Hyrox Dallas 2020

Hyrox Dallas 2020

A New Type of Fitness Competition

Hyrox is the new hotness of the fitness world in the United States. Though it may be new to us, the team behind Hyrox certainly has a lot of experience behind it. The popularity of the event overseas is quite high. After my experience in Dallas, it’s easy to understand why.

“What is Hyrox?” you may ask? Hyrox is a fitness competition involving a mix of running and functional workouts. This competition is always held indoors, at the same distance, with the same workouts, in the same order. Divisions are split into open men, open women, doubles women, doubles men, mixed doubles, pro women, and pro men.

The differences between these divisions being that, in doubles, teams are allowed to split the workouts as they please, but must run together. Otherwise, weights and or reps simply increase depending on which division a participant chooses. The order of the event is always as follows:

1km run

1000m ski erg

1km run

50m sled push

1km run

50m sled pull

1km run

80m burpee broad jump

1km run

1000m row

1km run

200m Kettle bell Farmers Carry

1km run

100m Sandbag Lunges

1km run

75 (women excluding pro)/100 wall balls

Finish

Organization

At first glance, the maze of barricades, rigs, and stations can seem to be chaotic. Countless thoughts run through your head. How will we know where to go? Where do we run? Will enough stations be open? As for Dallas, Hyrox was a graceful ballet of controlled chaos and every staff member and volunteer seemed to be on their A-game.

From the briefing to wave send off, to on course aid. Hyrox staff seemed to always know what their purpose was and how to most quickly and efficiently relay that information. This is key to running a good event. No matter how much stuff you have, no matter what great venue you have, if you do not run a tight ship it can all far apart and leave a sour taste in the mouths of participants.

Is Hyrox Really for Everyone?

Is Hyrox for OCR athletes? Maybe it for Crossfitters? Can everyone really complete a Hyrox event? The answer to all of these questions is: yes. Just like any other fitness endeavor, training is necessary if you would like to perform decently. It will push you to limits and test your grit. This is the reason that people participate in such events.

However, claims such as Hyrox being for everyone have no ground if the staff does not treat everyone equally and hold them to the same standards. From the beginning of the day with the open waves to the end of the day with the last pro waves, volunteers and coaches motivated every single participant in the same manner.

Establishing a Sense of Accomplishment

Everyone should have left feeling as if they accomplished something great. That is the core of what these type of events are about. The goal is to change people’s lives. It does not matter if you are Hunter McIntyre finishing the pro wave in 58 minutes and some change or if you are an open lady competing in your very first competition. The goal is to make you want to keep coming back and to keep improving! Is Hyrox for everyone? No. Can anyone do Hyrox? Yes.

Hyrox brings together a blend of spectacle, personality, and difficulty to create an empowering experience for each participant. It is quite obvious that they have planned and they have had plenty of practice. If any athlete had questions during the powerpoint briefing on their heat, they were quickly answered and explained. There was no “oh wait I don’t know let me see.” Of course, the fact that the event is the same every time attributes to this efficiency. This is often a gateway to success for many: pick a focus and execute it really well.

How Can it Work?

The Hyrox staff has developed quite the efficient technique of calculating exactly how many participants can be released in each wave to ensure that there is no backing up at workout stations. Though things can get slightly hectic in the running loop, the “fast” and “slow” lane separation helps. Ideally, faster runners hug the inside lane allowing them to pass slower runners on the right.

Of course, after all of the brutal workouts the occasional runner would be straggling in the middle of the lane, but skirting around them was never a huge issue. I did not see many runners get hung up even during the doubles waves.

Will I get Lost?

What if I forget where to go? I will fully admit it was completely possible to forget which workout you were on when your brain starts to shut down and you are just trying to keep moving. Hyrox takes every possible measure to ensure that racers stay on track though. Every workout station is manned by a knowledgeable volunteer. Every workout station has a giant blowup gateway with a readout of what number the workout is as well as the name of the workout, i.e. “ 08 Wall Balls 08”.

A large screen on the running course displays the names of participants as they cross a timing mat.  This screen displays what run lap you are on or what workout you should enter the “in” section of the course and complete before moving on. MANY times I was scatterbrained and not sure of what to do, but this screen and volunteers kept me on track. Is it possible to run an extra lap? Absolutely. Is it possible to skip a workout? Absolutely. However, Hyrox cares enough to take as many measures as possible to keep everyone on track.

Aid Station

There was only one aid station and it was the only one truly necessary. It was well manned and well serviced. This station was stocked with both water and the event sponsor: Refix (basically water and sea salt, doesn’t sound tasty, but when you’ve wept yourself dry of all electrolytes it’s pretty nice.) It was located at the “out” section of the workout area so that runners could fuel up before their running loops.

