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December 7, 2013 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

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The 2013 Reindeer Games is the first offering from Proving Grounds Competitions and marks our official launch! We’re extremely excited for our first event that both provides a final challenge for athletes before year’s end and offers us a chance to give back to our community.

This year, we are proud to be working with Toys for Tots to help local children in need have a happy holiday. Sign up for this festive test of fitness to prove which of Santa’s lists you’re on and stay tuned for event updates, including how to contribute to this wonderful charity!

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Event 1, sponsored by ROM Apparel

  • “Double Dog Dare”
  • 21-15-9
  • Handstand Pushups
  • Toes to Bar
  • Advanced Male: 6″ Deficit
  • Intermediate Female: 8.5″ Assistance
  • Beginner Movements:
  • Shoulder-to-Overhead
  • Sit-ups


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Event 2, sponsored by Hylete

  • “Jingle Bars”
  • 2 Rep Overhead Squat Ladder
  • Barbells begin on the floor
  • 55-sec to perform the complex
  • 10 barbells of increasing weight


  • First and last weights:
  • Advanced Male 175# – 265#
  • Advanced Female 105# – 170#
  • Intermediate Male 135# – 225#
  • Intermediate Female 75# – 140#
  • Beginner Male 95# – 185#
  • Beginner Female 55# – 120#
  • *Beginners will perform 2 Rep Front Squat

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Event 3, sponsored by Rx Smart Gear

  • “The Grinch”
  • Advanced: 15min time cap
  • 100 Double-unders**
  • 10 Deadlifts 315# / 205#
  • 20 Alt. Pistols
  • 10 Burpee Box Jumps 30″ / 24″
  • 20 Alt. Dumbbell Snatches 70# / 50#
  • 10 Ring Muscle-Ups
  • 5 / 2 Legless Rope Climbs 20ft.
  • Intermediate: 12min time cap
  • 50 Double-unders**
  • 20 Deadlifts 225# / 155#
  • 40 Goblet Squats 50# / 30#
  • 20 Burpee Box Jumps 24″ / 20″
  • 20 Alt. Dumbbell Snatches 50# / 30#
  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 5 / 2 Rope Climbs 20ft.
  • Beginner: 12min time cap
  • 100 Single Unders**
  • 20 Deadlifts 155# / 95#
  • 40 Goblet Squats 30# / 20#
  • 20 Burpee Step-ups 20″
  • 20 Alt. Dumbbell Snatches 30# / 20#
  • 20 Jumping Pull-ups
  • **Rx Jump Ropes with heavy ‘beast’ cables will be provided to all athletes.


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Event 1, sponsored by ROM Apparel

  • To be released live Dec.7, 8am

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Event 2, sponsored by Hylete

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At the call of “3-2-1-Lift!”, competitors will have 55 seconds to perform 2 consecutive overhead squats at increasing weights to the highest weight possible. Each competitor will begin at the starting weight of his/her division. If the competitor successfully completes the complex before the call of “time,” (indicating time has expired) they may move onto the next barbell. For the men, each successive barbell weighs 10 pounds more than the one before it. For the women, the first five barbells increase in 10 pound increments and the last five barbells increase by 5 pounds each. Ten barbells with increasing weight must be lifted successfully in order to clear the ladder.

Competitors will not have a rack, but may get the barbell into the overhead position using any technique they choose. If the competitor uses a full squat snatch to get the weight overhead, that will count as the first repetition provided the overhead squat requirements are met.  After a squat snatch, the competitor must perform one additional overhead squat to complete the complex.

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The athlete’s score is the highest weight at which they successfully complete the complex. Athletes must complete both reps at a given weight before they may move on to the next heavier weight. They will, however, receive credit on their final weight if they only perform 1 of 2 reps. For example, if an athlete can only complete 1 rep at 205 pounds before time expires, they will receive a score of 205.1, whereas if they completed both reps, their score would be 205.2.

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  • Overhead Squat: At the top of the movement, the knees and hips must be completely open with the arms locked out and the barbell directly above the body. At the bottom, the crease of the hips must pass below the top of the kneecap. A full squat snatch will count as a repetition, as long as all the above requirements are met.
  • Front Squat (Beginner): The bar must be cleaned from the floor.  At the bottom of the movement, the crease of the hips must pass below the top of the knee. At the top, the knees and hips must be completely open and locked out. A squat clean will count as a repetition, as long as the all the above requirements are met.

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  • Advanced Male 175-185-195-205-215-225-235-245-255-265
  • Advanced Female 105-115-125-135-145-150-155-160-165-170
  • Intermediate Male 135-145-155-165-175-185-195-205-215-225
  • Intermediate Female 75-85-95-105-115-120-125-130-135-140
  • Beginner Male 95-105-115-125-135-145-155-165-175-185
  • Beginner Female 55-65-75-85-95-100-105-110-115-120

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Event 3, sponsored by Rx Smart Gear

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The time cap for the Advanced division to complete event three is 15 minutes. For the Intermediate and Beginner divisions, the time cap is 12 minutes.

