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June Challenge: Secret Service Snatch Test

By Sean | In Challenges, Kettlebell | on June 1, 2011

Let me start by saying excellent work to those of you who took part in the Intrepid May Challenge yesterday and completed as many Burpees in 5 minutes as you were able to.  There are a few Intrepids who weren’t able to make it in yesterday and have until the week’s end to perform the Challenge, so expect the male and female winner to be announced by the weekend.

Moving our sights to a new month and a new challenge, June is sure to give many of us a new meaning to the word “tough”.  From the little bit I know and have heard about the Secret Service Snatch Test (SSST), it is used in the selection process of Secret Service agents and to test agents’ fitness proficiency throughout their careers.

The rules are simple, perform as many kettlebell snatches in 10 minutes as possible.  The “prescribed” weight for men is 24kg (53#) and 12k (26#) for women.  You may switch hands as often as you like, set the kettlebell as often and for as long as you like, but your score is the total sum of snatches performed in the 10 minute period.  We’ve posted before on the KB Snatch for those that want to review some technique tips, but you may see some more information/drills in posts this month to help everyone prepare.  Check out the Fitness You Can Use website for the top SSST men’s and women’s scores.  The top male has a video documenting his 297 rep record setting performance that is nothing short of incredible and inspirational, so check it out when you get a chance.


WOD 06.01.11

Back Squat 3×5 or Wendler

5 Rounds for Time:
5 Power Cleans
15 Double Unders
25 Squats

5 Comments to "June Challenge: Secret Service Snatch Test"

  • Michelle says:

    June 1, 2011 at 8:22 AM -

    Ruth I don’t think my easily bruised arms can handle this challenge!

  • Drew says:

    June 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM -

    Michelle, I used sweat bands at a competition last summer that were strategically placed on my forearms to avoid that fate!! They worked pretty well.

    Good luck everyone! I wish I could do this one too!!

  • Michelle says:

    June 1, 2011 at 10:11 AM -

    Good idea Drew! Thanks for the tip!

  • Xuan says:

    June 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM -

    I wonder what Holley thinks of this challenge?

    Miss you guys!

  • CrossFit Intrepid » Revisiting the KB Snatch says:

    June 7, 2011 at 6:03 AM -

    […] posted on the KB Snatch last July but since this month’s challenge brings them back with a vengeance, we figure it’s time to review the finer […]

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