“Inman Mile”

USAWA Benchmark WOD

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  • For Time
  • 1 mile Weighted Walk (150% bodyweight)

The lifter will take a bar onto the shoulders with a weight equal to 150 per cent of the lifter’s bodyweight. The lifter will then carry this weight a distance of one mile. Gait is optional. Stopping to rest is allowed, but neither the lifter nor the weight may be supported in any manner. The bar must not be touched by any assistants once the mile has begun or it will be a disqualification. The bar must stay on the back the entire mile.

Scaling

Intermediate (A)
1 mile Weighted Walk (bodyweight)

Intermediate (B)
1 mile Weighted Walk (50% bodyweight)

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Background: The "Inman Mile" is an official lift of the United States All-Round Weightlifting Association (USAWA), although it is considered a "novelty lift." It is the only official lift in the USAWA Rule Book where poundage is not listed in the record list. Instead, this event is for time.

The following is a quote from the USAWA page on the Inman Mile, where page author Al Myers provides some context behind the creation of this unique workout.

"[The father of the USAWA, Bill Clark] named this lift after Jerry Inman, a powerlifter who was originally from Billings, Missouri (and a leader in a well known powerlifting club at the time – the Billings Barbell Club). The time frame of this was the late 1970s and early 1980s. Jerry was a Marine (and it would take a hard-headed Marine to come up with something this grueling). For a while, he lived in Olathe, Kansas. When he found Bill Clark’s gym in Columbia, Missouri he was introduced to all-round weightlifting by Bill. When Jerry Inman told Bill he thought he could walk a mile with a bar loaded to 150% of his bodyweight on his back, it inspired Bill to name this event after him. Jerry was never successful with this quest, but his mindset of thinking he could do it and the effort of taking on the impossible, lead to this mysterious event to be forever named after him! His best effort of 246 yards in 1979 is recorded in an old Missouri Valley Newsletter. Jerry was a fit 148 lb powerlifting Marine, in the prime of his life when he tried."

This workout was first posted on the CrossFit Main Site as the workout of the day for July 12, 2003 (030712) and the scaled version was posted in the CrossFit forum as early as 2006.
Source: usawa.com
Equipment : Barbell
Scoring : For Time
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