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The North West Qualifiers was a one day event held at Level 4 CrossFit in Seattle. The day consisted of three events:

Event 1:
Clean and Press

Event 2:

Event 3:
5 rounds for time:
3 muscles-ups MEN / 2 muscles-ups WOMEN
30 wall ball: 20 lb medicine ball MEN / 12 lb medicine ball WOMEN
6 sumo deadlift high-pull: 60k MEN / 40k WOMEN

Here is a highlight video of the event ... [wmv] [mov]

8 comments on this entry.

1. Ryan wrote...

June 13, 2009 3:40 PM

Huh? I don't get this qualifier. It looks more like a powerlifting meet to me. I don't think a guy like Speel or Dutch qualify from here.

2. Chris wrote...

June 13, 2009 5:36 PM

Initially, I didn't like the format with strength accounting for one half of the allotted points. I figured that there were many other components of fitness that were being ignored, that was until I watched the final WOD.

Even the guys with the 500+ dead lifts struggled with their endurance and flexibility, so there was an equal opportunity for everyone with this workout. I don't think anyone complained about who the top four athletes were after this competition was over.

Here's a link to Jordan Holland's last round of the workout if you're interested in watching one of the monster athletes that qualified.

3. different ryan wrote...

June 13, 2009 6:58 PM

yeah this qualifier is kinda weird IMO. A competitor can smoke everyone in the workout by 5 minutes, but not even get close to qualifying because there are a bunch of big guys that just deadlift and press a lot. Not very balanced. I think that there should be some basic format that the qualifiers need to abide by. Personally, I am a big fan of total time of workouts being how you score the events. Doing points is too controversial, especially when you have 2 events like here. The events weren't scored as three events, the deadlift and clean and press were considered one event. So there were 2 events over 1 day, seems most other qualifiers were 3 or 4 events over 2 days.

Just my thoughts. I know the guy who won and he is a beast. However, I know that the guy who won the actual workout by a few minutes over everyone else and didn't qualify..

4. grambo wrote...

June 13, 2009 7:27 PM

Strength is probably one of the most important attributes of fitness, I think many would agree with that.

5. Lincoln wrote...

June 14, 2009 1:07 PM

There were really only two events, not three. The morning event was the clean & press/deadlift competition, highest total wins. The afternoon event was the metcon for time.

June 18, 2009 10:07 PM

Yeah grambo, I agree that strength is very important. The problem is, a dead+press is testing _absolute_ strength, not strength to bodyweight ratio. So you could have a guy like dutch, who is very strong for his size of 5'4", and no matter what he does he isn't going to be as strong as a guy who is 6'2" 220.

That just didn't look like crossfit to me. No doubt the guys who won are big guys. But so are a lot of guys at my gym...doesn't mean they have the metabolic conditioning or a high strength/bodyweight ratio. As the other ryan said, some guy finished the wod ahead by a few minutes and yet still didn't even qualify...

7. David wrote...

June 19, 2009 9:32 PM

As the saying goes "you're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts...

the results for the nwqualifier are available online at A quick perusal of those results will show that the guy who won the WOD won by approximately 52 seconds. Additionally you'll see that out of the almost 100 males competing the "big guys" (I'd say "really strong guys") who qualified finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 15h respectively in the WOD. Not exactly guys who don't have metabolic conditioning.

You can always argue that a given test favored this type or that type, but to cast questions onto the folks who qualified at this regional is unwarranted.

Lastly, the guy who won the WOD qualified thru the last chance qualifier deservedly so. He's a firebreather and belongs in Aromas just like the other qualifiers from the NW.

8. FTP_Dan wrote...

November 11, 2009 11:15 AM

This qualifier was a joke. Tommy H. who one the actual WOD by 52 seconds didn't even qualify. Thank goodness for the last chance qualifier where he made it to Aromas. Tommy H. did extremely well at the games and even finished first place in the Row/Stake event, yet couldn't qualify at the Northwest event due to the strength bias. I guess that is what you get when a bunch of affiliates who are in love with strong man and highland games get to organize the event. We're going to drive to Calgary, CA next year to avoid the BS next year.