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Games09WomensChipperHeat1.jpgChristy Phillips (6th overall) from Primal Fitness and Crystal McReynolds (9th overall) from CrossFit Central had an epic battle in the first heat of the Event 8 Chipper.

The workout was:
15 reps 100lb BB squat clean
30 Toes to bar
30 Box jumps 20" box
10 Muscle ups
30 PushPress /PushJerk 25lb DBs
30 Double Unders
15 reps 95lb Thruster
30 Pullups
30 Burpees
300' OH Walking lunge with 25lb plate

This was the eighth and final event in two days. Earlier that day, they had already completed a 1 Rep Max snatch and an 8min triplet of handstand pushups, KB swings, and GHD situps.

This long video (18min) was made from the Jumbotron footage being shown live at the event (you can see the screen in the top corner of the photo). The two women trade the lead several times. Jolie Gentry (7th overall) makes a good run in the middle with the fastest muscle-ups and strong pull-ups (listen for the crowd when she breaks out the butterfly pull-ups!).

The final drill is the "down and back" walking lunges with the bumper plate overhead. It's like a slow motion battle with both athletes fighting the extreme fatigue and incredible burning in their legs. Crystal edges out Christy in the end with a time of 24:24. Charity Vale had the best time in the second heat at 18:24.

Women's Chipper Heat 1 video ... [wmv] [mov]

27 comments on this entry.

1. Q wrote...

August 9, 2009 9:11 AM

So proud.

Thanks for continuously providing media from the Games. Everyone here in DC has been dying for more footage of Primal's sweetheart. And kudos to all of the athletes who endured that bitch of a workout (and the previous seven).

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2. JENunez wrote...

August 9, 2009 12:18 PM

does anyone know if they're going to have an 09 games dvd coming out soon?

3. Manday J. wrote...

August 9, 2009 4:27 PM

This video was amazing. Great to see the last WOD on relived.

I would like to comment on the standards for muscle ups though. I watched an athlete take 15 minutes to complete them, using VERY strict judging standards of starting from a fully turned out hang position before she was allowed to turn her hands in. Her judge would not count any attempt that was not held to that strict standard. It was frustrating to watch this video and see at least 5 other women start from a hanging position with their hands turned in or facing forward. That makes a false grip much more manageable for them, and the muscle up much more fluid.

Slight discrepancies in judging can make a noticeable difference in the difficulty of a movement. In the case of muscle ups, this is especially true. It is similar to the increased difficulty of chest-to-bar pullups as opposed to chin-over-bar. Since the judges were so stellar throughout the entire weekend, I was surprised to see this in the final WOD.

4. dan wrote...

August 9, 2009 5:20 PM

jolie has a sick butterfly kip

5. Thatcher wrote...

August 9, 2009 5:57 PM

Come on Jeff, that's an inappropriate comment. Rules are important in competition.

August 9, 2009 6:31 PM

The standard was straight arms, not arms turned out. The athletes had the option to turn the hands out or not. Most athletes find it easier to lock out with a false grip with the hands turned out, so it's easier, not harder. But we didn't require the false grip or the turnout. Just the straight arms, which I believe you see upheld in this video.

7. Daz wrote...

August 9, 2009 6:47 PM

Would really like a comment on the burpee standards while we're on the subject. Jolie was one of the few I witnessed with a strict pushup during both girls AND guys chipper workouts. Were the requirements more relaxed and she and others just making a choice to go stricter? It sure made a big difference in speed.

8. MikeD wrote...

August 9, 2009 7:30 PM

I'm going to make an assumption, and correct me if I'm wrong Tony, that the requirement on the down position was chest to deck and it doesn't matter how you get there.

And if that was the standard then yes the less strict burpee was quicker and probably the way to go for this WOD.

(The strict burpee vs fast burpee has been debated ad-nausea in many other places, so lets not start that here please. That's not to you Daz, just a statement in general.)

9. Tony Budding replied to comment from MikeD...

August 9, 2009 7:38 PM

Daz, MikeD
Yes, the standard was chest and thighs to deck, jump with clap overhead in the air (same as the 08 Games). Jolie chose to do the strict pushup, but it was not required.

10. Aaron Arehart wrote...

August 9, 2009 7:46 PM

Way to go Crystal!

11. nick williams wrote...

