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“Bella Complex”

2021 Rogue Challenge

590 3
  • For Load
  • 1 Clean
  • 1 Shoulder-to-Overhead
  • 1 Front Squat
  • 1 Shoulder-to-Overhead
  • Time Cap: 5 minutes

The complex begins (after a proper warm-up!) with the athlete standing with the bar on the ground in front of them. Barbell should be loaded with the starting weight. When the athlete is ready they may verbally declare their initial weight. The timer can then begin. Once the timer is running, they may perform their first movement.

When the athlete and the bar reach the approved position for the Clean, the athlete will move directly into the first Shoulder-to-Overhead. When the athlete and the bar reach the approved overhead position, the athlete will move directly into the Front Squat movement. When the athlete and the bar reach the approved depth position on the Front Squat, the athlete will move directly into their final Shoulder-to-Overhead movement.

The athlete may then add or subtract weight from the bar working toward their max load and repeat the flow listed above. The athlete may have as many attempts in the 5 minute window as they would like to try. If there is a weight change, the athlete needs to verbally state their new/adjusted weight prior to starting the complex.

The athlete and all gear must remain in camera view for the entire 5 minutes. As long as the barbell is in motion prior to the 5-minute time cap, the attempt will be counted. Additional personnel may be used to add/deduct weight from the barbell.

The complex is complete when the second Shoulder-to-Overhead of the complex has been completed for the athlete’s final load attempt.

Score is the heaviest load successfully lifted for the entire complex, without letting go of the barbell.

Movement Standards

Clean: Barbell begins on the floor. Athlete may perform any Clean variation to bring the bar to the front rack. Examples of unsuccessful lifts would include a knee touching the ground.

Shoulder-to-Overhead: Athletes may also perform a Thruster movement here and move directly into their first Shoulder-to-Overhead. If the athlete has the Barbell in the starting front rack position they may perform a Strict Press, Push Press, Push Jerk, or Split Jerk. At the completion of the Shoulder-to-Overhead or Thruster movement, a successful lift will end with the athlete standing with the Bar in the overhead position, motionless, showing full control of the Barbell with arms fully extended. Athlete should clearly show full extension of the knees and hips with the feet directly under the hips. Athlete must pause and be motionless showing full control of the Barbell overhead.

Front Squat: The athlete starts by bringing the Barbell back down to the front rack position, where the bar is resting on the shoulders. Once the Bar is returned to the approved location, the athlete squats, clearly showing a depth where the hip crease is below the knee. Once the athlete reaches this depth they may either: Stand back up, keeping the bar in the front rack position with full extension of the knees and hips, and the feet directly under the hips. Or move directly into the final Shoulder-to-Overhead movement by performing a Thruster.


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Background: In the Rogue Challenge by @roguefitness, anyone, anywhere, can sign-up and “compete for a spot on the leaderboard or a page in the record books.”

This is the Rogue Challenge event released in May 2021; an unbroken Barbell complex.

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