2014 CrossFit Team Series Week 2 Recap


Two weekends down, one to go. The CrossFit Team Series just wrapped up its second set of events, with the top three still composed of the same sponsored teams. Let’s see how the teams fared in each of the four events.

Event 5

Doing 150 wall balls, 100 cleans, and 50 muscle-ups for time, Rogue Fitness Red (Dan Bailey, Josh Bridges, Lauren Fisher, and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet) finished 2nd. And who wouldn’t place 2nd with a Josh Bridges beast-mode performance of 100 straight wall balls?

Competitors Reebok CrossFit East and Rogue Fitness Black did not meet high expectations and disappointingly placed 10th and 12th, respectively.

Event 6

Trying to make up for their lackluster performances in Event 5, Reebok CrossFit East (Ben Smith, Scott Panchik, Emily Bridgers, and Stacy Tovar) and Rogue Fitness Black (Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, Sam Briggs, and Julie Foucher) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, to boost their rankings.

However, the event (composed of deadlifts and handstand pushups) went to Rogue Fitness Red by a 40 rep-margin, thanks to Bailey’s and Leblanc-Bazinet’s strengths in deadlifting and gymnastics.

Event 7

Emily Bridger played the role of heroine in Event 7 (21-15-9 relay of overhead squats and toes-to-bar) as she posted an amazing 2:20 time to give Reebok CrossFit East the much-needed first place victory. Rogue Fitness Red and Reebok CrossFit West (Tommy Hackenbruck, Noah Olsen, Lindsey Valenzuela, and Valerie Voboril) both ended up with a tie for 2nd place.

Event 8

This week’s final event was pretty simple, but also pretty grueling: a 2-rep max bench press. Competition favorites Rogue Fitness Black finally came out of their slump and finished 1stplace. Also, Sam Briggs bench pressed 195 lbs. What.

Reebok CrossFit East and Rogue Fitness Red performed somewhat poorly, placing only 7thand 11th, respectively.

Although Rogue Fitness Red finished first in week two, Reebok CrossFit East still leads the pack in the overall standings. Rogue Fitness Black, on the other hand, finished third in week two and feel from 2nd to 3rd in the overall rankings.

Heading into the final week of the CrossFit Team Series, it’s shaping up to be a three-team competition, with only 5 points separating 3rd place Rogue Fitness Black from 1st place Rogue Fitness Red. The third set of events are set to be announced on October 9th. You can see the CrossFit Team Series leaderboard here.

Here Are The Details Of The 2014 Crossfit Invitational


After being held overseas for the past two years, the CrossFit Invitational will make its way back to the US. CrossFit’s international team competition will be held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California, on 9 November, Sunday.

2014’s format will include four teams from the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Each team will consist of four members – two men, two women – and a coach. Rosters for the teams will be announced in the coming weeks.

In 2012, Team Europe lost to Team USA in the UK, while the following year saw Team Europe triumphant over Team USA in Berlin. The 2014 CrossFit Invitational will take place from 4-6pm PT. You can purchase tickets soon enough at the Games website.

How Well Do You Stack Against The Average Stats Of The Top Finishers At The 2014 Crossfit Games?


If you can do Fran in around 2 minutes, Helen in 7 minutes, and Grace in a minute and a half, then congratulations! Consider yourself an athlete capable of competing with the best at the CrossFit Games! Thanks to Reddit user MPHopeful13’s number-crunching, we get to find out the average vital stats and records of the top 9 men and top 9 women placers at the 2014 Games. Check them out below:

Men (Rich Froning to Ben Stoneberg)

Age: 27

Height: 5’8″

Weight: 190#

Fran: 2:13

Helen: 7:19

Grace: 1:30

Filthy 50: 17:05

Fight Gone Bad: 471

Sprint 400m: 1:00

Run 5k: 21:10

Clean and Jerk: 344#

Snatch: 282#

Deadlift: 519#

Back Squat: 466#

Max pull-ups: 64

Women (Camille Leblanc-Bazinet to Lauren Fisher)

Age: 26

Height: 5’4″

Weight: 139#

Fran: 2:23

Helen: 7:48

Grace: 1:36

Filthy 50: 19:06

Fight Gone Bad: 357

Sprint 400m: 1:10

Run 5k: 21:00

Clean and Jerk: 216#

Snatch: 170#

Deadlift: 326#

Back Squat: 282#

Max pull-ups: 53

How well did your numbers compare against the world’s fittest? As for me, one Reddit user summed it up perfectly: “Welp, all I need to do is compete as a woman and my average stats look pretty good… too bad I’m a dude.”

