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Seven Interesting Movements to be Tested at the 2023 Rogue Invitational

October 23, 2023 by
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Every year the Rogue Invitational introduces some new implements and movements that are not only new to the athletes competing, but also to the entire CrossFit world as a whole, and this year is no different.

By taking a quick look at this year’s recently published test schedule we can already see a few interesting things that are about to take place.

Here’s what stood out to us:

  • Killer Cage. We don’t yet know exactly what this is, but if it’s the “Killer Kage” from the 2011 CrossFit Games, it’s a monkey bar traverse, down and back. It’s worth noting that Josh Bridges, one of the programmers for the Rogue Invitational won his heat in the Killer Kage event that year, beating Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, Matt Chan, and others.
  • Log Muscle Up. The log muscle up made its debut at Rogue last year and it looks like it is here to stay. For the athletes at this level high rep muscle ups are not a challenge at all, but doing them on a log, while your grip is also blowing up is a completely different story.
  • Single Arm Strongman DB Shoulder to Overhead. Rogue is known for their love of all things Strongman and this is yet another test that shows it. Since the Strongman dumbbell is a lot larger than a typical Rogue rubber dumbbell, with a thicker grip, the width can definitely throw off the rhythm of the athletes.
  • Double Fatbell Ground-to-Overhead. If you have no idea what a Fatbell is, we highly suggest looking it up. Thanks to the hole in the base of the kettlebell, athletes will potentially be able to go from ground to overhead much easier, faster, and with less strain on their wrists.
  • Hill Sled Push. Pushing a sled is grueling already and pushing it up a hill has got to be at least a hundred times worse. We don’t know the weight the athletes will be pushing, but it does not sound fun for them. It will however be awesome for us to watch.
  • Hill Run. This hill run is likely going to include a weight vest of some sort and coming down off the hill the athletes have to go immediately into box jumps once their legs are blown up. Amazing programming, but gnarly quad pumps.
  • 1RM Deadlift. Will we see Patrick Vellner pull another 600lb / 272kg deadlift? 

We are still waiting for some tests and details to be announced, but from what we can see already, there’s a lot to look forward to.

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