Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ray Williams Totals 1,090kg to Win IPF World Classic Championship

There was no new World Record for Ray Williams at this year’s IPF World Classic Championships in Belarus, but the American powerlifter easily repeated as champion in a performance that further established him as the world’s top raw superheavyweight powerlifter.

Williams totaled 1,090kg, a full 55kg over second place Jezza Uepa and 100kg ahead of third place finisher Kelly Branton. The total podium — listed below — was a repeat of last year, though all three lifters bested their totals from 2016.

1. Ray Williams, USA, 470kg squat, 242.5kg bench press, 377.5kg deadlift.
2. Jezza Uepa, Naura, 460kg squat, 270kg bench press, 305kg deadlift
3. Kelly Branton, Canada, 420kg squat, 265kg bench press, 305kg deadlift

Video of the full session is embedded below.

Coming into the competition and based on training videos, it looked like there might be a real battle between Williams and Uepa for a new squat world record — and perhaps a total world record as well. Both men have spent the past year topping one another in training and competition squats, pushing the raw squat World Record well above 1,000 pounds.

For context on how fast and far lifters have pushed the superheavyweight numbers, a year ago, a 1,000 pound raw squat was unheard of in IPF competition. This weekend, both Williams and Uepa exceeded that mark — on stage — by comfortable margins.

But it was Williams’ competition at the end of the day, and though he only took a 10kg lead after the squat portion — and was significantly out-benched by Uepa and Branton — the superheavyweight from Mississippi showed his dominance in the deadlift to out-pull both by over 70kg. Williams’ final deadlift was 22.5kg ahead of the next heaviest pullers (two at 355kg) in the session.

Williams attempted a 393kg deadlift on his third attempt but was unsuccessful near lockout. The lift would have extended his own deadlift world record by 0.5kg and his own total world record by 0.5kg.

Featured image: International Powerlifting Federation IPF on YouTube

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Do-Win Weightlifting Shoe Review

The Do-Win Shoe is relatively well-known in the sport of weightlifting and originally rose to popularity 90s. The Do-Win Weightlifting Shoe originally started as the Pendlay Do-Win, but is now simply the “Do-Win” weightlifting shoe offered on Rogue Fitness.

There are a few attributes that make the Do-Win slightly different than other shoes on the market. For starters, they offer a double strap design, which few shoes currently do. Second, they’re designed to fit a little wider to enhance a lifter’s ability to splay their toes when catching weight. This helps a lifter increase their stability on the platform by allowing them to full grip the floor.

Want to find the best weightlifting shoe for you? Take our weightlifting shoe quiz to find out which brand and model you should try!

How do the Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes stack up against other hybrid models and Olympic lifting specific shoes?

How Much Do the Do-Wins Weigh?

The Do-Win shoe’s weight is around 17 ounces, which puts them in the middle weight range for lifting shoes. 

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A weight of 17 ounces makes this shoe good for a couple different scenarios. While it’s not the lightest shoe on the market, 17 ounces makes for a fairly versatile weight. Some functional fitness athletes tap the Do-Win shoe for performing strength and power based movements in the same workout. Weightlifters also choose this shoe because it was initially made with weightlifters in mind with the help of Glenn Pendlay.

I feel 17 ounces tends to be an okay balance between a light and heavy shoe. A little extra weight can also naturally encourage the lifter to firmly plant their foot, so that could be a positive to a slightly heavier weight.  But for the slower footed lifter, then foot turnover may slow down a bit, but that’s for a very small population.

Do-Win Weightlifting Shoe Effective Heel Height

The effective heel height of the Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes is .75 inches or 18 millimeters, which puts this model in the standard .75″ heel category. 

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The Do-Win shoes are similar to other popular models that offer the .75″ heel. This heel tends to fit a plethora of lifters with different needs and anthropometrics. For beginning weightlifters, a .75″ heel can often be a smooth transition when adjusting to a higher heeled shoe.

A .75″ works in most strength sport scenarios, but there are a few exceptions. If you’re someone who needs a lower heel for powerlifting purposes, or low bar squats, then this heel may be a little high for you. Also, for the weightlifters who excel with a higher 1″ heel, then the .75″ may not satisfy your specific needs.

Heel Construction

The Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes have a hard thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) heel, which is a lightweight non-compressible material often used for its sturdiness and resilience to abrasions.

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TPU is a commonly used heel in weightlifting shoes because it’s durable, lightweight, and doesn’t compress easily. The Do-Win shoe has a TPU heel designed with a wave-like feature and extra heel support. This is a benefit for weightlifting because any form of heel compression could compromise a lift, especially in the bottom catching position.

The heels on the Do-Wins also have a pillar like structure down the mid-foot and heel, which allow you to the feel the platform pretty well, even though you’re on TPU.

Upper Shoe Material

The upper portion of the Do-Wins is constructed with leather and a breathable nylon mesh. I like the leather because it gives the shoe a little stiffness, and it won’t stretch out as fast over time. Years of lifting will always leave a shoe slightly stretched, so I thought the leather covering the toebox and heel were good additions. Along the arch and mid-foot there’s a breathable mesh, which is also a plus.

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Most likely a weightlifter will be wearing these shoes for a prolonged period of time, and the mesh will help them remain comfortable and cool. There will be limited slippage from an overly sweaty foot. The only downside to the Do-Wins material is the amount of time it takes to break them in. While the leather is stiff, and eventually breaks into fit perfectly, it’s going to require some time to adjust.

Foot Straps

Something unique about Do-Win that few shoes offer (one of them being the Reebok Legacy Lifter) is the double metatarsal strapping system. There’s a strap covering the bottom and top of the tongue. This is great for ensuring an equally tight shoe. A fully secure foot will be better at avoiding any form of lifting off the ground from excessive flexion.

Another cool aspect of these straps is their velcro strips. Some shoes like the Romaleos 2s have excessive straps that hang on the ground, but the Do-Win has a little overlap so this isn’t an issue. Additionally, there’s double stitching enclosing each strap, so they’ll likely last a while without durability issues.

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Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes Price

The Do-Win Weightlifting Shoes can be found on Rogue Fitness for $95.00. This is a fair price for a weightlifting shoe offering double straps, a TPU heel, and leather build. Newer weightlifting shoes will typically run you $150.00+, so if you’re interested in a cost efficient shoe, then the Do-Win is a good option.

