“Isabel-Off” with Josh Everett and Dave Lipson
The named WOD Isabel is a knock-down-drag-out display of speed and power. The prescription calls for 30 Snatches at 135 lbs. The athlete must simply take the bar from ground to overhead in one motion, without coming in contact with his body. The strategy is the shooter’s choice.
Dave Lipson and Josh Everett are two of the most powerful CrossFit athletes in the world. Coming into the CrossFit/USAW Open, both men had recorded exceptionally fast Isabel times. Everett clocked his best in 1:11 and Lipson posted an absurd 56 second time. On Friday night of the Open weekend, Everett and Lipson went head to head in this benchmark workout, with judges counting their every rep and a crowd cheering them on.
For the first half of the workout, Lipson and Everett lifted in unison, with their barbells returning to the ground at the same time, every rep. Past rep 20, though, fatigue started to set in and both athletes had to readjust their grips. With less powerful and thus slightly lower pulls, they also each began to have to press out the weight a bit more each time in order to reach lock out position. As rep thirty approached, it was impossible to tell who would win. While both athletes finished in 1:06, a video review showed that Everett had reached lock-out on his thirtieth rep just ahead of Dave, securing the win.