2012 CrossFit Games: Saturday, July 14

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After our WOD Sandwich on Saturday morning, Heather, Kelly, and I headed to the Home Depot Center for Day 2 (well, technically, 3) of the CrossFit Games.

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We arrived just in time for the Women’s Clean Ladder:

1-rep Clean every 30 seconds with progressively heavier barbells

Athletes will be ranked by the weight of their heaviest successful clean. Partial pounds will be awarded for each additional deadlift completed after they attempt and fail the clean.

Women’s Weights (pounds) – 140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 190, 195, 200, 205, 210, 215, 220, 225, 230, 235.

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It was the first time I had seen the women compete, so I kind of geeked-out. I was so excited to see some of the ladies live and in person!


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Elisabeth Akinwale ended up winning the Clean Ladder, but check out the video I took of Lindsey Valenzuela, who came in second place. She was so psyched to have completed it. I love her reaction! You can tell she’s so proud of herself. I mean, 235 pounds?!? Amazing!

After the Clean Ladder, the top 36 female athletes moved onto the following event.

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While the stadium was being set up for the next event, we boogied over to the GNC suite to hang out and watch the competition. Thanks so much for the invite, Kelly!

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We had GREAT seats!

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Then, it was time for the Chipper. Check out this workout. I totally want to do it at our box someday. It looks so fun!

For time:
10 Overhead squats (155 / 105 lbs)
10 Box jump overs (24” / 20” box)
10 Fat bar thrusters, (135 / 95 lbs)
10 Power cleans (205 / 125 lbs)
10 Toes to bar
10 Burpee muscle-ups
10 Toes to bar
10 Power cleans (205 / 125 lbs)
10 Fat bar thrusters, (135 / 95 lbs)
10 Box jump overs (24” / 20” box)
10 Overhead squats (155 / 105 lbs)

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Initially, Talayna took the lead.

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But, then Annie caught up on the Power Cleans.

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And then she was first to the Toes to Bar.

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Meanwhile, Julie was making some serious progress.

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And, eventually, she took the lead.

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Julie ended up winning the event””Annie was still on the Box jump overs when she finished. I now know why Julie has been dubbed “The Silent Beast!”

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I ended up missing most of the men’s Clean Ladder (I went to get lunch and there were some long lines), but I caught the second heat of the Men’s Chipper.

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Daniel Tyminski looking strong!

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On the way back through the Chipper, Ben Smith took the lead and won the heat.

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Then, it was time for the final heat of the Chipper.

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At one point, Matt Chan took the lead.

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But, Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa caught up to him on the Box jump overs.

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Rich Froning ended up winning the event with Jason Khalipa beating out Matt Chan by just a couple of seconds. Check it out!

After the Games, I headed back to my hotel, speed showered, and then met my old college roommate, Rachel, for a drink and some food. We met at Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ in Long Beach.

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I ordered a glass of wine and some BBQ shrimp. I ate a cheeseburger at the Games, so I wasn’t super hungry, but, hey, I can always eat.

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It was so nice to see Rachel. She recently got engaged, so it was fun to meet her fiancé and celebrate with them. Even though it had been a couple of years since we’d seen each other, we picked up right where we left off.

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Final day of the CrossFit Games is up next!



  1. Loved watching Annie, Akinwale, Velanzuela, Foucher and many many more.. they were all so awesome! And very inspiring. I definitely got the workout motivation this weekend.

    Love Lucilles. I wanted to come down and see you all (I’m about 1hour away from the HD center). I didn’t even think about hanging with you all during the evening. Glad you had a great time. thanks for the recap.

  2. Absolutely amazing! I never realized that Crossfit had this much of a following. I’d love to attend one of these games in the future. How often did you just think to yourself, “I can’t believe I’m here?!”

  3. Just an observation…seems almost all competitors and spectators are caucasian. Is there a reason why cross fit seems to caters to this demographic?

  4. the chipper was amazing! interesting to see that many of the athletes chose not to jump right over the box. I would imagine that would tired you out a bit more….

    i love watching the toes to bar. i hope I can do them some day.

  5. Reading these posts has made it feel like we are there! All the way from Australia! We are watching the recordings on line but your blog posts have really made us feel like we are there! I cannot believe you met Froning – so jealous!

  6. Tina,

    I have been reading your blog for a little over 2 years. Personally, I love the evolution that it has made. I think that you always stay true to yourself. Crossfit is something that you have obviously become passionate about, and your posts reflect this. It would be unauthentic if you kept writing posts about running or other types of exercise, because at the moment these aren’t what you enjoy as much as crossfit. Whether or not readers are crossfitters, elliptical devotees, or running mavens, it is inspiring to see someone who is simply passionate about fitness and caring for their body. Keep up the great work, and no matter what exercise you decide to pursue, I will always be following.

  7. Hey Tina,
    Great posts about CF!! It makes me want to try it…although I don´t know if there are any boxes in Peru, I´ll have to find out.
    I love your blog and have been reading it for 6 months now… you´ve been a major inspiration in starting my own blog. Keep up the great work!

  8. I am so thankful for your posts on the CrossFit Games! I feel like I am getting a special insider review of each day and it is so awesome!

  9. After all these posts I’m thinking I might need to bite the bullet and do crossfit! I was in love with watching those strongest man competitions growing up and the games would be right up my alley!!

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