THE FIRST EVER CROSSFIT GAMES!

The CrossFit Games was established in 2007, in a ranch in Aromas, California.

The first ever competition, putting some of the best firebreathers at the time against one another, featured 3 WOD’s done over 2 days.

Below we take a quick look into what the WOD’s and results of the first athletes to ever take the stage were.

Above: the stadiums are bigger - the crowds deafening. A lot has changed.

Above: the stadiums are bigger - the crowds deafening. A lot has changed.

 

WOD#1

“The Hopper”

For Time:

1000m Row, then

5 Rounds

25x Pull Ups

7x Push Jerks (60/40)

This was a truly unique event, as one of the 3 fundamental tenets of CrossFit is being able to do any and all tasks imaginable proficiently. Within Greg Glassman’s pioneering article on fitness, it describes using a hopper and picking movements out at random to test this. Hence, this is the only event ever in CrossFit Games history that was literally chosen at random.

You can view footage of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnXmnU-RNgs

Above: Jolie Gentry - winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games.

Above: Jolie Gentry - winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games.

WOD#2

“The Trail Run”

5km (roughly) for time

This was a classic trail run around the ranch, which has since been repeated (albeit a much harder version) in 2016.

You can view footage of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kB9TJb9AYA
 

Above: back to the ranch - a photo from the 2016 CrossFit Games trail run repeat.

Above: back to the ranch - a photo from the 2016 CrossFit Games trail run repeat.


WOD#3

“The CrossFit Total”

3 Attempts for max weight on the following movements:

-Back Squat

-Strict Press

-Deadlift

Done on the final day of competition, check out the highlights in the link below, as a 70kg back squat for the ladies and a 130kg back squat for the men is hugely applauded - that’s not even the average for most members at a box these days!

You can view footage of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0zKWYJR-_w

Above: the event poster for the first ever CrossFit Games - no CrossFit Open, no CrossFit Regionals, just rock up and pay to compete.

Above: the event poster for the first ever CrossFit Games - no CrossFit Open, no CrossFit Regionals, just rock up and pay to compete.



RAISING THE STANDARD

Now lets look at a comparison between the 2007 CrossFit Games final WOD and a repeat of the same WOD during the 2013 CrossFit Games – just 6 years later.

Again, the first WOD was:

“2007”

For Time:

1000m Row, then

5 Rounds

25x Pull Ups

7x Push Jerks (60/40)


2007 Results:

Men - 13:07 Brett Marshall

Women – 16:22 Jolie Gentry

Above: James "OPT" Fitzgerald during "The CrossFit Total" - male winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games. For those of you familiar with all things CrossFit - check out the person judging in the background...none other than Mobility WOD Founder, Kelly Starrett.

Above: James "OPT" Fitzgerald during "The CrossFit Total" - male winner of the 2007 CrossFit Games. For those of you familiar with all things CrossFit - check out the person judging in the background...none other than Mobility WOD Founder, Kelly Starrett.

This was retested in 2013 with the new breed of top athletes in the world. The fastest times were:

Men - 8:33.8 Josh Bridges

Women – 9:48.4 Valerie Voboril

You can view footage of the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-37gVRTDKgw

Whats incredible about this is the timecap in 2013 was just 15mins, which means one of the fastest times in 2007 didn't even complete the WOD within the timecap – and she won the 2007 Games (ie Jolie Gentry)!

Now if you think the times in 2013 are impressive – wait till you see the stats on just how much power output and how much tonnage Josh Bridges was moving, relative to the time it took him.

If we use the formula Force x Distance Over Time to calculate Josh's power output (ie intensity) and tonnage moved it would look like this:


Josh Bridges

60kg bar

77kg Bodyweight (at the time)

1000m Row time completed in 3:38

5 Rounds

25x Pull Up = 125 reps

7x Push Jerk = 35 reps

35 reps X 60kg = 2,100kg moved on the bar

125 reps X 77kg (bodyweight) = 9,625kg moved on the pull ups

2,100kg + 9,625kg =

Total 11,725kg moved throughout the WOD

11,725kg divided by 8:33.8 (513.8 seconds for entire wod)

11,725kg divided by 513.8 seconds = that's 22.82kg moved every second during the WOD - this is crazy fast!

Above: Josh Bridges making his mark on the Games stage. Also note the difference in muscularity and body type, compared to the 2007 Games winner James Fitzgerald (pic shown earlier). It truly has become the "sport" of fitness.

Above: Josh Bridges making his mark on the Games stage. Also note the difference in muscularity and body type, compared to the 2007 Games winner James Fitzgerald (pic shown earlier). It truly has become the "sport" of fitness.


Push Jerk Calculations

Work = force x distance

Where force = mass lifted 60kg

Distance = gravity x height of lift (9.8 x 0.80)

Work = 470.4 (N.M)
 

Pull Up Calculations

Work = force x distance

Where force = mass lifted 77kg (his bodyweight)

Distance = gravity x height of lift (9.8 x 0.80)

Work = 603.68 (N.M)


Calculating Power = work/time

470.4 work on push jerk x 35 reps = 16,464 (N.M)

603.68 work on pull ups x 125 reps = 75,460 (N.M)

16,464 + 75,460 = 91,924 (N.M – watts) divided by 513.8 (total WOD time) = 178.91 (N.M) per second.

x 60 seconds (ie 1 minute) = that's 10,734 (N.M) developed every minute!

Put simply the tonnage moved and power generated is insane!

You literally have to live, breathe and sleep CrossFit nowadays to keep up. You have to be an elite athlete.


FINAL WORDS

In the movie "Every Second Counts" showcasing the 2009 CrossFit Games, we see some of the best were overweight, clearly had no strategy in the WOD’s (other than “balls to the wall”) and many couldn’t even do muscle ups!?

Above: the poster for the movie "Every Second Counts" - a documentary on the 2008 CrossFit Games.

Above: the poster for the movie "Every Second Counts" - a documentary on the 2008 CrossFit Games.

Yet they were the ones going to the CrossFit Games.

It was an incredible time as there was no CrossFit Open, no CrossFit Regionals and hence if you put in some serious work, anyone could go to the Games.

We've come a long way in a decade of "FITNESS" - looking forward to seeing what the future holds in the new teen divisions.


-Benjamin
Founder
CrossFit Moreland

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