Final Word

The Do-Win Weightlifting Shoe has had quite the history since its original release. These shoes have had multiple reiterations to perfectly tailor to a weightlifting athlete’s wants and needs. I liked the double straps, TPU heel, and how cost efficient this shoe is. A downside to this shoe

The Do-Win Weightlifting Shoe could be a good option for the lifter needing a standard lifting shoe at a cost efficient price.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

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Check Out These Rogue Fitness Colored Barbells

Oh yes, you read that correctly. We may be seeing Rogue Fitness barbells in new, bright colors in the near future. But how soon?

Rogue Fitness has yet to release an official date of when these barbells would drop, but we can only hope it’s soon, as suggested from Rogue Fitness’s Owner Bill Henniger’s Facebook comments shared below.

There’s also no word on how many colors, which colors, and what barbell models they’ll be released in. The only information we’ve got thus far is the Facebook and Twitter photo above that was shared 17 hours ago.

So far, we’ve only seen the blue and red iterations of the colored bar. We’re also curious which barbell they’ll come in, but our rational guess would be the Rogue Ohio Bar. Information is still a little sparse on these barbells, there has been some suggestion behind their future release, plus information about a few other barbells.

A few Facebook comments on Rogue’s post received a reply from Bill Henniger in regard to the colored bars and other barbell questions customers had. They’re shared below.

One comment said, “Cerakote bars? Like American barbell has had for some time now in a lower priced higher quality bar that doesn’t sound like a cabinet full of dishes dropping when you drop it? Pretty sweet.”

To which Henniger replied, “Bryan – We are using a work hardening process prior to prep and ceramic. We spent a very long time testing and developing something that will take a serious beating both from wear but also steel durability – oh yeah and won’t sound like a cabinet full of dishes dropping.”

Another comment asked, “Will we ever see a stainless Ohio power bar and stainless Ohio deadlift bar?!!!”

Henniger chimed in saying, “We are on it – just waiting on steel to arrive.”

Feature image from Rogue Fitness Facebook page. 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Inov-8 FastLift Weightlifting Shoe Review

Inov-8 is a shoe company that creates and designs multiple types of shoes for a variety of fitness activities. Within their weightlifting shoe line they have a few standout shoes under the “FastLift” model. Their shoes catered towards lifting are known for their cross training and minimalist design.

There are a few things that make the Inov-8 models different from other lifting shoes on the market. First, the FastLift 325 has a .65″ heel, which is great for improving this shoe’s versatility. Second, these shoes weigh around 11.7 ounces, so they’re much lighter compared to other models. The FastLift 370 BOA has a signature double BOA system, and also weigh a mere 13 ounces.

Want to find the best weightlifting shoe for you? Take our weightlifting shoe quiz to find out which brand and model you should try!

How do the Inov-8 FastLift models stack up against other hybrid models and Olympic lifting specific shoes?

How Much Do the Inov-8 FastLifts Weigh?

The Inov-8 FastLift models actually earn their name due to their total weight, as in, each shoe’s individual weight combines to make their model number. The FastLift 325 shoe weighs 11.725 ounces (325 grams), and the FastLift 370 BOAs weigh around 13 ounces. 

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Both of these models are lighter than other lifting shoes on the market. The FastLift 325 is one of the lightest lifting shoes offered with an elevated heel. This makes it a great fit for those doing functional fitness workouts and need a lightweight shoe. Additionally, the FastLift 370 BOAs are on the lighter end of weightlifting shoes at a weight of 13 ounces.

Light shoes are beneficial for versatility, so there’s never a block like feeling on the foot. Some heavier shoes like the Reebok Legacy Lifters can sometimes feel overbearing, especially if you’re trying to use them for any form of functional fitness workout. The lightweight nature of these shoes may also help a lifter’s foot turnover under heavy weight, but may inhibit one’s ability to firmly plant their foot.

Inov-8 FastLift 325 and 370 BOA Effective Heel Height

The effective heel height of the Inov-8 FastLift 325 is .65″ or 16.5 millimeters, and the Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA is .75″ or 20 mm. 

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The norm in today’s lifting shoes is a .75″ heel, and that works for a variety of athlete’s needs and sports. Inov-8 370 BOAs have the normal .75″ heel, which make them a good option for multiple activities. Some athletes use .75″ heels for functional workouts, while others use them for weightlifting specifically. An athlete will have to assess their needs and activities before knowing if the .75″ heel is right for them.

The FastLift 325 has a .65″ heel, which make them slightly different than other lifting shoes. A lower heel will be better in a couple different scenarios. First, a lower heel will make it easier to transition through a variety of movements. It provides stability, but doesn’t change mechanics as dramatically. Second, the lower heel may be better for those who want a pair of shoes for low-bar squats, or have a wider squat stance.

Heel Construction

The Inov-8 FastLift models utilize a high density TPU PowerTruss heel, which is used in other lifting shoe models such as the Adidas AdiPowers and Nike Romaleos

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TPU heels are the most common heel used in modern lifting shoes. This style heel is durable and dense, so they don’t compress easily under heavy loads. For this reason, a lot of lifters turn to TPU heels when they want a low maintenance, highly durable shoe. Another characteristic that makes a TPU heel beneficial is its lightweight nature, and that’s a key characteristic of the FastLift models. The PowerTruss design of the FastLift models give this shoe a stable pillar base, while keeping the shoe lightweight.

The downsides of TPU heels typically come down to personal preferences. For example, if you’re someone who wants a softer heel, then a high density EVA heel may serve you better. Athletes who want to really feel the platform under them may not like the TPU’s synthetic feeling, and may want to reach for a wood or leather heel.

Upper Shoe Material

Both the FastLift 325 and 370 BOA contain lightweight mesh that make this shoe flexible and breatheable. The upper shoe material is one of the key contributors to why the FastLift is one of the more versatile lifting shoes. They’re flexible, so you won’t have to spend a decent amount of time breaking in leather, or a stiffer shoe. Additionally, the outer mesh allows the foot to breathe, even in more cardio-esque movements.

