I don’t have anything even close to and idea of where to start. This weekend was the single wildest, exhilarating, at-times frustrating, and overall massive event I have ever been to or been a part of. Ladies and gentlemen, shit just got real.
I’ve seen a couple of these lists around on the internetz, so I’ll go ahead and do my own top ten because I’m too tired to be creative. Here’s my first three-and-a-half observations from the 2013 Games:
1) It’s a real sport now — VERY real. The rules, parameters, elements and design of the individual events, or overall competition are completely malleable. This makes the sport completely unique, and eliminates the boredom of many major sports. What was perfected this year, that IMO is more important than anything else—is the clear definition of the events for the spectator.
Lanes with clearly marked stations for each round, multiple barbells with gigantic signs for load, and the constant movement of the athletes as they progress through the event, make the sport easy to follow even for the uninformed viewing public.
Also, while the broadcast is frustrating as hell for a coach to watch (they only show the leaders – or Camille), it’s insanely well done. The rep tickers were only on the ESPN feed, so many of us chose to watch the TVs that were streaming their version, instead of watching live or on the jumbotron.
2) These are some bad mother-f**kers. The haters have been saying the same things for years… “Just wait ’til the football players and ‘real’ athletes start doing you’re sport—they’re gonna crush your exercisers.”
Oh word…? *said with Mars Blackmon accent* (Google the name, children.)
Neil Maddox was a professional football player. Justin Allen played Division 1 football at the highest level. Neither of them even made the final heat of the “Zig-Zag Sprint” (horrific name). There is no argument that this event was a test of speed and agility. Any NFL scout or coach, would tell you it was legit. The six men in the final heat included three football players, and three baseball players. That’s it. Those “mid-level D1 guys” are here.
Interesting thought, and topic for a much longer/larger post… Is the reason they’re so good at this sport and were “mid-level” at their former sports, because they were genetically predisposed to not quite have enough type IIb muscle fibers to be great at sports that require a higher concentration of those? Conversely, would that also mean that an elite level “real” athlete could never be competitive at our sport because of their predisposition to the high end of the “quick-twitch” spectrum?
3) The final event(s) were easily the best since “Amanda”, and IMO, the best in Games history. Look, watching humans Deadlift 405/265# (FOR UNBROKEN SETS OF FIVE), then handstand walk 100′, is not just cool—it’s unprecedented. When I wrote “King-Kong” it was almost purely to show off how far some athletes could reach into opposite ends of the spectrum. Fifteen 405# Deadlifts, in unbroken sets of five, and 100′ of handstand walking (again unbroken), is pretty far outside of any traditional paradigm for human performance standards.
Not to mention, the races to the finish were just cool.
3.5) Second most impressive performance of the weekend was Michelle Crawford’s 11.9 on the final of the Zig-Zag (it hurts to even write that name). Not only did that time beat almost half of the men’s times on the first round of the heats, it was only two-tenths of a second slower than Ben Smith’s final heat time of 11.7.
Today I’ll begin to highlight all the Outlaw podium performances throughout the weekend. I’ll start with a big one.
Caleb Williams – National Champion – 69kg weight class. Spencer Arnold – Runner Up – 69kg weight class.
Click here to read: Spencer Arnold – 2013 Nationals Summary.
1) 15 min to establish a 1RM of the following complex: 2 Clean Pulls (not high pull) + 1 Clean & Jerk.
2) 3X1 @ 90% of max from above – rest 60 sec.
Note: Emphasize control when you return to the floor for each rep. You should feel the weight change in the foot as you move from the hang to the start position and back up.
1) HBBS: 1X8@65%, 1X8@70, 1X6@80%, 1X6@85% – rest 2 minutes.
2) Front squat: 1X5 @ 60%, 70%, 75%, 80% – rest 2 minutes.
5 X Run 800m – rest 1:1