And the winners are…


And the winners are…

First off, what an awesome Challenge! There were so many performance gains and so much fat loss in such a short amount of time. I’m blown away by everyone’s results. People have been telling me how much better they feel as well, getting quality sleep and having more energy.

With all of these fantastic results, it was VERY hard to choose just one winner. To me, you’re all winners for taking on this challenge. After much deliberation with the other judges, we came to a decision.

Female Winner – Melissa LeBlanc

Male Winner – Lance Cudmore

Female Runner-up – Stephanie Legere

Male Runner-up – Jeremy Landry

Congratulations again to our winners and everyone that took part!

“Mash Up”
Every minute on the minute for 12 minutes
Even Minutes: 5 Deadlifts
Odd Minutes: Max Burpees

Score = number of burpees

The Intercontinental Champion of the World!

66 Responses

  1. Gillyon

    Congratulations to the winners and all those that participated!

    Press (3) 45-55-60-65-70 (pr for reps)

    WOD at 135lbs
    107 burpees

    DL form felt solid throughout. Next time I’ll go a bit heavier.

  2. Sarah & Chris

    Congrats Everyone!! So awesome!! I know Chris and I feel incredible and are continuing on with eating paleo!! WOOOOOOOOO

  3. Chantal L.

    Congrats to the people who participated in the challenge and to the winners!

    WU x 2 – deadlifts instead of pullups (135#)

    WOD @ 210# (WOOPS, was supposed to be 190 but slapped on 35’s instead of 25’s and well, Kevin noticed at round 2, while I was wondering why I was feeling so weak while doing the deadlifts and how F#$%ing heavy they were.

    Crossfiter tip of the day: Choose your weight wisely, and double check your plates! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Total: 58 burpees I’m pretty sure my deadlift form sucked a few times and I could remove 5 or 10 burpees out of that total!

  4. Blake

    CONGRATULATIONS to the Paleo Winners!
    And big props to all my paleo peeps as it was much easier tackling a challenge like this when you are surrounded by others doing the same!

  5. Blake


    Push Press x 5
    Wasn’t too happy with my strength levels today so I focused on correcting some form issues. Thanks Jo for the tips!

    WOD @ 195#
    95 Burpees

    Great job 7 AM-ers!

    1. Lora

      You can never go wrong when you take the time to work on form ๐Ÿ™‚ It really pays off in the long run. Nice work on the WOD today. I don’t know how you folks do this stuff so early in the morning. Sheesh…even the sun was still in bed…

  6. Congrats Paleo Winners and Challengers!

    WU x 2 โ€“ deadlifts instead of pullups (135#)
    Strength Deadlifts x5
    160-170-180-190-200(pr 10#)

    WOD @ 185#
    Score: 97

    Mario, how many wrestling suits do you have??

    1. Lora

      LOL…don’t encourage him, Trent! I don’t think we have seen the end of his collection.

      BTW, congrats on your deadlift PR ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice work on the WOD, too!

  7. Amanda

    Trying to figure out how to say this without sounding too cheesy, but congratulations to ALL of you – even if you didn’t come first or runner up, you still win. In life and in the gym. Great job to all of you. There’s a reason this food challenge is called a ‘challenge’ – cause it’s hard – and you only know how really crazy difficult it is to make changes to your diet once you’ve done it.

      1. Amanda

        I know. I abandoned my effort to not be cheesy because I didn’t feel I could communicate what I wanted to say as effectively so I took the chance on sounding like a cheeseball. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Maria

    Congrats to the winners! And to all who took on the challenge! It’s definitely not easy, but well worth all the effort. You can see from all your great results, good job guys and gals!

  9. Christine

    Congrats to the winners and to all of the participants! I truly enjoyed the challenge and I will continue to challenge myself….this is just the beginning for me!!! I ain’t stopping now!!! I FINALLY feel like my old self again…no actually I feel better than my old self!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Melanie

    Congrats to the winners and to everyone who took on this challenge! Hearing of all your success and how great you guys feel is motivating me to try it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Ron

    WOD – 93 burpees
    Deadlift was with 175

    No strength rotation today

    Congrats to everyone on the paleo challenge. Change is hard for anyone and from what I have been hearing the group did really well.