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The front of the shoe has toe grooves and is constructed a little wider for an athlete’s toes to fully splay in lifts. A lot of lifters like this because it allows them to grip the floor better, plus the toe box will be easily maneuverable in versatile workouts. A downside to this shoe’s material is the long-term durability that comes with it if you’re someone who desires a stiffer, possibly more durable heavier shoe.

Foot Straps

The FastLift 325 shoe comes with your standard upper to mid-foot strap. It’s not as thick as other single strap options like the Position USA models, but it will provide the shoe with a fair amount of security. Since this shoe is designed for versatility, the single strap is great for keeping the shoe’s weight light, and design minimalistic. If you desire a ton of foot security, then you may want to reach for a different model.

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The FastLift 370 BOA has a double BOA lacing system. One BOA is on the shoes upper to mid-foot strap and there’s another BOA at the tip of the tongue. BOA lacing systems are often sought out when a lifter wants to minimize the amount of time they spend on tightening their shoes. Additionally, lifters reach for these shoes to create an even level of tightness around the shoe. There’s one downfall of BOA systems and that’s the issue that comes with them progressively loosening up throughout a workout.

Inov-8 FastLift 325 Price

The Inov-8 FastLift 325 weightlifting shoe starts around $160.00 on Rogue Fitness. This price is right in line for what this shoe has to offer. They contain a lightweight mesh, TPU heel, and single strap, so they’re very similar to some of the similarly priced big brand models. If you need a lightweight, affordable shoe with a durable build, then I feel the FastLift 325 is a good option.

Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA Price

The Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA varies in price greatly and starts around $80.00 and reaches as high as $200.00 on Amazon. If you’re a fan of .75″ heels and BOA lacing systems, then these shoes are fair for their price compared to the Adidas Leistungs that feature BOA systems. Granted, that’s dependent on if you find this shoe at a discounted price. I feel the price can be fair if you find a discounted pair.

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Final Word

The Inov-8 FastLift models both offer a few key characteristics that make them great shoes for the functional fitness athlete. They’re lighter in weight than most shoes, and are constructed to be both flexible and breatheable. Additionally, the FastLift 325 offers a lower .65″ heel, which can be desirable spec for the athlete needing versatility.

The downfalls of these shoes lie in the same characteristics that make them different. If you want a weightlifting specific shoe, then you might not like the lightweight flexible material that make up the FastLift models. Also, some might find the lower .65″ heel a turnoff, especially if they have trouble with mobility and sitting under weight.

The Inov-8 FastLift 325 and 370 BOA shoes both have a lightweight minimalist design that make them a suitable option for the functional fitness, or weightlifting athlete.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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The 3 Most Brutal Strongman Training Sessions I’ve Ever Seen

Most strongman training is now very regimented. People have had the sense to pay a coach to program their sessions to follow a path to success — or at least consistent gains. Back in 2004 when I began training the sport, it was very young, and the territory of training was unexplored. There were only a handful of us with full time access to equipment, and Ben Hanson and I may have been the only people writing about it on the internet. (We shared a blog called Chasing Kaz, that is — thankfully — no longer available. It was a side project of author Tucker Max, and our work was edited and had its own site! Very rare back then.) YouTube was just coming online, and the forum at was where 99% of all strongman information was exchanged.

There was a different feel to the sport a decade ado. A legitimate atmosphere of crazy hung in the air, especially on event days or in contests. Guys were throwing washing machines for distance. A 300 pound Jesse Marunde climbed a ladder with a 250 pound stone on his shoulder (so he could drop it on a TV set), and whatever else could be concocted would be videotaped, converted to digital, then slowly uploaded to show off our dedication to getting radical with insane weights. It was an ever escalating level of who would get crazier with their events training was kind of a thing and honestly, I miss it.

It brought an element of fun to Saturdays, but it did something more important. We tested and found our limits.

Disclaimer: The training ideas I’m about to present to you are neither completely safe or sane.

Death Drag

This is best with a large chain rather than a sled, but not everyone has access to a 700lb piece of boat mooring. Take the heavy drag weight and begin to pull it around a large fixed area. We used the strip mall where our gym was located. Run a time clock and don’t stop until the finish line is crossed. Times were around ten minutes…. Of constant pulling. If you think you’ve got a strong posterior chain, this will confirm if it’s a myth.

Bottomless Cup of Tire Flips

This is simple: Take the heaviest tire and put one guy on their own team and two three or four guys on the other. The single takes every other flip while the the group team takes turns. The goal is for the single to outlast the group. This can go on a while and was brutal when performed.

Andy Decks Prowler Mile

105kg Pro Andy Deck does one of the worst things on the planet. He puts 160 pounds on a push sled and proceeds to take it a mile. Down and back, down and back, down and back. It not only pushes the body to the limits but it tests the ability to stick with something seemingly impossible.

Strongman Contest in a WOD

I had an idea to put a strongman contest together and do it all at once; hence the name of this workout. I’ve posted this on my personal site and I’ve only had one other person follow through with the weights listed. I love this workout, as it tests the big three skills in strongman; the press, the deadlift and the load.

The concept is simple: As quickly as possible, do 10 overhead presses (240 lbs), 5 deadlifts (460 lbs), and 10 stone loads (250 lbs). It may seem like the weights are slightly light for a competitive strongman, but add all of that together, and demon fire burns in every single part of your body. These were the weights I used walking around at 250 pounds so make adjustments based on your weight class.

Wrapping Up

The challenges above aren’t for everyone, and they’re nothing to be taken lightly. But they do encourage us to get creative with training and find something that pushes your group’s limits. Put together a medley based on everyone’s worst events or things people generally dislike. Do some farmers walks up an incline or break out a chain yoke and go for a walk. Step away from the program when you’ve got some free time and get creative.

Maybe even have a beer or two afterwards, your nutritional programmer doesn’t need to know about it.

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.

Featured image: Michele Wozniak

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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How to Watch the 2017 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships

It’s one of the most eventful times of the year for the sport of powerlifting, as some of the world’s top athletes get ready to compete in the 2017 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships, which begin the 14th and go through the 25th.

Luckily, this year there’s a stream of the coverage, and it can be found here.

In past years, there hasn’t always been a live stream, so it’s nice to see the IPF providing content over the next ten days for us all to watch throughout our workdays. Keep in mind, the Championships are being held in Minsk, Belarus, so account for timezone differences. Minsk is seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time, so adjust your timezone viewing accordingly.

