the right forum for this type of discussion anyway, but I do find it comforting to hear people articulate their views on life, and I enjoy anyone willing to have that conversation. Sometimes the Bible thumping "Praise Jesus" talk is quite easily explained by what we already know (for example hard work in training and excellent genetics), which makes all the other stuff superfluous at best. Anyway, I have absolutely no problem with disagreeing with anyone, but sometimes when people say things like those who do not believe are "ignorant" (which I don't really think you meant), then that really gets me going because I try to be the one searching for reasons, rather than making them up. I apologize for any hostility in my tone.
M/ 37/ 133 lbs/ 5'-6"
L-Sit hold for time: 53 seconds (I did this similar to how I saw it done on the games.. with plates under my feet and on paralettes)
Handstand walk for distance: 5' (this is a weakness obviously, however it's a skill, not a strength weakness. I was practicing and started to get it a little bit.. I think I'm going to try to work on this every other day or so until I can somewhat get it.)
Weighted Chest to Bar pullup: 37.5 lbs
Snatch: 120 lbs (failed two times with 125 lbs.. not sure.. maybe the weighted pullups and it was the last event, but I was just not feeling it that much. 120 went up with no problem, as did 115. I think 125 and higher is a mind issue. I will practice higher reps with 120 to get super confident with it and then start doing drop downs with 125 & 130 to get used to it as well)
This was fun. I stopped at 37.5 lbs to maintain good form and to keep the pace of the WOD.. I don't think each event should take too long. I just did one attempt at the L Sit hold and went from there. I did a couple attempts at the handstand walk because it is a weakness of mine and wanted to get a little practice in. I worked up to the 37.5 lbs and worked up to 120 lb snatch. I am confident that I can get bodyweight but need to just chip away at it.. then I'll get confident with that and go up from there.. little bit by little bit I guess.. I don't have any bumper plates in my gym so I have to try to catch the wieght when I drop it.
Froning COULD have went harder if he HAD to in the very final WOD. He had it sewn up at that point and the race was for second place, so I believe he let that play out, instead of possibly taking points that he didn't need.
My Father (G-d) is able and willing to help the starving children, the dying/wounded solider, the lonely widow, and the common man in the most minute aspects of his common life. He is all things to all people at all times. All may call upon His name, in times of play, as well as times of great need.
He is, after all a Father. And like any good earthly father, He does enjoy His relationship with His children; with those that are hurting, just has much as those who are at play. He is great, and I love Him.
Fun vacation WOD on Cape Cod with "The Heir" and Lil'bingo
DB Swing 50#
Nice Job Sue!!!! Just Show Up...
L-sit for time.
Not really an L-sit, but off edge of bench - 1:36
Handstand for time - 34 seconds - not happy with that
chest to bar weighted pullup - 17.5
Snatch - still don't have this lift in good form - 120
I did a modified L-sit for a minute and 6 seconds, then I did a 17 1/2# weighted pullup, and 45# snatch.
I know its not a lot, but after all, I am only 13 years old ^_^
Dehydrated / sick DND
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Your analysis, based on the scoring, cannot be extrapolated to performance because the scoring was placement based, not work capacity or power based. If one were to go into the details of the results and compute the work done it is likely that Rich's margin would be ~1 order of magnitude LESS. The ~11% margin is a reflection of the scoring strategy only. Your argument implies a lack of understanding of the scoring of the Games.
Question: if Rich's victory measured in reps, seconds, and pounds was 1% (my conjecture since no one has done the math yet), would that STILL imply that he could not have achieved it through training alone?
The scoring method is easily available on the Games site.
32 seconds L-sit
60 seconds handstand hold against a wall
30kg weighted C2B pull-up
65kg 1 RM snatch (performed a few weeks ago during the 1 snatch a minute WOD for 15 minutes)
Couldn't walk on my hands to save my life.
2.5'...maybe should have done handstand hold for time
19 seconds, more like a lazy j
can't do handstand so worked on that
44 lbs ctb pull-up
L-sit: 37.35 seconds
HSW (subbed just a hand stand against a wall for time): 36.86 seconds
CTB (subbed tri-cep extensions): 230lbs
Did not do
Strength WOD Week #5
8 handstand pu
3 Power cleans (135#)
6 SDHP (2-pood KB)
9 Box jumps (24" box)
3 Power cleans (95#)
6 SDHP (1.5-pood KB)
9 Box jumps (20" box)
L-sit: 37 seconds
Handstand walk: 27 feet
C2B wtd. pull-up: 40 pounds
Snatch: 175 pounds
Did these as per the Games, except I gave myself two attempts on the handstand walk (I got 17 feet on the first attempt). Did the C2B and snatch back to back in 2-minute intervals. Had a hard time with the chest-to-bar weighted pull-up, failed at 50 and 45 pounds. On the snatch, I got 155, then missed 175 twice before finally getting it with 5 seconds on the clock.
L sit: 34 sec
40 handstand shoulder touches (alternating arms)
55# weighted pullup
155# squat snatch (PR)
Couldn't find a regular pullup bar at the base gym in San Diego (had to do them on angled bar). Tried 70# and 80# to no avail-- I've done 70+ before. And, of course, can't do handstand walk.
55 wall walks
25 seconds on fingertips (floor) I've done much better but the abs are tired from 60 ghd's on Friday I guess!
175lbs snatch (pr)
I've been trying to get a bw snatch for a long time!
Handstand walk: 20 meters
Weighted pull up: 25 kg
Snatch 63 kg
L-sit: 22 sec
Handstand Walk: 4 ft
Weighted C2B: 45lb
2 ft - can't HS walk :(
50 for sure, 55 maybe (hard to tell we bar at gym - bar broken in middle)
140 felt good, would have tried more if gym had bumper plates
subbed 10 minutes of:
9 tall box jumps
5 2/3 rounds + 5 jumps