The Ockerbeast Pulls Through a Hand Tear

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Mel Ockerby entered Workout 4 at the North East Regional in first place. After tearing her hands badly on the pull-ups though, she borrowed some of Stacy Kroon's tape to cover up the blood, and pushed her way through the chipper. The former gymnast ended up missing the Games by one spot in her first year as an individual competitor.

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Posted at 10:53 PM PST on January 27, 2012

I agree that it wasn't the workouts fault, and that the bars certainly could have been an issue, but I'll add that dehydration is obviously a primary suspect. The entire interview I'm thinking "let her take a drink". Put some electrolyte in that water while your at it. Her attitude is so inspiring, great job Mel and all of crossfit New England. Good suggestion on standards by Ross T.

Posted at 3:05 PM PDT on June 23, 2011

It's not the WODs, it's the bars. Those bars felt textured and destroyed EVERYBODY'S hands. Ive only ripped twice before this WOD and have always thought my hands were pretty tough.
These are elite athletes...they've done Angie, death by pullups, and unbroken pullup PRs. It's not the high rep'd pullups, its those effin bars!! Tell Rogue to rethink whatever they did to those bars to help with grip cause it aint workin! I ripped 35 reps in and I heard of guys rippin 20 reps in. It's not the reps people.

Any other athletes experience the wrath of those bars? back me up

Posted at 7:32 PM PDT on June 22, 2011
Brad S

ockerbeast, so hot right now

Posted at 11:15 AM PDT on June 22, 2011
Peter O

Good work.

Posted at 2:10 PM PDT on June 21, 2011
james d

At the SoCal Regional I noticed a lot of differences in the judging and in the execution of the movement. A lot of athletes were so concerned about the bell getting to the right position at the top that it slowed them down. There was a slight pause before it came down. Others were performing a partial swing with a slight press. That was Kristan Clever's technique and she blew through her turns for Valley Crossfit. She was also really pulling it back down whereas others were letting gravity and momentum do the work. For their judge, as long as the bell was vertical and above the handle and passed behind the knees, how it was swung was not as much of an issue from what I could see.

Posted at 12:23 PM PDT on June 21, 2011

I think the people at HQ need to rethink a workout like this in general. A lot of the people at these competitions cannot afford to have their hands destroyed for weeks after the competition. I am not sure I saw anyone with hands that weren't torn, Mel Ockerby's were probably one of the worst. The workouts should be about testing fitness, not about pain tolerance.

They should definitely rethink their kettlebell swing standard too. There was too much room for the judges to use their own discretion. I would say people averaged 20-30 no calls on the KB swings, and these are top-notch athletes who know how to swing a kettlebell. LOTS

Posted at 10:04 AM PDT on June 21, 2011
Ross T

Should the judging standard for KBS be adjusted? Perhaps the athlete should rise the bell until the upper portion of the arm eclipses their ear. This would provide a less abstract judging standard, and take a lot of pressure of the judges.. However HQ decides, I am thankful to all the volunteer judges!

Posted at 8:19 PM PDT on June 20, 2011
Josh L

What a little trooper. And such a nice person. Good on ya Mel.

Posted at 7:35 PM PDT on June 20, 2011