If you’re looking for a specific weight class to watch, or an athlete, then see the attached link below to download the full schedule of events.

This competition hosts the best athletes in every weight class and age demographic. Remember, “classic” for the IPF means raw (belts, knee sleeves, and wrist wraps). Check out the hyped up trailer for this year’s Championships below.

In the last two weeks, we’ve seen a handful of powerlifting’s best athletes share final lifts from their peaking stages on social media, which is only building the anticipation of this year’s championships. One of the bigger showdowns (literally) we recently reported on is the always exciting 120kg+ men’s squat battle between USA’s Ray Williams and Nauru’s Jezza Uepa.

Williams and Uepa both claimed world records last year, and have since posted 1,000+ lb raw squats in training over the last two weeks. Who will further powerlifting’s raw squat world record this year? It’s tough to say.

Yet, this is only one of the epic performances/battles you can expect to see over the course of the next ten days. There are multiple athletes poised to break world records, so stay tuned.

Feature image screenshot from International Powerlifting Federation IPF YouTube channel. 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

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Could This 3D Tracking Technology Create the Perfect Weightlifter?

As strength sports have grown, so has the selection of technology coaches, scientists, and athletes can use to perfect their lifts. From force plates to infrared cameras, the industry continues to improve on their abilities to create perfect harmony in a lifter’s movements.

A recent video shared on the Olympic YouTube channel shows how the Korean Institute of Sports Science is aiming to change the game of weightlifting. Their goal: using 3D technology that lets a lifter know how much force they’re producing, where their imbalances lie, and every posture in which they can improve upon.

In Sports Science graduate school, we used a lot of force plates, velocity based tools, the Dartfish program, and K-Vests to analyze mechanics, but this program takes those to the next level. Their system basically ties individual tools like force plates, biomechanical analysis programs, and velocity trackers into one.

A few things that make this program a little different that what’s currently out there include the combination of the below elements.

  • Force Platforms
  • Motion Sensors
  • Infrared Cameras

The combination of these movement analysis elements can allow an athlete to break down the amount of force, speed, and time spent in each posture through a lifter’s movement. With this information a scientist, coach, and athlete can compare data to previously established optimal postures/range and create the perfect lift.

Photo screenshot from Olympic YouTube channel. 

The most interesting aspect of their technology is the 3D imaging that provides an in-depth description of how much force is being produced at any given moment by the lifter’s muscles and joints. From the video, they show an example of a lifter who displaced more weight into their right leg, which the system predicted to be roughly 11 lbs.

That information could be crucial for not only improving performance, but also avoiding a repetitive stress injury over time, which may end up prolonging a weightlifter’s career. Eleven pound doesn’t seem like much, but if you consider a weightlifter’s weekly training schedule, then that 11 lbs can accumulate fast.

What separates this technology from current biomechanical programs is the ability to analyze weight/force exerted in every single movement down to the split second in 3D. Their 3D analysis and real-time feedback could change how a weightlifter perfects and critiques their form to the most finite degree.

What are your thoughts? Could this technology create better weightlifters and prolong careers?

Feature image screenshot from Olympic YouTube channel. 

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Monday, June 5, 2017

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So You Wanna Be A Powerlifter? Breaking Down the Sport’s Federations

So, you wanna be a powerlifter, but you’re not sure where to start? Over the next 12 weeks Calgary Barbell has teamed up with BarBend to release weekly YouTube videos to guide you to your first powerlifting competition. We’ll cover everything from selecting the federation that’s right for you, the different equipment that’s available, and of course how to properly train, peak and compete in your chosen meet.

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.

Now that you’ve decided you want to compete in a powerlifting meet, the next step is to decide which federation you’d like to compete in. All powerlifting competitions are sanctioned by federations: they organize, host, judge, and track standings and records.

These standards can and will vary from group to group.  For the purpose of this discussion, I’ll break the federations into three categories – the IPF, 100%RAW, and untested federations. Within each of these broader categories is a hierarchy that is comprised of national, regional, provincial/state and local organizations.

The IPF (International Powerlifting Federation)

The International Powerlifting Federation was founded in 1972, and it’s the world’s largest, most cohesive powerlifting federation. The IPF has thousands of members, and has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) via their inclusion in the World Games.

The IPF is split into a number of divisions. In Canada, we have the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU), in the US, there’s the USAPL. Additionally, there are also international bodies like the Commonwealth and North American Powerlifting Federations (NAPF).

Drug testing and clean sport is a large focus of the IPF, and they use the standards and regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). As such, the IPF has anti-doping education programs for its athletes, as well as registered testing pools, out of meet doping tests, and adheres to all WADA testing protocols.

The equipment in the IPF is as follows:

  • Classic – knee sleeves, belt, wrist wraps
  • Equipped (Singly Ply Only) – squat suit, bench shirt, deadlift suit, knee wraps, wrist wraps, belt

The IPF uses a Squat/Bench combo rack, commonly referred to as an ‘ER Rack’, which uses built in bench safeties, but lacks any squat safeties, putting a lot of emphasis on the importance of spotters in competition.  The IPF uses stiff bars (a number of them are sanctioned), and the same bar for all three lifts in a competition.

The IPF has been criticized in some circles — and praised in others — for its strict judging: especially with squat depth standards and long pauses on bench ‘Press’ commands. I have chosen to compete in the IPF and I find it to be well organized, and fairly and consistently judged. (My personal opinion and experience.)


Prevalent in western Canada and the United States, 100%RAW is a smaller, newer federation. It was founded in 1999 and its presence is steadily growing in Canada and the US. 100%RAW is a drug-tested federation, but is not strictly WADA compliant. (Author’s note: They talk about their drug testing at the above link, but I can only attest to this as having seen drug tests handed out by meet directors as opposed to any official WADA agency.) This affords them the opportunity to use less expensive tests and test more athletes.

100%RAW’s core value is lifting without the use of supportive equipment. It only allows lifters to use a belt and wrist wraps, while knee sleeves/wraps are not permitted.

A similar or identical squat/bench combo rack is used in 100%RAW competitions.  This federation also uses a special squat bar, designed thicker and longer than standard bars, and a deadlift bar, thinner and more easily bent – to the advantage of the lifter.  

