Individual Competition Teaser

July 8, 2009 4:00 PM

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112 Comments » on this entry

JimiGHD.jpgWe know there is great anticipation about what the events will be at this year's Games, so we're tipping our hand a little early.

Here's what we can tell you now about the Individual competition.

Event 1 is a run noticeably longer than last year's. Teaser video ... [wmv] [mov]
Event 2 is a heavy lift in a timed environment.
Event 3 is a run noticeably shorter than last year's.
Event 4 is something completely different.
Event 5 is a couplet.

Sunday will have three events of noticeably different time domains.

Besides running, only one movement is repeated in the 8 total events.

Proper footwear is advised for the first event (off-trail running shoes with decent knobs). You may also want gaiters or Skins Sox.

112 comments on this entry.

1. yenna wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:09 PM

2. mdoane wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:10 PM

5k hill run to start things off? Ouch!

3. Justin Riley wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:13 PM

This is nucking futs.

4. Dave Re wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:13 PM

Gnarly. Lets hope everyone stays safe on this monster!

5. Jeff C wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:15 PM


I think I just might die if I don't get more information. Please post more information soon or I will explode. This is looking so right on wicked. CrossFit is the best.

6. greg wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:16 PM

can they roll down the hill?

7. Tracy wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:17 PM

Wow - if people thought last year's hill run was tough - they haven't seen anything yet!! Will be fun to WATCH!

8. Doug wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:26 PM

That run is a whole new level.

Joe - Everyone of your posts are terrible. Go troll somewhere else.

9. Aaron wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:29 PM

I can't wait to see what the water portion is.

10. Jay wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:32 PM

Jimi, is that new sorinex ghd solid? It looks like Tony is holding it down, is that because it wants to come up off the ground? I'm thinking about buying one and looking for some feedback.

11. Shane S wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:39 PM


A 5k *single track* trail run to start things off.
Followed by heavy lifting.
Followed by three other events.
Followed by three events the next day.

This is seriously exciting and I wish I were competing.

I was thoroughly disappointed that some of the qualifiers basically through running by the wayside. Now I'm really happy that the person who earns this title will have to be a good runner.

I predict the only exercise that is repeated will be the pullup. Or maybe the clean or deadlift.

By the way they're called gaiters, not gators. Gators are creatures.

12. Shane S wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:40 PM

*threw*, not through

13. Jeremy Reed wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:47 PM

If you've never been up that hill, you can't possibly tell how steep it is from pictures or video.

This is going to be epic.

14. Chris Walsh wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:49 PM

Sounded like he said he was at 39min and 30sec at 5K which means on a flat surface he would have run a 7:54 pace/mi. He walked up and down at least 4 times at probably a 13min+pace/mi. Unless he was sub-6 on the flat or down hills hard to figure but I could be wrong. UNLESS there is at least 5k prior to the hills and they flipped the video. Which means you hit the death hills after 5K and its a glory battle across the line. That would be cool.

15. Steve Lamb wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:51 PM

Just imagine if there's a bit of rain . . .

Looks incredible! Good luck to all the athletes competing this weekend.

16. Amber wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:53 PM

Dude.....that looks like so much fun! I may have to go find my own trail to run on Saturday while waiting for Games information.

17. Anthony Bainbridge wrote...

July 8, 2009 4:53 PM

It's going to be interesting to see how the heavy event plays out after that first run ... !!

18. Richard wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:14 PM

Rain would make that trail run pretty fun. Just slide!

19. Richard wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:19 PM

Oh, and a plug for the top sponsor in the post? Classy.

20. christine replied to comment from yenna...

July 8, 2009 5:27 PM

Glad to see you are finally adding some real running into the games. Personally, I don't think anyone can claim to be the fittest person in the world unless they can foot. Uninjured, healthy real athletes can run. Period.

21. Russell Berger wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:30 PM

looks like I'll be running a mountainous 5k in my head non-stop for the next two days.

22. BJP wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:32 PM

Chris Walsh - You mixed up your math. 7:54 pace/km = 12:44 pace/mile.

July 8, 2009 5:35 PM

christine, did you miss the 5km run in 2007?

