The month of March featured a new Rogue Challenge for athletes around the world who wanted to compete from their local or home gyms and get more involved in the fitness community. After the Bear Hug Challenge, which took place in February 2021, and the 50 Cal Challenge, the cliffhanger was the last competition where participants hung on a pull-up bar for as long as possible.
This simple but daunting task places an emphasis on grip strength as well as arms, back, and core muscles. The male and female athletes who last the longest without touching the ground are the winners. The top three competitors in both men and women received awards from the Columbus, OH-based company.
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Competitive climber Pete Whittaker took victory over the field on the men’s side of this competition. He could last for 20 minutes and 21 seconds, the best total time for this challenge. You can see him move from side to side on occasion in the Instagram video below. He rounded off his time with a pull-up before falling to the floor.
Jonas Vilikovsky took second place with a time of 18 minutes and one second. Tazio Il Biondo rounded off the top three and landed almost a minute and a half behind Vilikovski. Whittaker deserves the booty of victory for this challenge, including boastful rights, $ 2,500, and a Rogue Anvil Grip. Second, Vilikovski receives $ 1,000 and a Rogue Dinnie Ring Set. In third place, Tazio Il Biondo will receive $ 500 and a pair of Rogue Cannonball Grips.
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- First place – Pete Whittaker, 8:21 pm
- Second place – Jonas Vilikovsky, 18:01
- third place – Tazio Il Biondo, 16:32
On the women’s side, WWE / NXT wrestler Kacy Catanzaro took the win. She held onto the bar for 9 minutes and 14 seconds. Catanzaro was also on American Ninja Warrior and she was the first woman to qualify for the finals of that show.
In second place is Nicola Kuhn, who managed to hold out for a little over seven minutes. The bronze position goes to Molly Thompson-Smith, whose time was just under six minutes. The top three participants in the field receive the same prizes as the male winners.
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- First place – Kacy Catanzaro, 9:14 am
- Second place – Nicola Kuhn, 7:05
- third place – Molly Thompson-Smith, 5:55
As with the previous challenges, there was one challenge in the gym where the prize that was attended by the most participants was awarded a prize. The winning gym for Cliffhanger was CrossFit for the people of Albany, New York. The other two top gyms were Trainyard 317 and Barefoot Fitness. All three get a Rogue Anvil grip.
Featured image: @roguefitness on Instagram