Concept2 CTS had a nice showing at the 2013 CrossFit Games in Carson, California, July 24-28. The CrossFit Games are the culmination of a season of CrossFit events that whittle down the athlete pool to approximately 100 of the world’s fittest people. At the Games, these athletes are competing for the title of the “Fittest on Earth” and cash prizes.
While CrossFitters have been using Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowers for a long time, never has there been so much rowing in the workouts at the Games. And we mean a lot. CrossFit is known for its constantly varied, functional movements executed at high intensity over multiple time domains. But this year’s WOD (Workout Of the Day) on Day 1 of the Games came as a complete surprise—a half marathon on the Model D Indoor Rower. That’s 21,097 meters! Many of the athletes had no idea what to expect as most of CrossFit’s rowing workouts are much, much shorter. To make the WOD even tougher, the first 2k of the half marathon counted as a separate event, so the athletes were going all out for the first 2k. American Jason Khalipa (2nd overall men's Crossfit Games winner) and England's Samantha Briggs (1st overall women's Crossfit Games winner) won both "events." If you've ever raced 2000m you'll know how hard it is, so imagine going for another 19,017k after that. Interestingly, Rich Froning, the 1st place winner in the Games overall, garnered 2nd place in the half marathon row. Can it be that prowess on the indoor rower is a good indicator of overall fitness? Hmm...
The indoor rowers made another appearance for the individual event on Saturday. This time, a much shorter 1k row started the “2007” workout, a nod to a workout from the very first CrossFit Games. It included five rounds of 25 pull-ups and 7 weighted push jerks.
There was a lot of activity at the Concept2 CTS booth as well, as athletes and spectators alike came by to check out the SkiErg and take part in impromptu competitions to win a pair of coveted Concept2 socks! There were also rowing demos by Olympic gold medalist Erin Cafaro and Concept2 Founder Peter Dreissigacker.