Snatch balance 5 x 1

Jerk 3 x 3 at 70% of 1RM

Muscle snatch 2 x 3 at 75% of 1RM

Mid-hang snatch 3 x 2 at 60% of 1RM

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Erin Johnson, getting first place at the Firefighter Combat Challenge in Seattle this month.  We are so proud of you Erin.  Erin heads out to Las Vegas for the Worlds this week.   

Here is some background into the challenge and what it takes to compete: The Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge annually attracts hundreds of U.S. and Canadian municipal fire departments at more than 25 locations and is now expanding to countries around the world, including New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa. The Challenge seeks to encourage firefighter fitness and demonstrate the profession's rigors to the public. Wearing "full bunker gear" and the SCOTT Air-Pak breathing apparatus, pairs of competitors race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. "victim" as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock.
The individual race (the one with Erin above) consists of wearing your full-bunker gear and SCBA which together weight approx. 50 extra lbs.  You run the race “on air” which basically means you are breathing through a straw!  You start at the base of a 5-story tower and pick up a 42 pound hose pack and go up to the 5th story.  Drop the high rise pack into a box and then proceed to hoist a hose-bundle that weighs 42 pounds on 7 pounds of rope.  Once you hoist the hose bundle up, hand-over-hand up 5 stories and over the railing, you place that in a box and then race down the stairs.  At the base of the stairs there is a Keiser Sled which simulates forcible entry.  With a 9 pound mallet you hit a 160 pound steel beam backwards 5 feet.  You then run through an obstacle course of cones and pick up a fully charged 1 ¾” hose and drag that 75 feet and then show water hitting a target.  Then you proceed to the “victim” or rescue randy which is a 175 pound dummy that you pick up and drag backwards 100 feet to the finish line. 
There are “regional events” all over the country throughout the season where you can “qualify” for the World Championships held in Las Vegas in November.  This year Erin's team went to three regional events—one in Colorado Springs, one in Seattle and one in Omaha, Ne.  In order for the men to qualify for World’s they have to run the individual race in under 2 minutes.  In order for the women to qualify for World’s they have to run the individual race in under 4 minutes.  The course is the same for both men and women. 
This year Erin ran her fastest time in Seattle with a 3:04 and took first place.  In Omaha she ran a 3:18 and also took first place.  She currently has the 3rd fastest time for the women.  Her team will be heading to Las Vegas to participate in the World Championships November 17th-21st. 
Congratulations Erin we are so proud!


  1. Fat Kid :

    EJ you are a ROCKstar! In addition to being a great woman you are an inspiration. I recall a time when you struggled with this series of tasks and now you are one of the best in the nation! You are a role model. Go kick ass in Vegas.

  2. Anna :

    Nice work super woman! The stair climb was BEAUTIFUL! Have done the combat challenge before, pre crossfit, this is super tough. Not only are the moves tough, but imagine breathing through a hose. Just a visual for those never in an air pack. Nice work, good luck in Vegas Baby!

  3. Amy Schaeffer :

    Erin, you really are a badass!!!!

  4. Holly :

    Congrats Erin! That’s awesome!
    Cindy is a bitch. It was one of those days that hurt to wash my hair…plus with the rips on my hands, it made being in the water tough. Buckle up little buckaroo!

  5. Danimal :

    NICE ERIN!!!!!!!!!! You rock!

  6. Catherine :

    Good luck@ worlds! Impressive!

  7. Joylyn :

    Erin, you are such a beautiful, strong woman! I’m so honored to call you a friend. Now, go kick some ass like I know you want to! Wish I could cheer you on in person, but see you soon. Kisses!

  8. Erin :

    Thanks everyone for all the well wishes and encouragement! I will do my best to make all you Verver’s proud! 🙂 You all inspire me daily!!! See you all in a week!! EJ

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