You could argue that picking up a stone or other awkward object is even more functional and realistic than picking up a barbell, so it’s no surprise some CrossFit affiliates are integrating strongman movements into their WODs.
Kurtis Bowler of Rainier CrossFit is a strongman competitor and one of the first affiliate owners, and he’d love to see stone shouldering or tire flipping thrown into the occasional main-site WOD. At his box he regularly adds strongman movements to his WODs, and he’s even got a named workout—Olga—that provides one hell of a challenge.
Strongman can be a specialist’s sport complete with all sorts of gear, but in its purest form, it’s just about strength and determination. CrossFitters have a surplus of both, and Bowler especially enjoys the open-minded approach CrossFitters take toward strongman WODs: “Let’s get some!”
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Additional reading: KingKonggg KingKonggg by Rob Orlando, published Nov. 3, 2008.