100%RAW has held competitions in the Military Press, Strict Curl, and even a Bench for Reps Challenge.

Some have called 100%RAW less competitive due to its smaller roster of lifters and being a relatively new federation – but it is growing quickly!

Untested Federations (IPL, GPC, WRPF, SPF)

While these federations are separate, the rules of competition can be very similar. Included in this category are the Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC), the USA Powerlifting Association (USAPA), and International Powerlifting League (IPL) and others.

These federations are generally not drug tested and lifters can often choose between competing raw with knee sleeves, or raw with knee wraps. These same federations host competitions for those who compete in multi-ply equipment (squat suits, bench shirts, deadlifts suits – but made of multiple plies of material).

Most of these federations use what’s called a monolift; a type of squat rack where the hooks that hold the bar are moved by a lever once the lifter stands the weight up, eliminating the need for the lifter to walk the bar out. These racks also allow the use of safety catch chains, which can be seen as a useful feature when squatting 1000+lbs, a feat commonly seen in multi-ply lifting!

In the past, these federations have caught some flack for loose judging – high squats, questionable deadlift lockouts, and quick press commands on the bench. That being said, a number of these federations have recently become more consistent with standards and reffing calls, potentially due to internet backlash from a number of incidents.

The best way to find out more about these federations is to do some research yourself! I’ve included in this article a number of links to the websites of each of the federations I’ve talked about – look into these federations and decide which one suits your needs. From there, you can go about choosing a meet.  

In our next video, we’ll talk about raw/classic lifting vs equipped lifting, so be sure to subscribe to the Calgary Barbell YouTube channel and stay tuned to the BarBend news page!

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CrossFit Games Meridian Regional Recap: Holte, Gudmundsson Win, Aegidius Makes Return

One of CrossFit’s most hotly contested Regional competitions ended with excitement and heartbreak on Sunday in Spain. When the dust settled, many familiar faces long associated with the CrossFit Games qualified out of the Meridian Regional, while several members of the sport’s newer elite were left on the outside looking in.

2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games Champion Annie Thorisdottir had a consistent weekend — and two Event wins — to finish third and punch her ticket back to the Games, where she first competed as a teenager in 2009. Thorisdottir needed to finish top six on Event 6 in order to secure a spot, and she went on to finish in first, just three seconds ahead of fellow Games Champion and second place overall finisher Samantha Briggs.

Kristin Holte finished in 1st overall, and her worst Event finish on the weekend was 5th.

On the men’s side, Games veterans Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson and Jonne Koski took the top two spots. Finishing in fifth place — the last qualifying spot — was now three-time Games competitor Frederick Aegidius, who had failed to qualify since 2013. When the final men’s spots were announced, Aegidius had an emotional celebration with girlfriend Thorisdottir, which was captured by cameras on the venue floor. (We’ve embedded a video of that announcement at the end of this article).

Individual Games veterans Lukas Hogberg (6th) and Rasmus Andersen (9th) finished outside of qualification.

The Top 5 standings for Women, Men, and Teams are listed below:


1. Kristin Holte
2. Samantha Briggs
3. Annie Thorisdottir
4. Jamie Green
5. Thuridur Erla Helgadottir


1. Bjorgvin Karl Gudmundsson
2. Jonne Koski
3. Jason Smith
4. Lukas Esslinger
5. Frederik Aegidius


1. CrossFit JST
2. CrossFit Fabriken
4. Maspuls Spartans
5. CrossFit Reykjavik

Featured image: CrossFit Games on Facebook

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CrossFit Games Atlantic Region Day 1 Recap: Bridgers Leads, Ben Smith in Trouble?

The CrossFit Games Atlantic Regional is normally one of the toughest qualification spots for any athlete, but after Day 1 in 2017, one former Games Champ and multi-time podium finisher looks to be facing his toughest-ever test.

As the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games Champ (and last year’s second place finisher), it’s easy to assume Ben Smith will qualify for the sport’s biggest stage every year, just as he’s been doing since he was a teenager. But after two events, Smith finds himself tied for 19th overall in the Atlantic — well behind his younger brothers Alec and Dane, who sit in 10th and 14th places, respectively.

Other Games veterans like Noah Ohlsen and Nathan Bramblett are positioned in the top 5 after two events, with Travis Mayer, Jacob Anderson, and Daniel Petro all within striking distance. John Cotley currently leads Ohlsen, holding onto first by twelve points after his Event 2 win.

On the women’s side, Emily Bridgers and Cassidy Lance-McWherter hold the top two spots. Bridgers has been a dominant force in this region for a number of years, and it looks like she came into this competition in top form.

We’ve embedded archived footage Individual Event 1 below in this article.

The Top 5 standings for Women, Men, and Teams after Day 1 are below:


1. Emily Bridgers
2. Cassidy Lance-McWherter
3. Whitney Gelin
4. Caroline Dardini
5. Breona Evans


1. John Cotley
2. Noah Ohlsen
3. Jake Berman
4. Nathan Bramblett
5. Ryan Elrod


1. CrossFit Dwala
2. 336 CrossFit
3. Hustlehard CrossFit
4. CrossFit Balance
5. 12 Labours Lions

Featured image: @CrossFit® on YouTube

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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How Strongman Has Changed in the Past Year (and What’s on the Horizon)

As this month draws to a close, we celebrate my one year anniversary writing for BarBend! It’s exciting for me, and I hope in some way I have helped you become a better strongman through my (almost) weekly pieces. I have learned a few things myself; mostly that it’s difficult producing constant content when you are a coach first and a writer (can I use that term?) second. It started with my piece that tried to convince you to learn the jerk and has covered a lot of ground from there.