24. The Pie wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:38 PM

If the second workout is max rep deadlift/back squat/front squat in a given time the athletes are going to seriously be feeling the effects of that run, especially the big boyz. If I was competing I would be praying for max rep strict press or something in the upper body region. I am so excited to be going to this. I am flying from Vancouver Canada just to watch these maniacs go after this.

25. chris Walsh wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:43 PM

26. Kyle S. wrote...

July 8, 2009 5:59 PM

Some one is going to die...Castro can barely make it down the hill, imagine someone behind you wanting nothing more than being in front of you. Crazy stuff.

July 8, 2009 6:04 PM

Russell, will you carry me on your back through this? (we all know you could), and that would greatly improve my time :)

28. Punchy wrote...

July 8, 2009 6:39 PM

I'm thinking high altitude training is going to come in real handy...look for some CO boys to finish real well on this run.

29. christine wrote...

July 8, 2009 6:51 PM

Anthony, the CrossFit games are the "ultimate test of Fitness". I was hoping for at least a 10K.

30. Kat wrote...

July 8, 2009 6:58 PM

Oh man! As if CrossFitters are going to walk or even take it slow down that hill. I'm guessing we could see some nasty spained ankles and some pretty crazy bruises from tumbling down that hill. Let's hope lots of these competitors took the gymnastics cert so they know how to roll correctly... that could be an advantage all by itself.

GOOD LUCK COMPETITORS... you may need it!

31. Ian wrote...

July 8, 2009 7:14 PM

That run will definitely favor the light guys.

With the high altitude training, I'd say Spealler should be a huge favorite for this event.

We need internet live streaming video of this! I look forward to the day that this will be televised. It won't be long.

32. Shane S replied to comment from christine...

July 8, 2009 7:21 PM

christine.... you can predict your 10k time from your 5k time using formulas and it's almost always accurate.

I stated my position on why tests of distances over 10k are essentially meaningless to predict endurance on the forum in this thread: (wfs)

33. patjshaz replied to comment from Ian...

July 8, 2009 7:32 PM

i completely agree. live feed video!

34. Warbaby wrote...

July 8, 2009 7:38 PM

Good thing the tards at the northwest regional qualifiers put all strength guys in the games. Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dummmmmmmb.

35. kevin o wrote...

July 8, 2009 7:49 PM

after spending last weekend in similar country, i would reiterate that some type of foot protection against sharp, sticky dry grass seeds and burrs would be very handy. i was surprised i had to stop a number of times while hiking off-trail to remove sharp things from my low socks and trail shoes.

36. Tarzan wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:00 PM

Any truth that there is a swimming event Sunday?

37. scared wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:11 PM

castro sounds out of shape. he should try crossfit.

totally kidding, of course. that hill looks absolutely brutal! one foot in front of the other, competitors. you got it all day long.

38. pat wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:15 PM

Just post the workouts!
At this point no one would be able to train a weakness.
So hopefully the competitors trained in all domains.

Its too bad that some of the qualifiers did not include any running at all. Any quals that did not include some sort of run are probably kicking themselves now. All non-runners won't need to worry about competeting on Sunday.

I'm hoping the short run is 100 or 200m run, that would be a good test.

39. MB replied to comment from Tarzan...

July 8, 2009 8:17 PM


I don't have any inside information, but as a competitive swimmer for more than 10 years, I highly doubt that swimming will ever be used in the CrossFit Games. It is way too technique oriented. Any sufficiently experienced swimmer would place high in a swimming event at the Games regardless of their actual physical capacity. If there was a swimming event, I think people like Matt Chan (who I think has a swimming background) would have greatly improved chances.

The alternative argument would be that it would only be one event out of eight, and therefore it's reasonable to include it. I don't know what the organizers think, but as a reformed swimmer :), I don't think swimming should be included.

40. silverback wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:19 PM

Interesting little debate about 5K and 10K runs being essential to evaluate "fitness". How about a marathon? How about some 100m sprints? Yes a healthy individual should be able to run but how far? How fast? Crossfit's tenant of the 10 physical skills seems to reflect in most workouts I see, including the games. Also, I would consider any run with these gradients and terrain to be much different than flat distances. Balance, coordination, power, accuracy, etc. etc? Hills with poor footing will cover it. Good stuff.

