The Hugo Story
When naming CrossFit workouts after girls, CrossFit founder Greg Glassman said it best.
“I want to explain the workout once and then give it a name. I thought that anything that left you flat on your back, looking up at the sky asking ‘what just happened to me?’ deserved a female’s name. Workouts are just like storms, they wreak havoc on towns.”
A similar ideology was used in March of 2009 when No Excuses CrossFit was just a few months old. It was time to come up with a birthday WOD for owner Kyle Maynard and the coaches wanted it to be something special, something that left you feeling like you were wrecked by a hurricane.
“We knew a lot of the girl WODs were named after Hurricanes, so we wanted our own,” Kyle said.
While Hugo isn’t a female’s name, it was the name of a 1989 hurricane that hit the Carolina coast. That’s the name we gave to this grueling workout:
21 pull ups
21 box jumps
Since then, the ‘Hugo’ WOD has become a No Excuses CrossFit staple and has been turned into a team WOD at previous events. In fact, you may have noticed that we also use the Hugo name as the title for the No Excuses CrossFit annual in-house competition, the Hugo Open.
The character in the No Excuses CrossFit logo (the X is a person) is named Hugo, and it’s a rendering of Kyle from the attached photo. The photo is from Palm Springs, California, on Kyle’s first mountain summiting trip, before he ever went on to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
In many ways, Hugo has become the mascot for No Excuses, and we hope that sharing the origin of the name and symbol helps tie our current No Excuses membership to the awesome legacy of our gym’s past!
Hugo Open 5 Workouts
Each teammate must participate in 3 of the 4 workouts.
There will be 9 scored workouts for the competition. WOD 1 will have 5 scores, WOD 2 will have 2 scores, WOD 3 and 4 will be one score each.
Hugo Open 5 WODs
Air squats x 2 minutes
American Kettlebell Swings (55/35#) x 2 minutes
Pull ups x 2 minutes
Double unders x 2 minutes
Handstand walk x 2 minutes
• One team member will perform one of the movements for the entire 2 minutes.
• Each person must do one of the movements. No one can do two movements.
• Workout will have five scores, one score for each movement.
Teams of 2
Thruster x 25 (75/45#)
Assault Bike x 15 calories
Rest 1 minute
Teams of 2
Thruster x 15 (75/45#)
Assault Bike x 25
• Two team members will perform the first 5-minute AMRAP and two different team members will perform the second 5-minute AMRAP.
• One person working at a time, you and your partner may split the reps however you like.
• This WOD will be scored as two workouts. One score for the first 5-minute AMRAP and another score for the second 5-minute AMRAP.
HSPU x 40
Walls balls over pull up rig x 80
Toes to bar x 30
Power cleans x 60 (95/65#)
Burpees over a bench x 20
Dumbbell alternating Single Arm Ground to Overhead x 40 (45/25#)
Bar muscle ups x 10
• One person working at a time
• Only 3 people can participate in the workout
• 15-minute time cap
Team burpees on a mat x 25
Sled push (300#) x 25-meters
Team box step up x 50 (20-inch)
Sled push (300#) x 25 meters
Team burpees on mat x 25 rep
• All five team members must participate in the burpees and step ups
• As many team members as necessary can push sled
• 15-minute time cap
Hugo Open 5 teams
The team color is not your official team color. It’s just for grouping purposes. Please send Coach Brandon your official team name.
|Team Blue:||Team Black:||Team White:||Team Red:||Team Yellow:|
|Chris F.||Josef R.||Scot P.||Trevor E.||Adam R.|
|Christen F.||Travis O.||Dave D.||Abram D.||Nicole W.|
|Eli B.||Lilly L.||McKenzie M.||Ashley W.||Jose V.|
|Kyle B.||Kim R.||Bond N.||Leslie B.||Jeff H.|
|Charlene L.||Utpal P.||Nisha P.||Mike J.||Adriana P.|
|Team Orange:||Team Purple:||Team Green:||Team Brown:||Team Silver:|
|Justin F.||Min O.||JC S.||Corey B.||Deb W.|
|Mario M.||Yessica R.||Laura M.||Catherine L.||Luke E.|
|Judy N.||Adam P.||Bill B.||Hilario G.||Bob S.|
|Matt Z.||Peter M.||Jeff W.||Pete S.||Jeff G.|
|Leo N.||Sarah M.||Emily S.||Kathleen Y.||Jiyun K.|
|Team Gold:||Team Bronze:||Team Turquoise:||Team Aqua:|
|Addison W.||Glen W.||Brandon B.||JT O.|
|Drew G.||Greg H.||Lindsay M.||Lilly V.|
|Jeff K.||Patrick H.||Jeremy E.||Ryan P.|
|Amy E.||Annie B.||Angie D.||Erick L.|
|Mindy B.||Miriam L.||Robbie W.||Haja D.|
Hugo Open 5 WOD Movements
The following are the WOD movements you will see at the Hugo Open on Aug. 25. Remember, you don’t have to be able to do all of the movements. You will have have at least one person on your team that can do all of the movements.
Toes to bar
Handstand push ups
Bar muscle ups
Box step ups
Dumbbell ground to overhead
Saturday, Aug. 25 – Hugo Open 5