It was exciting to see that the opening events at the Rogue Invitational were planned by GORUCK. The first event was the GORUCK Team Workout followed by GORUCK Men’s Workout, GORUCK Women’s Workout, and finally ending with GORUCK Legend’s Workout. It was fun to watch something that felt like a GORUCK event but included some incredibly competitive components. The competition was fierce and everyone put it all out there.
Pretty much every minute of the event was streamed live on Rogue’s Facebook page. You can find the long (4+ hour video) right here. It was also streamed to YouTube but the user comments there range in appropriateness. Before clicking that link check below because there’s direct links to the individual event portions of the Rogue Invitational.
What is the Rogue Invitational?
The Rogue Invitational is a CrossFit sanctioned event, taking place at Rogue HQ in Columbus, Ohio. It occurred on the weekend of May 18th and 19th, 2019. This is the first Rogue Invitational (hopefully there’s more) and GORUCK is being featured quite a bit throughout it.
The GORUCK Workouts
There were four different GORUCK sponsored events at the opening of the Rogue Invitational CrossFit competition: the GORUCK Team Workout, GORUCK Men’s Workout, GORUCK Women’s Workout, and the GORUCK Legend’s Workout. Here’s the details on all of them!
GORUCK Team Workout
The first event of the day was the GORUCK Team Workout. Each team consisted of two men and two women with men wearing 30 lb rucks while women wore 20 lb rucks.
The GORUCK Team event was broken out into four distinct areas which held their own challenges. To start the event each team had to have each member complete a rope climb twice while wearing the ruck.
Once that was complete it was off to build a cart. The cart required team work and speed to complete and a few teams crushed it.
When the cart was finished the team had to load four sandbags into it and push/pull the cart a mile. Roughly halfway through the mile the teams have to toss the sandbags over a hay wall and collect them on the other side.
When they finished the mile lap it was a sandbag drag to the finish line. In typical GORUCK fashion the team isn’t finished until the last person crosses the line. This was a surprisingly fun event to watch and if you want to drop in on the action and see the competition check out the video here!
GORUCK Men’s Workout
The individual divisions held similarities to the team workout but felt like completely different events. Just like the team division men in the GORUCK Men’s Workout needed to wear a 30 lb ruck throughout the event.
Starting off the individual division each male had to complete three rope climbs while wearing the ruck.
From there it was a 1/2 mile ruck run which hurt my knees to watch.
What happened after completing that 1/2 mile of pain? Time to lift 5 sandbags each weighing 200 lbs over a hay shelf.
After they finished lifting 1,000 of sandbags it was a 1/2 mile run with a sandbag.
Just like the Team Workout the individual workout closed with a 125 lb sandbag drag to the finish line. All of the beautiful action can be found on the Rogue Facebook page. Here’s a link directly to the action.
GORUCK Women’s Workout
The women’s workout was identical to the men’s workout with a different weight structure. Like the Team Workout women in the Women’s Workout needed a ruck with 20 lbs in it.
Starting off the individual division each woman had to complete three rope climbs with ruck. From there it was a 1/2 mile ruck run followed by lifting 5 sandbags weighing 100 lb each over some hay.
Then it was a 1/2 mile run with the sandbag which coincided with something that was inspiring to view.
I’m not going to spoil anything but if you watched the live coverage you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t I recommend watching it because it’s pretty awesome.
The event closed out with a 75 lb sandbag drag to the finish line. Here’s a link directly to the GORUCK Women’s Workout that was streamed live on the Rogue Facebook page.
GORUCK Legend’s Workout
The Legends division featured legends from the world of CrossFit participating in the individual events together.
There were two major differences between the GORUCK Legend’s Workout and the Men/Women divisions. First, the Legends were not required to wear the ruck for the rope climb… although they all chose to wear it.
Second, both men and women competed together in the Legend’s Workout. Curious what Legends of CrossFit were participating? Here’s the list:
Want to watch these Legends get the workout in? Here’s a link directly to the GORUCK Legend’s Workout that was streamed live from the Rogue Invitational.
This Gets Me Thinking…
Watching GORUCK at the Rogue Invitational in a competitive nature makes me wonder if GORUCK has a new line of events on the way. With this much promotion, their logo and branding plastered all over, it would make sense to for them to use any momentum they pull from this to bring viewers in. We’ll see what (if anything) comes from this but it definitely gets me thinking!
Did you watch the live coverage or any of the videos? I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!