Markus Frison and Ehea Schuerch Win The HYROX Virtual Championships of Fitness

The HYROX Virtual Championships of Fitness consisted of five workouts over a three week period. The top eight competitors in the equipment competition moved on to a live finale on Sunday August 2nd where Markus Frison and Ehea Schuerch took home the top prize of $3,000.

The Final Workout

For Time
5k Row
150 Wallballs (20lb/14lb)
30 Dumbell Burpee Over the RowErg (35lb/20lb)
Partitioned however.

The Final 8 Athletes

Men
Lukas Storath (2nd all-time HYROX World Record)
Women
Lauren Weeks (HYROX Home Series Champion)
Sarah Kholti (HYROX World Record Holder)

Strategy: Partitioned However

Possibly one of the best parts of this workout, especially watching live, was how each athlete decided to attack the workout. While most athletes chose to break up the workout into smaller rounds (ex: 1000m row, 30 wallballs, 10 burpee), Lauren Weeks chose to row 4,000m before starting on her wallballs and burpees. Chris Woolley opted to finish all the wallballs and burpees before rowing a single meter.
It’s difficult to say how much strategy impacted the athletes, and if they would have done it differently if given a chance. However, it is worth noting that the athletes that broke up the workouts into smaller sets ended up finishing 1st and 2nd in both the male and female division.

Final Results

Male
  1. Markus Frison (28:04 unofficial)
  2. Lukas Storath (28:11 unofficial)
  3. Chris Woolley (31:08 unofficial)
  4. Norbert Vanscodi
Female
  1. Ehea Schuerch (29:21 unofficial)
  2. Sarah  Kholti (30:35 unofficial)
  3. Lauren Weeks (31:03 unofficial)
  4. Morgan Schulz

You can stream the entire finals on YouTube by clicking here.

Michael Cornett

Michael Cornett is a fitness enthusiast that writes for The Functional Times and hostsThe Functional Times Podcast where he talks about all things OCR, Functional Fitness, and Crossfitters.