Back for its third year, Rogue's ZEUS rig remains the centerpiece of the CrossFit Games, extending the entire width of the soccer stadium and showcasing more than a dozen athletes at once. Hundreds of man hours went into bringing this steel behemoth to life, from design to production to assembly. It’s the mother of all rigs, and if you think it looks big on television, you should see it in person.
Weighted Aluminum & Stainless Steel Jump Ropes
Newly designed for the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, the Aluminum & Stainless steel weighted jump ropes features a heavy handle and a thicker rope for an extra endurance test. Teams used the Aluminum weighted ropes for double-unders during the "Triple Double" event, while individuals used the stainless steel ropes for double-unders in the individual "Rope Chipper" event.
As seen in one of the major events of the Games’ final day (The Plow), the Rogue Plow Sled required athletes to drag the sled 560 feet, measured for time. The Plow Sled includes knurled handles and center plate storage.
Team Axle Deadlift Bar
Used during the "Triple Deadlift" team event, the extra long Team Axle Deadlift bar uses the same 1.9" diameter bar that the Rogue Axle uses, and required three team members to lift it.
For many athletes at the 2016 CrossFit Games, no piece of equipment posed a greater challenge than the Peg Board during the final events of both the individual and team competitions. Competitors had to use a pair of dowel rods to ascend this tall plexiglass board (attached to a rig) via a series of staggered holes. This test of agility and grip strength often proves to be outside the comfort zones of even some of the sport’s top performers.
The Deadlift Bar used in the 2016 Games features Rogue’s Ohio Bar knurl rather than a standard powerlifting knurl. Machined and assembled in Columbus, Ohio, this 190 KSI barbell has a thin, 27mm diameter shaft and a 90.5” length, just within most powerlifting federation standards. This combination creates a bar that’s both easier to grip and designed for increased whip/flex when pulling. At the Games, athletes used the bar at 20 escalating weights during the “Deadlift Ladder” event.
Originally introduced at the 2012 Games, Big Bob has become one of the iconic parts of the team competition—though it’s not always popular with the athletes themselves. Designed as a cross between a bob sled and a football sled, the Big Bob is a massive contraption weighing 800lbs unloaded. During 2016 Games competition, all team members had their own push bar on the unit and had to work together to first push the sled down a 140 ft. course (in the “Berm Bob” event), then pull it across a 160 ft. distance (“Double-Slug Bob”).
As seen during Sunday’s “Double-Slug Bob” team event, the Slug is a slightly smaller version of the infamous Rogue Worm. Measuring 11 feet in length and 11 inches in diameter, this hand-sewn, tear-resistant cylinder can hold up to 300 pounds in filler material (225 pounds in the 11’ x 10.5” women’s version). It’s designed to be carried by three athletes working together—no easy task with an uneven distribution of weight.
The Worm 2.0
First introduced in its current design at the 2014 Games, the legendary Rogue "Worm" is a 17-foot long, 435-pound Cordura cylinder housing six filler bags of unevenly distributed weight. More than 40 man hours went into the custom sewing, stuffing, and reinforcing of each new Worm used in the 2016 team competition, which included athletes performing worm squats, worm push presses, worm clean-and-jerks, and of course, the Worm Sprint.
Used during the “Rope Chipper” event on the last day of the Games, the Assault Bike is an innovative, resistance fan bike with a heavy-duty steel frame, reinforced pedals, sealed cartridge bearings, and a comfortable hybrid seat. The LCD screen on the bike covers watts, calories burned, time, and distance (athletes at the Games had to pedal 0.4 miles before moving on).
In Saturday’s final individual event, “100%,” competitors had to perform 20 D-ball cleans (150 LB for men, 100LB for women). These textured, grip-friendly medicine balls are a universal 14” in diameter for all weights above 70 LB, and are widely considered the best options in the industry for slams.
Concept 2 Model D Rower
The Black Concept 2 Model D Rower was used during the team “Triple Double” event and the 200 meter row portion of Sunday’s individual “Rope Chipper.” This state-of-the-art machine includes a flywheel design for minimal noise, adjustable foot rests, and an advanced PM5 performance monitor that tracks speed, distance, pace, watts, and calories burned.
Rogue Medicine Balls
Individually constructed, stitched, and tested at our manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ohio, Rogue Medicine Balls are trusted by the top Crossfitters on the planet for high-speed, high-intensity training. Each 14” diameter ball features a flexible but durable nylon thread seam construction with a moisture and scuff resistant coated vinyl shell. The interior filling is substantial enough to help the ball keep its shape through repeated smashes, but also forgiving enough for athletes to safely stop or catch the ball at high velocity.
Rogue's Competition Rings have been a familiar sight at the Games for years. Manufactured in Ohio, these 1.25” diameter wood rings hark back to the classic American gym rings of the past, while still having the strength and chalk-holding qualities needed for the highest levels of competition. In 2016, athletes had to perform a series of ring handstand pushups as part of an event called “The Separator.”
Rogue’s Abram Glute-Ham Developer 2.0 has become another annual staple of the Games, and was seen in 2016 as part of the “Ranch Mini Chipper” event and the team “Triple Double.” As one of the premier GHD machines in the industry, the Rogue Abram features a quick, precision adjustment system, allowing each athlete to easily move the roller assembly to their desired setting. A single-piece chassis construction along the length of the unit also ensures dependable stability, even in the heat of competition.
The SkiErg uses the same flywheel resistance and electronic monitoring systems as the Concept 2 Rower, with a design that accurately recreates the leg, arm, and core strengthening movements of Nordic skiing. This machine was part of Sunday’s “Rope Chipper” event, and was the first station of the “Triple Double” team event on Saturday.
Used for ascents during the team “Climbing Worm” and individual “Climbing Snail” events, Rogue’s American-made climbing ropes offer the same reliable grip and strength that’s made the classic manila rope a staple of military bases and shipyards for decades. This 1.5” diameter rope includes a braided eyelet and is designed for indoor/outdoor use.
Barbells & Competition Plates
Competitors at the 2016 CrossFit Games used much of the same equipment available everyday from the Rogue catalog. This included the flagship Rogue Ohio Bar and Women's Bella Bar—both featuring 190,000 PSI tensile strength steel, dual knurl marks, and quality bronze bushings—as well as the Men's and Women's Olympic Weightlifting Bars, recognized among the best American-made bearing bars in the industry. The Games also saw the use of Rogue's distinctive Competition Plates—dead bounce bumpers with a zinc-plated steel insert and 50.4mm collar opening for a secure hold and maximum durability.