March Bamfness: The Final Four

All last week, MMG hosted “March Bamfness”, a single-elimination bracket-style tournament to crown one of the eight benchmark CrossFit “Girl” WODs as the most bad-ass.Well the results are in and we have our Final Four.

In Round 1, it was Jackie versus Grace. People had to pick their poison between a combo of rowing, thrusters and pull-ups or just slugging it out doing clean and jerks. With 58% of the total votes, the winner is Grace!

  • On Reddit, -TrollStopper wrote, “I voted Grace only because it’s an empty bar thruster in Jackie.”
  • However, -l8rulus was having neither saying, “Jackie is a joke, Grace is fine. try…Linda…”

In Round 2, it was Karen versus Angie. Clearly the wall-balls didn’t bother the crowd as Angie won with a whopping 70% of the total votes.

  • On Facebook, Andy wrote, “No contest. Angie wins this hands down. Don’t care what y’all say…. I judge by the “which one makes you feel like you got run over by a truck ‘harder'” method.”
  • Also on Facebook, Morgen opined, “Karen is over way faster. Rather use my legs for 150 reps than my upper body for 200 ANY DAY!”

In Round 3, it was Cindy versus Annie. Did people prefer doing the triplet of pull-ups, squats and push-ups or the couplet of double-unders and sit-ups? It ended up being another no brainer according to the poll results as an amazing 81% of the total votes went to Cindy.

  • Reddit users -Starsky686 wrote, “Cindy for sure. Harder and better. I did Annie yesterday and we did a modified Cindy today (10rds for time). Even the modified Cindy was tougher.”
  • -mrgrimm concurs, “Not even worth voting. Annie is a 5 min wod that leaves you feeling good. Cindy at intensity leaves you with ripped hands and DOMS.”
  • -Sorryaboutthat1time also had a clear winner, “I suppose if you don’t have DU’s yet, Annie can be more frustrating. But otherwise, come on, Cindy without question. Annie gets even easier if you do the “throw your arms for momentum” sit ups my old box did.”
  • While on Facebook, Eric writes, “Now that I’ve got double unders down pretty well Annie is fun. I look forward to doing it again and getting under the 7 minute mark.”

Finally, in Round 4, it was Helen versus Nancy. Both make you lace up your sneakers and go for a run, but with 57% of the total votes, the people chose Nancy!

  • In the comments section, Ryan wrote, “I’m really torn with this one. Helen was first girl I ever “dated” so she will always have a special place in my heart but Nancy just dominates me. The combination of a relatively heavy Rx weight at 95 with 15 reps per round makes this the winner in my book. I’ll never forget how she made me feel at last year’s spring challenge.”
  • And Mike agreed in the comments saying, “It was a close call for me…But Nancy edged ahead with the heavier weight and 2 extra rounds.”
  • While over on Reddit, -McDingus69 said, “These are hard to judge, it depends on your weaknesses/strengths. Overhead squats are harder for me, so my choice is obvious.”

So now it is time for one last vote. Which of the Final Four deserves the top prize? Which of the Girl WODs left standing is the most bad ass? Which left you feeling pukey and take an unexpected rest day? Which one is both a badge of honor to complete but also a pure beast?

Is it Grace (30 reps of 135lb Clean & Jerk)? Is it Angie (100 Pull ups + 100 Push ups + 100 Sit ups + 100 Air squat)? Or is it Cindy (AMRAP / 20 minutes: 5 Pull-ups, 10 Push-ups and 15 Squats) or Nancy (5 rounds for time: Run 400 meters + 15 Overhead Squats [95 / 65 lbs])?

Vote now! And make sure to explain / defend your choice in the comments section below or on Facebook.

March Bamfness: Helen vs. Nancy

All this week, MMG is hosting March Bamfness, a single-elimination bracket-style tournament to crown one of the eight benchmark CrossFit “Girl” WODs as the most bad-ass.

In our fourth match-up, it’s Helen versus Nancy. I had to pit these two Girl WODs against each other because of their common denominator – both make you lace up your kicks and hit the pavement hard for some good old fashioned running. But these two don’t let you off the hook after you wind yourself from sprinting. Nope, they throw some weight at you and yell, “Get to work!”

Here’s the breakdown and my thoughts:

Helen: 3 rounds for time: Run 400 meters + 21 Kettlebell Swings (24 kg) + 12 Pull-ups

  • I haven’t done Helen in awhile and last time I did it wasn’t at Rx. Now, with the ability to string together some kipping pull-ups, this does look less daunting. But the combo of the swings and the pull-ups are going to be killer on the arms. I can’t remember well my previous experience, but I am guessing I was doing the second and the third round runs with my arms by my side, unable to keep them up as they probably felt like jello.

Nancy: 5 rounds for time: Run 400 meters + 15 Overhead Squats ( 95 / 65 lbs)

  • Similarly, I have not done Nancy at Rx either and I can tell you that if I did it would be a slow-going process. Overhead squats are not my thing, especially at 95 lbs. And while this is just a couplet compared to Helen’s triplet of movements, those extra two rounds of running are killer. In both workouts, 400 meters is a long enough distance that you can’t really sprint but short enough that you should be moving your ass. Hello fire-breathing.