41. Stu Christensen wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:20 PM

I'm guessing that with the run in the first event, and knowing they are eliminating people after the second wod, that the 2nd event will be a heavy deadlift or something for max reps in 120 seconds of something.

And you know...that even know Castro says to walk down that hill in the teaser movie, people will be running!! lol

42. Greg/M2 wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:20 PM

Swimming even? That would be cool; especially if it was something like:

Underwater swim (50m), above water swim (100 meters), x 3 for time.

43. James replied to comment from Greg/M2...

July 8, 2009 8:27 PM

Very few, if any, could complete a 50m underwater swim, much less 3 times.

44. Blair Lowe wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:34 PM

Some of the big guys last year did decent on that run and they were 200+.

Holy shit, that is gonna be a gnarly run. That's truly gonna be a XC type run though shorter. F'n A.

Everything is gonna suck after that so much.

At least everyone gets to experience the hill.

45. Ian wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:42 PM

5 events on Day 1, alone. We only know of one of them thus far, and it is a gnarly one. As if 3 events on Day 1 wasn't enough. This year is going to be brutal.

There will more than likely be several competitors that post very competitive times on their first couple of Workouts, but simply break down well before the 2 days of repeated hellish intensity are over. The ability to quickly recover will be key. This will definitely favor the younger athletes. Pacing will be essential.

Among a field of athletes with superhuman abilities to push themselves beyond the depths of intense suffering, one with immortal willpower and the physical capacity to match it will arise victorious.

I hope nobody dies trying.

46. kenc wrote...

July 8, 2009 8:52 PM

it will be extremely unbelievably hard to do a max rep of anything heavy for time after running a 5k in those hills. any slim really fast 10k runner would want to die after that run and then have his back snap if he had to deadlift or squat heavy for time after that. lance armstrong wouldn't be close to the top guys after the first two events and neither would your favorite NFL running back. think about it.

47. jake replied to comment from christine...

July 8, 2009 9:05 PM

christine, how about we throw in the 10k like you said, then an 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and a 60m. how about a rock wall too. and a swim. and some kiteboarding. and a sack race. and then have our own running of the bulls. i'm a sarcastic a$$hole, i know.

i think all of the domains will be covered well. distances will be short and long. you can't test these athletes over every possible distance over the weekend. i'm sure you will eventually see a 10k pop up at the games. maybe on sunday.

48. will wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:06 PM

"i hope nobody dies trying"
this is the kind of idiocy that gets us into trouble pull your head out of your bum mate

49. christine replied to comment from kenc...

July 8, 2009 9:06 PM

Mmmmmm, are you sure? I heard Lance was one hell of a CrossFitter.

July 8, 2009 9:24 PM


I'm pretty certain that an Adrian Petersen or a Reggie Bush and a whole lot of other RBs, CBs, WRs and Safeties would end up very quickly being top class Crossfitters.

Look at Kyle Kasperbauer winning a regional after 3 months of crossfit and 9 years of playing and training for football.

You may well be right that on Saturday, none of them would be coming first at the end of the first two events, but given the fact that they are professional athletes, that there are lots of crossover between their training and crossfit training and because many of them are genetically special, they'd go OK and with a little skills training, my belief is they'd do more than that.

I agree with you too, that doing heavy squats or a CFT after a 30minute hill run would be super would competing another 6 events within 24 more hours.

It's going to be a brutal and comprehensive test of fitness in it's broadest possible definition

51. freddy c._one world wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:24 PM

I can't contain myself any longer. I have inside information that the workouts are going to be really hard. haha.

It's a good day to be a spectator. Drinking beer and Mojitos in the hot sun watching amazing athletes do some insane workouts. This weekend is going to be great!

52. grambo wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:29 PM

I hope the other running is a 200 or 400M for time.

53. brian replied to comment from kenc...

July 8, 2009 9:34 PM

That's all NFL running backs do is run up hills. I'm pretty sure they would be way ahead.

54. grambo wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:44 PM

My prediction is people who place high in the hill run by going all out will be too fried later on and will drop off placement wise in the later workouts. It would be best to try to be top 10 if possible but not go all out.

55. John wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:45 PM

This is gonna be so awesome... wish I was there

56. Lobo wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:50 PM

Leave the Skin Sox alone. We're Crossfiters. We don't need expensive wet suits to improve our performance.