Much has happened since I started, and it is good news for the athletes and fans alike. Let’s take a look at what happened in such a short period:

  • A woman’s professional class was established and debuted at the Arnold. There are also more women competing in the sport than ever before with my estimates showing about 40% of return competitors being women.
  • After he broke the world record by 10% in the deadlift, a great documentary about Eddie Hall was released on Netflix. It is great exposure for our sport that regular people who may not have otherwise been exposed.
  • Openly gay athlete Rob Kearney competed in the World’s Strongest Man contest in Botswana. From what I’ve seen, read, and heard, he has seen nothing but support from the community, and this helps shine a positive light on strongman.
  • There are more live streams and ways to get information on the sport than ever before. The quality of them will soon rival that of the broadcast networks.
  • The 2017 WSM ended with Eddie Hall taking the title narrowly from Hafthor Bjornsson. Hall promised to retire after just one win, but I doubt this will be the case. Other athletes have complained that they were misjudged and the events were designed to favor the Brit. If he really wants to be seen as one of the best ever, he will have to defend his title.

With all these great thing happening, I can’t help but take some guesses as to where we are headed in the next year. With the freedom of not putting any money down, here are my best guesses for what is going to happen in the next 12 months for the sport.

  • While American women will continue to dominate most spots at international contests (Danni Schwalbe; Strongest Woman in the World, Liefa Ingalls; Arnold Pro, Kimberley Lawrence; North America’s Strongest Woman), England’s Donna Moore is and will be the woman to beat. After winning the Arnold Amateur look for her to have a sponsor foot the bill and get her at every possible contest that fits her schedule. She is leaner than last year and looking even stronger. This combined with her speed and athleticism makes her tough to beat.
  • Derek Poundstone was always a fan favorite, and the 36-year-old will be making a comeback this season. Despite plenty of injuries this man has plenty to prove and if he can stay healthy, he will again be tough to beat. His return most likely will be short, maybe a few years, but will be explosive, entertaining, and passionate. That’s everything you want in an athlete.
  • Exploring new contest formats is inevitable. To make the sport live broadcast friendly, head to head events that excite the crowd will be featured, and smaller match-ups that are faster paced and visually exciting.
  • I see Bjornsson making 2017 his year. He is now good enough to beat Shaw and we will be treated to major battles when they face each other in the next few months.

I have had the pleasure of working with some top-notch athletes and meeting hundreds of the top competitors from across the country and the world. It is the best part of the job and I am anxious to meet more new faces and see mind-blowing feats of strength.

While all of my articles are kept here, I will summarize my main points of the last year in a single sentence: To be a better strongman set reasonable goals and stick to a plan you are able to recover from while using great form and technique.

Now, let’s get started on year two of our journey together.

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.

Featured image: Michele Wozniak

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Adidas Powerlift 3 Weightlifting Shoes Review

The Adidas Powerlift shoes are currently in their third generation and have steadily grown in popularity since their initial release. This shoe could be described as one of Adidas’s most well-known lifting shoes since the 08 AdiStars, and the AdiPowers, which came some time after the Powerlifts.

Adidas Powerlift shoes are popular for multiple reasons. First, they’re an inexpensive option for a lot of lifters, as even the latest Powerlift 3s start at $90.00. Second, they offer a lower heel, so often times lifters can make a smoother transition into a heeled shoe when lifting. Third, they have a single strap design and offer plenty of security for the recreational lifter.

[Want to find the best weightlifting shoe for you? Take our weightlifting shoe quiz to find out which brand and model you should try!]

How do the Adidas Powerlift 3s stack up against other hybrid models and Olympic lifting specific shoes?

How Much Do the Adidas Powerlift 3s Weigh?

The Adidas Powerlift 3s weigh around 15 oz, which make them a slightly lighter the Adidas AdiPowers and Leistung models.

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Personally, I feel as though this shoe is a great transition shoe for someone who might be newer to using lifters. In that respect, I feel likes this shoe’s weight is good for what it’s designed for. Someone who’s new to experimenting with lifting shoes will benefit from a lighter shoe, because it will feel similar to cross trainers, Chuck Taylors, or tennis shoes they may have been previously wearing.

A lighter shoe will also help prevent the slowing of foot turnover in various power movements, so an athlete will experience less of a “getting used” to them period. Additionally, if you’re someone in need of a hybrid shoe for CrossFit® style workouts, or functional fitness styled lifting, then this shoe’s weight is a good option.

Adidas Powerlift 3 Effective Heel Height

The effective heel height of the Adidas Powerlift 3s is .6 inches or 15 millimeters, which puts this model’s heel on the shorted end of lifters. 

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The typical traditional model lifters have an effective heel height of .75″, which works for a lot of athletes. The .75″ is often the best fit for most athletes looking to achieve aid in squat depth, and stability in lifts. One downfall to this heel’s height is that it may not be the best fit in hyrbrid style lifting, or powerlifting.

The Adidas Powerlift 3 heel’s are a lower .6″, which make them better suited for a few activities. First, a lower heel may be a better option for athletes doing CrossFit style workouts. A smaller heel will help limit the feeling of being pushed forward, and that can be beneficial when moving from power to strength movements. Second, the lower heel may be ideal for those low-bar squatting who like a lifter’s stability, but don’t need extra heel for achieving depth.

Heel Construction

Unlike most popular lifters, the Adidas Powerlift 3s have a high density EVA heel, which is a durable lightweight material used in multiple types of heeled shoes.

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Possibly the biggest downfall to the Adidas Powerlift 3 is the heel’s material. The high density EVA is durable and will last a while, but it’s not as resilient to abrasions like TPU. It’s comparable in weight to TPU, but lacks the rigidity TPU heel provides. The EVA compresses slightly, and when under extremely heavy loads a lifter may be turned off by this fact.

As mentioned above, another issue that comes with EVA is long-term durability. This heel is designed to last, but if you’re looking for a shoe that’s going to withstand multiple years of heavy lifting, then TPU will be a better option. The one positive to the EVA heel is cross-training. If you’re in need of a hybrid shoe with an elevated mostly stable heel, then the EVA serves its purpose very well.

Upper Shoe Material

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The Adidas Powerlift 3s upper shoe material was pretty standard to a normal cross-training shoe. This shoe has lightweight leather and breathable mesh enclosing them, so they breathe pretty well if you’re performing high-rep, or cardio-esque lifting movements (light weight cleans, squats, snatches, etc).

I thought this shoe was pretty flexible, even upon their first use. The toe box is open, so it flexes well. You can expect around a one week “breaking them in” period, which is pretty standard for lifters. The only downfall to the Powerlift’s shoe material is around the heel. Personally, I prefer a deeper, or more stable heel, so I thought the mesh towards the upper heel was a little too flexible, but that’s my personal bias.

