Posts Tagged ‘2011 CrossFit Games’

Alright, everyone… the final workout has been released! It just happens to be the same workout that ended the Open last year. Interesting, huh?

My advice and strategy video is featured below. GOOD LUCK!!

I had to give it a go last night because I leave for the airport in a few minutes for a weekend trip, so here is that attempt. I checked my score from last year after I had completed it, and I actually got two MORE reps last year…. not exactly the improvement year-over-year I was looking for, BUT I don’t think I paced myself properly last night. Here’s to hoping I get around to trying it again, and can get a few more reps if I do!

Last night the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games were featured during Prime time on ESPN2 (a Major Cable network!). For MANY of you, it may have been the first exposure you ever had to our sport of CrossFit. To avid CrossFitters, it was certainly the most “mainstream” exposure we’ve ever seen given to our sport.

Regardless of your stance and experience with it, what are your thoughts? Did you like learning about CrossFit and the CrossFit Games? If you knew about them already, do you think the shows last night did them justice?

I’m curious to how you all feel about it. All I know is that I was like a kid in a candy store watching some of my friends and other CrossFit starts tear it up! I’m a very active CrossFitter and a trainer at CrossFit Lakewood here in Denver, Colorado, so seeing my hobby and passion being presented to such a large audience actually filled me with a HUGE sense of pride!

If you missed the shows last night, fear not, there are two more weeks of coverage on Wednesday nights! Check the trailer for the show below, and the TV schedule below that.

So…. what’d you guys think?!

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Here's the full schedule of events for ESPN2

Well folks, the Sport of CrossFit is turning heads yet again. This time, on a slightly larger scale.

From 5 years ago where the “CrossFit Games” were held on a ranch in Southern California with a few people, to all but selling out the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, CrossFit is about to receive a pretty grand stage to showcase what we’re all about.

Starting TONIGHT Wednesday,  September 14th, a recap of The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games will be televised on ESPN2!!

Check out the video below showing what it will be all about, and the TV schedule I pulled from the official video. This is going to be SO COOL! Now, part of “our story” will be put out there for thousands (millions?) of other people to see.

First, Reebok partners with CrossFit and starts to release a CrossFit-Specific clothing line. Now, ESPN2 Prime Time Coverage for 2 weeks in a row? Get ready for the next big wave, people. I told you we were going to take off.


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Here's the full schedule of events for ESPN2

It’s rare that I’ll post 2 “Moment of Awesomeness” posts on the same day… but I think you’ll see why I shared this one!

For those who think “CrossFit isn’t for me,” I would just urge them to watch this incredibly inspiring video of the 2nd Fittest Woman in the WORLD in her age bracket, Darlene Price! Stories like these are my favorite part of CrossFit, hands down.

Thanks to CrossFit Austin for putting together this awesome video, and thanks to the SICFIT Crew for sharing it with more CrossFitters.

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So I’m just going to post the events and their descriptions for Events 2 and 5 for the 2011 CrossFit Games below. My take on them…. awesome. They’re only 2 of 5 (or more…. definitely more) events, and they capture so many unique facets of fitness.

I approve! (Since you care)

Remember, this stuff is pasted straight off of the Official CrossFit Games site.

While sitting in the stands, the athletes learned Events 2 and 5 for the individual competition. Both are 3-part skills tests. Individual Event 2 is:

Skills 1
Max L-sit for time (1 attempt)
Max distance softball throw (2 attempts)
Max distance handstand walk (1 attempt with 1 mulligan if less than 5 yards)

Athletes will be scored for this event in the same system as the Regional scoring. And they will be ranked in each test with the sum of their 3 rankings determining their final score for the event. Low score wins and will receive the identical points as the other events.

Individual Event 5 is:

Skills 2
1 rep max weighted chest-to-bar pull-up for load
1 rep max snatch for load
Jug carry for distance in 60 seconds

Each athlete has 2 minutes to establish a 1 rep max chest-to-bar pull-ups, 2 minutes to establish a 1 rep max snatch, and then will have 60 seconds to carry 2 weighted water jugs, as far as possible.

Athletes will be ranked in each test with the sum of their 3 rankings, determining their final score for the event

It’s finally here!! They have announced the first event of the 2011 CrossFit Games.

As predicted, there is actually a SWIMMING segment of the first workout. I am VERY excited to see what this does to the field, especially since I swam through high school and college!

For time:
210 meter Ocean swim
1,500 meter Soft-sand run
50 Chest-to-bar pull-ups
100 Hand-release push-ups
200 Squats
1,500 meter Soft-sand run

Yeah. The next big thing just happened to CrossFit.

ESPN3 is on board as the site that will officially stream the 2011 CrossFit Games in Carson, CA, this coming weekend. This should give so much more exposure to the “Sport” of CrossFit that has already been blowing up in popularity around the world.

Click on the link below and bookmark it, because in less than a week, it’s on! CrossFit is the truth, people.

The CrossFit Games Southwest Regionals were this weekend here in town, and the three athletes I spent the most time with at the competition (Megan, Juli and Jaelyn) all had EPIC tears on their hands. You may be asking what an “Epic Tear” is… let me show you a picture that Jaelyn posted on Facebook, tagging the other two ladies. The caption that went with it: “this is how I am showering…” Yeah, that bad.

