The final workout of the NorCal Regional Qualifier has gotten a lot of attention. It was:
22 deadlifts @ 315#/185#
Farmers walk with 45#/25# dumbbells to top of inner loop (hill)
22 thrusters with 45#/25# dumbbells
Farmers walk with 45#/25# dumbbells to bottom of inner loop (hill)
Run to pull-up bar and do 22 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Run to top of outer loop (hill)
22 overhead squats @ 95#/65#
Run to bottom of inner loop (hill)

It's the women's turn!

We have two videos to offer you. The shorter version is on the Main Site.

The extended version is right here ... [wmv] [mov]

21 comments on this entry.

1. Larry wrote...

May 9, 2009 10:43 PM

Good stuff. Some hot chicks getting at it in the mud.

2. Jocelyn wrote...

May 9, 2009 11:34 PM

As hard as that workout was I have to say that I think it's absolutely ridiculous how light the women's weight was (on every workout) compared to the men's. Most scaled women's weights are about 30% lighter than the men's. That mean's we should have been dead lifting 225lbs in the final wod. Instead men dead lifted 315# for 22 reps but us women only had to pull 185#? And 185# clean compared to 105? 165# jerk compared to 95#. I find it almost offensive.

3. Joe Plum wrote...

May 10, 2009 1:15 AM

Other than Candace Hamilton doing 101 reps on Workout 2, the times/reps seem very similar between the men and women. So I have to disagree that the weights were too light for the women. Seems about right.

4. Kimo Kockelman wrote...

May 10, 2009 3:26 AM

We are very proud to have Elyse Umeda represent Hardass Fitness and the State of Hawaii at the CrossFit Games. She is a remarkable athlete who brings everything to the table every time. Congratulations to her and every athlete that participated in the NorCal Qualifier.

5. pelon wrote...

May 10, 2009 5:01 AM

I was very impressed with Elyse's performance until the final heat started. After the first 3-5 reps she started dropping the barbell and catching it on the bounce, she got away with 5 or so half reps from the knee. She put out a great effort the whole time, and really wanted it, and even deserved to be there, but to try and cheat out the other competitors just ain't cool. I lost any previous respect I may have had for her.

6. ken c wrote...

May 10, 2009 6:10 AM

have to agree with jocelyn. while the women's weight wasn't exactly light, it was compared to what the men had to lift. i tried the first two norcal workouts with about 30 min. rest in between. very very tough. i think you guys had the toughest workouts of any qualifier.

7. ehayes wrote...

May 10, 2009 8:50 AM

I think the weights used in this Qualifier are an extremely important topic for discussion. I don't agree one bit that it was the hardest qualifier. I just think it was the hardest qualifier for light people.

8. Jordan wrote...

May 10, 2009 9:29 AM

In reply to ehayes, it wasnt the hardest qualifier for light people, the last workout was the hardest thing imaginable. The weights were very heavy, but me being a bigger guy it was harder because the workout was such an endurance workout, that smaller guys would excel on the hills. The weights weren't too heavy except for those first deadlifts for someone small. There were alot of guys that finished on the deads as one of the last guys and go on to win or get second in their heat. Norcal qualifiers was the hardest for sure. The only workout that comes even close was the great basin qualifier final wod, and i have a hard time even giving that credit because we had some people do it at my gym and would have place in the top 2 and 3 behind spealer. Everyone better except HQ is gonna do something nasty with that hill for the games! Watch out cause norcal has the most bad-ass 5 men and 5 woman goin to the games, along with last years champ Jason, Pat Barber, and Jolie...all whom represent norcal! Jeff Leonard is a beast!!!

9. tucker wrote...

May 10, 2009 1:41 PM

should be interesting.

May 10, 2009 10:36 PM

The NorCal Qualifier was the best test I have yet seen of general capacity. Brilliant programming.

The women/men weight split was interesting to say the least, and may have implications for the future of CF. As has been pointed out, besides Candaces outlier performance on WOD "A" the times/reps fell in a narrow range for the male and female top finishers.

Finally, Pelon, I hate to call people out on the interweb, but you are a douche. Elyse followed the rules exactly: dropping was allowed.

I was a judge and I did the "Catch 22" WOD myself post-comp. dropping the weight was not an advantage as far as I could say, at least with 315. Elyse was a strong performer and I bet you could not match her with the Women's weight.

May 11, 2009 11:20 AM

I may be a douche by your definition, but that does not change the fact. Dropping at the top of the deadlift was well within the standards true, but catching it after it bounced a foot off the ground and continuing on to finish the next rep was not. I saw it in person and you can see it in the video as well. Max you should catch your breath from your triumphant effort at "catch 22", read what I previously stated, watch the video again and then I will accept your apology for being an ass.

