Watch Travis Williams Finish Isabel In Under a Minute

After the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, Travis Williams became the nineteenth fittest man on Earth, but we think he might have just completed the fastest Isabel in history.

The workout is simple: thirty snatches at 135 pounds for time. Any single-movement ground-to-overhead is acceptable for this particular workout, so power snatches, split snatches, and full snatches are allowed.

The time cap is usually set at eight minutes, with two to three minutes the expectation for Level 3 athletes. Almost years ago, Noah Olsen managed two minutes and ten seconds. Back in 2009, Josh Everett managed one minute and eleven seconds.

Travis Williams just completed it in under a minute — conveniently just long enough for an Instagram video. We clocked this workout at 57 seconds.

Williams came in 32nd place at the 2015 Games and 19th at the 2016 Games, and in he did extraordinarily well in the 2017 CrossFit Open. He came first in his region (South Central) in 17.1 and second in his region for the entire Open, (following Roy Gamboa) and 35th for the entire Open worldwide.

Interestingly, despite his unbelievable performance at Isabel, he’s said his favorite workout is DT, which is five rounds for time of deadlifts, hang power cleans, and push jerks.

If this is the first you’re hearing about Williams (or if it isn’t), MisFit Athletics put together this pretty cool documentary, “No Excuses, No Missed Days,” about Williams in April 2015 about his journey from a 270-pound couch potato to a CrossFit Games athlete.

In an interview from August last year, Williams said that his goal was to get to the podium by the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games. He’s going to need a whole lot of grit to dethrone the current star athletes, but given he has what must be the fastest Isabel on Earth, he’s no stranger to pushing the boundaries of fitness.

Featured image via @misfitathletics 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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