Dave Castro Announces 1RM Clean & Jerk Team Event at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

The barbell is indeed back.

The morning after letting the world know that the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games will include a one-rep max snatch individual event, Director of the CrossFit Games Dave Castro has returned to Instagram to announce a new team event.

A one-rep max clean & jerk.

You can almost hear the athletes rushing back into the gym.

This has been a very unusual year for the Reebok CrossFit Games, and not just because you can now play Fantasy CrossFit. There were zero barbell movements to be found in this year’s Regional events and the first three events that were announced for the Reebok CrossFit Games themselves were also barbell-free. They were endurance events.

The first announced event, which Castro disclosed on July 5, is simply Run, Swim, Run.

The second was just a picture of a bike, the first time biking has appeared in the Games.

[Check out our full article on the CrossFit Bike, which costs $7,950, here!]

The third announced event was an obstacle course, which we haven’t seen in the Games for five years.

It’s probably not a stretch of the imagination to say that all of this cardio might have thrown some athletes for a loop. Now that we know there will be heavy Olympic weightlifting, it”s probably a welcome return to tradition for some — but then again, it’s a lot harder to train for biking, swimming, obstacle course racing, and the more standard heavy weightlifting and metcons. We have a feeling that CrossFit cardio gurus like Chris Hinshaw are busier than ever right now.

[One CrossFit athlete did “Murph” ten times in a row. Read our interview with him!]

This might be the most challenging Reebok CrossFit Games ever, and if nothing else, it’s certainly hammering home the core message of the sport: Fitness means being ready for anything.

Featured image via @thedavecastro on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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