12. Mike Donohue replied to comment from pelon...

May 11, 2009 11:59 AM

First, I'm sure that the judges were given rules by the qualifier officials as to what constituted a correct and incorrect deadlift for that given WOD. Apparently that judge decided her DL's were good. So to say she was cheating out the other competitor's and that she deserves less respect is kinda rediculous. If you were to be upset with anyone it should be with the judge, and I don't think there is any merit there either.

Second, WTF are you talking about? Barbell went from ground to full extension with shoulders behind bar, like explained and her hands did not leave the bar. While bouncing at the bottom is not a prefered method of safe deadlifting, I don't think there was a stipulation stopping competitors from doing it.

Oh, one more thing. Great job, Elyse and all the other competitors.

May 11, 2009 12:09 PM

"Disclaimer" My post is just looking at the video and I can't really see all that well. You said you were there so probably had a better view. If the bar was dropped and caught who know's if the judge counted those reps.

As far as I can see on the video however, I stand by my last post.

14. pelon wrote...

May 11, 2009 1:29 PM

fyi, she was called out by the main judge for her "drop catch" reps. At 3:57-4:00 of the video you can see she clearly lets go of the bar and catches the barbell after it bounces off the ground. In any event, that shit didn't fly and it was delt with. I apologize for expressing my opinion on the matter, apparently I am surrounded by people who lack analytical thinking skills.

May 11, 2009 4:34 PM

Like I said, I was only going by what I saw in the video and I really wasn't sure if you were talking about bouncing or actually letting go of the bar. I re-watched and I think I see what you mean. But, again I don't think she was doing it maliciously and the judge should be the one you're more upset with. Did the judge count those reps? Because right as the video cuts to something else it looks like a judge got close to here to say something about it.

16. Pat Barber wrote...

May 11, 2009 8:43 PM

Elyse was breaking the rules. It was clearly stated that you could bounce the bar but the bar had to stay in your hand. She started "pulling a Murskie" right of the bat throwing the weight down at the ground from her waist and catching it above her knee. As soon as i saw it i said no and her judge took the first 5 reps away starting her at zero again. Regardless of weather or not it was malicious it was not allowed and she took the consequences. Even after all that she came back and got third, it was impressive. No body here is a douche we just get heated about our sport and its rules.

May 11, 2009 11:55 PM

Before you go bashing someone, get your facts straight. I was her judge so these are the facts. She was told she could bounce the weight, so she thought what she was doing was legit. I wasn't sure if it was because I have never seen that type of deadlift before. After a number of reps, I could hear co-motion going on so I looked at Pat Barber and he said those reps didn't count. I then told Elyse she had to hold onto the bar. I took the reps away and she started over. So she was at a disadvantage...Then she still came in 3rd. You should be giving her props in my opinion. That workout was rediculous and to see how she beasted thru it after her deadlift issue was corrected was cool. So You should actually apologize to her for talking all that trash without knowing the story...wait, you were there and noticed those deadlifts but didnt notice the EXTRA deads she did to make up for the drops? WOW!! What place did you come in again? Ya, thats what I thought. You were watching!

18. RogueWarrior wrote...

May 12, 2009 3:12 AM

Clay, BIG mahalo(thank you) for setting the world straight. Elyse Umeda was once my elementary school classmate and now my CrossFit coach. She was always very intelligent and motivated. She ALWAYS does the right thing without even second guessing. One of the many things that I admire about her is her ability to turn a negative into a positive.A terrific problem solver. She's very consistent about that too. Granted her dl's didn't count for the first couple but she still caught up and came in third. I highly doubt she would have intentionally cheated or maliciously performed dl's in the wrong form.I can only imagine how it's tearing her up inside that someone would accuse her of cheating. She worked her ass off to get where she is and she did it the hard honest way. Is she driven? yes. Is she motivated? yes. Is she persistent? yes. Is she a force to be reckoned with at the 2009 games? you can bet your tax refund on it!

On a side note I am really looking forward to the games and seeing all the outstanding CF athletes perform.I also gotta send a big mahalo to Elyse and and Kimo of Hardass Fitness, I wouldn't even know where to begin thanking them for changing me into a better human being.

19. Mike Donohue replied to comment from pelon...

May 12, 2009 8:50 AM

I don't think anyone faults you for expressing an opinion. This is an open forum and I think we, as a comunity, value open discussion and opinions. However, I think people are more pissed due the disrespect you showed a person with your first post, especially without all the facts. Clay thanks for clearing that up, by the way. So now that you, Pelon, know the facts and not only did she think she was doing nothing wrong, but she also did those reps over, I think you're the one that owes the apology for "being an ass".

20. pelon wrote...

May 12, 2009 1:13 PM

I humbly apologize for being an ass but my opinion has not changed and Im gonna stick with Pat Barber on this one... and its not just cause I think he is cute :)

21. Michael Donouhe wrote...

May 12, 2009 1:50 PM

:) It is weird how heated we do get, sometimes towards each other, about our sport and it's rules. I think we all just love this daily suckfest so much we want things perfect. These things usually come out in the wash just fine and good at the end.