  12. Valรฉrie Arseneau

    WU x 2 โ€“ deadlifts instead of pullups (85#)

    Tried some push press but Shoulder said “no, not today.” Rowed 5 mins + some physio exercices.

    WOD @ 95#
    Score: 104

    Thanks for the push Lora!! Missed working out with you! Its been a while ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Melanie B.

    WUx2 (deadlifts instead of pullups, 55#)

    WOD: deadlift was at 55.
    Score for burpees: 58 (so close to 60 lol, I’ll get it next time! ๐Ÿ˜› )

    400 M run.

    Good job 5h30 crew!!

  14. Frank

    Congrats to all challengers and winners!


    clean x 5
    115-135-150-170-190 (5# PR for reps)
    form is getting better – arm pull on last 3 reps only

    WOD @ 225#
    77 Burpees

  15. I’m really impressed with the paleo challengers this year. There’s no doubt in my mind that paleo is the healthiest way to eat. But it’s not the easiest to adapt to. So, cudos to all who decided to make a change.

    There was a lot of contenders for the title this year. Congratulations to the winners.

  16. Marcel

    WU x 2 deadlift I/O pull ups

    Foam rolling

    WOD @ 185 lbs

    Total Burpees 91

    Loved the WOD and thanks for the tips on doubles Coach!

    1. Laura K

      Congrats to the Paleo folks. Your example has helped me alot. I would just have to think about how hard Lance, Melissa and the gang were working and somehow saying no to refined sugar etc. became much easier. Thanks again.

  17. Lance

    wux1 deadlifts instead of pull ups

    Power Cleans 3s


    @ 225

    Burpees = 105

    Great workout tonight everyone. Great job to the Paleo Challenge Participants and thanks to everyone for the kinds words today i really appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Heather S

    wux2 deadlifts instead of pull ups

    Push press 5’s

    โ€œMash Upโ€
    Every minute on the minute for 12 minutes
    Even Minutes: 5 Deadlifts
    Odd Minutes: Max Burpees

    Score = 91 burpees

    Great wod and good morning class!

  19. Lora

    WU x 2 (sub deadlifts for pullups)

    Strength: Push Press (x3)
    Nice sharing a bar with you, Sheldon.

    EMOTM x 12 min
    Even minutes: 5 deadlifts @210#
    Odd minutes: Max burpees

    Score = 98 bucking furpees!

    I actually LOVED this workout, in spite of all the cursing I did (mostly under my breath, or was that breathless cursing? Yeah that’s it!) One of my favourite movements meets one of the movements I despise. Nice combo, Coach. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jeff L

    Congrats to all the challengers on finishing the challenge and adopting new habits.

    Mel and I are here in St. Lucia missing the gym and all the wonderful people. She’s also driving me crazy with her constant desire to work out….Cross fit has created a monster.

    Can’t wait to be back at the gym next Tuesday…..or Monday

    1. Lora

      We miss you guys. Hope you’re having a great time in St. Lucia. I love that Mel is constantly looking for ways to work out. Atta girl!

  21. MOB, WU x 2 with Deadlifts

    Strength x 5

    45, 95, 100, 110, 120, 120, 95.

    WOD; Mashup
    EMOTM x 12 min
    Even minutes: 5 deadlifts @145#
    Odd minutes: Max burpees

    Score = Burpees
    Total = 87

    A little disappointed, I was hoping for 100 and wasn’t even close. Change for Change candidate on day 1 of the month.

  22. Lora

    Congrats to Mel and Lance on your Paleo Challenge win and to ALL the participants of the challenge this year. I’m sure not a single one of you is wishing you hadn’t done it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    i know it was a tough decision to pick just one male and one female winner, because so many of you did so well! Keep up the great work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Jeremy L

    WU x 2 ( dead lifts instead of pull ups 95#, ring dips with med purple band)

    Front squat x 5

    โ€œMash Upโ€
    Every minute on the minute for 12 minutes
    Even Minutes: 5 Deadlifts 105#
    Odd Minutes: Max Burpees

    Score 69.

    Congrats Lance you are a machine. Big thanks to Lance,Mel and Jeff for getting together to cook with me on the week ends, gave me a new skill set to keep paleo going.

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