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Do you need to do this just to get in the shower?! Ouch!

So thankfully, our friends at Progenex posted a link to an article today about hand tears! It’s like they knew people were getting crushed lately and wanted to help. Gotta love the Progenex crew. Thanks for link, guys!

The article I’m featuring was written over at this blog, and specifically talks about not only how to HEAL tears, but measures we can all take to prevent them altogether. Very well written, short and to the point. I’ll paste it below here, but feel free to access the entire post by clicking here. Enjoy this incredibly useful info!

Competition Time – DO NOT RIP ~ By Whit

With the anxious environment and what seems like almost everyone preparing for Regionals, I’ve been shocked by the number of people with torn and ripped hands.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made the same mistake in the past and now live by the motto of “never make the same mistake once.”

So…. let’s go over hand care.

First, develop your grip strength!! Don’t skip mixed grip strict pullups, farmer holds and farmer carries with multiple hand grip positions. Second, get used to not using chalk. OMG did I just say that? YES I DID. Use chalk to control moisture, you don’t need if for your first rep. If you do use chalk make sure you wash your hands, WITH SOAP, immediately after. It is the polarity of the soap that removes the chalk, not the water. Then immediately use lotion and rub it into your palms and forearms for a few minutes. My personal favorites are Aveeno and Lumbraderm, but it has more to do with pressure than the exact lotion.

Next shave and pumice calluses regularly. If you have a callus large enough to change your hand placement, all that results in is new calluses and ripping the entire callus off.

Shave and pumice ONLY when your hands are dry and only remove dead shin. If your hands feel swollen, chances are… they are, ice them.

Ok so what if you do tear?

First you need good tweezers and cuticle cutters, some latex gloves that fit your hands and either a cut stop pad or a black tea bag. Trim the edges of the cut, moisten the tea bag and place it inside the glove over the tear over night. It will stain your hand orange/brown for a few days but will help oxidize the tear to allow you to use your hand the next day if you have to.

Next step, get some second skin or band-aide callus covers and keep the tear moist.

For general maintenance use On the Bar from whole earth, or go to and get some hand care aides 🙂

I can’t say this enough. 1 week to heal enough to start doing pull ups again and even a good tear will limit your ability to perform pulling motions. Think about it this way, 2 weeks to use your hands again plus 2 weeks for your skin to toughen back up again.

If you rip consistently, start asking yourself. Is it always the same spot, are the tendons in your hands starting to get tight, does your forearm, especially by your elbow start to cramp? Are you doing strict pullups, farmers carries, farmer holds, hex holds, or rock climbing? It’s often the small details that can make or break all of us. Also, hold your coaches accountable. Scaling IS ok, substituting movements IS ok. Tearing IS NOT ok unless it is a must do during a competition or it is a critical event (ie emergency).

Let me start this post by saying that I have never met AJ Moore, but from what little I know about him, he is an INCREDIBLE athlete (and a really cool person).

This past weekend, he became an even bigger “CrossFit Celebrity” when his was no-repped on an incredible 60 or so reps of the “100’s” workout at his CrossFit Games Regional competition. SIXTY Reps were not counted. Many in the CrossFit community are outraged, and there have been several blog posts written about judging at the Regional competitions around the world. There’s this one, specifically about AJ, from the crew at Beyond the Whiteboard, and then there’s this article on judging and the “Sport of CrossFit” in general that I read from the SICFIT Crew.

My own personal take on the whole scenario is this:
There will always, and I emphasize ALWAYS, be situations where people get places they shouldn’t in sports due to blatant cheating or bad officiating. That’s a risk we take when we have the potential for “Human Error” in any task (gladly, if you ask me). Humans, as much as we would like to think, are not perfect.

(For example, some people probably made it to Regionals who shouldn’t have because of this potential pattern, but it happens. I finished in 79th place out of over 1,000 in the Region and only 60 places made it. I could be “bitter”, but instead of making excuses I am just training harder for next year! CrossFit Lisbeth wrote this quick and dirty post the other day, and I agree with her 100000%.)

That being said, I need all of you who care about this topic to CLEARLY READ the standards that were explicitly printed a few weeks ago from CrossFit HQ on the CrossFit Games Website.

Kettlebell swing:
At the top of the swing, the kettlebell must be fully inverted (bell over the handle), centered over the feet with the hips and knees fully extended and the arms straight. At the bottom, the wrists must touch the thighs and the bell must pass behind the heels. There is no requirement for flexing the knees.

Those details are VERY specific, and at least in my history of competing in CrossFit events, more detailed than any I have ever heard. (Usually, I’ve heard hips fully extended and ears visible in front of the arms at the top, or something like that.) But you know what? They posted that info online, weeks ago, for the WORLD to see. There were no surprises on game day.

