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“Fat Eddie”


Benchmark WOD

16.5K 80
  • For Time
  • 20 Back Squats (225/155 lb)
  • 50 meter Prowler Sprint (180/130 lb)
  • 20 Deadlifts (315/225 lb)
  • 50 meter Prowler Sprint (180/130 lb)
  • 20 Shoulder Presses (135/95 lb)
  • 50 meter Prowler Sprint (180/130 lb)

Use three barbells for the back squats, deadlifts, and shoulder (strict) presses. Athlete may take the back squats and presses from a rack.

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Background: “Fat Eddie” came from the power lifting and bodybuilding circles of Southern California and was later adopted by CrossFit and functional fitness communities. The origin of the workout was first described by the creator, Eddie Avakoff @manbehindmetroflex in an Iron Man Magazine post from December 4, 2015 – with the subtitle, “One memorable workout led to a revolution in modern gym culture.”

“It seems simple enough, right? Well, this workout is a bit more complex than how it looks on paper. Each of the three main lifts requires a significant amount of oxygen in order to complete them. The Prowler sucks up oxygen like a house fire, leaving the athlete with little energy to exert on the subsequent lift. Similarly, each lift requires a ton of muscle exertion, especially at the given weight. Sprinting with the Prowler, however, is a movement that exhausts muscles and builds up lactic acid, making heavy lifting difficult. Basically, the Prowler pushes would inhibit weightlifting, and the weightlifting would make the Prowler sprints almost impossible.” – Eddie Avakoff, Iron Man Magazine

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