If you used a Xebex rower for 18.1 last week, your score is now invalid. CrossFit announced Wednesday afternoon that the use of a Xebex rower violates the “uncommon movement clause” in the CrossFit Games rulebook.

Several athletes, notably Jacob Heppner, called out the issue on social media stating that the Xebex rowers counted calories significantly easier than its Concept2 counterpart. As the Concept2 rower has been the standard rowing machine since the inclusion of the rower in the Open, CrossFit believes any deviation from this standard gives the athlete an unfair advantage.

Athletes who used a Xebex rower must notify CrossFit at support@crossfitgames.com by Monday, 5pm Pacific Time, the same time as the close of 18.2, in order to continue in the competition. Those who do notify will be assessed a major penalty of a 15% deduction.


  1. Hello Brian @ Barbell Spin,

    We here at Get RXd and Xebex Fitness wholeheartedly appreciate your transparent and unbiased coverage of the situation and events leading up to CrossFit ultimately disallowing the use of the Xebex Rower in the 2018 CrossFit Open.

    As you will read in our public statement:

    we stand proudly alongside our loyal customer base, and will relentlessly continue to pursue our mission to provide the highest quality products at the most affordable prices to any athletes that would like to better their fitness goals.

    We hope that you take the opportunity to review our statement and provide your honest opinions as you have done so well in the past.

    Additionally, we are available via phone or email to cover any questions or topics that you would like to discuss.

    Michael Lian @ Get RXd

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