Rogue Fitness has engaged and engaged athletes around the world thanks to their “Challenge” series. The most recent competition was “The Cliffhanger Challenge”, in which the grip strength was tested, as the participants sometimes hung on a pull-up bar (20:21 was the highest time). Previously, the “Bear Hug” challenge had determined who would last the longest with a heavy sandbag. Before that, the athletes saw who could burn 50 calories fastest on an airbike. If there’s one thing these challenges have in common, it’s simplicity. Rogue’s next challenge, while still brutal, is a little more complicated.
The “Pump-N-Row Challenge” – which will take place from April 16-19, 2021 – will be a competition that requires strength and endurance. The “pump” is made with the kind permission of the bench press, and the “row” takes some time for a rowing machine.
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The athletes have to row 2,000 meters in the fastest possible time and then immediately press a barbell (loaded with a weight that varies depending on the division) for as many repetitions as possible. Each successful repetition will deduct 10 seconds from the athlete’s rowing time. The athlete with the lowest total calculated time is the winner.
This format may sound familiar to you. The Arnold Sports Festival holds a “Pump-N-Run” every year at its big event in Columbus, OH. In this competition, athletes bench press using their division’s body weight percentage first. then they do a 5k – rogue iteration of the event subs that are executed for rowing and reverse the order of the events. During the Pump-N-Row, the shoulders and arms are pre-exhausted from the row before the bench press begins. This will make the banking work more difficult than if it were done first.
The competition will take place from April 16-19, 2021. Registration will take place on April 9th on the Rogue Fitness website. The video of the events must be sent to Rogue for review and to determine the winners.
The rower used must be a Concept2 model. The bench press must be performed on each bench with a 15-pound or 20-pound barbell made of standard steel. Weight plates must be clearly marked. A timer and digital scale must also be available to check times and weights. Rogue will announce the winners after all times have been verified.
Within the men and women categories, there are scaled and RX’D subdivisions as well as weight classes. The division in which the athlete competes determines the weight of the barbell for the bench press. Below are the RX’D and Scaled workouts for men and women, as well as weight classes for each.
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RX’D – 100% of body weight rounded to the nearest 5 pound increment. (Example: 223 pound athlete bench press 225 pounds).
Scaled – 50% of body weight rounded to the nearest 5 pound increment. (Example: 201 pound athlete bench press 100 pounds).
Light: Up to 66.99 kilograms
Medium weight: 67-95.99 kg (149-212 pounds)
Heavyweight: 212 pounds and more (96 kilograms and more)
Rx – 75% of body weight rounded to the nearest five pound increment. (Example: 161-pound athlete bench press 120 pounds.)
Scaled – 50% of body weight rounded to the nearest 5 pound increment. (Example: 122 pound athlete bench press 60 pounds).
In addition to gender and skill levels, there are also weight differences for everyone.
Light: Up to 121 pounds (up to 54.99 kilograms)
Medium weight: 55-175.99 kg (122-167.99 pounds)
Heavyweight: 168 pounds and more (76 kilograms and more)
As with previous challenges, there are prizes for the top three in each division and for the gym that has the most participants. Note: According to the rogue website The following prices are only for the RX’D version of the challenge. Prizes are awarded for each weight class. The specific barbell and Concept2 models that the TP-Three will receive were not posted on Rogue’s website at the time this article was written.
First – $ 2,500 and a Concept2 rowing machine
Second – $ 1,000 and a barbell
Third – $ 500 and a barbell
- The athletes with the fastest 500-meter intermediate time and the fastest 2,000-meter time – depending on lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight – win a Concept2 rower.
- For every rogue challenge, the winning gym (both RX’D and Scaled) receives a Concept2 rower. Second and third place gyms will receive an Ohio Power Bar.
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