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FTF Affiliate Challenge 2014 - An Epic competition.

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Another successful FTF Affiliate Challenge is in the bag and this year didn’t disappoint. The WOD’s this year were a unique change compared to previous years. Not a pull-up in sight the first day, and no shuttle runs, but plenty of deadlifts, shoulders to overheads, plus a couple crazy twists.

The workouts were a break from the norm and forced athletes to use their heads. On workout two, there was a 1K Meter row buy in before the real WOD began. After your row, you began an AMRAP of 5 deadlifts, three pistols each leg, then twenty double-unders. The time for the workout was set at 10 min, so it was short, but you had to have a game plan.

Athletes had to use their heads here, because if they went to strong on the row, they’d be gassed for the AMRAP. If they went to slow, there was no way they’d get in enough rounds to get a great score.

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Rowers just prior to the comp beginning

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Day 1 of the team competition using the Axle!

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William Hansen - Warriors Reborn "Big Sarge"


Big twists

I think the two WOD’s that I liked most were the ones that I had no experience doing. Surprises are good and make things a bit fun. The Flipper and the Axle Complex were a definite break from the norm.

I remember watching the teams last year thinking, wow the Flipper would suck in a WOD! Imagine that, the sadistic minds at FTF brought it to life again this year with a fast 2 minute floater WOD that pitted athlete against machine.

 

The Axle Complex was unique, because from what I gathered, most athletes had never touched one before. The axle is a far cry from a traditional bar, in that its thickness makes it nearly impossible to grip in a normal manner. Basically you have to get creative. The warm-up area, which is normally filled with people stretching and getting ready, was instead filled with people trying out the bar for the first time minutes before they would have to compete with it.

In the end, it was a fun competition. It is one of the few competitions around that a scaled athlete can compete along with many top games competitors.

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Jojo Reyes - A fierce Master's Competitor


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Deadlifting

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Rowing the 1K before the AMRAP - Day 1

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Women Killing this WOD.

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The Format

I liked the format more than last year, which had four workouts in one day (Three workouts and a longer floater). That killed me. This year, it was cut down to three workouts the first day (Two WOD’s and a short floater – Total workout time Day One - 20 minutes) with everyone moving to a fourth workout on Sunday (Axle Complex).

Following that, the top ten athletes in each division battled out in another workout narrowing the field down to five for the final.

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Josh Golden CrossFit Nipomo - Event RX Winner

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Mark Hall and Sean Marsh - Getting ready for battle. 

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Sean Marsh - Masters Competitor - One of the toughest competitors around no matter the division. 

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Dre Williams, owner of MOC Crossfit of Portland, OR.

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Casey Hutnick - Womens RX Winner

Here is a link to the official scores.

*If you have names to go with the photos, send them to me and I'll place them in the article!

If you want to have a blast and get to rub elbows with some big names check out next years Affiliate Challenge.


Hope to see you on the beach.

Lance

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