Froning, LeBlanc-Bazinet Are Your 2014 Crossfit Games Champions!


As it turns out, the only man who could beat Rich Froning is… Rich Froning.

The 3x “Fittest Man on Earth” continues his unprecedented streak of victories by adding a fourth 1st place finish at the recently-concluded 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games. Next year, however, he’ll be champion no more, as he is set to compete in the Team competition, ending his streak on his own terms.

Froning started his Games campaign by conquering his supposed “weakness” of swimming (he place 30th at The Pool last year), by placing 8th at The Beach. He then struggled in the next three events: Triple-3 (37th), Sprint Sled 1 (15th), and Sprint Sled 2 (27th.)  His true championship form came in the final three events, placing first in convincing fashion to extend his reign as CrossFit Games champion. Rookie Mathew Fraser and Jason Khalipa placed secondd and third, respectively.

“Froning has been the dominant CrossFit athlete since 2011, and he’s been on the podium since 2010,” according to Mike Warkentin and Andrea Maria Ceil of the CrossFit Games website. “Over five years of competition, he’s won 16 events—more than any other competitor—and he’s finished top 10 in an event 45 times.”


For the women’s individuals, five-time CrossFit Games competitor Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet avenged her 16th place finish last year by winning it all. The first ever Canadian to win the women’s division had nine top-10 finishes out of the Games’ 13 events, including a first placer during the 21-15-9 Complex. Annie Thorisdottir came in second and Julie Foucher in third at the podium.

When asked how she prepared for the Games, LeBlanc-Bazinet said: “I attacked more of my weakness. I worked my ass off. Every year, you get better at finding your weaknesses.”

Here are the full results of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games winners:

Men: Rich Froning (U.S.A.)

Women: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (Canada)

Team: CrossFit Invictus (U.S.A.)

Masters Men 40-44: Shawn Ramirez (U.S.A.)

Masters Women 40-44: Amanda Allen (Australia)

Masters Men 45-49: Jerry Hill (U.S.A.)

Masters Women 45-49: Kim Holway (U.S.A.)

Masters Men 50-54: Will Powell (U.S.A.)

Masters Women 50-54: Mary Beth Litsheim (U.S.A.)

Masters Men 55-59: Steve Hamming (U.S.A.)

Masters Women 55-59: Susan Clarke (Canada)

Masters Men 60-plus: Scott Olson (U.S.A.)

Masters Women 60-plus: Karen Wattier (U.S.A.)

Spirit of the Games Award: Becca Voigt

Rookie of the Year: Mathew Fraser

Most Improved: Cassidy Lance

h/t CrossFit Games















CF Games Results: Froning Proves He Has No Kryptonite, Finishes 8th At The Beach.


At last year’s Reebok CrossFit Games, we found out that that defending champion and all-around beast, Rich Froning, had a weakness after all: swimming. The seemingly invincible athlete struggled and finished 30th in 2013’s swimming event, called The Pool.

This year, swimming is his kryptonite no more. At The Beach, Froning placed 8th amidst strong waves, a searing Californian sun, and possible shark attacks (seriously.) He placed ahead of other elite athletes like Dan Bailey (9th), Scott Panchik (10th), and Jason Khalipa (18th).

The 2014 Games’ first event consisted of a 250 yard swim, 50 kettlebell thrusters, 30 burpees, a 500 yard swim, another set of 30 burpees and 50 kettlebell thrusters, and finally a 250-yard swim before a short run to the finish line.

Four-time All-American swimmer and former lifeguard Jordan Troyan, did a repeat of his performance last year, placing first by leading from start to finish. He was followed by 19-year-old Jonne Koski and last year’s event 3rd placer Josh Bridges.

For the women’s individuals, sailor Anna Tunnicliffe led all the way and finished first. Kara Webb and Chyna Cho had a two-woman race for second place, with the latter finally pulling away midway through the 500-yard swim. Last year’s event 1st place finisher, Michele Latendre, finished fourth.

Froning won last year’s competition despite having a rough start. Now, after banishing his 2013 demons at The Beach and kicking off his campaign off on a good note, it may only be a matter of time until he is crowned “Fittest Man on Earth” for a record fourth consecutive time. Goes to show that even your greatest weakness can improve with consistent practice.

You can watch the replay of the events below.