2021 and 2022 CrossFit Games Adaptive Division winner Casey Acree will look to win his third championship as a Men’s Upper Extremity competitor when he competes in the 2023 Games on Aug. 1-6 in Madison, WI. On June 27, 2023, Acree shared one of his workouts in an Instagram reel as he prepares for the upcoming Games.
In what he described as a “fun little gymnastic session,” Acree’s 9,500 followers saw him working through the circuit-style training session. Exercises were modified when needed to accommodate the absence of Acree’s left arm below the elbow, but he was was able to execute the workout with intensity.
- SkiErg — 24 calories
- Rope Climb — 4.6 meters (15 feet) x 4 reps
- Strict Handstand Push-up — 8 reps
- Bar Muscle-up — 8 reps
- Overhead dumbbell walking lunge — 15.2 meters (50 feet) with one 70-pound dumbbell
Acree rested for three minutes before proceeding to the second circuit.
- Stationary Bike — 32 calories
- Flat dumbbell bench press — 16 reps with 60-pound dumbbells
- Chest-to-Bar Pull-up — 16 reps
- Handstand Push-up — 16 reps
- Toes-to-Bar — 16 reps
Acree rested another three minutes before repeating each circuit for a second set. He posted his times for each section of the workout, respectively: 4 minutes, 30 seconds / 4 minutes, 21 seconds for the first set and 4 minutes, 25 seconds / 4 minutes, 4 seconds for the second round.
In the post caption, he acknowledged that he’s not likely to encounter all of the movements included in the workout when he competes at the Games, but he still feels they can be beneficial.
“I know I’ll never do about 80% of these things in competition, but competition has never been my only purpose for training. I do this ’cause I enjoy challenging myself and expressing myself physically. That will last me longer than any competition ever will.”
As for his competitive success, he started off 2023 as best as possible when he placed first in the 2023 CrossFit Open out of the 120-plus Men’s Upper Extremity competitors. He is considered a favorite to win his division in the Games for a third straight year.
Acree won the 2022 CrossFit Games by 280 points over runner-up Josue Maldonado. In doing so, Acree became the second-ever competitor to sweep the Games, winning first place in every event. Acree also won straight through the entire season by winning the Adaptive Men’s Upper Extremity division in the Open and Semifinal.
Featured Image: @coachcaseyacree on Instagram