Foot Straps

The Adidas Powerlift 3s offer a standard single strap design that’s near the top of the tongue. As the Powerlift generations have grown, so have their straps. The 3s have a little thicker strap compared to their previous models, which is a cool feature. Single straps are known for offering a little less security, so the extra effort to provide a wider strap is a nice touch.

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Another positive feature of the strap is there’s not excessive overlap if you pull them tight. The Nike Romaleos 2s always had strap hanging on the ground when pulled really tight, and the Powerlift 3s strap doesn’t come close. A downfall with the Powerlift’s single straps is the full foot security. You have laces and a wide upper strap at the top of the shoe to achieve full foot security.

Adidas Powerlift 3 Price

The star player of these shoe’s are their price. They start around $90.00, but can be found for less in multiple online locations, including Amazon. If you’re interested in a cost efficient shoe with an elevated stable heel, then I’d recommend looking into the Powerlift models. On the flip side, for serious lifters who need a high performance shoe for specific reasons that’s going to last, this may not be your best choice.

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Final Word

The Adidas Powerlift 3s are a hybrid lifting shoe that utilizes a high-density EVA heel to produce stability in workouts. They’re cost efficient, and can be a great choice for lifters looking for a lower .6″ heel, as opposed to the usual .75″. They offer moderate stability and kept the ankle secure in the bottom of the squat.

The area where this shoe falls short is its abilities to support the elite athlete due to its heel’s material. EVA heels are known for being a little more compressible, so TPU, or wood, may fair better under very heavy weight.

If you’re looking for a cost efficient lifter that provides a lightweight, secure feeling, then the Adidas Powerlift 3s could be a good option for you.

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CrossFit Games South Region Recap: Reed and Collins Hold On

The 2017 CrossFit Games South Regional has come and gone, and familiar faces are atop of the leaderboard. Tennil Reed and Logan Collins managed to hold on to their first place positions and punch their tickets to the 2017 Games.

After the first day, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet was off to a strong start with two first place finishes, but was sooner after edged out on the second day by Games veteran Tennil Reed. With Reed’s third and second place finishes in event five and six, she was able to finish at the top spot with a mere 10 points above Leblanc-Bazinet. These two competitors dominated the individual women’s competition as Reed finished with 560 points, and Leblanc-Bazinet 550.

4-time Games veteran Margeaux Alvarez moved up one spot to claim third, and finished 69 points behind Leblanc-Bazinet. Games hopeful Bethany Branham took fourth and punched her first ticket to the Games. Alexis Johnson (1-time Games veteran) took fifth and punched her second ticket.

The men’s individual competitors saw much less movement in the top five after the second day. Logan Collins dominated the number one spot the whole weekend and finished 52 points above second. Two-time Games veteran Travis Williams moved up from fourth to second, while Dakota Rager bumped down one spot to third.

Elijah “EZ” Muhammad moved down one spot to fourth, and Tommy Vinas punched his first ticket to the game, as he controlled the number five spot for a majority of the weekend.

In terms of injuries, the Southern Region finished the weekend relatively unscathed, compared to the Eastern Region.

We’ve embedded the South Individual Event 6 video below in this article.

The top 5 standings after Day 1 for Women, Men, and Teams are below:


1. Tennil Reed
2. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
3. Margeaux Alvarez
4. Bethan Branham
5. Alexis Johnson


1. Logan Collins
2. Travis Williams
3. Dakota Rager
4. Elijah Muhammad
5. Tommy Vinas


1. Wasatch Brutes
2. Salt Lake City CF
3. Bigg Friends
4. CrossFit Omnia
5. Pillar CrossFit

Action concluded and wrapped up Sunday at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas.

Feature image screenshot from CrossFit® YouTube channel. 

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

CrossFit Games East Region Recap: Fraser & Reason-Thibault Win, Davidsdottir Finishes Second

To no one’s surprise, Katrin Davidsdottir is headed back to the Reebok CrossFit Games. What may surprise fans is that the 2-time defending Games Champion didn’t win the East Region like many assumed she would.

Games veteran Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault finished first overall in the East, with Davidsdottir close behind in second place. Rounding out the Top 5 for the women were Games veterans Kari Pearce and Dani Horan, followed by Chelsey Hughes, who will make her first Games appearance as an individual.

On the men’s side, Mat Fraser dominated the weekend, winning four events and finishing in 2nd and 3rd place on the other two. 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games 3rd place finisher Patrick Vellner finished in second, with Tim Paulson finishing in third. Cody Mooney and Michael Palomba rounded out the Top 5.

The final Top 5 standings for Men, Women, and Teams are posted below. We’ve also embedded Individual Event 6 below in this article.


1. Mat Fraser
2. Patrick Vellner
3. Tim Paulson
4. Cody Mooney
5. Michael Palomba


1. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault
2. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
3. Kari Pearce
4. Dani Horan
5. Chelsey Hughes


1. Team Back Bay
2. Team CrossFit Milford
3. Reebok CrossFit One
4. CrossFit Queens
5. Ocean States Finest

It was a weekend filled with excitement and heartbreak in Albany, New York, as numerous elite men suffered pec injuries on Event 2.

Longtime fan favorite Lucas Parker also withdrew from competition and posted the below update on his Facebook page to keep viewers updated on his situation.

Featured image: CrossFit® on YouTube

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CrossFit Games South Region Day 2: Tennil Reed, Collins, and Leaderboard Changes

One day remains in the 2017 CrossFit® Games South Regional and it appears the leaderboard has had its fair share of shifts. Unlike the East Regional, the South’s men’s and women’s individual top fives have almost all changed.

After day one, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet was commanding the number one spot, but has since shifted to second, as Tennil Reed put on a stellar performance through events three and four. Reed’s first and third place finishes edged out the 2014 CrossFit Games Champ from her top spot, but can she maintain it through the final day?

[Currently, event five is underway for the individual competitors, read here to learn how to watch the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals!]

Below Reed and Leblanc-Bazinet fall three new faces in the top five from the first day. Third place is commanded by Games hopeful Bethany Branham, while fourth and fifth place are headed by 4-time Games veteran Margaux Alvarez and hopeful Brista Mayfield.

