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Now, on to the juicy part… The part where I show you pictures of 2 amazingly fit guys working out (shirts optional). Last night I got to be a part of the live audience for the Announcement of CrossFit Open Workout 13.4 For those of you who are new or unfamiliar with CrossFit, check out my post “What is The CrossFit Open?” – Summarized version: The CrossFit Open is a 5 week world wide competition. A new workout is released each Wednesday for 5 weeks. They do these announcements live in different CrossFit Gyms around the country. Then immediately after the announcement two elite athletes compete head to head in that week’s workout… This all eventually leads to the CrossFit Games in July.
So, last night’s announcement was at a local CrossFit – about 30 minutes from where we live. So, of course, we were going to be there!
We had heard that previous Open WOD announcements had lines of people waiting to get in and running out of space, so we arrived extra early to make sure we got a good spot. The doors were going to open at 5:30 and we got there at 3:30. We were 8th in line. Yes, we are crazy. A little after 4 the line started to get pretty thick.
Once we got inside we got an awesome seat right in the middle on the second row of bleachers. They had free food and beer and everyone was just hanging out having fun. CrossFitters know how to party, y’all. Miranda Oldroyd was there. I love her! She has an amazing story about how CrossFit literally saved her life on her blog. You really must read it, it is unbelievable. They had a few contests between the trainers of the host gym as well as a strict dead hang pull up contest. Miranda busted out 18. That is crazy. EIGHTEEN STRICT DEADHANG PULL UPS. Check out the muscles on this girl…
Sidenote: Miranda is probably one of the more “bulkier” women in CrossFit. A lot of women are afraid to lift heavy because they don’t want to get bulky. I used to be that way. This physique would be something I previously thought was a little too muscular for me, but now I know the work it takes to look that way so I respect it. This did NOT come from casual lifting. She trains competitively. This is NOT from putting 5 pound plates on the end of her barbell. She easily took 135 pounds from the ground to overhead yesterday. So don’t use not wanting to get bulky as an excuse not to lift heavy. End Rant.
Then it was time for the Athletes to arrive. Facing off in the workout would be Six Time CrossFit Games Competitor Chris Spealler and 2010 CrossFit Games Champion Graham Holmberg. They spent some time warming up and getting in the zone.
Before they started the workout they had to find out what it was! With much anticipation it was time for the announcement. Open WOD 13.4 would be:
So it was a 7 minute timed event. The male athletes had to do 135 pound clean and jerk (Bar goes from ground to shoulder, then from shoulder to overhead) and Toes to Bar, which Julie Foucher is demonstrating in the picture above.
Literally just a few minutes after hearing the workout the timer started 3…2…1….GO!
It was a 7 minute frenzy! These guys were incredible. Spealler, the crowd favorite, pulled ahead during the round of 12 by going unbroken on the Toes to Bar. He kept the lead until the end winning with 110 reps over Holmberg’s 102. One of my favorite things about CrossFit is exemplified in that last picture of the collage above. Both men were spent. Both men gave their all. But they, even in their exhausted state, took time to congratulate each other on a job well done.
After the camera’s turned off people were flocking to meet the athletes, poor guys were still spent though.
After we got to walk around and meet everyone Dave Castro announced that Rory McKernan and Adrian Bozman would go head to head too. Apparently they have been doing it each week after the announcement and Rory was in the lead by just 3 points. Until Last night.
Rory was ahead for the first half but eventually fell behind and Boz took the win! Watch the footage here
The whole event was such a blast. I can’t tell you enough how much I love the community that is CrossFit. Jason Khalipa said it best when he said nothing brings you closer to someone than suffering through the same thing with them. That’s what we do day after day, WOD after WOD. I’m so glad to have found such an amazing sport and community to be involved in.
These guys are my biggest supporters! I don’t know what I’d do without them!
Have you been to a live event like this? Did it pump you up?
Who are your biggest supporters?