When you’re the second-fittest man in the world, you have to find ways to stay hungry and motivated. It isn’t feasible to fly in Mikko Salo or Jason Khalipa every weekend to hit a few competitive WODs, so top Games athletes are always in need of strategies to drive them to their limits.
Visiting 2009 CrossFit Games runner-up Tommy Hackenbruck via the Southwest Airlines Ding program, Tony Budding looks to push the former football linebacker to a great performance with some creative programming.
Tommy is a great athlete who has good reason to expect to finish first in most of the WODs he does. To avoid any complacency, Budding sets up a WOD where the owner of Ute CrossFit goes up against Miranda Oldroyd and Rory McKernan—with the latter athletes on a special rep structure.
Three rounds of:
20 Burpee pull-ups
20 Front squats (185/105 lb.)
20 Box jumps
At least that’s what Hackenbruck did .
Additional reading: Motivating Athletes by Dave Tate, published Aug. 14, 2009.