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The Lumberjack Challenge: Part 1 by Kurtis Bowler - CrossFit Journal

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October 05, 2011

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This summer, Rainier CrossFit in Washington state hosted the Lumberjack Challenge. With events like single bucking, double bucking, standing block chop, choker setting and axe throwing, this challenge brought classic lumberjack skills to CrossFitters.

Says Rainer CrossFit owner Kurtis Bowler: “It’s really fun, and it’s hard too.”

In today’s video, Bowler teaches the correct technique for chopping a block of wood.

When using sharp objects like an axe, safety comes first.

“These are really sharp, and they weigh about 5 lb., so they will take pieces of you with them if you’re not careful with it,” he says.

And don’t drop the axe on the ground because they are a pain to sharpen, he says.

Bowler goes on to critique Matt Chan’s form from a previous video: Standing Block Chop With Kurtis Bowler, Matt Chan and Rory McKernan.

Bowler demonstrates proper technique and makes short work of a log with precise, controlled swings.

6min 8sec

Video by Again Faster.

Additional reading: CrossFit North’s Annual Championship by Tyler Hass, published Nov. 1, 2004.

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3 Comments on “The Lumberjack Challenge: Part 1”


wrote …

Nice. LOVE me some wood chopping.


wrote …

trying new things and busting a sweat in the process. thats why i love CF and life. Cool video.


Rob Barrese wrote …

That was awesome. I'd love to see a wood chopping CF event mixed in! I've been cutting wood for years, mostly out of necessity and not for sport, but I was able to pick up some great tips, thanks! I've mostly learned what I know through trial and error.

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