ARTICLE: HAMMER TIME

CrossFit 4/22/15:

For time:

Rx:
500 meter row
15 Front Squats (155/105 lbs)
30 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
60 Double Unders
10 Front Squats
20 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
40 Double Unders
5 Front Squats
10 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
20 Double Unders

Competition:
500 meter row
15 Front Squats (135/95 lbs)
30 Pull-Ups or 21 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups or 30 Ring Rows
40 Double Unders Attempts
10 Front Squats
20 Pull-Ups or 14 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups or 20 Ring Rows
30 Double Unders Attempts
5 Front Squats
10 Pull-Ups or 7 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups or 10 Ring Rows
20 Double Unders Attempts

Performance:
500 meter row
15 Front Squats (75-115/55-75 lbs)
30 Banded Pull-Ups or 21 Pull-Ups
30 Double Unders Attempts or 120 Singles
10 Front Squats
20 Banded Pull-Ups or 14 Pull-Ups
20 Double Unders Attempts or 80 Singles
5 Front Squats
10 Banded Pull-Ups or 7 Pull-Ups
10 Double Unders Attempts or 40 Singles

Fitness:
500 meter row
15 Front Squats  (45-65/35-45 lbs)
20 Ring Rows
20 Double Unders Attempts or 90 Singles
10 Front Squats
15 Ring Rows
15 Double Unders Attempts or 60 Singles
5 Front Squats
10 Ring Rows
10 Double Unders Attempts or 30 Singles

Article:

The CrossFit Games have twice exposed athletes who didn’t know how to swing a sledgehammer. Moe Kelsey and Dan Hollingsworth offer tips for mastering this basic functional movement.

It was a “blue-collar test.”

The fourth event at the 2009 CrossFit Games started with a 500-m row. Once the row was completed, athletes had to drive a 4-foot stake into the ground with a sledgehammer until no more than 6 inches remained above the ground. Then it was back to the rower for another 500 m.

Reactions were mixed when athletes heard the event details, but Moe Kelsey was thrilled. A relatively new CrossFit athlete at the time, Kelsey was a firefighter and had worked in concrete construction.

Many competitors in 2009 struggled to pound the stake into the ground. They were unsure how to hold the sledgehammer and weren’t able to accurately hit the stake with power. Kelsey knew exactly what to do. He finished the event in 4:46 and took third place.

Swinging a sledgehammer or other implement is useful in sport, at home or at work. In the box, hammer strikes can be used to develop strength, explosive power and accuracy.

“I think that if you can’t with just minimal proficiency wield a bat, strike something with a hammer, defend yourself with a club or work a machete to some advantage, it speaks to a deficiency in your fitness,” said CrossFit Founder and CEO Greg Glassman, who had suggested the stake-drive event for the Games after an tough experience pounding a grounding rod into the earth.

Here, Kelsey and trainer Dan Hollingsworth take apart the sledgehammer swing, offering tips for efficient and effective movement.