Jason "The Comeback Kid" Khalipa

August 29, 2009 2:27 PM

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JasonK.jpgJason Khalipa (5th overall) from CrossFit Santa Clara came off of a really bad run in which he collapsed and finished 72nd out of 74 athletes, and was able to work his way back into 5th place over the next 2 days.

In case you missed it on the main site, Sevan Matossian made a preview video of Jason's effort ... [wmv] [mov]

There was also a CrossFit Journal article about his experience.

Jason writes about his training for the Games:
My training consisted of CrossFit.com workouts once a day up until about 4 months prior to the CrossFit Games 2010. At about 4 months out Austin (CrossFit Unlimited) put together a training program that I used up until the Games. The program consisted primarily of CrossFit type workouts in conjunction with heavy Olympic lifting and hill runs. I trained 6 days a week but made sure to listen to my body if I needed a rest day.

Typically I trained twice a day, however the last few weeks before the Games I stepped it up to 3 times and sometimes even 4 times a day. However each of these workouts were different, some focused on strength while others worked on my recovery time or endurance.

Contrary to what many people may think, and I don't blame them either, I did in fact train hill runs twice a week every week for 12 weeks leading up to the Games. The hill runs ranged from short and intense interval training to long distance 5-7 mile runs. In the weeks leading up to the Games my training was:

5 weeks out, 4 times a day
4 weeks out, 3 times a day
3 weeks out, 2 times a day
2 weeks out, 1 time a day
1 week out, active rest

And I always try to practice what I suck at.

My nutrition was mediocre at best, I did not follow a strict Zone or Paleo diet. I watched what I ate and tried to make smart decisions but did not focus on my diet nearly as much as I did my training.

7 comments on this entry.

1. bingo wrote...

August 29, 2009 2:52 PM


It's hard to say too much about how impressive your performance was, how courageous. Talk about never quit! Your description of our training is very instructive. 8 months of Crossfit.com main page WOD's as GPP followed by 4 months of Games-specific training (including hills). GPP followed task-specific SPP.

It was great to chat in Aromas. I hope to see you sometime before next year's Games. Congrats again on your nuptials.


2. Lance wrote...

August 29, 2009 3:48 PM

Hey whats up man? How training and congrats on your marriage. Hope business in well. Nice write and vid.

3. gaucoin wrote...

August 29, 2009 4:10 PM

The man is a machine, no doubt about it. That being said, I think it's time to look deeper into the nutrition thing. Life and stress can take a toll on training, and I know it, so if diet isn't locked in it may get harder to bounce back like you did when you were younger/less stress/etc.

Now let's start that Khalipa channel so we can see what he's doing ALL the time... Just kidding.

4. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

August 30, 2009 4:17 AM


Pure determination and grinding it out all weekend-incredible performance!

5. Bryan Mashburn wrote...

August 30, 2009 6:20 AM

Jason's performance was the most amazing performance in the entire games for me. Coming from almost dead last to 5th. Everyone loves Seabiscuit.

6. Robbie Peak wrote...

August 30, 2009 9:17 PM

Jason is a stud. Although he had a great story I really do wander what exactly happened to Josh Everett. It would be interesting to see what he thought about everything considering he wasn't in the upper tier of athletes this year.

7. nick wrote...

August 31, 2009 10:51 PM

thanks for the insight Jason. As always you are very generous with your time with the community.

Robbie, go back a couple of weeks and you'll see Josh answered questions about his performance. He felt the sandbag was the one that let him down - he dropped the bags and finished way back.