Now I must warn you, the video below (which I copied from the comments sections of the beyondthewhiteboard post) was PAINFUL for me to watch… PAINFUL. At that level of competition, I can only imagine the amount of frustration AJ must have felt when rep after rep was called back. When I read and reread the standards, though…. I have to agree with his JUDGE on this one (maybe aside from a rep or two). The crowd, and others witnessing this were furious, though, and I’ll tell you why I think that was the case. If I was cheering on my friend who had all of these no-reps called, but then I looked over at another competitor who wasn’t being held to the same exact standards, I would be furious, too. For me, that’s where the role of Head Judges and Event Coordinators comes in. Manage the floor as actively as you can, or appoint someone who can, to ensure that those standards are being upheld consistently.

Regardless, some inconsistencies will always exist, and as athletes and fans, we just need to accept that. The year they introduce robotic judging and infrared cameras to ensure standards, there will be outrage in the community because we’re taking the “human touch” out of our sport. Trust me.

I’ll end this post by saying this:

AJ Moore – You had one of the classiest performances I’ve ever seen in CrossFit. When I found myself yelling at the screen watching this video, I realized how emotionally charged we get as athletes cheering for a peer of ours. The sense of family and Community we have in CrossFit is incredible, and as an athlete you’ve got yet another new fan through all of this. Me.

Judges – All I can ask is that Competition Coordinators do their best to properly train judges, and then walk around during the event to ensure consistency across the floor (and I think that many or most CrossFit events do this well). If the judge is truly trying their best to uphold standards based on their understanding of the rules and standards, that is all we can ask for in sport. If a judge needs to be replaced, do it. It’s as simple as that.

Fans – Arguing with or mistreating judges is a complete waste of time. All the time. It only offends and insults, it poisons the sport and accomplishes nothing. If there truly is unfair judging taking place, there are productive means to try and remedy these injustices. Event coordinators are probably a good place to start, and having video evidence of what you think is wrong will surely help so it’s not a he-said she-said scenario. When possible, handle it as diplomatically and respectfully as possible, because when we CrossFitters get emotional and upset, there’s little that can calm us down!

At the end of the day, like the Chyna Cho and Michelle Benedict situations that have also gained popularity throughout CrossFit over the last few weeks, I’m sure that all athletes at that level of competition will step up their game, maintain their class and work even harder so that next year, when Regionals rolls around… It won’t matter what happens with judges. They’ll crush it, and crush it harder than ever.

CrossFit. I love you.

The Official Schedule for the weekend was released for the CrossFit Games Southwest Regionals Competition. The information below was copied word-for-word from the Official Website, so feel free to go there for more details.

For those of you who are planning on attending and are looking for friends, I plan on being there to coach and cheer for Megan through the Women’s Individual Competition events! Unfortunately, I’ll need to leave before the Team and Men’s Event #2 on Friday. I should watch the rest of Friday and Saturday, though!

Aurora Public School Stadium
1250 Chambers Road
Aurora CO


Workout 1
10:30-11:10 : Team Heat 1
11:10-11:50 : Team Heat 2
11:50-12:30 : Team Heat 3
12:30-12:50 : Break
12:50-1:10 : Women Heat 1
1:10-1:30 : Women Heat 2
1:30-1:50 : Break
1:50-2:10 : Men Heat 1
2:10-2:30 : Men Heat 2
2:30-2:50 : Men Heat 3
2:50-3:10 : Men Heat 4
3:10-3:30 : Break

Workout 2
3:30-4:00 : Team Women
4:00-4:40 : Ind. Women
4:40-5:00 : Break
5:00-5:30 : Team Men
5:30-6:10 : Ind. Men


Workout 3
9:00-9:25 : Team Heat 1
9:25-9:50 : Team Heat 2
9:50-10:15 : Team Heat 3
10:15-10:30 : Break
10:30-10:45 : Women Heat 1
10:45-11:00 : Women Heat 2
11:00-11:15 : Break
11:15-11:30 : Men Heat 1
11:30-11:45 : Men Heat 2
11:45-12:00 : Men Heat 3
12:00-12:15 : Men Heat 4
12:15-12:35 : Break

Workout 4
12:35-1:15 : Team Heat 1
1:15-1:55 : Team Heat 2
1:55-2:35 : Team Heat 3
2:35-2:50 : Break
2:50-3:20 : Women Heat 1
3:20-3:50 : Women Heat 2
3:50-4:05 : Break
4:05-4:35 : Men Heat 1
4:35-5:05 : Men Heat 2
5:05-5:35 : Men Heat 3
5:35-6:05 Men Heat 4


Workout 5
9:00-9:25 : Team Heat 1
9:25-9:50 : Team Heat 2
9:50-10:00 : Break
10:00-10:20 : Women Heat 1
10:20-10:40 : Women Heat 2
10:40-10:50 : Break
10:50-11:10 : Men Heat 1
11:10-11:30 : Men Heat 2
11:30-11:40 : Break

Workout 6
11:40-12:05 : Team Heat 1
12:05-12:30 : Team Heat 2
12:30-12:40 : Break
12:40-1:05 : Women Heat 1
1:05-1:20 : Break
1:20-1:45 : Men Heat 1
1:45-2:00 : Break
2:00-2:25 : Women Heat 2
2:25-2:40 : Break
2:40-3:05 : Men Heat 2