• 2012 CrossFit Games: Sunday, July 15

    July 19, 2012

    The final day of the CrossFit Games started with a fun work with Reebok. Our coaches for the day, Blair and Lauren, took advantage of the gorgeous outdoor space at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach to create the WOD.

    [photo credit: Jess Allen]

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    Breakfast #1

    Before we started the WOD, I ate some fruit and drank part of a Naked smoothie. Reebok provided us with a light breakfast, so we had something in our stomachs to fuel our workout, but not so much that we felt sick/uncomfortable during it.

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    The WOD started with a 10-minute warm-up and some dynamic stretching.

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    And then Blair explained the WOD and divided us up into 6 groups. The workout was circuit-style, so we did as many reps as possible of the assigned exercise at each station before moving onto the next one (once our teammate tagged us).

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    I started with triceps dips.

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    And then, once my teammate tagged me, I moved onto fence flips. (Yep, we flipped that bad boy up and down the lawn! So fun!)

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    Then, there were walking lunges.

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    And sit-ups. Not pictured: bear crawls, stair jumps, and running.

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    It was such a fun WOD! Here I am (a sweaty mess, of course) with Gina (Scott’s fiancé) and Jess after the workout!

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    Finally, we cooled down with some stretching.

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    And then ate breakfast #2.

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    Breakfast #2

    I helped myself to some eggs, potatoes, and more fruit. I ended up going back for a second serving of eggs and fruit.

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    After breakfast, we quickly showered and then headed to the Home Depot Center for the final day of the CrossFit Games. I hadn’t seen my coaches and friends from my CrossFit box back home yet, so I met up with them to watch the Games. GNC hooked them up with tickets, so they were super psyched to be there. THANK YOU, GNC!

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    I arrived just in time to watch the final team competition. After two days of competition, the top six teams advanced to a sudden death final, which meant whatever team won the event, won the title of the Affiliate Cup champion (aka “Fittest Team on Earth”).

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    Check out this workout:

    Each member of the team will complete one of the following as a relay for time. The winner of this event will be the Affiliate Cup champion.

    Female 1
    21-15-9 reps of:
    95 pound Clean
    Ring dips

    Female 2
    21-15-9 reps of:
    65 pound Thruster

    Female 3
    95 pound Snatch, 30 reps

    Male 1
    135 pound Clean and Jerk, 30 reps

    Male 2
    21-15-9 reps of:
    225 pound Deadlift
    Handstand push-ups

    Male 3
    150 Wallball shots, 20 pound ball

    Teams will be ranked by total finish time.

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    Each team had 6 members, so every person needed to do one of the assigned workouts. Cool, right?

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    The end of the event was pretty exciting as we waited to see whether Hacks Pack UTE or SPC CrossFit would take the title.

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    “Karen” (150 Wallballs) seemed to take forever! I wasn’t even competing, but I felt really tense watching the final men bang out Wallball after Wallball.

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    It was definitely a race to the finish!

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    In the end, Hacks Pack UTE won with SPC CrossFit and Diablo CrossFit (who had a HUGE cheering section) in second and third place.


    After the team event, the women were brought onto the stadium floor to announce the final event, which the men would also complete. The workout was elimination-style of the top 18 athletes that remained in the competition. Three women would be eliminated each round, so 12 would remain for the final WOD. The workout: “The Girls!”


    The top 18 athletes overall will compete in this Event.

    21-15-9 reps for time of:
    Clean (135 / 95 lbs)
    Ring dips


    The top 15 athletes overall will compete in this Event.

    For time:
    30 Snatch (135 / 95 lbs)


    The top 12 athletes overall will compete in this Event.

    21-15-9 reps for time of:
    Thruster (95 / 65 lbs)

    Crazy-awesome, right? I can’t even imagine how tired these athletes would be after competing all day and then doing three tough WODs in a row. They’re machines! I swear, some of them didn’t even look all that tired!

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    I {heart} Annie!

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    Julie Foucher, “The Silent Beast,” rocking her pull-ups!

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    Talayna did so well at the Games. I had no idea she was such an animal! She took second place on Fran with a time of 2:36. Wow, right!?!

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    Kristan Clever also did well in this event. She took 2nd on Elizabeth, 3rd on Isabel, and 3rd on Fran. She placed 4th overall at the Games. FYI: Kristan is super tiny in person—even compared to Julie, who is 2 inches taller at 5’ 4”. After seeing Kristan on TV a number of times, I was surprised by her size, especially since she’s so strong!

