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Who’s Best at CrossFit: An Olympic Weightlifter, Powerlifter, or Bodybuilder?

Episode 3 of the Brute Showdown has the athletes competing to win the CrossFit workout "Christine."

Brute Strength has had a spectacular second season of their Brute Showdown series. If you missed it, last year was the first season that pitted a bodybuilder (Lawrence Balleneger), powerlifter (Steve Gentili), Olympic weightlifter (Luis Mosquera), and CrossFit® athlete (Jacob Heppner) against one another in a series of events designed to find the most well rounded athlete.

This year they’ve brought in four female athletes with the same goal, and they’ve landed some big names: World Weightlifting Championships silver medalist Mattie Rogers, former CrossFit® Games athlete Brooke Ence, former Ms Olympia Dana Linn Bailey, and national level elite powerlifter Maddy Forberg.

The first episode introduced the athletes and the second, which aired last week, had them competing in the max clean and the max deadlift. It ended with Brooke Ence with 6 points, Mattie Rogers and Maddy Forberg with 5 points each, and Dana Linn Bailey on 4 points.

There were six events left and today we’ve got the third, the CrossFit workout “Christine,” which looks like this:

3 rounds for time

500m row
12 deadlifts (95 pounds)
21 box jumps

Forberg was pretty concerned from the get go, given she had never done any rowing in her life. (“I may vomit, die, or break an ankle, but I have faith that I’ll finish it eventually.”) She’s not the only competitor who talks about vomiting.

Traditionally, Christine has bodyweight deadlifts but this event brought them to 95 pounds for every athlete. Here’s how it shook out — it starts at the 2.18 mark.

We’ve often found that physique competitors have better cardio than you might think.

Next week we’ve got the pose down, an event that pretty much everyone (including the host, who has said this multiple times) agrees Bailey will win, although we think Brooke Ence may give her a run for her money. Watch this space.

Featured image via Brute Strength on YouTube.

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Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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