Rogue Fitness’s “The Mule Challenge” Begins June 25, 2021

The next challenge from Rogue features deadlifts and pull-ups.

The latest virtual challenge from Rogue Fitness is here. “The Mule Challenge” kicks off on June 25, 2021, and lasts through 8:00 p.m. EST on June 28. Previous challenges from Rogue include the Bear Hug Challenge, the 50-Calorie Echo Bike Challenge, The Cliffhanger Challenge, The Pump-N-Row Challenge, and The Bella Complex. The Mule Challenge is the third to involve a barbell movement. The Pump-N-Row challenge included the bench press, and The Bella Complex consisted of an Olympic barbell complex of a clean, a front squat, and a pair of overhead presses.

The Mule Challenge consists of the following:

Rogue Fitness — The Mule Challenge

21-15-9 reps for time (10-min time cap):

Rx’d division | Men — 143 kilograms (315 pounds) | Women — 102 kilograms (225 pounds)

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The Mule Challenge Details

Before performing the challenge, each competitor must demonstrate the following in their videos submissions:

Confirm No Illegal Equipment

Athletes are not permitted to use any form of tacky, adhesives, or tape. Additionally, gear — such as lifting straps, gloves, or wraps — is also forbidden.

Display Challenge Equipment

Competitors must film the equipment they intend to use for the challenge before performing it. To qualify, the video must clearly show an empty barbell, end caps, and weights. Additionally, the five-foot tape mark between where the participating athlete will perform the deadlifts and the pull-up bar must be visible. Finally, the pull-up bar must be shown with the athlete hanging on it.

Confirm Equipment Weight

Using a calibrated scale, all the weight plates and barbell must be weighed to the correct amounts required by the challenge. All brands are permitted for both the weight plates and barbell.

Camera Position

When performing The Mule Challenge, the camera must be positioned at a 90-degree angle with a timer, the full range of motion of the deadlift, and the chest hitting the pull-up bar all within the frame and unobstructed.


Positionally, participating athletes must deadlift facing the pull-up bar. Once they complete each round of deadlifts, they must step over the barbell and then perform their pull-ups facing the barbell (so they must turn around). Movement standards are detailed on

The Mule Challenge Prizes

The top three men, women, and gyms (based on total entry) all get some sweet prizes. They are:

  • First place man and woman: $2,500 + Ohio Power Bar
  • Second place man and woman: $1,000 + Ohio Power Bar
  • Third place man and woman: $500 + Ohio Power Bar
  • First, second, and third place gyms: Ohio Power Bar


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The 2021 Rogue Invitational is currently scheduled for Oct. 29-31 at the Dell Diamond stadium in Round Rock, TX. In addition to the CrossFit competition, a strongman contest will also be included for the first time in the Rogue Invitational’s three-year history. The competition will also feature the Rogue Record Breaker event, where athletes will attempt to set new world records such as the Rogue Elephant Bar deadlift record, the Cyr Dumbbell world record, and more.

Those who wish to participate in The Mule Challenge can register to compete at The entry fee is $10. Winners are expected to be announced in the days following the final score submissions due by 8:00 p.m. on June 28, 2021.

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