GOOD MORNING ATHLETES, members, sponsors, Vendors and Spectators.
This recap is going to be a little long. There is a lot to say about the weekend from what we learned, to what we saw to what we feel went good and what we feel went bad.
First, I have to give credit where credit is due.
I FIRST AND FOREMOST want to thank ALL of my volunteers and judges… without you, this event COULD NOT HAPPEN!!! We ALSO COULD NOT charge as little as we do and NOT charge spectator fees if it wasn’t for you. We look forward to you coming out to help again next year. The judging HAS to be the most stressful and challenging part of any competition. I personally prefer to compete more than I prefer to judge! These guys were on their feet all day long, some barely got a chance to eat because our time schedule was so tight. They were the ones whom allowed us to keep the ship running so tight this time around. Helping us keep the time schedule and stay organized. I am SO proud of them!!! For all of their hard work and time, dedication and for their addition to our community as judges, thank you. For all of the volunteers, who spent time working this weekend, the people who came out and really helped get this thing running smooth through the best way possible. PS- Judges, please see victor for your swag bag if you didn’t get one already
Just a note on the judges and judging: We did an ALL CALL to the entire affiliate community about 3 months ago, and continued to do all calls and we ended up with a great judging staff, many of whom were new to judging. (we didn’t end up with as many as we wanted, please note that when we do an all call, we are asking for those of you coming down to maybe bring a judge for us next year) These judges were instructed on “Standards” to uphold, not on movement patterns. Which means some people in the crowd were upset that movements weren’t being done “Correctly” as a judge they were looking for a starting point and an ending point and were told repeatedly if it is questionable to give a warning and then a no rep. In a LOT of cases, I saw the judges giving a little benefit of the doubt, which we (Brian, Nick and I hammered them in EVERY meeting about.. don’t be nice.. be strict with the guidelines given, if it’s not full hip extension then it’s not full hip extension, no forward torso, etc. Their job was to look for hip extension, shoulder extension, did the weight hit the ground, did their hip crease pass below the knee. Basic standards that as athletes we know are very common at competition. Remember some of these judges are bankers, accountants, stay at home moms, firefighters, members of the gym, students in school, people who DO NOT do this for a living. The judges withstood not just one video, but 3 a week before the competition. They then had a meeting FRIDAY night, Saturday AM and every workout we would review the standards with them to ensure they were on point. They were given the SAME information the athletes were given in the athlete meeting.. the SAME standards. They were barked at by the head judges (and by me) as much as some of the athletes were. The judging is ALWAYS the hardest part of ANY competition. Are there mistakes made, sure there are, we are human, but for the most part, we know we had a few issues here and there, but overall for putting on a competition with 200 plus athletes and having over 35 people helping judge, most of whom are a little afraid to give out no reps, we feel it went well. And for those of you whom handled your errors professionally and walked up to me personally to talk to me about the issue, came and found ME in the office and asked politely, found that the response from me was usually very fair and objective in terms of our response to the situation Even when I was in the midst of trying to accomplish a million things. For those that didn’t, they got a very different response. Remember the attitude that you approach with is how you will be responded to. From athlete to coach. We know this stuff happens and we are prepared for these things to happen. What did WE learn from this? We WANT the same staff to come out next year. So if you judges our competition this year, please put the dates down as soon as we announce them next week for NEXT year as our committee begins to meet next week for our October (So Cal) and February (Fresno) events. We also learned to have more contingency plans in place so if something occurs again. And Brian and I will discuss that as we know these things are going to come up again. NO Competition is perfect in the area of judging. Even the games. Sorry guys.. hate to say it
Behind the Scenes thank you’s!
Alright.. so on to the right hand man and the people who made this thing happen at another level- My two go-to guys that worked their ASSES off this weekend- Brian Hyland and Victor Lugo (and thank you to Megan Lugo for allowing me to have Victor all weekend and to Christina Daniel for understanding that Brian IS my right hand man) HUGE HUGE HUGE reason this event went as smooth as it did!! Without them, i would have been in tears all day Saturday and Sunday. ( I was close on Sunday anyway lol) These guys worked tirelessly all weekend long, from Friday at around 9 AM until Sunday at 11:00 PM with only a few short hours to go home and sleep. These guys took the information in my brain, helped me compile it into lists, things to accomplish and strategies to make it happen. The vision I had for the weekend was perfectly executed with this team. THEY are who really allowed this event to be run on time, get all of my thoughts together and calmed me the fuck down when I was starting to stress over stuff. I think I was more relaxed because Brian was more stressed than I was. Coordinating the head judging and being in charge of weight changes, etc. Again, a perfectly executed plan. And if any of you have known me for very long, you know that I can be… a last minute “let’s do this instead” guy… meaning the vision changes and poor Brian and Victor had to deal with that for the last three months, but this last week, they endured and I can’t thank them enough for their hard work.
Head judge Nick Cowart- Thank you for upholding great standards and spending both days out there even when your girlfriend was competing and you wanted to be there for her.
Score entry- Miss Heather Bender, Michelle Fox, Christina Daniel, Jacquelyn Chastain- We learned a LOT about WodRocket this year. this is the first year we used them, and I love the simplicity. It made scoring Fantastic… however we have a few kinks to work out, because it did NOT calculate the way it was supposed to at the end… we are discussing that with them in the next few weeks… so we will have that taken care of before our next competition in October in So Cal (at FTF Pasadena… LIMITED Spots at that one by the way and probably a one day comp to start… we’ll let you know)
Primary Vendor and Sponsor Set-up: Miss Jennifer Williams is AMAZING!!! She is married to one of my athletes, Dre Williams (Part owners with me at MOC CrossFit). I was struggling trying to hold it all together, run a few gyms, be a firefighter, and keep a consistent line of communication open with my vendors and sponsors.. When i asked Jennifer, she was so willing and did an INCREDIBLE job of fielding most of the stuff that we needed to get done. The questions and things that were asked of her, when she needed info, she simply shot me an email, gave me a phone call, or a text. But when the question came again from another sponsor, It was perfect! It was all set! Once the vendors arrived, they were chill and had an easy time setting up!