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    Annie took first on Isabel and 6th on Elizabeth and Fran, but it was enough to earn her the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth!” Hooray! Doesn’t her expression just say it all? It’s a mix between super happy and on the verge of tears. She’s such an amazing athlete.

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    Julie Foucher took second place and Talayna Fortunato took third place.

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    The men’s final event followed the women’s event. They did they same three elimination-style workouts as the women.

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    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

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    The men’s event was exciting, but, mathematically, even if he came it dead last, Rich Froning was going to take the title of “Fittest Man on Earth.” Point-wise, he was well ahead of the other male athletes. Even still, it was nice to see that he didn’t cash-it-in on the competition and went all out on the final WODs. He took first on Elizabeth and Isabel.

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    Matt Chan put up a good fight during the Games. At times, I thought he might beat Froning, but he took second place with Kyle Kasperbauer in third. FYI: Matt Chan is 10 years older than Rich Froning (34 years old versus 24 years old). Just sayin’!

    [photo credit: Michael Mauro and GNC]

    One more post to come. It’s about the CrossFit after-party where I meet a bunch of these athletes. It was definitely a night to remember. Stay tuned!

    P.S. Love this CrossFit Translation with Bob Harper! LOL!

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    { 24 comments… read them below or add one }

    Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Yikes! Fence throwing/flipping! Haha that sounds intense! The fence didn’t kick up the lawn at all?


    Tina July 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Not that I noticed!


    Emily @Emily's Olives July 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    These women are so ripped it is insane!! Do you ever think you’d like to compete in the crossfit games???


    Tina July 19, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Haha! Nope, these ladies are on a whole different level!


    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Those abs on Annie are quite possibly the most intense I’ve ever seen on a female. Lord; she’s ripped.

    I’m loving your recaps Tina, especially from the female events – I love how these Crossfit women are totally destroying the stereotype of women as petit and weak. Very inspiring!


    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    That’s great that you got to do WODs while you were there! And those athletes look amazing! Good job to all of them!


    Avery @ Texas Teen Keeps Lean July 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, Annie’s muscles are insane! What an amazing woman!


    Cait's Plate July 19, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Man being around all those people must’ve just been so incredibly inspiring and motivating! It’s like watching the Boston Marathon…every time I do I just want to go for a run!


    kim@hungryhealthygirl July 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Wow! What a great experience! I really want to try crossfit, but it’s not offered near my home.


    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Wow–those athletes are ripped! How cool.

    Which I also have to add, that you are looking so strong and healthy lately. Good for you! And definitely inspirational to other women!


    Annette@FitnessPerks July 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Holy crap. Annie is ripped! Well, they all are! How inspiring these athletes are–sooo strong!!

    Such great pics–thanks :)


    Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness July 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    So fun! I want to try fence flips!!! Loving the games recaps! I loved the final workouts this year! So awesome to see classic CrossFit WOD’s!


    Tina July 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    The fence flips were so fun! Easily my favorite part of the WOD!


    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Holy abs post! ;)


    Emily @ I'd Rather Walk July 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I am blooooown away by the athleticism


    j3nn July 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    The workout involving the fence looks bad ass! All workouts should be fun and a bit unusual. :)


    Rachel July 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    her abs!! omg lol


    Michelle (Peachy Palate) July 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Oh my god their abs! Incredible! The WOD you did looks like such good fun, even better with the big group. Can’t wait for the next post :)


    clare @ fittingitallin July 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Froning is only 24!!?
    Also LOVE that bob harper video. So funny!


    Miriam Valkenburg July 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Annie T. is awesome, just all around fantastic athlete! How great you got to be at the Games. I watched most of it on livestream. The weekend was beautiful but I couldn’t pry myself away from The CF Games…;)


    kristle July 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    you already had met that bob harper guy at his book launch party right? did he remember you? he DID compliment your arms that first time!


    Christina July 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Annie is a beast! Good lord look at those abs!! And I I can please have your arms I will appreciate it, thank you! Haha….so exciting and such an amazing opportunity. Will you be attending next year as well?


    Tina July 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I really, really hope I’ll get to attend next year!!!


    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my goodness, those abs are insane :O


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