For the men, Logan Collins is still at the front of the pack, as his three and second place finishes through event three and four have helped push him 31 points above second. Below him falls Games veteran Dakota Rager (up one spot), Elijah Muhammad (up three spots), Travis Williams (down two spots), and Tommy Vinas (down one spot).

Thankfully the Southern Region has made it relatively unscathed thus far in terms of reported injuries. The Eastern Region has seen multiple injuries.

We’ve embedded the South Individual Event 4 video below in this article.

The top 5 standings after Day 1 for Women, Men, and Teams are below:


1. Tennil Reed
2. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
3. Bethany Branham
4. Margeaux Alvarez
5 Brista Mayfield


1. Logan Collins
2. Dakota Rager
3. Elijah Muhammad
4. Travis Williams
5. Tommy Vinas


1. Wasatch Brutes
2. Bigg Friends
3. Salt Lake City CF
4. CrossFit Omnia
5. Pillar CrossFit

Coverage continues throughout the day at the Alama Dome in San Antonio, Texas.

Feature image screenshot from CrossFit® YouTube channel. 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

CrossFit Games East Region Day 2: Fraser Still Ahead, and Another Big Name Withdraws

With only one day to go in the East Region, familiar names top the leaderboard, though one defending CrossFit Games Champion is still fighting for a first place spot.

On the women’s side, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault continues her impressive run and still sits in first, five points ahead of Katrin Davidsdottir. However, Davidsdottir finished in first on Events 3 and 4, one spot ahead of Reason-Thibault. With just a slim margin separating the Games veterans, it will be interesting to see who comes away on top after Sunday’s events.

On the men’s side, it’s still the Mat Fraser show, with the defending Games Champion showing virtually no signs of weakness as he leads over last year’s Games bronze medalist, Patrick Vellner. Regionals veteran Tim Paulson sits in third overall as he fights to punch his first ticket to the Reebok CrossFit Games.

In a disappointing development for longtime fans of the sport, multi-time CrossFit Games competitor Lucas Parker has withdrawn from the competition.

The top five standings after Day 2 for women, men, and teams are listed below. We’ve embedded footage from Individual Event 4 later in this article.


1. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault
2. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
3. Kari Pearce
4. Dani Horan
5. Chelsey Hughes


1. Mathew Fraser
2. Patrick Vellner
3. Tim Paulson
4. Cody Mooney
5. Marquan Jones


1. Team CrossFit Milford
2. Team Back Bay
3. Reebok CrossFit one
4. CrossFit Queens
5. Pro1 Montreal

Featured image: CrossFit® on YouTube

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CrossFit® Games South Region Day 1: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Logan Collins, and More

Day 1 of the 2017 CrossFit® Games South Regional is in the books and we’re halfway through the second day. Unlike the East Regionals, athletes at the top of both the women and men’s individual South leaderboard were much less predictable. With the exception of Camille Leblanc-Bazinet commanding the number one women’s individual spot, there’s much more variance in the top fives.

After the first day, top spot Camille Leblanc-Bazinet finished first in both events with 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games 11th place finisher Tennil Reed following close behind. Jessica Aelvoet, Games hopeful, is close behind in third, and took second in the second event of the first day beating Reed by 1-second. Aelvoet was positioned in first in the 2017 Open for the South region.

[Currently, event three is underway for the individual competitors, read here to learn how to watch the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals!]

On the men’s side, veteran athletes Logan Collins, Travis Williams, and Dakota Rager are controlling the top three spots, while Tommy Vinas and Cooper Wise, Games hopefuls following closely behind. Other notable names from the CrossFit community that fall below the top five include Elijah Muhammed in sixth, and Jared Enderton in 13th.

Thankfully, we haven’t seen any reported injuries for the South Region, such as East Region’s top-ranked Alex Vigneault’s pec injury that came from practicing the ring-dips before event two.

We’ve embedded the South Individual Event 2 video below in this article.

The top 5 standings after Day 1 for Women, Men, and Teams are below:


1. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
2. Tennil Reed
3. Jessiva Aelvoet
4. Alexis Johnson
5 Candice Wagner


1. Logan Collins
2. Travis Williams
3. Dakota Rager
4. Tommy Vinas
5. Cooper Wise


1. Wasatch Brutes
2. Bigg Friends
3. Salt Lake City CF
4. Pillar CrossFit
5. CrossFit Omnia

Coverage continues throughout Saturday and Sunday at the Alama Dome in San Antonio, Texas.

Feature image screenshot from CrossFit® YouTube channel. 

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CrossFit Games East Region Day 1: Mat Fraser, Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault, and Injuries on the Ring Dips

Day 1 of the 2017 CrossFit Games East Regional finished with some familiar names on top of the leaderboard in Albany. 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games Champion Mat Fraser leads the men’s standings, and Games veteran Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault is at the top for the women, with 2-time defending Games champion Katrin Davidsdottir hot on her heals.

Reason-Thibault is off to an incredible start, winning the first two events in a stacked East Regional with some of the world’s top athletes. Davidsdottir finished 3rd on Event 1 and 2nd on Event 2, less than six seconds behind Reason-Thibault. Two-time CrossFit Games competitor Kari Pearce is sitting in third.

Event 2 for the day — a couplet of dumbbell snatches and ring dips — proved especially taxing on the men’s side. The day before competition, top-ranked Alex Vigneault injured his pec practicing the event. During the event itself, East Regional competitors Christian Harris, Chase Smith, Kyle Cant, and Corey Lunney appeared to injure their pec areas on the ring dips, which could lead to their withdrawal from the competition.

We’ve embedded the East Individual Event 2 video below in this article.

The top 5 standings after Day 1 for Women, Men, and Teams are below:


1. Carol-Ann Reason-Thibault
2. Katrin Tanja Davidsdottir
3. Kari Pearce
4. Dani Horan
5 Chelsey Hughes


1. Mathew Fraser
2. Patrick Vellner
3. Tim Paulson
4. Max Bragg
5. Austin Spencer


1. Team Back Bay
2. Team CrossFit Milford
3. Reebok CrossFit One
4. CrossFit Queens
5. Pro1Montreal

[Read here to learn how to watch the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals!]

Action resumes tomorrow and Sunday at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.

Featured image: CrossFit® on YouTube

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