Equipment and Warm-up Area

Though the warm-up area was just a tad small, it was a far better warm-up area than I have seen at most CrossFit competitions. The area had every implement that would be used in competition. It was well stocked with plates and two sleds to practice the dreaded push and pull complete with a strip of that devil carpet. The warm-up area also contained: bike ergs, ski ergs, self-propelled treadmills, concept 2 rowers, kettlebells, mats, and wall balls. Each of these pieces of equipment was in tip-top shape, and a water station was in the warm-up area as well. Chalk was also readily available at each and every workout station.

If anything used by Hyrox is really going to incite participants’ frustration, it is going to be the carpet. Sled pushes and pulls are bad. Sled pushes and pulls on turf are bad, but sled pushes and pulls on this carpet are a step into hell forcing you to summon your own inner demons to escape its momentum breaking wrath. While the carpet never bunched on me, I could see it being a possibility. The carpet adds an element of difficulty which some may like or dislike.

The “Festival” Area

The stage was clearly visible and offered a seating area for awards. Vendors were set up nicely along with a cool little Michelob Ultra booth. The Puma store was nice and sales went through without a hitch. The workout zone for those spectators interested in learning how to prepare for Hyrox was a very nice touch that I wish other races and CrossFit competitions would incorporate more often. The goal is to get more people involved in these events and Hyrox seems to do a very good job of keeping that in mind.

So It Isn’t Perfect

The set up does have some drawbacks. Crosswalks over the running track were the only way in or out of the arena housing the event as well as the only avenue to the restroom. This caused security to have to perform the task of super decisive crossing guard especially as the faster runners got onto the course. Although this simple act of having to wait to cross was not a big deal for me, I could certainly see it getting stuck in the craw of some spectators.

Hyrox is not the perfect fitness event. It may not be up the alley of some athletes. It may deter strict endurance athletes. Is it the “World Series of Fitness” as its branding claims? Well, that depends on your personal definition of fitness. What Hyrox is, is a great bridge between the gap of CrossFit, OCR, and other realms of athletic performance. What is most important is that Hyrox does what they claim to do and they do it very well (or at least did in Dallas this February).

They treat every competitor exactly the same and they motivate each and every person to be their best. Hyrox does not just claim to be what will force you to dig deep. Hyrox does not drop you off in the well and leave you to find your own inner strength. It provides you with the tools to do so, and they jump in the well with you holding a light and saying “come on, you’ve got this.” If they stick to this type of passion and attention to detail in each and every event, Hyrox will become a much bigger attraction in the United States next year.

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Update on The Tahoe OCR/Crossfit Event – It’s Called “The Faceoff”

Last week we learned of a new hybrid event that Spartan Race was presenting this weekend in Tahoe. We called it the OCR/Crossfit Tahoe Throwdown Challenge. It’s actual name is “The Faceoff presented by FitAid”, which also happens to be the name of one of my favorite Nicolas Cage movies.

Tahoe Face Off

We learned last week the premise: 4 Crossfit Athletes will face off against 4 OCR athletes over the course of an afternoon on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Today, we learned more about how all of this will go down. David Magida and Yancy Culp have been tasked with creating the programming for the day. Yancy will also serve as head referee for the event, while David will handle host and MC duties.

They both emphasized that everything currently listed is flexible, as areas they may have space limitations on the day, and/or other factors.

Event #1 – The Championship Beast Course

• The 8 competitors compete against each other in the Saturday Beast.

• Chip timing will be used, but catching/being caught counts for extra points.

• CrossFit Athletes Will Start Race 30 Minutes Before Spartan Athletes.

Additional Spartan Beast Scoring/Penalty Rules

1. CrossFit Athletes will start with 30min advantage on Spartan Beast Course.

2. If Male CrossFit athletes are caught by any Spartan competitor, they will be penalized -1 point. This includes if they are caught by a female. This penalty can only be assessed once, per CrossFit Athlete.

3. If Male Spartan Athlete catches All 3 Male CrossFit Athletes, Spartan Athlete will receive +1 bonus point.

4. If Female CrossFit Athlete is caught by Female Spartan Athlete, they will be penalized -1pt, but no bonus point will be assessed.

