July 12, 2003
From the U.S. All-Round Weightlifting Association, USAWA: “The lifter will have loaded onto his/her shoulders a weight equal to 150% of bodyweight. The lifter will then carry the weight a distance of one mile. Gait is optional. Resting is allowed, but neither the lifter nor the weight may be supported. Records will be kept in both pounds and time. Should the weight be touched by any aide once the lift has begun, the event is terminated. The lifter may be handed refreshments during the lift.”
This is hard, and for many impossible. Start with 150% of bodyweight and see how far you can take it. Then, if not able to make the mile, rest and start again with largest load you estimate can be carried for a mile regardless of time. Post load, bodyweight, and time to comments.
Posted by lauren at July 12, 2003 7:26 AM
Okay. This looks awesome but what does a mere mortal do when he/she must set the weight down? I would need a rack or two massive dudes to help me get the new weight back on my shoulders.
Realizing I would have to haul everything up the stairs out of the basement and then find some way of getting it onto my shoulders (lifting 165 above my head-not a chance!), I opted for a one mile wheelbarrow push instead. Loaded the barrow with 110# and walked/jogged up and down the hills and ruts on the farm...I knew what to expect going up the hills, but my grip was getting so tired that going downhill and hanging on to the barrow was a real treat. 110# in wheelbarrow, bwt 110#, 22:33 for time. My forearms and traps are beat. The horses were most amused.
Whoa coach! I don't know about this one. 300#s on my shoulders for 100 feet (much less 5280 ft) is a bear! Think I'll load up a backpack with some weights and run a few hills today instead.
Plus, I think I'd be picked up by the Sheriff's Dept walking down the street with a barbell on my back! Man, you gotta luv this stuff! Keep em coming coach! Keep em coming!
What's a good jump rope routine a la CrossFit?
I loaded up my pack with as much weight as it could handle and went for a mile. It was about 105 degrees here, and I ended up carrying 120lbs. It took me 18:23. Bwt. is 180. I am disgusted with my performances for the past few weeks. It is frustrating, but I will carry on! See you all tomorrow.
Not to sound like a complete wuss, but there is absolutely no way I could do this one! Is there a gym friendly substitute?
FFF, John King,
The fallen comrade drill (“fireman carrying” a friend) is an excellent substitute, HIGHLY functional (esp. for you, John) and preserves the physiological essence of the workout. Throwing 135 pounds on your shoulders for a mile would have been a reasonable substitute and preserved much of the flavor of the workout while certainly doable, no?
Great adaptation! Would you drop me a line? email@example.com
cris, mike joyce,
Two minutes double-under drill is my favorite. Count the number of times that you can double-under in two minutes. Resting two minutes and repeating for 5 rounds is a lot of work. If you’re a rope fiend, develop this drill until you can double-under non-stop for two minutes.
This workout is another example of why I love Crossfit as my primary workout. I've often hoped that you incorporate more odd lifts, and old time strongman type training. I really enjoy sandbags, wheelbarrels, and the other types of stuff advocated by people like Brooks Kubik, and Coach John Davies.
I also like incorporating functional type stuff that I get from people like Paul Chek, Juan Carlos Santana, Vern Gambetta, and Mike Clark.
As always you are the consummate professional. I thank you for taking the time to entertain my questions. And yes 135 pounds is doable for me... I think! Thank you,
Well i thought about how to do this for a few days, in the end i managed to rope a friend that weighs 63kg (139 lb) into helping me out, Im 69kg (152lb). Piggy backed them for the distance, forgot to check time but it was no longer than 25 minutes.
PS lifted a new 1RM on bench this morning 60kg. Did it twice.
I can just imagine the sequence of conversations I'd have trying to execute this WOD . . .
Loading the bar at the gym (135 pounds, that's all I can imagine for a mile):
"Guys, sorry I need the squat bar for a bit . . . about maybe 20, 25 minutes or so .
"Joe, can I borrow your manta ray? It'll help the weight feel more comfortable. What's that? Yeah, I know I don't usually use it, but today's different."
(Heaves bar onto shoulders starts to head out of room . . )
"Uh, guys? Could one of you maybe, like, open the door for me? What do you mean, why can't I do it myself? Well, I have to turn sideways to get through the door with this bar on my shoulders, and, I can't reach the handle when I'm sideways."
"No, honest, I'll be back."
"Yes, it's another one of those CrossFit workouts, why?"
"Look, just stop laughing and open the damn door!"
Later, on the street:
"Well, hello, Officer!"
"Yes, I'm just going for a walk."
"The barbell? That's to make it harder."
"Well, no, it doesn't actually belong to me, it's actually the Y's."
"Yes, that Y."
"Yes, that's about half a mile from here, back that way."
"No, that's not the direction I've been going in."
"I don't know if they know I have it, I really didn't ask on the way out . . ."
"No, honestly, I was going to turn around up at the corner, that's exactly a half mile . . ."
"Well, there's this website, you see . . ."
"Officer, I won't be able to hold the bar if you cuff my hands in that position . . ."
Congratulations on your BP! It's good to know women are lifting the big wheels...What did your friend think of your Inman mile solution?
Bodyweight this morning of 235. Put 145 in a pack (that was all that would fit, but I'm gladd I didn't have more) and carried it a mile. I forgot to time it, but it was about 20-25 minutes. I can only imagine what twice that weight would have felt like. This exercise seems like pure willpower more than anything.