16.3 will forever be known as “that Open workout where I spent more time defending CrossFit than I did working out.” People jumping up and down cheering as their athletes air-kicked with the bar secured in their armpits after chicken-winging their way up…coaches celebrating this injury-prone, terrible form no-rep, as if it was an accomplishment. The videos flooded in to social media, with CrossFit HQ driving the train, featuring them on their Facebook page with the hashtag #FirstMuscleUp. That hashtag should have been #OurDemoVidSaysThisIsANoRep and #ShoulderInjurySoon or simply #CrossFitFails.
I’ve spent enough time raging out on these terrible videos over the weekend. A special shout-out to all my friends who knew this and tagged me in a host of them just to add to my fury (Griz I see you creeping out there). So let’s get to some better events from the weekend!
The wild/STRONG Open Tour headed to Greeley, Colorado on Friday – home of CrossFit Battle Ready. The wild/STRONG Tribe showed up in force, with six athletes performing the workout, including Shala Giardini who recently moved to Denver and Miranda Foust who joined us for the Tour for the first time this week.
We arrived just in time to watch Miranda tackle 16.3 alongside Battle Ready’s Chase Popp – with both of them crushing it. Chase coasted easily into the triple digits – no surprise to any of you reading this from CrossFit 307 in Casper, Wyoming where he used to train. The kid’s motor just doesn’t have an off switch.
We live-streamed the following heats, as all of our female athletes cruised through round after round of bar muscle-ups. My girlfriend absolutely crushed her muscle-ups. You would not have known by watching that she just got her first bar muscle-up late last year. This was also the first event this Open where I am sitting here on a Monday morning, pleased with my score. I achieved exactly what I set out to do and I am thrilled with how it went.
CrossFit Battle Ready was an awesome host for our event. They accommodate all our athletes and had their heats running smoothly throughout the evening. It was a great environment, all their athletes cheered for us and we met some awesome new people, saw some old friends and ran into some athletes we had competed against in the previous year.
I am very excited to announce, for 16.4 we will be taking the tour to CrossFit Pandora’s Box in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Springs is the site for the live 16.4 announcement on Thursday night, and my best friend, who works for CrossFit HQ will be at the event. My girlfriend and I will drive down Friday morning and pick him up, grab some breakfast and head over to Pandora’s Box. The gym is owned and operated by nationally ranked weightlifter, GRID League star and all-around badass Jared Enderton and his girlfriend Tamara Gray – who I watched overhead squat 200+ pounds at a competition last summer (she also rocks a sweet wild/STRONG shirt during workouts on her Instagram)
I trained on Jon North and Jared Enderton’s online weightlifting team “The Dark Orchestra” and was able to meet Jared last year at Girls Gone RX in Denver. He is a great guy (even if he did grab me a coffee at Starbucks only to inform me 20 minutes later he drank it himself because he couldn’t find me). I am really hoping for something heavy in 16.4 – would be pretty awesome to perform the workout under his knowledgeable eye.
So we will have CrossFit HQ, wild/STRONG and Attitude Nation/The Dark Orchestra all together for 16.4. Should be an awesome time. We will absolutely be live-streaming the event and any other shenanigans from the weekend. Until then, have a great training week and let’s get ready for the last two weeks of the Open!