5. Female Crossfit Athletes are only penalized if caught by another female

6. If Female CrossFit Athlete is not caught on course, she will receive +1 bonus point.

7. If an athlete is beat by more than 1 hour by any racer (on chip time), they lose an additional -1pt

8. Failure to complete Spartan Beast = Disqualification from competition.

WODs 

  • Approximate start time 2:00pm local time
  • Failure to complete any event will result in a -1 Point Penalty

Event #2: The Throw Down

4 Rounds

– 12x RAM Thruster (55lbs/33lbs)

– 20m RAM Overhead Lunge

– 2x Deadball Over the shoulder (150lbs/100lbs)

– 2x Deadball Over the Wall

– 4 ft wall

– 6 foot wall

– Run back and Repeat

Event #3: Hell’s Hill

4 Rounds

– 5x Deadball Ground to Overhead (GTO) 100lbs/70lbs

– Double Sandbag Carry – 60lbs/40lbs

*Carries (and Run To Sandbags) increase in distance each round- 25m, 50m, 75m, 100m

Spartan Faceoff Deadlift

Event #4: The Lumberjack

3 Rounds

–        30Deadlifts (-10x Each Round) – Men’s 225lbs, Women 155lbs

–        4x Log Flip – Men’s 400lbs, Women’s 280lbs

–        10x Log Jump Overs

Event #5: Spartan RAMpage

5 Rounds

– 16x Spartan RAM Burpee (-2x Each Round)

– Run and low crawl with Spartan RAM

– 2x Plate drag

Scoring System

Point Allocation Per Event: 

Mens:                              Womens:

Place Points Place Points
1st Place 5 points 1st Place 1 points
2nd Place 4 points 2nd Place 0 points
3rd Place 3 points
4th Place 2 points
5th Place 1 point
6th Place 0 points

There will be a male and female Champion plus a team award for who got the better of whom, with Crossfit versus OCR.

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Deadlift photo by Armen Hammer.

OCRCrossfit Tahoe Throwdown Challenge 2019

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From the mind of Hunter McIntyre, something very special is taking place in two weeks in Tahoe.

As most of you know, OCR’s Hunter took on The Crossfit Games back in August as a wildcard entry. While mixing it up with the best of the world in Crossfit, he asked some of them to meet him on his turf at this year’s Spartan Tahoe Beast.

We aren’t sure exactly what is happening as of this printing, but we are going to go ahead and call it the OCRCrossfit Tahoe Throwdown Challenge 2019.  Update 8:47am – **This just in. Spartan is officially calling this event – King Of The Mountain. (I prefer our original title)

Here is what we do know:

3 OCR Athletes and 3 Crossfit Athletes will take on The Spartan Beast course in the morning. That’s 13 miles plus 30 obstacles at elevation. Then in the early evening, the men will compete in a WOD style workout. At the end of the day, we add up some form of scoring from the 4 workouts plus the Beast and crown a winner.

On the OCR side we will have:

Hunter – The Bulk Pony Himself. Is there anything else we need to say?

Bulk Pony

 

 

 

 

 

Isaiah Vidal – The Slightly Bulkier Pony. Bit of a tornado that has scrapes with Hunter, Atkins, and AirForce Ken over the years. With over 80 OCR podiums, he has more than any other American.

Isaiah Vidal

Matt Kempson – Another bulky little meatball. – Recently won the Epicly Epic Alex/Cassidy Cash Showdown at NorAm. Also recently known as the inventor of the Kempson Obstacle.

Matt Kempson

On the Crossfit Side:

Chandler Smith – Former wrestler at West Point. 15th in this year’s Crossfit Games.

Chandler Smith

 

Sean Sweeney – Known as The Crossfit Cowboy (do Crossfit stars have names like Ninjas?) – Can deadlift 565 pounds.

Sean Sweeney Crossfit Cowboy

Jacob Heppner – Makes videos with his dog. 2nd to Hunter in 2018 Tough Mudder X. 3rd in the world in The 2019 Crossfit Open. Multiple top 10 finishes at The Crossfit Games.

Jacob Heppner

 

September 16, 2019 Update: 

2 females have been added to the mix.

Corinna Coffin –  Corinna won Tough Mudder’s TMX in 2017 and was the runner up in 2018. She was a Crossfit Games Team athlete 2018. This year, she came back to race Spartan Stadion Series and finished 2, 1, 1 in consecutive performances.

Emma Chapman – Her team, Central Beasts, won the Strength In Depth competition, then placed 5th at the 2019 Crossfit Games. She also won the Tough Mudder TMX in 2018 and appeared on Million Dollar Mile earlier this year.

Along with the individual scores, we are being told there will be some form of team scoring tallied, with the 4 CrossFit athletes versus the 4 “Spartans”.

We posted a conversation with Hunter last week to explain more about this concept.

 

Armen Hammer – Post 2019 Crossfit Games


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Armen Hammer comes on to discuss The 2019 Crossfit Games. How about that Hunter McIntyre? How about those Crazy Cuts? How can The Games get better? and so much more.

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Born Primitive: X-Factor Sports Bra

Born Primitive is an athlete favorite brand for most gym workouts. They typically make gear for CrossFit gyms, but, their clothes are generally sturdy enough for tough OCR-based workouts. I’ve noticed that their clothes don’t stretch, and colors stay nice and vibrant, even through most washes. Not only that, but BP fans can get a kick out of a multitude of variety in their selection, which is arguably some of the sexiest apparel that is also completely functional.

