Lindsey Smith (4th Overall) doing chest to bar pull-ups on Day 1.
Perhaps of interest on a related topic, Anthony Mungioli wrote about his experience as a competitor. He was 5th heading into Day 2 of the event, but finished 6th overall, one spot away from making it to Aromas. Here is a section of his recap of the day:
Heading into the final workout I was holding onto dear life with the fifth and final spot. The night before I was very anxious and could not wait to get after the final workout. I knew that a total 45 box jumps, 45 kb swings and 45 sdhp (the format was 21-15-9) were all that stood between me and California. This is the pressure packed situation you have to appreciate. You think back to all the workouts and training you did to get to this point - the blood, sweat, tears and weight vests. THIS IS WHY WE DO IT!!!
The coolest part of this workout was the entrance. MAN! it was so awesome. We all came out of this locker-room where we were warming up (it felt like Gladiator). The 12 competitors in the heat are in this little locker room with random equipment, preparing themselves for battle. I caught a couple of guys giving the strength and honor grip. We enter the arena one by one..
For his full entry, click here.