Paleo Challenge Lecture – September 10th, 7pm

It’s that time of year… Paleo Challenge time! This year, the challenge will begin on Sunday, September 15 and will last for 6 weeks. (Yup, we planned it perfectly so you won’t have to waste all of your points on Halloween candy this year!) There will be a $20 buy-in for the challenge, with all money going to the winners!

Even if you regularly eat Paleo or have done this challenge before, it’s a great way to really dial in your nutrition and hold yourself more accountable than you normally would. If you’ve never tried Paleo before but have considered it, what better time to start than when all of your favorite gym friends are doing it with you?!

The challenge will kick off with a Paleo lecture on September 10 at 7pm (We have also added a make-up lecture Friday the 13th at 6pm). During the week leading up to the challenge, we’ll take your measurements and test some benchmark workouts. During the next 6 weeks, you’ll be responsible for logging your daily food intake and coming in here and hitting WODs as hard as you can. At the end of the 6 weeks, we’ll take measurements again, retest the benchmarks, and crown a winner! To sign-up for the challenge, please click here.

Here are some important dates to remember as you gear up for the challenge:

  • Paleo Lecture: September 10, 7pm- Make-up lecture Friday, September 13th at 6pm
  • Weigh-ins & Measurements: September 11, 12, & 13 (Bring $20.00 cash!)
  • Fran: September 9th
  • Max Clean & Jerk: September 10th
  • Christine: September 13th
  • 1 Mile Run: September 14th

For some more info on how the point system will work and the answers to some FAQ, click here. Get excited!

Overhead Squat

20 Toes to Bar
20 Hang Squat snatches (95,65)
20 Toes to Bar
20 Overhead Squats
20 Toes to Bar

Adv (115,75)
L2 – (75/55)
L1 – (65/35)


  • SMB

    09/04/2013 @ 6:50 pm

    If i recently joined crossfit can I still do the Paleo challenge?

  • Joel

    09/04/2013 @ 1:39 am

    Barrow – I swear you are gonna break that bell. Tony killed it on the platform tonight too…body weight OHS x 3. Keep killing it.

    OHS: 105 x 3 (115 x 2 – dropped the third twice…not my day)
    WOD: 13:13 Level 2. Hang Squat Snatches need more practice.

  • nicole dholakia

    09/04/2013 @ 1:30 am

    Endurance WOD, way to kill it tonight guys…those sprints kicked my ass!
    OHS: 75×3
    WOD: 11:46 L2, knees to armpits

  • jason barrow

    09/04/2013 @ 12:59 am

    Shout outs to my platform partner Matt tonight. The dude literally just started, had never done overhead squats before, and yet he had less trouble hitting 165# than I did. It was clear from the very first time he squatted down that he has some next-level mobility that allowed him to pull off what he was doing. Looking forward to watching him grow as a Crosfitter, if this is what he looks like with no experience, what’s he going to be like in a year? I just puked thinking about the possibilities.

    OHS: 165×3 (RANG THE BELL)
    WOD: 14:32 Rx

    I think this was my first time ever doing a WOD with hang squat snatches. Bringing the weight back down usually gives me the most trouble with any movement, definitely the case with these.

  • Davies

    09/03/2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Crushed I can’t participate this time… it’s been 13 weeks since my Achilles surgery, and trust me, the weeks have not been kind… especially on the scale. I’ve finally been cleared for body weight exercises, so I’ll be doing my own Paleo Challenge… Good luck to everyone…

  • sammy belton

    09/03/2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I’m super excited about the Paleo Challenge!

    OHS 105×3
    WOD 14:42 L2 knees to elbow
    Not moving well at all this morning. I need to hit the shoulder mobility drills a little harder.

  • Chris Wilson

    09/03/2013 @ 12:27 pm

    175 lb. x 3; 14:16 Rx. TTB is my ultimate goat. Did not help that I started second set of overhead work with 5 HSS.

  • noBeantown

    09/03/2013 @ 12:05 pm

    This gives me motivation to ramp up the food blog again!

  • Mike Quigley

    09/03/2013 @ 11:29 am

    155 x3 OHS
    9:28 RX
    To anyone on the fence about the Paleo Challenge, I encourage you to give it a shot. Last year’s challenge was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had since joining CFS. I entirely underestimated the importance of nutrition prior to the challenge. I saw more improvement in performance and body composition over last year’s 8 week (I think) challenge than I had in the entire 9 months prior – without any change to volume of training (3x per week). Paleo has still been my general nutritional philosophy, but 100% became 90/10 became 80/20 became 60/40 (I had a really fun August), so this challenge is perfect timing to dial that nutrition back in.

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