“Fight Gone Bad”
3 Rounds, For Total Reps
1 min ea station
Wall Balls (14/20)
Box Jumps (20/24)
Push Press (55/75)
The origin story of “Fight Gone Bad” is now a thing of CrossFit legend. When world-renowned UFC fighter B.J. Penn went to CrossFit founder Greg Glassman looking for a workout that would mimic the trials of a bout in the Octagon, Glassman devised a devastating test: three five-minute rounds containing high- power compound exercises meant to work every muscle in the body and re-create the intensity of a real mixed martial arts battle.
When Penn was lying on the floor trying to catch his breath after the brutal workout, Glassman asked whether the new circuit felt anything like a fight. “It’s like a fight gone bad,” Penn replied, supplying the name for one of CrossFit’s most challenging—and notorious—workouts.
What makes Fight Gone Bad so…bad? Just like an MMA fight, the clock runs for five minutes each round with no stopping during those five minutes. At the top of every minute, you immediately move to a new exercise: wall-ball shots (20 pounds to a 10-foot target) are followed by sumo-deadlift high pulls (75 pounds), box jumps (20 inches), push presses (75 pounds), and rowing. Athletes have only one minute of rest between rounds. During each exercise, you’ll wonder how 60 seconds could seem so endless; during the rest phase, you’ll wonder how 60 seconds could be so short.