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“FG Qualifier 19.1”


"The Walking Dead," 2019 Festivus Games WOD #1

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  • EMOM (with a Partner) in 8 minutes
  • 5 Deadlifts (each, consecutive)
  • From 7:00-8:00, AMRAP Deadlifts of the last barbell*
  • Weight increases each minute:
  • Female: 95, 105, 125, 145, 165, 185, 195, 205 lb
  • Male: 145, 165, 205, 245, 285, 325, 345, 365 lb

8 bars will be pre-loaded and ready to go. On 3-2-1-Go! you and your partner will approach the first bar and, within 1 minute, one at a time, you will each deadlift it for 5 consecutive reps.

This WOD will be done EMOM style (every minute on the minute). The MC announcer will call out a “rotate” or “switch” command every minute, on the minute. Each time the rotate command is given, as long as both partners completed 5 consecutive reps at your bar, you will advance to the next, heavier bar. You and your partner will, each time, have a total of 1 minute to perform 5 consecutive reps each with that load.

*The 8th & Final Bar Is AMRAP! – If you are successful at bar 7 and make it to the 8th, heaviest and final bar, you will be allowed to perform as many reps as possible within the 1 minute (both partners have to be done within the 1-minute time allotment). To get credit for that bar’s load you must perform at least 5 consecutive reps, just like all the previous bars. However, you will get 5 additional pounds of credit for each rep above 5 you perform. If your final bar load is 315 and you perform 7 consecutive reps you will get credit for 325 (2 additional reps above 5 worth 5lbs each). If you perform 9 consecutive reps you’d get credit for 335 (4 additional reps above 5 worth 5lbs each).

This is a traditional deadlift with the hands outside the knees (sumo deadlifts are not allowed). Hand grip may be any type the Athlete chooses. Starting at the floor, the barbell is lifted until the hips and knees reach full extension with the shoulders behind the bar. The arms must be straight throughout. Touch and go is allowed. No bouncing. No deadlift straps are allowed. NO REPS include not achieving knee and hip extension at the top OR not touching the bar to the floor.

The working Athlete may drop the bar between reps, regrip and pull again for the next rep. Both partners must complete their 5 consecutive deadlifts within the 1-minute period at each bar.


Female Novice/Masters: 75, 85, 105, 125, 145, 165, 175, 185 lb
Male Novice/Masters: 95, 115, 155, 195, 235, 275, 295, 315 lb

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Background: “The Walking Dead” (a.k.a. “Festivus Qualifier 19.1”) was the 1st of 4 WODs for the 2019 Festivus Games. Festivus Games was designed so it wouldn’t be necessary to scale the events. No athlete, whether six months in or brand new, will need to scale any of the events. The competition is about capacity more than a high degree of skill.

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