Crossfit’s ‘Fight Gone Bad’ for a good cause

When Santa Barbara resident and CrossFit Pacific Coast member Zach Devine steps up for his 17 minutes of the Fight Gone Bad workout this Saturday, he won’t be competing just for himself. He’ll also be raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, LIVEstrong and the CrossFit Foundation.

The charity fundraiser will take place locally at CrossFit Pacific Coast at 209 Anacapa Street. Over 500 CrossFit affiliates participate in Fight Gone Bad throughout the United States and around the world. Last year, over 5,200 people participated, raising more than $1.1 million for the charities. This year the goal is to break the $2 million mark.

Fight Gone Bad, one of the most brutal workouts on the CrossFit menu, was given its name by World Ultimate Fighting Champion BJ Penn, who remarked after finishing, “That was just like a fight gone bad.”

In this workout, participants move through five stations for one minute each. Upon completion of the “round” of exercises, they get a minute rest and go for two more rounds. Scoring is based on the number of repetitions the athletes can complete in each minute (rowing = one point per calorie burned).

Fight Gone Bad stations include:

– Wall-ball: 20-lb. ball, 10-ft. high target

– Sumo dead-lift high-pull: 75 lbs.

– Box Jump: 20-in. box

– Push-press: 75 lbs.

– Row: calories

Crossfit Pacific Coast opened its doors in June of 2009 by friends and former college water polo teammates Traver Boehm and Eric Malzone. Traver and Eric are certified Crossfit coaches and have been involved in Crossfit for the last four years. They both moved to Santa Barbara with the goal of opening a Crossfit affiliate and providing the highest level of coaching and wellness support available on the Central Coast. Fourteen months later Crossfit Pacific Coast currently employs five coaches and has over 80 clients in Santa Barbara.