A few weeks ago CrossFit I35 held its first summer competition, the Summer Swole-Stice. My review of this event is a bit biased because I have been a member at CrossFit I35 since 2012 as well as a trainer there, so there’s your disclaimer! There was a fantastic turnout for the competition, which featured scaled and rx division for men, women and teams. The teams consisted of two members, one man and one woman.
The competition was exciting and moved fast. CrossFit athletes got exposure to some equipment and movements they were probably unfamiliar with, like Fat Bar ground to overhead work and a five-minute kettlebell snatch test. You can see all the standings at the Garage Games leaderboard here.
There are a lot of cool things about CrossFit competitions. The varied movements and the speed of the action are at the top of the list. It’s also great to see so many competing athletes and businesses come together and hang out like old friends. On the topic of friends, it’s great to watch how many people make new connections during and after a competition weekend. Facebook lights up with photos, movies and friend requests and it’s all surrounding a positive, healthy environment. Can you ask for anything better?
On the downside, and this is true of all CrossFit competitions, the action can get a little repetitive after you’ve seen a couple heats go through the event, but that gives you time to check out the vendors, eat, socialize, etc.
Of all the aspects of CrossFit competitions, the most controversial comes down to the judging of the athletes during the events. The Swole-Stice relied on a “league” of inter-box judges that came together from all over the city under the guidance of Head Judge Diana Alt. They, as well as all of the other volunteers who made this competition happen, did a super job and the athletes seemed pleased with the rigors of the high standards upheld by the judges and the great hospitality of the host box.
If you missed out on the Summer Swole-Stice, or you’re already greedy for another competition, no worries. Winter will be here before we know it and that means time for CrossFit I35’s annual Winter Ice Games!