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Firefighter Combat Challenge


Firefighter Combat Challenge

3 rounds for time:
400 meter run
21 overhead squats (95/65)
21 kettlebell swings (24/16)

Last weekend Ian and his team (Boulder Rural Fire Dept.) competed in the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Vail CO (Elevation 9000+ ft) and qualified for The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Firefighter Combat Challenge in Myrtle Beach SC in November! Ian is second from left. AWESOME!

Do you have Olympic Weightlifting Shoes?  When did you decide to get them and do they make a difference in your lifts?  Post to comments.

11 Responses

  1. Alright Ian. Knock em dead at the world championships!

    I’ve been wondering about Oly shoes. Does anyone feel like they offer an advantage? Personally, I think my blue converses are pretty stylish….

  2. Anonymous

    Awesome job Ian! I just bought a pair of Oly shoes (thanks Blakely!) a few weeks ago. Still getting used to them. I notice I go on my toes more than with the converse’s but Ryan said that once I get used to them I will get back on my heels. Stay tuned…

  3. Chad

    Great job Ian. Ditto Fraser’s thoughts on the altitude. Hopefully it won’t be too humid.

    I’ve had my Oly shoes for 1-1/2 years. They help out a lot with Oly (obviously) and back/overhead squats. They provide a solid foundation to drive up the heavier loads. I can get ~ 5-15 pounds more on lifts than without them. Trick is when these exercises come up in WODs with other non-Oly shoe exercises (like today’s – not good to run in Oly shoes).

  4. Dizon

    Ian… well done!!  

    I just started using OLY shoes.  I too can easily get approx 10-15 more lbs by using them as they really allow me to seat my stance. 

    The big question…. should they be used for WODs?
    For non-OLY WODs, like today, I wont be using them because I dont want to become dependent on them and they suck when running…    but for this Thursday’s FRAN?…. hmmmmm!

    1. Anonymous

      Dizon – great question…to Oly Shoe Fran or not to Oly Shoe Fran.  I generally think with a lighter weight thruster and pull-up that I’m better off with my regular shoes.  

      That being said…I’m testing out the new Reebok CrossFit Oly shoes which are made for workouts and not specific to Oly lifting.  I think they are AWESOME for workouts.  We should see them come out in the next few months.

      1. Grandpa Mojo

        Wait… specific Crossfit shoes? – (“Reebok CrossFit Oly shoes”) – I didn’t know such a thing existed!

  5. I love my Oly shoes — i’ve had them about 6 months and they definitely help me get low in a squat (in my heels) to catch a clean or a snatch — overhead squats are way easier too.    If you really want to wear them in a WOD though  (like Fran) — and I do — i would look at the lighter ones.  My Nike’s are heavy and great to lift in, but I always wonder if they extra 2 pounds affects my pull ups — or just makes me stronger.

  6. Anonymous

    I love my Oly shoes for many reasons.  I think they do make a huge difference.  It’s kind of like when you buy a road bike with decent components such as Tiagra.  It’s all you know, you get used to them, and you think they’re fine but then you get a road bike with Dura-Ace components and it rocks your world.  

    Chuck Taylors = Tiagra
    Oly Shoes = Dura-Ace


    1. Anonymous

      Just at 5pm.  Like last week.  We’ll keep rolling on the mainsite one week delay for all other Thursday classes.