The 2023 CrossFit Open gives athletes with various specialties a chance to excel. In the case of Graciano Rubio, that specialty is clearly, obviously, and overtly, an unbelievable amount of strength and a capacity to establish gargantuan lifts that don’t seem replicable by any other CrossFitter on the planet.
Workout 23.2 was a two-part challenge announced on Feb. 23, 2023, in Midland Park, NJ. Part A was a combination AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of increasing burpee pull-ups and shuttle runs, and Part B comprised a max thruster established in a five-minute time cap. While preparing for this workout, Rubio published a video to his Instagram page wherein he hoisted a jaw-slacking 183.7-kilogram (405-pound) thruster. Check it out below:
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Rubio wore a lifting belt and wrist wraps during the above lift. He managed to secure the weight overhead and had such command of it that he did a cheeky front kick to cap the lift, sustaining the weight momentarily on one leg.
2023 CrossFit Open — Workout 23.2
For reference, here is workout 23.2:
Image via @patvellner on Instagram
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Although the results were not yet official at the time of this article’s publication, Rubio topped the CrossFit leaderboard for Part B of 23.2 with a 170.1-kilogram (375-pound) thruster.
While that is 30 pounds lesser than he locked out in training, it was still the most significant lift across all CrossFitters participating in the Open worldwide after 15 minutes of burpee pull-ups and shuttle runs blowing up heart rates and engines everywhere. Here are the top-scoring athletes from Workout 23.2 Part B:
2023 CrossFit Open Workout Results — Workout 23.2 | Part B — Men’s Rx’d Division
- Graciano Rubio — 375 pounds
- Brett Pressley — 360 pounds
- Martin Feiferlík — 337 pounds
- Griffin Roelle — 336 pounds
- Jacob Pfaff — 330 pounds
- Ioannis Papadopoulos — 330 pounds
- Rodrigo Daniel Orlando — 330 pounds
- Throstur Olason — 328 pounds
- Maximilian Vargas — 328 pounds
- Andrew Hearn — 327 pounds
Rubio ranked 72,402nd worldwide in Part A, achieving 119 reps. Check out Rubio’s workout-winning thruster in the video below:
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Workout 23.3 To Come
The final workout of the 2023 CrossFit Open will be announced on March 2, 2023. 2022 CrossFit Games runner-up Mal O’Brien will go head-to-head against Danielle Brandon at CrossFit Omaha in Omaha, NE.
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