57. Garrett wrote...

July 8, 2009 9:54 PM

If you have Skin Sox, don't forget to bring your matching purse.

July 8, 2009 10:04 PM

I pick one of the two Fitzgerald's to take the event.

59. Dave wrote...

July 8, 2009 10:13 PM

PLEASE tell me there will be a video made of this event, espeically for those of us in Iraq and Afghanistan who would gladly pay top dollar for video coverage of the whole thing.

Speaking of, did anyone think to engage ESPN? I would think ESPN2 would be perfect for this. With the broad appeal and explosive growth of Crossfit over the past couple years, I would think they could sell a ton of advertising for this event...

60. Reno_Ty wrote...

July 8, 2009 10:14 PM

I think the smart competitors will wear some man-pants and slide down the steep sections on their butts. Maybe some retro 80's parachute pants would work well. Make sure they're tear-away though so you can get rid of them once you don't need them anymore. So a background in exotic dancing might come in handy as well...

61. Tom wrote...

July 8, 2009 10:18 PM

The lighter guys must be licking their chops right now. I have a feeling that run is gonna waste some of the bigger dudes, giving the smaller guys an edge on recovering for the ME lift. I'm gonna go with Speal to take the title, though I'm pulling hard for Jeff Leonard. Man's a beast!

62. Jeff Barnett wrote...

July 8, 2009 10:24 PM

Some of the light and fast guys will also produce some sick strength and performance in other domains. Looking forward to following the action this weekend.

63. Matt wrote...

July 8, 2009 10:27 PM

I enjoy reading what everyone thinks of the events, so I figure I will throw in my 2 cents for someone else to enjoy. My theories...
1) The run will be longer than 5k. It's supposed to be "unknown"...i.e.they didn't just give away the event 2 days early. Either 2 laps or something on the beginning or end.
2) The "somthing completely different" will be either a) a swim, though I doubt this due to logistical constraints or b) some kind of Parkour obstacle course. This is where my money is. It's a great test of fitness and stresses the coordination and accuracy pieces that are much harder to test will standard WODs.
3) The short distance will be no more than 300m but will involve weight (like a vest or plate carry).
4) The winner will not be one of the big names in CrossFit...just a theory.
We'll see. Pumped to see how this goes down.

64. Steve Potts wrote...

July 8, 2009 10:44 PM

Dude that looks rough

65. freddy c._one world wrote...

July 8, 2009 10:46 PM

I've been to The Ranch in the last few weeks. Unless they plan on swimming in the cattle water trough, there will be no swimming. It really is a Ranch folks.

66. David Boyle wrote...

July 8, 2009 11:00 PM

I hope everyone is hydrated and ready to go...I know a lot of people have not been training 5ks for the games....especally at that level!

67. Eureka wrote...

July 8, 2009 11:19 PM

So are Skin Sox these "man pants" everyone keeps talking about?

68. Daniel wrote...

July 9, 2009 12:58 AM

Brutal. I can't imagine doing anything besides sitting on a couch comatose for 6 hours straight after a run like that, let alone topping it off with 4 more WODs!

My money will be on our man from the Dirty South, Russell. We train our 5Ks on a trail run here in Huntsville. He kills the course in 18min.

July 9, 2009 2:49 AM

Really? You "heard" or you know. I'd love to see Lance doing CF and hear about his numbers.

70. Mark - Indy wrote...

July 9, 2009 3:52 AM

To all those folks who didn't qualify for the Games: doesn't this punishing forecast dull the disappointment a bit? I mean, there were folks out there who were morose at the results of the qualifiers, but c'mon, this is an extremely brutal regimen against some very elite athletes.
I agree with Daniel's post: "Brutal. I can't imagine doing anything besides sitting on a couch comatose for 6 hours straight after a run like that, let alone topping it off with 4 more WODs!"
Ugh....gimme the couch.

71. Knox wrote...

July 9, 2009 5:40 AM

Looks like a mountain goat is going to take the first event.

72. Tyler wrote...

July 9, 2009 6:15 AM

Great tease at the end with Tony and Dave.

Best of luck to all competing.

73. Dave wrote...

July 9, 2009 6:19 AM

I have puked from doing WODs but this is the first time I almost did from jut watching one. That is sick!

