14.4 Recap

Mar 24, 2014 21 Comments by

When Director of the CrossFit Games, Dave Castro, nestled onto a Concept 2 rower during 14.4’s announcement, the collective CrossFit world thought he was joking.

He wasn’t.

In true CrossFit fashion–unknown and unknowable–Castro said we’d get to row for the first time in the Open, officially inviting a host of other movements into the five week competition, and making the community at large shiver at the possibilities.

At Practice CrossFit alone, we rowed more than 6,000 Calories and got our toes to the bar over 4,000 times.

“I’ve never done 50 toes to bar before,” masters athlete Vicki Brubaker said moments after 14.4.

Other athletes new to CrossFit or the CrossFit Open, kicked the bar above their head for the first time.

“Going into 14.4, I just knew that today was the day I was going to get my first T2B,” Tish said. “For the past couple of weeks I had been inching closer to the bar, but could never put the cues together to make it work. On my first attempt following the row, I touched the bar with one foot for a no-rep. That moment and no-rep was such an incredible feeling. I had never been that close and it reinforced my confidence that it could happen. Many attempts (and cues yelled from the stands) later, both feet made contact! In that moment I felt like I was on top of the leader board! All competitors in my heat had left me swinging on that rig and moved on while I fought for my 2nd, 3rd, 4th and finally 5th t2b. I had never been happier to be stuck there by myself, dead last, fighting.”

Meanwhile, all over the globe affiliate owners joined hands, shared rowers and demonstrated the effects of a global community built on making humans better.

The one and only thing that sucks about the Open, is that there is only one Workout left.



Coaches choice



For time:

Hang power clean 95/135




1 minute rest

Level 1


Pull-up/toe to bar
*Work at improving technique or advancing for 15 minutes.

For score:

10-Push press
20-Lateral hops
AMRAP 8 Minutes


Couch stretch

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21 Responses to “14.4 Recap”

  1. Michelle says:

    BIGGEST 5a in a long time & fun to all be together!
    105 thrusters / 14:06Rx

  2. ShowGirl says:

    It was nice to have a big group at 5am.


  3. Mo says:

    Great to be with everyone this morn!

  4. Foster says:

    Yep-I thought there was a party at PCF this AM w all the cars! So nice to see Mizz Jasmine playin.

    6am-ers…enjoyed you. Some hard, hard work on thrusters. Me McDaniel and Kyle really pushed it. And Di really challenged herself for 20reps.

    Fantastic work by all connecting cleans for nearly every round! Ryan definitely set the bar high w his finish time. Whew! And this gang stayed for auxiliary despite their scream in’ forearms.

    Those who are aching…take care of yourself. One Open WOD left. You’re not gettin significantly better at anything between now and Sat. Best you can do is plan your days and wkos to stay healthy as possible.

  5. Ashlee says:

    Huge 5am!! I had so much fun, and thank you 5am for cheering me on the entire time. You all give me so much strength, I really appreciate it!

    85 thruster/19:51@75

    • ShowGirl says:

      I hope Chris got a picture of you in your complete workout gear;) lol Hilarious!
      Your doing Great & getting SO strong!!

      • Ashlee says:

        Oh, you mean a pic of me being “that girl”? Hahaha knowing him I’m sure he did ;)
        And thanks! That means a lot, you girls have definitely helped me tremendously. You are great inspiration and role models!

  6. Krissy says:

    Eleven deep at 5am today!!! Love this group of ladies!!! Carri’e’s back surprising herself, Ashlee’s getting stronger by the minute and Debbie A still hates squatting!!!! :)

    105# thrusters / 13:31RX…and another big ole hand tear!!!

  7. nikki j says:

    So sad to miss this fun group this am!!!!!

  8. jen w says:

    105 thrusters / 12:33 rx yesterday’s wod

  9. Holly P says:

    Yay for a big 5am class!! Sorry I had to run off so quick for my work meeting!

    135 # thrusters/ 9:15 rx.. Ouch to holding on to the bars after doing 14.4 last night! Good work everyone!

  10. Chas says:

    9am – Jill McFarland, Stacy, Cassie, Josh and 10
    Fine group of hard workers this morning.
    For those who struggle with push-ups or their grip went “bye-bye’ before they were done, this WOD takes some time.
    Enjoyed how this group finished the work together and helped each other through it.

  11. Jerry says:

    115# thrusters/ 13:31 with 95#’s my grip was getting difficult to hold when trying to string together the higher reps, but managed them OK.

    Great 5:30 group, good WOD too!

    Thanks Min!

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