Workout: Thruster 5-5-5-5-5 reps
Accessory: For 10 minutes, :30 on:30 off, farmer carry, as heavy as possible without putting KB or DB down during the :30.
Did you know the two tulip blades (i.e., oars) we have on display in the gym were part of the United States Mens Heavyweight Eight in Rowing.
Made of solid oak (oars are now made of carbon fiber and only weigh a few ounces), these 13′ foot long behemoths traveled with the United States Rowing Team for a great many years, debuting in the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki Finland. From there, these beauties went on to carry many an Ivy League rower across countless finish lines in the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympiad.
It wasn’t until the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, competing against fifteen teams from fifteen nations, that this set of oars and it’s six wooden brothers helped the United States win a silver and gold medal. Incidentally, the United States silver medal finish of 6:11.61 was only eclipsed by a mere three seconds when New Zealand took the gold with a winning 2k time of 6:08.94.
These two particular oars also happened to take part in the setting of a world record 2,000meter finish-time in 1971 that surpassed the forever infamous 1936 Berlin Games, whereby our very own University of Washington’s varsity eight captured gold, beating out Germany and pissing off Adolf Hitler in the process, as he stood in disbelief from the grandstands.