Equipment Thank you’s
Momentum Gear- Fat Bars and Log (P.S. I still have a few women’s fat bars for sale I think… maybe one or two… $100, let me know)
Lockout Strength- ALL of the brand new equipment that was out there (Hit them up for great deals!!! )
Harbinger and HumanX- Wieghted vests for the FINAL WOD and providing prizes for our winners
Milo-Fitness for those AMAZING Flippers!!!!!
CrossFit Bako- Rowers and clock
CrossFit Combat Fitness- Rowers and Clock
FTF- ALOT OF SHIT lol (thank you to my members for putting up with the mess on Friday and Monday for the removal of the rig and all of the equipment so we could make this happen)
Wod Repair Lotion- Providing Hand care and athlete First Aid and prizes
SMR (the Alexander Method of SMR)- Providing Athlete self care and teaching the athletes how to take care of themselves both before and after! and prizes
Brooke Bargamian, DC- Ahtlete care and rock tape
Jo-Ella Garcia- Providing Rock Tape
Vendors and Sponsors:
Thank you to the following for all of their help and participation: (If I forgot anyone in this, I am so sorry… )
ATP Mechanix- Primary Sponsor and prizes
LockOut Strength- Equipment
Momentum Gear- Equipment
Harbinger Fitness (Human X) – Primary Sponsor and Equipment and prixes
The Sox Box- Socks for winners and Vendors
LifeAid – providing fit aid and Party aid for the athletes
Hip Fit- Clothing
Box Freak- ALL kinds of stuff!!!!
Hylete- Providing a winners discount code and a discount for all athletes and judges
Sierra Running Company and Inov8- For providing Footwear
Caffiene and Kilos- Clothing and Apparel
Little Cock Designs- Providing Apparel
Isagenix- Providing Supplements
Fuse- Providing a NEw product test in the market!
Philosophy of the Challenge- Individuals Day 1
We wanted this competition to be FUN and exciting for EVERYONE. We wanted to provide Lower Risk and simple workouts that were designed to challenge you in a way that you may not have been challenged in a while. We wanted to take what has become a “High Level” sport and bring it back to test truly what it was originally designed to test. Your total workout time if you hit all the time caps was 20 minutes total!! We looked at Risk versus benefit on EVERY workout and When i propose them to Brian, we talked about them for weeks at a time, tested many variations and decided these were the best to create the environment and TEST true fitness, at a level which is applicable to ALL levels. Know for next year that when I put scaled, it’s truly scaled. We are under the impression that competitions have gone so far to the crazy that we are losing the test of what fitness truly is.. the ability to handle many metabolic demands in capacities that challenge a range of fitness. So many have gotten so heavy that people need to rely on using specialized equipment, weight belts, gloves, special shoes in every arena, that it is becoming a specialty sport again. We hope you ENJOYED having that as the back bone of this competition
Workout 1- Power snatches and Burpee box jumps- HOLY FUCK!!!! What the hell!!! Really Coach? Looks simple on paper. How were the lungs? Two of the most metabolically demanding exercises in a climbing ladder (not only a physical game but a mental game as well) and really not even that heavy compared to most competitions these days since RX weight has become 135 for most of everything. We wanted to test your lungs and your hip extension. We wanted to see how long you could open and close those hips. And truly, we were looking at 6-8 minute time domain. Just outside of the lactate system… right before your body goes into that “Comfortable” aerobic state and allows you to relax a little. this one was designed to be shoulder intensive to prep you for WOD 2.
Floater- The Flipper- 2 minute max effort- We KNOW that we have about 1 minute to 1:15 of SUPER high intensity in us. we wanted to find out what you would do when the ATP/CR system ran out of energy and how you would handle a “400 meter sprint” or a “500 m row” in terms of Short term energy system Capacity. Anaerobic Power Output Yeah, we KNEW 2 minutes was going to be fun for you. When I proposed this to the people I was discussing this with, they laughed.. and cried at the same time.
Workout 2- 1000 m row, Deadlifts, Pistols and Double Unders- A skills based burner to see how your “Aerobic” Energy system would hold up. I wanted to tire your “pulling” capacity out with the rower to help make the “light” deadlifts become a struggle for the nervous system. Go into pistols in which (or air squats) in which you have now fried the hammies, but are not doing heavy weight even though the hammies and glutes are involved in both pistols and air squats. We also wanted to put a basic skill (two) in there that has seemed to disappear in many competitions. We found them hard to judge because the athletes were struggling. Not saying you won’t ever see them again, but they are definitely a harder movement to judge. Add the double unders to keep the heart rate up. And you have yourself a little burner. Round 2 was probably ok, where things got tough was probably round 4 on. The fact that we did not ALLOW the dropping of the deadlift changes everything and FORCES you to work on eccentric load as well as Concentric load. (meaning we make you work both sides of the movement) There are always ways to “cheat” the system, but we wanted to eliminate that as much as possible! We know it sucks.. trust me!!! I hate it when I tell my athletes to train that way because it means I have to do it myself.. but if you train to prepare for that, then it will be easier when it comes up in the “Rules”
I am off and running to the next Facility to go coach and work out… so with that, I will say that in a while, I will add to this with Day 1, team WOD and Day 2 philosophy as well as some of the things WE observed we would like to improve for next year we saw some things and hope to correct where WE fell short!!