So which of these two Girl WODs is the most bad-ass? Which one makes you reconsider why you do CrossFit and why you don’t just use the elliptical machine instead? Which workout deserves the win? Vote now! (And make sure to leave a comment explaining why you voted for Helen or Nancy.)

March Bamfness: Cindy vs. Annie

All this week, MMG is hosting March Bamfness, a single-elimination bracket-style tournament to crown one of the eight benchmark CrossFit “Girl” WODs as the most badass.

In our third match-up, it’s Cindy versus Annie. They sound so innocent and sweet, but these girls will knock your books out of your hand, slam you into the locker and steal your milk money.

Cindy: Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of: 5 Pull-ups, 10 Push-ups and 15 Squats.

  • Cindy is a really sneaky WOD. At my CrossFit gym, we often do a 5 or 10-minute version as a warm-up and you think, “Hey, that wasn’t so bad. I totally got Cindy.” Then you do it for real and that 10-minute mark hits and you realize you are only halfway through. And if your legs or shoulders aren’t on fire, you can be rest assured your grip is at least hurting and that you will happily welcome some time laying on the floor by the time the bell rings.

Annie: 50-40-30-20-10 rep rounds of: Double-unders and Sit-ups

  • I think a lot of people are going to throw their vote towards Cindy because they are the annoying types who can do double unders without breaking a sweat. But don’t forget those sit-ups and if your core is not strong, you are going to be cringing by the time you get halfway through the set of 40. And then again during the 30 and the 20.

So which of these two Girl WODs is the most bad-ass? Which one makes you want to ask if you can just do burpees instead? Which workout deserves the win? Vote now! (And make sure to leave a comment explaining why you voted for Cindy or Annie.)

March Bamfness: Karen vs. Angie

All this week, MMG is hosting March Bamfness, a single-elimination bracket tournament to crown one of the eight benchmark CrossFit “Girl” WODs as the most badass.

In the second round of March Bamfness, it’s Karen versus Angie. Get your abacus out because these ladies are going to make you count a lot of reps before you finish. I like them both because they are real straightforward and just require a lot of mental grit to just keep moving to get through them.

My Documents1Here’s the breakdown with my analysis:

Karen: 150 Wall Balls (20 lbs / 14 lbs)

  • Karen has a way of sneaking into other workouts. In both Open Workout 12.4 and 13.3, you had to do Karen plus double-unders and muscle-ups, which is crazy. Karen by her itself is a really tiring workout and one where things can quickly go wrong if you don’t keep a good pace and string longer sets together. This WOD can feel never-ending if you start getting sloppy, dropping the ball and not hitting the target.

Angie: 100 Pull ups + 100 Push ups + 100 Sit ups + 100 Air squats

  • The most important thing to know about “Angie” is that you must complete all the reps of the first movement before moving to the next. So there is no secret strategy to get your through this workload. You have to tackle one thing at a time and just push through. I’ve only attempted this workout once and at that point was doing pull-ups with a blue band. I got a DNF (did not finish), which is the equivalent of a very bad first date.

Which of these two Girl WODs is the most bad-ass? Which one makes you and your fellow athletes tremble in the knees at the sight of it’s name being written on the whiteboard? Which workout deserves the win? Vote now! (And make sure to leave a comment explaining why you voted for Karen or Angie.)

March Bamfness: Jackie vs. Grace

With the arrival of spring each year comes the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, otherwise known as March Madness. There are an estimated 50 million people in the United States who filled out a tournament bracket this year. At this point, however, you are probably already cursing your picks and misguided approach (like choosing teams based on whose mascot would win in a fight). You’ve also probably lost all hope that you will win any of your money back in your office pool. But forget Gonzaga and Cal Poly, what you need is a bracket to fill-out related to something you know!

I am very excited to introduce March Bamfness. Over the next few days, I’ll be putting up eight of the most vicious, brutal CrossFit “Girl” workouts in a single-elimination bracket tournament to see which is the most bad-ass. You’ve heard the horror stories that these girls have inflicted upon many a brave CrossFit athlete. You’ve probably met a few yourself and sweated and suffered and choked back a few tears during them while hoping that clock would just ding. Now it’s up to you to decide which is the best of them all.

Pictures2In the first round of March Bamfness, it’s Jackie versus Grace. Both of these ladies are going to make you do all the work before they let your of their clutches. You won’t be saved by the bell as both are for time and you definitely won’t be walking away unscathed. Here’s the breakdown with some color commentary:

Jackie: 1,000 meter Row + 50 Thrusters (45lbs) + 30 Pull Ups

  • I hate thrusters, even when it’s only the bar. The combination of rowing and then immediately have to squat as part of the thruster movement is killer on my legs. And while the 30 pull ups is a manageable number for me at this point in my training, it’s hard to muster up all the energy needed to stay on that bar.

Grace: 30 reps of 135lb Clean & Jerk

  • The Rx weight for Grace is 10 pounds shy of my 1 rep max. I have yet to attempt Grace at Rx and if I did it would be an all out slug fest. I probably would only be able to do at most 2 reps in a row and going slow and steady doesn’t make this workout any easier.

Which of these two Girl WODs is the most bad-ass? Which makes you and your fellow athletes tremble in the knees at the sight of it’s name being written on the whiteboard? Which workout deserves the win? Vote now! (And make sure to leave a comment explaining why you voted for Jackie or Grace.)