Last weekend took me to Northampton as part of the judging team for the Pound for Pound CrossFit competition.
We had a couple of athletes competing from our box and with a support crew the atmosphere of such a competition is always amazing. There is little more inspiring than to see athletes compete and showcase their progress from all the training they’ve been doing, often resulting in PB’s and corresponding ecstatic cheering.
The competition took place at Unit 22, a big 4000sqm CrossFit, Weightlifting and Strength & conditioning gym. The space gave the opportunity to have a really comfortable setup, where one half is the competition floor, a quarter the warm up area and the final quarter free for athletes and supports to chill in between workouts.
The very unique concept about this competition is that all your scores are relative to your own body weight. This means either your max lift gets divided by your body weight to get a score, or where the weight in a met-con corresponds to a specific percentage. It is of no surprise that the majority of the athletes where on the lighter range of the scale.
This concept also makes it very interesting to build up the weights to very specific numbers – it’s always fun to put numbers like 69.5 kgs on the bar – and showed the importance as a judge to always check and double check.
I really liked the unusual two day concept. It giving a better opportunity to test the athletes but also results in an early finish, make travelling a lot easier. It was well organised and a very fun competition for all involved. Definitely worth checking out in 2017, especially as a lighter athlete!
Here are the workouts for the weekend:
WOD 1 – 10 min time cap
Max in Complex
1 X Clean, 1 X Hang Clean, 2 X STOH
WOD 2 – 7 min time cap
150 Thrusters for time
M@40% BW / F@35% BW
WOD 3 – 10 min time cap
M – C2B pull-up / F – pull-up
Burpee over the bar