"We sought to build a program that would best prepare trainees for any physical contingency - prepare them not only for the unknown but for the unknowable."
- Greg Glassman
Unbroken Series Presents:
An individual competition like no other. WODs drawn at random, minutes before athletes compete. 32 Rx Males. 32 Rx Females. Winner-take-all.
Who will be the last one standing?
Friday, October 6, 2017
US Cellular Center Arena
$50 - Rx Only
Registration Opens: 6/21
First 32 male and female registrants will make up the field.
How will it work?
- Athletes are drawn at random to fill the available slots, 1-32. This determines when they start (if they get to watch other heats go before them) and who else is in their heat(s) with them.
- Athletes are guaranteed at least 2 WODs in the double-elimination format. No athlete will have more than 4 short (<9:00 each) WODs.
- WODs are short couplets and triplets. These are designed to lessen overall exertion for each athlete (especially keeping in mind those planning to compete at Beer City Beatdown the next day), short heat transitions, fun for spectators to watch, and to allow for multiple WODs in a short time.
- See the layout by clicking the link below:
The Unbroken "Hopper" Bracket
- Round 1 (all athletes compete in heats of 8)
3 Rounds for Time: Triplet (9:00 cap)
Movements drawn on arena floor minutes before launching the 1st heat
Athletes compete in heats of 8. Top 4 in each heat advance to Winners Bracket. Bottom 4 move to Last Chance Heats.
- Round 2 (all athletes compete in heats of 8)
3 Rounds for Time: Couplet (9:00 cap)
Athletes again compete in heats of 8. Athletes that finish in the bottom 4 of Last Chance Heats are out. Top 4 athletes in each heat advance.
- Round 3 (remaining athletes compete in heats of 8)
2 Rounds for Time: Triplet (9:00 cap)
Athletes compete in heats of 8. Only the winners in the Last Chance Heats advance to the Final. Top 4 in the Winners Bracket heat advance to the Final.
The two best times from the 2nd place finishers in each Round 3 elimination heat and the last 4 in the Round 3 winners' heat will advance to the Final.
- Round 4 (Final Heat. Remaining 8 males and females)
4 Rounds for Time: Couplet (9:00 cap)
Double-Elimination rules are out. This is the last heat. If a 1-loss athlete comes in first and beats 4 undefeated ones, then the 1-loss athlete wins the event.
Top 3 finishers make the podium.
What's going in the Hopper? (TENTATIVE LIST)
- 500m Row
- 12 Box Jump Overs 30/24
- 10 Burpee Over Bar
- 6 Bar Muscle-Ups
- 8 Snatch 135/95
- 8 Clean and Jerk 205/135
- 15 Thrusters 95/75
- 15 Overhead Squat 95/75
- 15 C2B Pull-Ups
- 15 Toe To Bar
- 15 KB Swings 70/53
- 14 KB Snatch (Alternating) 53/35
- 15 Goblet Squats (w/KBs 53/35)
- 16 Overhead Lunges (45# Plate)
- 20 Wallball (20/14 - All to 10' Target)
- 75 Double Unders
- 30 Pistols (Alternating)
- 8 Dead Lift (315/225)
- 50' Handstand Walk
- 12 Strict Ring Dips
1. If a movement comes out of the Hopper, does it go back in?
No. Once it's out, it stays out.
2. Isn't there a possibility that 3 gymnastics pulling movements (bar muscle-ups, chest to bar pull-ups and toe to bar, let's say) could all be pulled out of the hopper for the same WOD?
Yes. It's a possibility. It's unlikely. But it could happen. Drawing Dead Lift, then Snatch, then Clean could also happen. Unlikely, but possible. That's why this event is very different.
3. Looking at the bracket, it's possible a 1-loss athlete could win the event?
4. Do the athletes in the later heats have an advantage since they get to see the athletes in the earlier heats?
Perhaps. They still, however, have to place in the Top 4 in their heat to advance.
5. What if, by luck of the athlete draw, one heat gets stacked with all the strongest athletes?
Could happen. They'll have to step up. The double-elimination format in Rounds 1-3 allow athletes to battle back into the Final if they get knocked down in an early round.
6. What if the "best" athlete doesn't win?
So be it! This event is a combination of skill AND luck. It's about how the cards fall and how the athletes respond. It's the unknown and unknowable. If you have to know exactly what's going to happen at a competition, that's cool, but that's not this event.