The gentlemen of the Outlaw Open provided far more “freak show” factor than the women. They put up the kind of gaudy numbers that I legitimately would not have believed if I hadn’t seen with my own eyes. Here are some of the highlights:
-Steve Pinkerton came in 2nd on the ME Pull-up test with a score of 56 reps, and won the final chipper by completing 15 Bar Muscle-Ups. Steve Pinkerton is every bit of 6’5″ and 245#. Steve is so tall that we had to raise one of the pull-up bars to almost 10′.
-When we ordered gear for the event, I told the boys at Functional Equipment that we’d need enough plates for our top men to have 500# available for the 5rm Deadlift. They looked at me like I was crazy. Derek Robinson pulled a 5rm of 525# with steel plates, and he lowered the last rep gently to the floor.
-Matt Hathcock finished 6th, 3rd, and 1st on the mile repeats. He did this by only losing 25 total seconds from the first mile to the last.
-Danny Nichols put up a 296kg total. He did this partially based on his 171kg Clean & Jerk. For those of you unfamiliar, that’s 376 pounds.
-Daniel Tyminski did all the Muscle-Ups in the 12-9-6 MU/FS workout unbroken. Matt Hathcock did all the Front Squats unbroken, at 250#.
-Easily the best battle of the weekend on the men’s side, was Courtney Wuistinger vs. Danny Nichols on the bench press. Danny hit 365 fairly early and waited to see where everyone else would go. Courtney didn’t get 375 loaded and ready until there was only about 1:30 left on the clock. Immediately after Courtney completed the lift (incredibly easily), Nichols loaded 385 and made it (easily also) with about 40 seconds left on the clock. Wuistinger rushed to add up to 390 on the bar, laid down with 10 seconds on the clock and barely missed the lift.
Now for nerd time…
The men’s side only produced one major statistical erection for me, but it’s a big one (sorry, couldn’t resist). The top 3 men finished the 2nd mile run 3rd, 2nd, and 1st, then they finished the 3rd mile 1st, 2nd, and 4th. If your mind is not officially blown right now, then maybe you don’t understand the sport or the test (or maybe I think about this stuff way too much).
This sport is not about who can work faster for 5 minutes. It’s about who can work relatively fast and efficiently for 5 minutes, then do it over and over again. The fact that the top 3 could stay close to an all-out mile pace for 3 miles, with basically a 1:1 work/recovery ratio, and 3 incredibly metabolically challenging tests in between, is simply proof of their overall fitness and massive engines.
Oh, by the way, Matt Hathcock put up a 274kg total (260# Snatch, 340# Clean & Jerk), and ran back-to-back sub 6 minute miles (and a 6:08 3rd). Sorry, but that’s absolutely mind blowing to me.
1) Every 45 seconds for 7:30 (22 total reps):
2 Banded Deadlifts @ 55% Bar Weight + 25% Band Tension
Notes: The bar should be loaded with 55% of the 1RM Deadlift. Band tension should equal 25% of 1RM at the top of the lift. Judging band weight and setup is explained in this DEMO VIDEO
2) Bench Press: 1X8 @ 80%, 1X5 @ 90%, 2X3 @ 95%, 3X2 @ 100% – based off heaviest set from 121116, rest 60+ seconds.
Notes: All reps must be performed with the hips (ass) in contact with the bench.
4 rounds for total working time of:
90m Shuttle Run (15m down, 15m back X 3)
15 C2B Pull-ups
60m Shuttle Run (15m down, 15m back X 2)
15 Push Press @ 115/75#
30m Shuttle Run (15m down, 15m back X 1)
1a) 3XME UB T2B – rest 45 sec.
1b) 3X10 Reverse Hypers – heavy, rest 45 sec.