Hugo Open 5

The Hugo Story

When naming CrossFit workouts after girls, CrossFit founder Greg Glassman said it best.

“I want to explain the workout once and then give it a name. I thought that anything that left you flat on your back, looking up at the sky asking ‘what just happened to me?’ deserved a female’s name. Workouts are just like storms, they wreak havoc on towns.”

A similar ideology was used in March of 2009 when No Excuses CrossFit was just a few months old. It was time to come up with a birthday WOD for owner Kyle Maynard and the coaches wanted it to be something special, something that left you feeling like you were wrecked by a hurricane.

“We knew a lot of the girl WODs were named after Hurricanes, so we wanted our own,” Kyle said.

While Hugo isn’t a female’s name, it was the name of a 1989 hurricane that hit the Carolina coast. That’s the name we gave to this grueling workout:

5 RFT:
400m run
21 pull ups
21 KBS
21 box jumps

Since then, the ‘Hugo’ WOD has become a No Excuses CrossFit staple and has been turned into a team WOD at previous events. In fact, you may have noticed that we also use the Hugo name as the title for the No Excuses CrossFit annual in-house competition, the Hugo Open.

The character in the No Excuses CrossFit logo (the X is a person) is named Hugo, and it’s a rendering of Kyle from the attached photo. The photo is from Palm Springs, California, on Kyle’s first mountain summiting trip, before he ever went on to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

In many ways, Hugo has become the mascot for No Excuses, and we hope that sharing the origin of the name and symbol helps tie our current No Excuses membership to the awesome legacy of our gym’s past!

Hugo Open 5 Workouts

Each teammate must participate in 3 of the 4 workouts.

There will be 9 scored workouts for the competition. WOD 1 will have 5 scores, WOD 2 will have 2 scores, WOD 3 and 4 will be one score each.

Hugo Open 5 WODs

WOD 1 – The Gauntlet

Air squats x 2 minutes

American Kettlebell Swings (55/35#) x 2 minutes

Pull ups x 2 minutes

Double unders x 2 minutes

Handstand walk x 2 minutes


• One team member will perform one of the movements for the entire 2 minutes.

• Each person must do one of the movements. No one can do two movements.

• Workout will have five scores, one score for each movement.

WOD 2 – Pick Your Poison

Teams of 2

5-minute AMRAP

Thruster x 25 (75/45#)

Assault Bike x 15 calories

Rest 1 minute

Teams of 2

5-minute AMRAP

Thruster x 15 (75/45#)

Assault Bike x 25


• Two team members will perform the first 5-minute AMRAP and two different team members will perform the second 5-minute AMRAP.

• One person working at a time, you and your partner may split the reps however you like.

• This WOD will be scored as two workouts. One score for the first 5-minute AMRAP and another score for the second 5-minute AMRAP.

WOD 3 – Deja Vu (2018)

For time:

HSPU x 40

Walls balls over pull up rig x 80

Toes to bar x 30

Power cleans x 60 (95/65#)

Burpees over a bench x 20

Dumbbell alternating Single Arm Ground to Overhead x 40 (45/25#)

Bar muscle ups x 10


• One person working at a time

• Only 3 people can participate in the workout

• 15-minute time cap

WOD 4 – Sled Hell 5.0

For time:

Team burpees on a mat x 25

Sled push (300#) x 25-meters

Team box step up x 50 (20-inch)

Sled push (300#) x 25 meters

Team burpees on mat x 25 rep


• All five team members must participate in the burpees and step ups

• As many team members as necessary can push sled

• 15-minute time cap

Hugo Open 5 teams

The team color is not your official team color. It’s just for grouping purposes. Please send Coach Brandon your official team name.

Team Blue: Team Black: Team White: Team Red: Team Yellow:
Chris F. Josef R. Scot P. Trevor E. Adam R.
Christen F. Travis O. Dave D. Abram D. Nicole W.
Eli B. Lilly L. McKenzie M. Ashley W. Jose V.
Kyle B. Kim R. Bond N. Leslie B. Jeff H.
Charlene L. Utpal P. Nisha P. Mike J. Adriana P.
Team Orange: Team Purple: Team Green: Team Brown: Team Silver:
Justin F. Min O. JC S. Corey B. Deb W.
Mario M. Yessica R. Laura M. Catherine L. Luke E.
Judy N. Adam P. Bill B. Hilario G. Bob S.
Matt Z. Peter M. Jeff W. Pete S. Jeff G.
Leo N. Sarah M. Emily S. Kathleen Y. Jiyun K.
Team Gold: Team Bronze: Team Turquoise: Team Aqua:
Addison W. Glen W. Brandon B. JT O.
Drew G. Greg H. Lindsay M. Lilly V.
Jeff K. Patrick H. Jeremy E. Ryan P.
Amy E. Annie B. Angie D. Erick L.
Mindy B. Miriam L. Robbie W. Haja D.

Hugo Open 5 WOD Movements

The following are the WOD movements you will see at the Hugo Open on Aug. 25. Remember, you don’t have to be able to do all of the movements. You will have have at least one person on your team that can do all of the movements.


Air squat

Pull Ups

Toes to bar

Handstand push ups

Handstand walk

Bar muscle ups

Double Unders

Box step ups

Kettlebell Swing

Assault Bike

Wall Balls

Power cleans


Dumbbell ground to overhead

Sled push

Upcoming dates

Saturday, Aug. 25 – Hugo Open 5