Pro Strongman Robert Oberst Takes on 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Event

So far the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games has brought plenty of interesting events and some impressive performances. One of the most talked about events this year — along with “Cyclocross” — is Strongman’s Fear, a strongman-inspired event that requires athletes to walk a yoke, drag a sled, and carry farmer’s handles across a field in the order of their choosing. When returning to grab more implements, competitor must walk on their hands.

Pro strongman Robert Oberst decided to take on this workout with his own special twist. Considering the toughest part of the workout for the 6’8″, 400+ pound strongman might be the handstand walks, Oberst chose to take all the equipment in one go. Check it out for yourself below.

Okay, we’re guessing Oberst didn’t actually finish the walk unbroken — the video cuts off early, and there’s no measure as to how far exactly he’s walking — but we like his humorous take on the whole thing. Not that we’d make it far moving a 420 lb Yoke, 170 lb Logs, and 265 lb Sled all at once…

“Strongman’s Fear” kicks off at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games on Saturday morning, and we’re interested to see what strategies competitors use to get the required work done in the minimum amount of time. Will Games judges allow athletes to walk the yoke and drag the sled at the same time?

Featured image: Robert Oberst on YouTube

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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