74. Punchy replied to comment from Daniel...

July 9, 2009 6:37 AM

"My money will be on our man from the Dirty South, Russell. We train our 5Ks on a trail run here in Huntsville. He kills the course in 18min."'re man Russell runs a 5k in sub 3 min mile pace? Really...? Please... STFU!

75. Alfie replied to comment from Punchy...

July 9, 2009 6:48 AM

An 18-minute 5K is at a 5 min 47.6 sec-mile pace.

76. Alfie replied to comment from Knox...

July 9, 2009 6:50 AM

That's the funniest comment here so far.

77. Kieran replied to comment from Punchy...

July 9, 2009 6:51 AM

Math fail.

WR for 5k is 12:37.

I think you have the conversion backwards.

78. christine wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:06 AM

Silverback, I was joking. Although it makes sense to me that we should keep any athlete who can ride 3503 K, over 21 stages out from under the microscope.

CF games are an extraordinary test of fitness. But for credibilty sake, lets not judge the capabilty of these other amazing athletes. Congrats to the CF competitors,and all athletes, who take on this ultimate test of will.

79. Chris S wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:33 AM

you gotta believe there's gonna be some tripping and grabbing once they go into the trees.

80. elisabeth wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:39 AM

Hill warm up.- great way to start the games.. Good luck to all the athletes.. there's no rules against rolling down the slopes right?

the run is no kidding the best part!

81. Torg wrote...

July 9, 2009 8:02 AM

My guess for the second event is upper body max rep in a specified time. I think something like max reps shoulder to overhead at 175# for three minutes would be a sight to see.

Loving this excitement and energy on the boards. I am so pumped up right now, I can hardly concentrate at work. I wish I could be out there mentally preparing for the battle.

82. kenc wrote...

July 9, 2009 8:04 AM

my only point is that lance armstrong and whoever your favorite skill position football player may be are specialists. nothing wrong with that. they make millions being specialists and crossfitters don't. lance could probably run all day in those hills but then he can't lift anything heavy. he is intensionally light in the upper body for his sport.

football players train to be extremely explosive in a very short time frame (seconds at a time). whether they run hills or not, they don't run 5k or 7k. yes the running backs mentioned here could do well in some crossfit wods. sure they could kill grace, do fairly well on something like helen but no record times and then not so great on something long like murph. in order for them to be near the top performers in a run like this they would need to shed the extra bulk they carry intentionally for their sport.

again not arguing that they're not great athletes (clearly they are) but when it comes to overall fitness (assuming you agree with the crossfit definition of fitness) they could not dominate this feild of crossfitters without training crossfit.

and before anyone wants to start giving me all the lifting stats of ladanian tomlinson or reggie bush or whoever, just keep in mind that josh everett meets or exceeds all those lifts at 185lbs.

83. christine replied to comment from kenc...

July 9, 2009 8:36 AM

my only point is that I think our sport loses credibilty when we start pounding our chests, paleo style, pontificating about what other athletes can and can't do. Let's stick to praising our own amazing athletes for what they have accomplished.

Nothing personal Ken and I respect your opinion. Just have had too many other CF'ers claiming that endurance athletes, who can't throw major weight around, are not fit.


84. Ed replied to comment from Daniel...

July 9, 2009 8:46 AM

Yeah, I think Russell is going to open some eyes on that first event.

85. kenc wrote...

July 9, 2009 8:50 AM


i know the type of chest pounder you're talking about and i can tell you that's not me. i'm not running down other great athletes. they make crazy money being specialists and that's great. i am arguing that these games do produce the fittest man and woman on the planet. granted its fitness as defined by crossfit but no one had ever defined it before.

86. PJ wrote...

July 9, 2009 9:41 AM

I hope everyone has a pair of cross-country spikes for the first event, that hill looks brutal.

87. AJ Kruppa wrote...

July 9, 2009 10:52 AM

Crossfitter's specialize.

We specialize in EVERYTHING.


Wish i could visit...i guess i'll stick to hunting pirates.

88. JulieP wrote...

July 9, 2009 11:14 AM

Is there a way to watch the events in their entirety? Or do we just have to wait for posts? Anyone have any info? Thanks.

