Hour One Is Upon Us!

Mighty warriors,

We are almost at the starting line. We are about to embark on an epic mission that will take us into the magnificent depths of human performance, grit, durability, friendship and community. Hundreds of athletes and support staff in dozens of affiliates in many different countries and continents will be focused and executing the exact same movements at the exact same time in real time. Think about it. Yeah, pretty darn amazing right?!

Your team captain has received the final Briefing Email a couple of days ago with all the details needed for participating in the event, if he/she hasn’t forwarded it, alert them to this fact immediately as you’re reading this. That email is crucial to participating in the event, especially the part of the scoring process. Remember that this is a real-time Every Hour On The Hour event so clear, speedy communication is important. Any questions or hiccups, email us ASAP!

I hope your team is ready to rock with all preparations set but still here are some resources we’ve mentioned before but I thought it would be wise to list them again on one page.

Have fun preparing for the event!

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24AMRAP World Champions Interview

Pennies For The Boatman

The 24-hour AMRAP WOD is a challenge of epic proportions. Surviving 24 hours of non-stop back-to-back CrossFit action in itself is a feat of considerable physical and mental strenght. Winning it 2 years in a row is extraordinary. Pennies For The Boatman did it twice in a row and are back this year for the hattrick. Who are these athletes? We already put a spotlight on 24AMRAP veteran Nate Lerma, so now we’re going to take a closer look at the other team members. Sit back and enjoy…

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5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your 24AMRAP Event

Let’s not beat around the bush. The 24AMRAP event is a truly unique event. There’s nothing like it anywhere on earth. And after you sign up your team(s) you can decide how you want to play this out. Here are some things that are going to happen simply because you are competing in the event:

  1. your box/affiliate is going to be open for a really long time – the event lasts for 24 hours, take a couple hours before the event to set everything up and a few hours after to wrap it up and we’re talking about 26-30 hours. That’s a long time…
  2. like we said, it’s unique – when you tell someone, CrossFit athlete or not, what you are about to do, they usually react surprised, awestruck or laugh at you. Or a combination of those responses will occur. That’s because it sounds (and is) pretty radical. Hardcore. Or crazy. Which one depends on the mindset of the person in question. But yeah: it’s a… thing…
  3. it’s going to involve a lot of people – so it’s not just going to be the 6 athletes that are in the team. There will be supporters, assistants, caretakers, more supporters, people who like to see other people suffer, fans, more supporters etc. From surveys we conducted throughout the last three editions of the 24AMRAP Challenge with some of the competing teams we estimate that every team “brings” 20 people with them. Spouse, friends, fellow athletes… so yeah, it’s going to be fun. With other people, some who’ve never set foot in a CrossFit box before…

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The Day After

Warriors!

Congrats! You survived the 24-hour AMRAP Challenge. Designed to be the ultimate physical and mental ultra endurance team test for CrossFit athletes, this is no small accomplishment! Now the aftermath and revovery process starts. Here are some tips we accumulated over the years as competitors and organizers to help with that:

  • eat and drink many, many calories! – you burn through 10k calories during the #24AMRAP easily and to replenish and rebuild, you need calories
  • recovery work – although hanging out on the couch watching Netflix might feel right, we highly recommend revovery work: stretching, SMR work, ROMWOD, active recovery work on the rower or stationary bike etc, it will significantly speed recovery time (and make you feel better)
  • because this challenge is so exhausting and taxing mentally, we also highly recommend not forgetting about mental and psychological recovery: spend quality time with your loved ones, visit the box to have some coffee and talk to your teammates, coaches and fellow community members. The mind is a muscle, do not neglect it, it controls your body. If you need to find some clarity after this barrage of stimuli and sensory overload try an app like Headspace to find your bearings again.

If you are interested in a structural physical and mental recovery program for CrossFit athletes the new daily recovery program RecoveryWOD might just be your cup o’ tea, get notified when they launch here.

Rest well friend, we are proud of you and yours.

 

5 Tips To Win The 24AMRAP challenge

Mighty warriors. Only hours to go before we deepdive into the adventure that is the 24AMRAP Challenge and to boldly go where no CrossFitter has gone before. Kinda. In an earlier post we talked about surviving the 24AMRAP, now let’s talk about winning it. Here are 5 tips, based on the data and experience shared by previous champions, and succesful teams from around the globe:

  1. Reps Are King – let’s not beat around the bush, defending World Champions “Pennies For The Boatman” cranked out 53000+ reps last year. That means that if you want to get a shot at the title, you need to consistently bang out at least 2300 reps per hour. For 24 hours.
  2. No Sleep Till Booklyn – a no-brainer really,  champions don’t lie down and snooze the night away…
  3. Don’t Waste A Second – to maximize the amount of reps produced, you need to position and plan your carrousel in such a way that there are never athletes standing around, looking for equipment, or walking towards the pull-up bars etc. You lose reps, see point 1
  4. Caroussel Eating – keep the food and drinks nearby and refuel while the carrousel keeps on turning, eating and drinking right after your turn, maximizing rep production
  5. The Right Soldiers For The Mission – we’ve seen firsthand how some members from a team want to go for max reps every hour and other members from that team just want to hang out, sip coffee and chill. If you want to win, make sure you are in the right team!

Have fun preparing!