Join an all-star cast on a classic CrossFit road trip as Dave Castro, Sevan Matossian and Rob Orlando embark on a tour of California. Along the way, they’ve picked up Bill Grundler of CrossFit Inferno, David Millar of CrossFit Marina and Dave Lipson. The trip, however, isn’t for traditional sightseeing. The sights along this journey are barbells and top competitors as the group makes its way north one workout at a time.
In Part 7, after some breakfast and more van-ride introspection, including some thoughts on Lipson’s stint as a fitness-show host on NBC, it’s on to The Ranch in Aromas, Calif. There, the group meets up with Jason Khalipa and Joey Warren. The competitors are in for three grueling workouts. The first is a sandbag-carry run up the notorious hillside along paths cut into the yellowed grass. After descending, the athletes perform bar muscle-ups and end with a final sprint back up and down the hillside.
But there’s no rest for the weary: the group still has two more workouts to go, and these athletes are sore and tired after days on the road.
“We’re riding that high and low, almost minute to minute within workouts now. It’s OK. It’s all part of the experience,” Orlando says.
Next, it’s on to some heavy lifting with a 2-rep-max overhead squat. Watch as some new PRs are set despite exhaustion. Finally, the group rounds out the day with a fast, heavy chipper including 155-lb. power cleans and 155-lb. thrusters, with some burpees, box jumps, handstand push-ups and wall-balls thrown in for good measure. The athletes compete against each other in two-person teams by region. Find out which squad takes the win.
According to Castro, “They’re just thoroughbreds going all day, and we’re just driving them.”
After another long day, the road trip is finally coming to a close.
“That is the roller-coaster ride that is CrossFit,” Lipson concludes.
Additional video: The History of the CrossFit Games by Dave Castro, published July 14, 2010.
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