89. brian replied to comment from kenc...

July 9, 2009 11:59 AM

It depends who you're talking about. Lance would probably have a tough time in the games because he specializes in long distance endurance biking. Offensive lineman in the NFL would obviously struggle over a longer time domain. But don't kid yourself ken, the elite of the NFL would absoluelty blow away the competition at the Games. They would set all record times and especially have a killer murph time, and 5k or 7k would not be a problem for them at all. But imagine how much more athletic and explosive the NFL players would be if they utilized CrossFit.. Scary thought.

90. ken c replied to comment from brian...

July 9, 2009 1:06 PM

not kidding myself at all brian. i'll just have to respectfully disagree with you. there are a fair amount of football players and other pro athletes who do crossfit workouts. no record times reported from them. we've watched world class olympic lifters not set record times in grace or isabel. take whatever top pro athlete you want (without training crossfit) and he would not dominate this competition. maybe do fairly well but not dominate.

do you think strong guys in the NFL could dominate the strong man competition without training for the events? does the guy who wins the world's strongest man competition not deserve that title?

91. Chris g wrote...

July 9, 2009 1:36 PM

Good luck Russell & Sean! The first event is stellar for you guys! Bring it home to the South!

92. christine replied to comment from kenc...

July 9, 2009 1:48 PM

Point taken. Have fun at the games!

93. LT wrote...

July 9, 2009 1:52 PM

With regards to the argument about NFL players, vs. oly lifters, vs. "specialists" in all other sports, the issue isn't with the ability or capability of these athletes, just the claim of "fittest human" on the planet. Call the winner fo the games the best CrossFitter on that day, in that specific series of events. The NFL doesn't claim that the super bowl champion is made up of the 53 best athletes in the world, nor do the olympics etc. Just the best in that season, in that performance, etc. As for ability, would an NFL skill posistion player be able to train in CrossFit for a few months and do extremely well? Yes. Would Khalipa, Speal, Everett etc. be able to train in football for a few months and do well? No. Not a knock on them, just a simple fact. CrossFit claims fittest human on the planet based on their own defination of fitness. Why not just call him/her the CrossFit games champion and leave it at that?

94. Jason wrote...

July 9, 2009 2:22 PM

Glasman said at the Affiliate Gathering that ESPN has tried to get the rights to air the Games and they were denied. I don't know the reasoning behind it but apparently the offer was there and not accepted.

We will just have to wait for text messages from people we know there (Mike and/or Aimee) or listen to t he radio program.

95. Leslie P replied to comment from Warbaby...

July 9, 2009 3:00 PM

While initially surprsied to see press and deadlift at the NW quals, I came to think that it was simply to "prepare" (or breakdown) the body to see how people could perform in the metcon after heavy lifting. I wonder who those same folks would have done in the metcon, were they fresh.

96. Joey S. wrote...

July 9, 2009 3:24 PM

Holy shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably the toughest comp yet. Good job to the Coach and everyone else that put this stuff together. Go Omar(BIONIC)Torres. I'm a big fan. And a shout out to Jocelyn Forrest. You go girl!!

97. brian replied to comment from ken c...

July 9, 2009 4:16 PM

I give you Adrien Peterson, Michael Turner, Troy Polamalu, Shawn Meriman and Reggie Bush. If you don't think that if they took couple days to learn CrossFit movements and exercises and enter the Games and wouldn't dominate then you have absolutely no idea what the hell you're talking about. Do you even know what these athletes are capable of? Do you watch the NFL? If you seriously believe that most of the top CrossFitters would beat out NFL players in the CrossFit Games that is hysterical beyond belief. Like LT said there's a reason why these guys play in the NFL. By the way, tell me exactly which NFL players you speak of that do CrossFit? And by the way 'laughable' they would be much more effective if they did CrossFit, I don't see what's so funny about that.

98. LT wrote...

July 9, 2009 4:40 PM

When "fittest" is defined by CrossFit, yes the winner of the CrossFit Games is the "fittest" human on the planet. All of this argument is pointless anyway as it will always be simply speculation. There is absolutely no reason for the atheletes that we are discussing to enter the Games, so the point will never be proven true or false.

99. Billy replied to comment from brian...

July 9, 2009 5:21 PM


You asked if any NFL football players do crossfit.