August 9, 2009 11:13 PM


you are nothing is not consistent with your continual disparagement.

Are you really so one dimensional that you think Manday was whining?

Life must be fun in your house.

12. nick williams wrote...

August 10, 2009 12:07 AM

where on my post does it state I'm feeling sorry for myself. I love my life and count my blessings every day.

Great of you to mention Abraham Lincoln and as one of the great men in American history, he deserves to be quoted centuries after his death.

Hopefully 'you got lemons, make lemonade' won't mark your most lasting contribution to society in posterity.

It's ironic that your regular attempts to portray a gritty, no nonsense tough-guy, positive attitude on Crossfit boards are all delivered with such a negative & dismissive tone.

I think it was Abe Lincoln's grandmother who once said that when you hold out your hand and point your finger at somebody else, the other three fingers always point back to you.

Or was it Captain man pants? I forget.

Either way, why not try to be positive without berating other people in future?


13. Genghis Pan wrote...

August 10, 2009 2:00 AM

Crystal takes 1 or 2 little standing shuffle steps forward every time she starts moving again. That doesn't seem very up to standard? Anyone notice that?

14. JJ wrote...

August 10, 2009 8:13 AM

All the athletes in the video were awesome! (Especially Crystal, of course.)Perhaps next year the experts who weighed in on the rules can volunteer for the Games?

15. MikeD wrote...

August 10, 2009 9:43 AM

16. ken c wrote...

August 10, 2009 12:53 PM

way to go chrystal! that wod looks more like a death march.

17. Jen wrote...

August 10, 2009 4:06 PM

That was just as painful to watch on video as it was live...all the competitors are amazing to have pushed through that workout! 8 workouts in 2 days is just phenomenal!!! I still can't believe that they managed to actually walk away from that! I would love to hear from competitors to know how their recovery went and how soon they got back into the gym and how they are feeling now...

18. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

August 10, 2009 6:24 PM

Another great video...felt like I was there all over again! Superb effort to ALL the "Chipper WOD" competitors!

I still haven't gotten brave enough to tackle that one at our box.

19. Tanya Wagner wrote...

August 10, 2009 8:19 PM

Christy Phillips you are incredible! Great effort and awesome performance especially after the previous 7 workouts that weekend! Hats off to two strong women! Great video :)

20. cleverhandz wrote...

August 10, 2009 10:12 PM

it wuz lil Christy Phillips and our small kipping toes to bar discussion right before that last chipper that helped remind me; before that last hellish push; wut i wuz doing at the Games, why i luv CrossFit so much, and no matter wut, why, at that moment, everythin wuz all good in tha hood.

i'm hope i'm blessed enuf to cross paths with you again Christy!

~ clever

21. Gloria replied to comment from Genghis Pan...

August 11, 2009 9:55 AM

Genghis Pan,

I noticed that also and was curious as to whether that matters. I know my WOD partner wouldn't let me get away with that.


22. Ricardo wrote...

August 11, 2009 11:44 AM

This was awesome to watch! Keep more videos of this caliber coming to the games site! I love seeing the competitors battle it out down the stretch.

23. Drew D/M/24/6'/170# wrote...

August 11, 2009 1:13 PM

I loved when Jolie started her BF Pullups and the crowd just went nuts. These girls are in a league of their own, clearly.

24. Eddy wrote...

August 11, 2009 1:21 PM

My hat's off to these incredible athletes. They inspire me by showing what they can accomplish with a lot of hard work and dedication to their sport.

When I see women doing routines that I can't manage at this point in my training, it give me incentive to keep at it knowing that what seems impossible now can be reached in the future with hard work.

Great show!

25. Genghis Pan replied to comment from Gloria...

August 11, 2009 8:27 PM

I think its a pretty flagrant violation. If you add up all those little shuffle steps Crystal takes, they probably amount nearly to the length by which she won. Budding, Castro, any official comment?

August 14, 2009 3:55 PM

the only shuffle steps visible by video were done by Crystal...who's to say that the rest of the competitors didn't take shuffle steps as well. does that make crystal a cheater? no.. if the judge didn't tell her to go back, then it is what it is.

August 29, 2009 2:21 AM

I agree with what you're saying, Kris, and am certainly not accusing her of intentionally cheating. I just think any violation is worth pointing out and talking about so that it will be hopefully be watched for and disallowed in the future.