One thing that I appreciate about the brand is that they keep us pretty in-the-know when it comes to releasing new products. One of their more recent products is listed in the title: the x-factor sports bra.

As soon as I saw it, I thought that it looked perfect for what I needed. It almost has a similar build to the new Human Octane “superhero” series bra. The Born Primitive sports bra itself focuses on a more supportive build, with a longer band and thicker straps. The backing also has many straps so you can ensure that everything is going to stay in place. When I noticed that the website advertised it as something that also can be doubled as swimwear, I thought it would be fantastic for staying in place in the dunk wall.

Product Features

 

The X-Factor sports bra is 87% nylon and 13% lycra for a lightweight and comfortable feel. The edges of the back (not where the “x” is formed) is made out of a mesh material; between that and the open back look, the sports bra is really breathable, even given it’s thicker material. The length is longer and the straps are thicker to provide more coverage.

This Sportsbra also features a slight v-neck, and there are removable pads for those who prefer to have even more support in the sports bra. Because this sports bra provides an emphasis on support, if you are not expecting it, it may feel a little tight around the waistband. I like to save this sports bra for wearing to a race or during intense workouts, but maybe less for lazing around in big t-shirts.

I was a little concerned with my original thought of it being doubled as a swimsuit, I was thinking it was going to be more of a dry-fit material (never-mind that the website clearly has the other material listed, I just wasn’t paying attention!). This sports bra held up very well in the dunk wall, mud, and whatever else I threw at it in the Spartan Race.

Product Usage

I first wore this sports bra to a few workouts. I like to use Yancy Camp to train, which can combine many vigorous exercises into one beautiful, terrible, monstrosity. A lot of times with cheaper, or less specialized sports bras, when you hit a certain level of sweatiness, you feel like your sweat is bleeding through. I did not feel this way about the Born Primitive X-Factor; I felt dry and supported throughout the entire workout.

This was purchased the for race day specifically. I don’t know about you, but once I establish some kind of “race day” outfit, it gets me in the zone. The black X-factor sports bra looks pretty intense, so I got my hands on that one. I put it on and instantly felt ready to take on the day. The first race to which I wore this was the Spartan race in Virginia. First of all, the way it makes me feel is awesome. It looks really cool being paired with even more black.. but that’s just me.

One of the first obstacles that we encountered was the dunk wall. This was the one that I was the most nervous about. I jumped in and, other than the fact that the water was seriously cold, I felt great. Actually, the thicker band made me feel a little bit warmer than I could have otherwise.

Another obstacle that I noticed a difference on throughout this obstacle was surprisingly the bucket brigade. I’m one of those women who usually wear sports bras as my top if the weather allows. On the bucket brigade, I like to hold the bucket close to my torso. This is usually helpful for my grip, but it pulls at my sports bra. Maybe that’s just me. Because the X-Factor has a slight v-neck to it, the bucket did not pull on it at all! I thought that was really awesome.

Lastly, the X-Factor just looks cool. I got several compliments on it, especially for the way that the back of the sports bra looks. If Born Primitive knows how to do anything, it’s making cool-looking sports bras.

Pros

  • Cool looking back design that features a big cross and meshing
  • Longer band for more coverage
  • Small v-cut in the front that prevents slipping on that dang bucket carry
  • Very supportive design
  • Durable; can maintain shape and structure throughout long races and difficult workouts
  • Comes in multiple colors.

Cons

  • Not necessarily dry-fit material
  • Thicker; although great for colder races, may not be the best if you are looking for something lightweight
  • Can’t buy in stores; if you’re interested, you have to buy online. So, you would not be able to try it on before you buy it.

Conclusion

Born Primitive’s X-Factor Sportsbra is fantastic for high-intensity workouts. It has really high support with a longer band for durability, and an open back that includes a mesh detail for breathability. I would not wear this if you were doing something more relaxed, or just around the house. I wouldn’t want to wear this with a lot of layers, because the long line would be uncomfortable. But, for wearing this as a top for an OCR, the X-Factor has shown what it takes to compete in an Obstacle Course Race.

Buy one here

 

Armen Hammer – The Man Almost Probably 100% Responsible For Getting Hunter To The Games


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The man, the myth, the mullet, Armen Hammer, comes back on the show to discuss:

  • How he got Hunter McIntyre to the Games
  • His take on Brent Fikowski’s take on Hunter
  • What the F is Crossfit/Greg Glassman up to.
  • How is Gregg Glassman like/unlike Desena
  • So much more.

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Glassman’s new healthcare initiatives

Armen and Glassman on Grandma’s couch/loveseat

Hunter McIntyre vs. Brent Fikowski

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