On the mainsite there is a link to crossfit football.

The founder is Jeff Wellborne, a professional football player.

Send him an email and ask his opinion.

Have Fun, Train hard,


100. Stu C wrote...

July 9, 2009 5:45 PM

Event 1 - 7.1km run
Event 2 - 20 rep deadlift ladder

You're welcome, and I called it in post 44. ;)

101. Mark - Indy wrote...

July 9, 2009 5:48 PM

Until you've seen in person (which I have), the strength, speed and quickness of these athletes, don't be too quick to judge their limitations. It truly is scary-amazing to see what these guys can do. What we see on TV or from the stands is a slowed down, miniature version of what's occurring on the field.

For those who still disagree, ask yourself this: If football training is substandard to CF training, why has CFFB become so popular?

102. Andy wrote...

July 9, 2009 5:50 PM

John* Welborne actually. But yeah I don't know how I feel about NFL players and crossfit. "Give them a couple days and they would dominate".....that's a stretch. Give them a month, probably. Guarantee they don't win every event though. NFL players won't be able to run long distances as well as some crossfitters and they sure as hell can't do 100 kipping pullups in a row like Speal.

103. ken c replied to comment from brian...

July 9, 2009 5:57 PM

i think if any of the guys you mention were serious about winning the crossfit games (and i don't know why they would be), they would say give me about 6 months to train for it and lose a few pounds. if they did that then yes i agree they could win or maybe dominate the games. but not off the street or with a few days of learning the movements. too many skills to learn that they never train for in football.

104. christine wrote...

July 9, 2009 6:37 PM

Sounds like you are "would, could and should of 'ing" about what the NFL players CAN'T do. Doesn't that mean your opinion doesn't count for "JACK" as well?

I agree with LT. "CrossFit Champion, or even "Fittest CrossFitter in the World" would seem more accurate.

105. Andy wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:32 PM

Fittest Person In The World is perfect. It is setting us up for the future. We will see the crossfit games televised within 5 years. Primetime. The fittest crossfitter will be one in the same as the fittest person. Look at how far the games have come in just a 2 year frame, 07 to 09. It's incredible.

106. Andrew wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:41 PM

Aside from the football arguments and back to actual events that are taking place, as a former collegiate runner I'd throw cross country spikes down any day for that course. As for everyone else, a really light pair of trail shoes should do the trick.
At 7.1k (4.4 mi), not 5k, he hit that before going through the last flat sections, hopefully the top 5 are in at 35-40 for the run.
I'm surprised they even leaked the video for the full course instead of a usual "7.1 Run for Time, with Hills"

107. Mike_C_CFD wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:51 PM

108. brian wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:58 PM

ok maybe not a couple days. maybe a week. Alot of the guys in the NFL are smarter than you think. These guys stay in tip top shape all year round. Remember, during the season they play once a week against a different opponent. Each opponent has different offensive/defensive schemes than the last. Therefore, the players have to study in a short amount of time, for all the smallest technical details to be successful against their opponent. That being said, I don't think any of the guys i mentioned would have much difficulty learning the thruster, kipping pull-up, over-head squat, how to row, handstand push ups.... and so on.

I love CrossFit, i teach it to my football guys, and they love it. Many of them have improved 40 times, endurance, intensity for the game, and so on. There is nothing I want to see more than CrossFit dominate the fitness industry and go as mainstream as possible. The more and more people (athletes) it attracts from all sports, the more the phrase "fittest man on the planet" can be legitimized

109. Bob wrote...

July 10, 2009 5:03 AM

The toughest part of the Crossfit Games for football players would be the steroid testing.

110. LT replied to comment from Bob...

July 10, 2009 5:07 AM

...because obviously all of the NFL athletes and "football players" in general take steroids...

Come on!

111. christine replied to comment from jake...

July 10, 2009 7:32 AM

Hey Jake, How about at having the qualifiers at a Naval Special Warfare Center where all competitors have to complete the BUD/S training? Then we can move on to the Oly lifting. The "Fittest Human on the Planet" should at least be able to endure this, right?

July 10, 2009 8:37 AM

I dunno, I actually thought about that!! (ok, NOT the tearing away part, but the ass sliding!)