Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. On Saturday, Scott and I attended a fitness compeition in Austin. A fitness competition can be a great way to ramp up your motivation when it comes to working out. Scott teaches classes and trains athletes at Champion Performance in Austin. I tagged along to help out for the day.
I was also sort of curious as to what to expect from the experience. Cross fit gyms host events all the time, but I vacillate between thinking they look kind of fun and feeling a little intimidated.
I wanted to share the events of our day so you could get a feel for what a fitness competition can look like. If your gym is hosting one, do not feel like it is out of your reach! Always ask, but most of the time exercises can be modified if you are newer to exercise or have suffered from an injury.
The workout needed to be challenging, offer an option for men and women, and fit within a confined space. Also, without more knowledge of their participants individual fitness levels, it needed to be challenging but not impossible.
One Mile Run
Before getting to our track station the participants had to run a mile outside. Not an easy warm up! I was busy setting up the track so I was too distracted to snag a picture.
For a fun twist, there were different skill games set up as a bridge between workouts. I thought it was a nice way to bring everyone together as a group and give them a little breather since there was quite a solid line up.
The events set up as a carnival. You had to complete all of the exercises, but it was not in any particular order. No lines! It kept everything flowing smoothly.
Flip Crawl Drag
We designed three different exercises that everyone needed to be complete and was measured by time. The best time of the group was 3:53. A lot of physical work for a short amount of time.
First up was a tire flip with a jump. The tire looks huge in the picture, but it was more awkward then heavy. It was followed by a bear crawl with a weighted plate and then a sled drag. Everyone was feeling it by the time they finished up that is for sure!
It was awesome that everyone cheered each other on. I always love to see that encouragement. I am someone who responds really well to positive feedback. It makes me want to work harder. Coaches who yell or are negative are just not my style.
Next up the crowd headed on outside! This round was also intense and the participants were competing to get the best time. Even though it was technically for fun there are some people who love a challenge. You can almost see their competitive spirit become more and more apparent. The heavier weights were for men, and the lighters ones were for women.
- Farmer Carry (25lb or 50lb Dumbbells)
- Farmer Carry
- 10 Burpees
- Farmer Carry (30 lb or 50lb Sandbag)
- 10 Push Ups
- Farmer Carry
- 10 Push Ups
- Farmer Carry (50 lb Sandbag or 75 lb Heavy Bag)
Best time was 5:03 which was pretty darn impressive.
All in al it was a lot of fun. It was the first time Champion Performance hosted this type of event so they were fine tuning all the little details. There will be another day planned for the near future where there will be prizes for the winners.
Question of the Day: Have you ever participated in a fitness competition?
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