January 26, 2023
Run the Test: Muscle Pig/Handstand Machine, CrossFit Games

“As the years have gone on in the team competition, you cannot have somebody who is single-faceted. It’s not gonna work anymore. They have to be well-rounded. They have to be CrossFit. There’s no way around that.”


As athletes evolve, so must the tests — especially when programming for team competition at the CrossFit Games. 

Programming for the team competition provides a unique opportunity to test the group’s communication, strategy, and problem-solving skills, in addition to athletes’ fitness. The most well-rounded, communicative, and experienced teams will often be most effective at completing the tests, leaving no room for “one-trick ponies” in the group.

At the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games, Muscle Pig and Handstand Machine — Team Events 5 and 6, respectively — presented athletes with new, unknown challenges.

In this episode of Run the Test, Competition Director Adrian Bozman takes you inside Team Events 5 and 6 at the competition. 

Boz highlights key elements that encompass team competition, including collaboration, weak links, and strategy. He also explains his decision to put a new handstand push-up standard on display and stresses the importance of being a well-rounded athlete. 

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Run the Test is a 10-part docuseries that brings the curious and interested inside the mind of lead programmer of the 2022 NOBULL CrossFit Games — Competition Director and Certified CrossFit Coach Adrian Bozman.

Go behind the scenes with Boz as he takes you through the process of designing the tests for the CrossFit Games and illuminates the CrossFit methodology that powers the Ultimate Test of Fitness.