The athlete begins with an Rx Smart Gear jump rope at their feet equipped with a ‘beast’ heavy cable. At the call of “3-2-1-Go!” the athlete picks the rope up and performs double-unders (singles for beginners). Once the prescribed number of double-unders are completed, the athlete will perform 10 deadlifts (20 for intermediate and beginner). Then, the athlete will perform 20 alternating leg pistols (dumbbell goblet squats for intermediate and beginners, 40 reps). The athlete will then move to their box and perform 10 burpee box jumps (20 for intermediate and beginner). Beginners may step-up onto the box.  Once the last rep is completed, the athlete will perform 20 alternating, single-arm dumbbell snatches with the prescribed weight. Once complete, the athlete will perform 10 ring muscle-ups (Intermediate will complete 20 pull-ups. Beginners will perform 20 jumping pull-ups. Beginners are done with the event after competing this movement). After finishing, the athlete will complete the final movement, legless rope climbs** to 20 feet, 5 ascents for males and 2 for females (Intermediates may use their legs; Beginners are not required to perform any rope climbs).

**Advanced athletes: Please read the movement standards for Legless Rope Climbs carefully.
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The athlete’s score is his or her total time for completing the workout. If the workout is not finished within the prescribed time cap for their division, they will earn a score of the time cap plus a one-second penalty for each rep not completed. For example, if an advanced female performs 5 muscle-ups when time is called, their score will be 15min (the time cap for advanced) plus 7 seconds (the number of reps short of the finish for her division) or 15:07.

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  • Double-under (Beginner: Single-under): This is the standard double-under in which the rope passes under the feet twice (once for beginners) for each jump. The rope must spin forward for the rep to count. Only successful jumps are counted, not attempts. All ropes will be provided by Rx Smart Gear and are equipped with the ‘beast’ heavy cable. Fitting sessions will be provided prior to event 3.
  • Deadlift: This is a traditional deadlift with the hands outside the knees. Sumo deadlifts are not allowed. Starting at the floor, the barbells is lifted until hips and knees reach full extension with shoulders behind the bar. The arms must be straight throughout. Deliberate bouncing of the barbell is not allowed. Dropping the barbell after completion of the rep is permitted.
  • Alternating Leg Pistol:Athletes must alternate legs after each repetition. If at any point they cannot complete a repetition on a leg, they cannot alternate legs until a repetition has been completed on that leg. The pistol begins and ends with the athlete standing and the hip fully open, knee fully locked out on the squatting leg. The crease of the hip must pass below the top of the knee at the bottom of the repetition, and the opposite foot (non-supporting leg) cannot touch the ground until the repetition is completed. The non-supporting foot must be in front of the supporting foot during the entire repetition. You may hold the foot of the opposite (non-supporting) leg with your hand while performing the pistol.
  • Dumbbell Goblet Squat (Intermediate and Beginner): The athlete must begin standing, holding the dumbbell against their chest in the front rack position with both hands before beginning the squat. At the bottom, the crease of the hip must pass below the top of the knee. At the top, the knees and hips must be completely open while showing control of the dumbbell throughout.
  • Burpee Box Jump (Beginner: Step-up): Every rep starts with the athlete standing with both feet on the floor. The athlete drops to the floor with chest and thighs touching the ground then returns to a standing position. No clap at the top is necessary. The athlete must then jump onto the box with two feet (beginners may jump or step-up onto the box). The rep finishes with the hips and knees fully open while in control on top of the box. Athletes may jump or step down. Reaching full extension in the air while jumping down is a no-rep.
  • Alternating Dumbbell Snatch:The dumbbell must be moved, with one arm only, from the ground to full lockout overhead in one continuous motion without stopping at the shoulders. The top position requires the knees and hips to be fully open, with the dumbbell locked out overhead. Once the top position is successfully established, the dumbbell must be brought back to the ground under control while maintaining a full grip with at least one hand. The athlete may use either or both hands to lower the weight under control. The dumbbell may not be dropped from any height. The athlete may switch hands while lowering the dumbbell as long as control is maintained at all times. Athletes must alternate arms after each repetition. If at any point they cannot complete a repetition with one arm, they cannot proceed to the next repetition until they have completed a repetition with that arm. Both heads of the dumbbell must touch the ground at the beginning and end of each repetition and be under control the entire time. One complete repetition starts on the ground, is snatched to full lockout overhead, then brought back to the ground under control. Dumbbells dropped at any height or brought down out of control will result in a no-rep.
  • Ring Muscle-Up: This is a standard ring muscle-up. The arms must be fully extended at the bottom. The athlete must be pressed out completely (arms straight) at the top. A kipping muscle-up is allowed, but the heels may not rise above the height of the rings. Swings or rolls to support are not permitted. The ring height for women will be set at 82” from the bottom of the ring to floor. The ring height for men will be set at 88”. Ring height may not be adjusted. Boxes may be used to access the rings, but the movement must still begin with arms fully extended at the bottom and feet suspended (unsupported by a box or any other piece of equipment).
  • Pull-Up (Intermediate): This is a standard pull-up. At the bottom, the athlete’s arms must be fully extended. At the top, the chin must clear the bar. Dead hang, kipping or butterfly pull-ups are allowed, as long as all the above requirements are met. Boxes may be used to reach the bar, but the movement must still begin with arms fully extended at the bottom and feet suspended (unsupported by a box or any other piece of equipment).
  • Jumping Pull-Up (Beginner): At the bottom, the athlete must lower themselves so their arms are fully locked out underneath the bar, feet resting on the ground or on a box. At the top, the chin must clear the bar. Athletes may jump up to complete the movement, provided all other requirements are met. Boxes may be used to access the bar but the movement must still begin with arms fully extended at the bottom. Judges will help athletes with the proper box height to ensure the bar is at least 6” above their standing tall position.
  • Legless Rope Climb (Intermediate: Rope Climb): The athlete ascends the rope 20 feet to touch the beam at the top, and must remain in control on the descent. Jumping up to begin each ascent is permitted. For advanced athletes, the use of legs is not permitted on the way up. Once the advanced athlete touches the beam at the top, they may descend using their legs for additional support. For intermediate athletes, any method of rope climb is permitted, including the use of legs during ascent and descent.


