Rogue Fitness Announces New Fitness Challenge — “The Bella Complex”

Athletes will attempt to find their max weight for an unbroken barbell complex.

Rogue Fitness’ monthly fitness challenges have tested the endurance, grip strength, stamina, and heart rates of willing participants. Most recently, the “Pump-N-Row Challenge” featured a combination of the bench press and rowing machine, and saw top tier CrossFit athletes like 2020 CrossFit Games bronze medalist Kari Pearce rise to the top. For the month of May, Rogue Fitness is going to challenge competitors to find their max weight of the following barbell complex they’ve deemed “The Bella Complex”:

The Bella Complex Challenge

The complex must be performed unbroken — meaning all four movements must be done in succession without a break. Competitors will have a five-minute window to score their maximal weight and may make as many attempts within that time frame as they wish. The challenge will start at 9 a.m. EST on May 21, 2021, and last until 8 p.m. EST on May 24, 2021.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Weight Classes

The winners will be whoever scores the highest weight in each of the following weight classes:

Men’s Division

  • Light — Up to 67.13 kilograms (147.99 pounds)
  • Middle — 67.14 to 96.16 kilograms (148 to 211.99 pounds)
  • Heavy — 96.17 kilograms and up (212 pounds and up)

Women’s Division

  • Light — Up to 54.88 kilograms (120.99 pounds)
  • Middle — 54.89 to 76.20 kilograms (121 to 167.99 pounds)
  • Heavy — 76.21 kilograms and up (168 pounds and up)

For both divisions, each competitor’s weight is considered their body weight plus any clothing and gear they wear during the contest. This includes weightlifting shoes, lifting belts, lifting straps, wrist wraps, and knee sleeves. Of note, gloves, tacky, and lifting suits are not permitted.

As with all of the Rogue Fitness challenges, the video submission must include a visible timer to ensure athletes are performing the barbell complex within the allotted time frame. Additionally, competitors must weigh themselves and the weights they intend to use on a digital scale. Standard barbells for this contest are considered to be either 15.9 kilograms (35 pounds) or 20.4 kilograms (45 pounds).

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Prize Pool

The cash prize for this challenge is the same as Rogue’s previous challenges, with each podium finisher also receiving an Olympic barbell. Here is the prize breakdown for each weight class across both the Men’s and Women’s divisions:

  1. $2,500 and a choice of a 15-kilogram or 20-kilogram Olympic barbell
  2. $1,500 and a choice of a 15-kilogram or 20-kilogram Olympic barbell
  3. $500 and a choice of a 15-kilogram or 20-kilogram Olympic barbell

Additionally, the gyms with the highest total of members registered for this challenge will receive the following:

  1. Ohio bar plus 210-pound competition plate set
  2. 15-kilogram or 20-kilogram Olympic barbell
  3. 15-kilogram or 20-kilogram Olympic barbell

Potential participants in the challenge can register for $10 via Rogue Fitness’s website starting May 14, 2021.

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