Archive for October, 2011
Hello everyone! I am sorry for the lack of updates on our little web page here as of late. The Throwdown is now over and we should be getting things back to business as usual here real soon.
I would like to just take a few moments to say thank you to everyone who gave up their weekend in order to volunteer at the THROWDOWN! Countless times throughout the weekend, I was approached by several competitors and spectators alike telling me how amazing this event was. My first response was “Thank you” and then went into how none of this could have been remotely possible without all of the volunteers and the placement of several key people. Shelby Hockman Levy ran this thing! She was responsible for scheduling, set up and breakdown of each event. Her and her volunteer staff made sure that every bar, weight, med ball, clamp and Kettle bell was set and ready t go for the next event. Her and her crew stayed 4 steps ahead throughout each day. Cristy Morrill, Amanda Farmer, Crystal Farmer, Joy Allen and Anjie Massey Webb made sure that the scoring was accurate and the heats were ready to roll for each event. “Scoring for Time” was their WOD for the weekend, and they did a tremendous job doing so… Sam Widman and Rio Sites Landa pulled off the first ever kids competition and in doing so, set the bar ridiculously high for every competition in the future. I would like to also thank my brother from another mother, Christopher Harris for making sure that all athletes were briefed and ready to roll all weekend long! Sunday “Bill” took control of the bullhorn and made sure that everything ran according to plan. The girl you saw running around mixing shakes, supplying you with water and pretty much anything that needed to be done, was Jennifer Durden. JD is responsible for the admin detail at WCCF and does a great job doing so. There is no way I could possibly thank everyone that played a part in this weekend’s success enough. The WCCF family came through in a BIG way! I am so proud to be associated with you and this gym. More importantly, I am thankful that i can call you all family… We have such an amazing place here however, none of it would be possible with out the membership, the family. Thank you all again…
You can find pictures of the event by logging on to my Facebook page, just click the link on the left hand side of this page.
Just to remind everyone that is judging at the THROWDOWN this weekend, we will be having a meeting Thursday night at 7pm to go over standards and run through the Garage Games Judges Certification! Thank you all in advance for your support, this is truly going to be an amazing weekend.
There will be a meet and greet from 7-9pm on Friday for ALL judges, athletes and anyone attending the THROWDOWN this weekend! This will also be used for early registration for the athletes.
The video below is one of the WCCF Affiliate team’s 2nd workout during the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, California. Out of all the CrossFit Affiliates is the world, World Camp finished 18th.
Last weekend, Jessica Denney competed on an all-star team with the fittest woman on Earth, Annie Thorisdottir, at the UFC Fan Expo in Houston. How did this CrossFit newcomer find herself surrounded by the top CrossFit athletes at the UFC Expo?
Denney, who is only 20, has been CrossFitting for two years and distinguished herself in recent CrossFit competitions with her unbelievable strength. She has succeeded in joining the 200-pound club for every lift (except the snatch), including a 360-pound deadlift. She helped take her affiliate team, World Camp CrossFit of Albany, Ga., to the 2011 CrossFit Games where they finished in 18th place.
“I haven’t been really serious about CrossFit until this past year, so competing is still kind of new to me,” the former competitive dancer and cheerleader said. “I was asked to be Annie’s partner on the Wednesday before the competition and was iffy about going. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to compete with some of the big names in CrossFit, but I decided it would be a great opportunity to experience competition at this level.”
The duo finished in 6th, 3rd, and 11th places in the first three events on the first day. “I was disappointed with my performance in the first and third events,” Denney explained. “It was partly due to my nerves, but I also made mistakes that shouldn’t have happened to begin with, like failing to pace myself on the rowing in Event 1.”
Day 2 of the competition proved more successful as the team finished in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the final three events, ending the competition in 4th place overall. “I was hoping that we would end up in 2nd or 3rd place,” she said. “I was not pleased with 4th, and I felt as if I let everyone down, including Annie.”
Throughout the Expo, media described Denney as being “punished by the met con,” “(struggling) a bit with the hand-release push ups,” and having “inconsistencies.” Denney said it was difficult to hear. “I had a hard time reading those things about me. I texted my former coach, Kris Morrill, who reminded me that I was with the world’s best athletes and that the higher you go, the more mediocre you seem. I just have to shake it off. It is time for me to step up my game and prove to others, as well as to myself, that I’m not just the ‘rookie’ in this sport.”
Denney acknowledged that she has a strength bias, which has allowed her to make a name for herself in CrossFit. However, her experience at the Expo reminded her of a theme in CrossFit: “Our specialty is not specializing.” She said she recognizes the need to develop more technical skills – such as bar muscle-ups, which were featured at the Expo – and to work on pacing herself for longer met cons if she hopes to compete at the highest level. “’If better is possible, then good is not enough.’ I will live by this quote forever,” Denney said. “You can always get better in CrossFit, and there is always room and time for growing.”
Denney recently relocated to Atlanta and is working out at at CrossFit Atlanta. There, she is preparing for the 2012 Open. She said she hopes to return to the Home Depot Center in July, competing as an individual this time around. She does four days on, one day off, and devotes Saturdays to lifting and longer met cons. Rudy Nielsen, owner of Outlaw CrossFit and coach of Games competitor Becky Conzelman, is doing her programming.
“Competing with such amazing athletes this past weekend was the greatest experience of my life,” Denney said. “It made me realize what I want with this sport and now has me wondering just how far I can go.”
Make sure that you mark your calendars and make plans to be here next weekend, October 22nd-23rd, for The South Georgia THROWDOWN! You will get to see first hand some of the Region’s best athletes battle it out for a spot on the podium! The event will be held here at the WCCF facility, both indoor and out! See you then! For more information on this event go to www.garagegames.com.
World Camp’s very own Chris “Bill” Harris pulls of “KING KONG” in 1:51! Checkout the video below!
I feel almost like that parent at Christmas who just can not keep a secret from his child… We will be releasing a video this Friday to show the first WOD of the South Georgia THROWDOWN for both Individual and Team categories! As it stands Rx and Masters Men and Women will compete in 6 events over the two days, Scaled, Teams and Kids will have five. We are super excited to have everyone coming to Albany next weekend and are sure that you will have a great time! Remember to hit up the South Georgia THROWDOWN Facebook page for answers to all your questions!
Registration is beginning to fill up nicely for the Throwdown and there is no sign of letting up! If you have any questions about the event, please log onto the South Georgia Throwdown Facebook page. Your questions will be answered there!
The video below can answer a alot of the questions that we have been getting regarding weights and movements. Now, keep in mind that these movements will be incorporated in the Throwdown this year but in no way indicates how they will be used in the actual workouts. Also, the movements that you will see will not be limited to the movements listed on the video. This is just a reference for you to use when choosing the category in which you sign up for.
In regards to teams, teams will be comprised of 2 male and 2 female competitors. Teams will be asked to perform various movements and tasks but will not be limited to the movements on the video.
Remember that Monday is the start of the 7pm group! So, if the boss doesn’t let you out at quitting time, you can still get your WOD on!!!
If you interested in helping out with the Trowdown this year, please sign up on the board in the gym and you will be directed to the next step according to what it is you would like to help with. Thank you all for the support in this, lets show these athletes a great time on October 22-23rd!!!