Sponsored by Reebok, one of the top-rated manufacturers of athletic shoes, the 2015 CrossFit Games are quickly approaching. Called too extreme in terms of safety by some and the ultimate goal by others, these games are designed to showcase the strength and endurance of some of the world’s top athletes.
With the opening trials already over and the regionals quickly drawing to a close, we wanted to see what we can expect in the “Fittest Games on Earth.”
Get Ready for the CrossFit Games
Running from July 21st thru July 26th, the CrossFit Games are an amazing series of workouts. What truly sets this competition apart is that it is open to everyone in the world.
Anyone can sign up and participate in the Trials and work their way up to the Games. This year Carson, California is playing host to the world’s fittest athletes, and with the regionals winding down, excitement is building to see who will win the 2015 Affiliate Cup.
The finals will consist of 100 of the world’s fittest men and women who must prevail through a serious of demanding and gruelling challenges. Each of these workouts is designed to push athletes to their absolute limits. That is, until only one person is left who has successfully completed all of their challenges.
The workouts will consist of sprints, squats, climbs, and weightlifting any number of strangely shaped objects. Along with the standard challenges, the judges will also test an athlete’s stamina and endurance. This is all in a bid to find the world’s best athlete.
Team challenges are another popular category in which athletes work together to complete assigned workouts. It’s fun to see your favourite stars work together to complete these challenges!
2015 CrossFit Games Highlights
Do you want to see the best of the best from the 2015 Games? Check out this short video for the highlights:
2015 CrossFit Leader Board
With the regionals winding down and some time before the start of the final Games, we thought it would be fun to take a quick look at this year’s top CrossFit athletes.
Noah Ohlsen is currently leading the Atlantic Regional boards, but Josh Bridges, Dan Bailey, Matthew Fraser, Khan Porter, and Roy Gamboa are each leading their own division. Alex Anderson is also in the running for the title. With three more areas still conducting its regional competitions, it is still anyone’s guess as to who will be able to say they are the “fittest athlete in the world.”
While Noah Ohlsen has the strength, endurance, and determination to make it all the way through the finals, but the raw power of Neal Maddox might give him competition if they both make it to the end.
The women are also reporting in with familiar names coming in at the top of the posted leader boards. Emily Bridgers is at the top of the Atlantic Regionals, though she faces some stiff competition from other top-rated athletes.
Brooke Ence, Michele Letendre, Kara Webb, Brooke Wells, and Camile Leblanc-Bazinet are all contenders for the coveted first-place honor. Like the men’s regionals, we are still waiting for the final results for three other areas, which mean anything is possible at this year’s CrossFit Games. Emily Abbott, a relative newcomer to the sport from Canada is also in the running.
There are also several teams to keep an eye on, and one of the reasons this part of the televised games is so popular is the camaraderie that is clearly visible between the teammates. Not only is each player chosen for his particular skill, but also for they way that they are able to interact with each other.
This gives the CrossFit teams an advantage that you won’t find anywhere else, where each participant truly wants to help and support the others. With so many teams scoring well in the regionals, it is hard to pick a favorite, but it should be noted that some professional athletes are keeping an eye on team CrossFit Terminus.
In the headlines was CrossFit athlete Miranda Oldroyd. Her team, NorCal was on place for a podium finish, but unfortunately she tore her ACL during an event and her team’s position plummeted as they were forced to finish the remaining events without her.
Join in on the CrossFit Games
The above lists of workouts are the ones used during the regionals, and we wanted to see how we compared to some of the athletes’ posted scores. We encourage you to join the challenge by choosing a workout you feel comfortable with and posting your scores on our discussion board.
To compare your times with a fellow CrossFit athlete at the Games, simply click on the supplied link below. Not only will you be able to compare your times with some of the world’s best athletes, you can also follow their progress through the final Games.
Choose your favourite athlete to cheer on, and improve your own strength and endurance with one of these approved workouts. Who knows, maybe your name will be on the leader board one of these days.
CrossFit Games 2015 Results
Okay, now that the games are done, let’s get to the results and find out who came out on top.
Individual and Team Results
|1st||Ben Smith||Katrin Davidsdottir||CrossFit Mayhem Freedom|
|2nd||Mat Fraser||Tia-Clair Toomey||CrossFit Milford|
|3rd||Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson||Sara Sigmundsdottir||UTE CrossFit|
What Events Were at the 2015 CrossFit Games?
Do you want to know what your favourite athletes went through at the 2015 games? Let’s find out what they went through in their quest to make it to the top of the leaderboard
Event 1: Pier paddle (Ocean swim, paddle boarding, followed by another ocean swim)
Event 2: Sandbag 2015 (involved moving sandbags around the stadium)
Event 3: Murph with a weighted vest of 20/14 pounds (Run, push-ups, pull-ups, air squats and another run)
Event 4: Snatch Speed Ladder (3 rounds of 5 squat snatches)
Event 5: Heavy DT (Five rounds for time of deadlifts, hang power cleans, and jerks)
Events 6 + 7: Sprint courses 1 and 2 (zig-zagging around pylons, and jumping over hurdles)
Event 8: Soccer Chipper (Pig flip, legless rope climbs, and a handstand walk)
Event 9: Clean + Jerk (1 rep max)
Event 10: Triangle Couplet (Thrusters and bar muscle pull-ups)
Event 11: Midline Madness (6 rounds of runs and yoke carries)
Event 12: Pedal to the Metal (Peg board ascents, row, bike and dumbbell squat snatches)
Event 13: Pedal to the Metal 2 (Handstand pushups, row, bike and kettlebell deadlifts)
CrossFit Games 2015: Individual Pier Paddle
Have your Say about the 2015 CrossFit Games
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