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  • The scoring system is based around a “highest points wins” concept. That is, the athlete who performs the best at a particular event will receive a number of points equal to the number of athletes in his/her division, the second best athlete performance receives the second most points, and so on. After 3 events, the athlete with the highest point total for their division wins, second highest total takes 2nd, and third highest score takes the 3rd and final podium spot. For example, an athlete competing in a 30 person division will receive 30 points for finishing first in an event, 29 for second, and 28 for third.
  • For scoring details on each particular event, visit the “Movement Standards” tab.

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  • For ties that determine a podium spot in a particular division, a sudden death event will take place immediately following event 3 between the athletes who tie. The sudden death event will be announced as soon as a tie is discovered and the athletes participating will have a few minutes to warm-up before throwing down.

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  • Jump ropes for the single / double under portion of Event 3 will be provided to each athlete by Rx Smart Gear. We ask that you, at some point before Event 3, visit the Rx Smart Gear tent to visit their demo area and have an associate help size you for the rope you’ll be using. Later, when it’s your time to compete in Event 3, you’ll grab an Rx Smart Gear jump rope right next to the Athlete On-Deck Circle and proceed to smash “The Grinch.”

[accordion title=”I forgot to bring a toy. How can I contribute to Toys for Tots?”]

  • Easy! Cash donations will be taken all day, December 7, during the 2013 Reindeer Games. Find any Marine in uniform or one of our volunteers at the registration desk to donate. Thank you for caring.

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  • Heats for Events 1 & 2 are live via our Google spreadsheet. Event 3 heats will be announced after scores are calculated from the first two workouts.

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  • Free street parking is available on all roads surrounding the facility. Visit the “Maps” tab for visuals.

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  • Our Google spreadsheet is available here so everyone can keep tabs on the master schedule, heats, and scores throughout the day.

[accordion title=”What am I getting as a competitor?”]

  • An event t-shirt, gift bag filled with goodies, exclusive discounts, deals, and services from our 16+ sponsors, professional grade photos from our in-house photographer, and an opportunity to compete and prove your fitness in front of family and friends!

[accordion title=”What do I do with all this fitness?”]

  • Unleash it December 7th!

[accordion title=”Why is Event 3 called The Grinch?”]

  • Because it’s a mean one.

[accordion title=”Who programmed the 2013 Reindeer Games?”]

  • Arturo Fiero of CrossFit ATR and Tom Kerins of Dynamis CrossFit


[tab title=”Maps”] 2013 Reindeer Games Zoom-Out Map

Street parking is available on the main roads surrounding the facility, including Pepsi Drive and Armour Street.

2013 Reindeer Games Zoom-In Map

Athlete Tent City and Vendor Village will be outside in the lot right next to the facility.


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[tab title=”Refund Policy”]We are not accepting refunds, however, we welcome competitors to transfer their registration to other athletes as late as December 2. Feel free to use our Facebook page as an exchange. Please contact us via info@provinggroundscomps.com if you have a transfer to submit.[/tab]

Event Sponsors

We are pleased to announce RX Smart Gear as our title sponsor for the 2013 Reindeer Games.


Registration Process

  1. Add your free event t-shirt and choose your size here.
  2. Select your division in the “Tickets” section below, and click “Add to Cart.”
  3. Checkout and you are done! Look for an email confirmation and stay tuned for updates via Facebook.


December 7, 2013
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


CrossFit ATR
4250 Pepsi Drive
San Diego, CA 92111 United States
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