Team H.A.M. Open – Week 5 Recap

And just like that… the first annual Team H.A.M. Open Series is OVER!Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 9.11.51 PM

Forged Fam, you guys are incredible. The community really came together over these last few weeks and amazing things happened because of it. People got stronger, fitter, and did things they wouldn’t have ever thought they could do.

Many of the ladies in our Shred program had little or no experience with a barbell coming into this, but that didn’t stop them. These gals learned how to do power snatches, thrusters, deadlifts, and a whole bunch of other movements over the course of the competition.Screen Shot 2016-03-28 at 9.12.48 PM

Some people hit PR’s on big lifts in the middle of grueling workouts, some people performed new movements like muscle-ups or toes-to-bars for the first time ever, but most importantly EVERYONE pushed themselves to the limit and moved some serious weight.

When workout 16.5 was announced, everyone cringed. This was a repeat of workout from the 2014 Open. It went as follows:

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Thrusters (95/65)

Bar-Facing Burpees

Scaled Division:


Thrusters (75/55)

Bar-Facing Burpees

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Thrusters (65/45)

Bar-Facing Burpees

Just straight NASTY!

It didn’t matter the division, you couldn’t escape thrusters or burpees on this one!

It looked so fun, the coaches even had to get in on it too!

Shane hit this workout so hard, his pants fell off (If you were there, you’ll know what I mean). Gotta keep those ‘Cuse shorts clean, Shane.

In all seriousness, we are so freakin’ proud to be your coaches. There isn’t another group of people on the planet we’d rather coach. You guys always blow us away with your work ethic, dedication, and positivity. We look forward to getting up every day and helping you transform into stronger, healthier versions of yourselves. It’s nothing short of inspiring.

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Our sponsors hooked up some sweet prizes to raffle off at the event on Friday, too.

Steskal Chiropractic donated a whole bunch of certificates for foot baths and massages.

Brute Force gave away a few more $50 gift cards, and we even had another certificate for a free stay at a destination of your choice! We really, truly appreciate the generosity of our sponsors.

I can’t forget to mention Athletic Greens, our title sponsor WODFitters, Eat Fit Go, FitAid, and Forever Fierce.

Getting the community together to throw down on Friday nights was incredible all in itself, but having some awesome prizes to give away from our sponsors made it even more special. People were introduced to some top-notch products! We can’t thank these guys enough. Because of them this event was bigger than we could have ever dreamed!

Another special shout out goes to Mandi Heeg of Heeg Photography; she got some crazy good action shots and supplied all sorts of new profile pics for people.

There are still even more prizes coming at the awards ceremony this coming Friday, April 1st + an extra special H.A.M. Open Throwdown to finalize things out.

Keep up the good work Warriors.

Just because the Open Series is over doesn’t mean the training stops. Let’s hit it harder than ever now!
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That being said…

What are we all gonna do on Friday nights now???

Don’t worry, we still have the awards ceremony this Friday AND we will be hosting plenty of other great events in the coming months!

These past five Fridays have been way too much fun for us to stop.

See you all in the gym!