Berlin Throwdown 2017

What a weekend, the second year in a row our box organized the Berlin Throwdown: http://www.berlin-throwdown.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BerlinThrowdown/

https://www.facebook.com/BerlinThrowdown/videos/501695320169175/?hc_ref=ARSNu72eGfVWVjbkZgScLFJUThwdDjU1NgbWBRzy5mRCT71zeKD689zHr5OaONpsLLM 😉

And they did great. I have been on a couple of Throwdons and competitions and can compare them. It was well organized, we good some goodies and an event s-shirt (still hoping for tank tops for the girls one day). The location was the same like last year, more space was used this year. Schedule, heats and structure really good prepared and all the people had a lot of fun…
We started as a team again: “Chilli Vanilly 2.0”. It was my third competions in four weeks, so I was really tired and felt the stress on my body. The ggod thing was, that we only had to compete on Saturday because Sunday was just for individuals. The workouts were hard, 6 events, including one stupid (because I am bad at it 😉 ) squat snatch ladder.

It was more demanding than last year and the teams athlete field was much stronger (I think even stronger than the individuals).

Masters/Elite Event
For Time: 40m Sprint, 60m Sprint, 80m Sprint (Shuttelruns) – straight into- 400m run, 800m run, 1200m run

Event 2
For Time:
Partner A
21-15-9
Burpee
Hang Power Clean 60/40
Partner B
21-15-9
Box Over
Shoulder to Overhead
60/40
Partner A+B
45 Burpee Box Over
45 HPC + Jerk 60/40

Elite Event 3 – Snatch Ladder

Elite Event 4:
AMRAP 16
1 Round:
5 Syncro C2B
10 Syncro T2B
15 Wall Balls
then:
10 partner Deadlifts 170/120
10/5 Muscle Ups
2 Round:
5 Syncro C2B
10 Syncro T2B
15 Wall Balls
then:
20 partner Deadlifts 170/120
20/10 Muscle Ups

Event 5
For Time:
60 hspu
60 pistols
slamball lunges 50/30
2rounds stadium slamball carry
handstand walk

Event 6 timecap 3 min
partner A 30 thrusters 50(?)/35kg
sprint
Partner B 30 thrusters 50(?)/35kg
sprint

We finished up 13th, which was not our goal. But we had some bad moments and bad luck with judges, getting no rep-ed and being super strict (too strict) with some of the movements which is annoying when u compare with other teams and their judges…

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Next Qualifier Beach Throwdown

Woohoo, it kinda never ends with these qualifiers… We registered for the Beach Throwdown in the Netherlands and the results must be online until Wednesday night. So we did two of three today. I had a wod appointment with one of my fav wod buddies, so I decided to do number 3 another day (I did not know that the deadline is already Wednesday…), so I have to do it somehow on my busy and long working day 😦

https://www.leaderwod.com/en/website/event/22/Beach-Throwdown-2017

QUALIFIER WORKOUT A
With a clock counting up complete as many rounds as possible in 8 minutes of:
16 Box Jump Overs (24”/20”)
8 Deadlifts (regular 100kg / 65kg)
Add 10kg to the deadlift weight when both athletes have completed a full round
Tiebreak there is tiebreak after the last fully completed round of boxjumps.
– We will do that tomorrow

QUALIFIER WORKOUT B
A combined total of 10 attempts (5 attempts per athlete) in a ground to shoulder, shoulder to overhead.
Each athlete has to make exactly 5 attempts at a lift.
The total weight of the lifts is your end score.
You are free to choose in wich order you and your buddy make the lifts.
If an athlete fails an attempt at a lift, the lift counts as 0kg. Every missed lift will count as one of the athletes attempts.
Both Athletes use the same single bar throughout the workout
Athletes are not allowed to deload the bar once the 8 minutes start: the weight must either stay the same or go up at each attempt.
Athletes are allowed to start with a loaded bar and may assist each other in loading the bar.

QUALIFIER WORKOUT C
FOR TIME 27-21-15-9*
Calorie Row
Wallballs 20/14lbs 10/9ft
Pull up
*Both athletes have to complete a full round of every movement before switching to the next.
Each buddy pair will use one rower and wallball.

It was kinda stupid to do Murph on Monday. I was sore, my pull ups felt not that easy and the wall balls sucked because of my legs from squatting and running. We will see how it turns out…
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Heavy Metcon with a partner

200 cal row
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (you go, I go) bench RX bodyweight (I did 50-52.5)
200 cal assault bike
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (deadlift 1.5 bodyweight, I did strict weighted pu with a cute 2.5kg plate 😉 – because of tmw’s deadlifts)
300 double unders
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 power clean (we made that up, instead of sled push because it just rained, I started easy with 45 and went up to a medium weight 55)

Haha, it took forever but it was fun. 😀 I have to get back to my welded athlete trainings plan to really work on fitness soon. I really like the structure of the wods and I am feeling a litte bad not taking time to do the workouts. 😦

Berlin Throwdown

So, the next qualifier is already on and I am not sure if I am ready…

http://www.berlin-throwdown.com/

Our box started this competition last year and this year they give another shot. I am in the same team as last year. My strong and daily getting better friend – and me…ohoh. They announced the first wod on Monday and even the cycle in our box id totally different right now, they decided to it as today’s wod. So I skipped the class because I wanna do it on Friday or Sunday.
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I did the welded athlete today and a emom to work on the movements for the first qualifier wod but before I enjoyed an awesome omlette:
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WARM UP
-30 Cal Row
-30 Air Squats
-20 Push Ups
-10 Strict Pull Ups

SKILL
5 Rounds
20/15 Cal Bike or 30/24 Cal Row
4-8 Muscle Ups (Choose number)

STRENGTH
Squat Snatch
5×2 (Drop and reset) Rising
Start @70% (went up to 45kg, not very good)

STRENGTH
Snatch Pull
7×1 @115% (58kg)

METCON 3 RFT
-15 TTB
-12 Front Squats @135/95
-9 Deficit Strict HSPU (3/1 inches)
10:47.00 Rx

Bar Facing Burpees 10×7
(Rest as needed-Focus on efficiency of the movement and your breathing.)

ACCESSORY
Reverse Hyper
4×25

EMOM 10
a) 15 wall balls (unbroken)
b) 10 pull ups (unbroken)

practice handstand walk

Mobility
1. Forearms
2. Front Rack
3. Ankle Dorsiflexion

Tuesday5/4/16

Only couple of day until The Berlin Throwdown this weekend…

Berlin Throwdown – Your Fitness Event in Berlin

The team competition will be on Saturday, the individuals will compete on Sunday. I am in a team. It is more kinda a partner thing because we are only two persons… 😉 The wods are not announced yet, so we just play a little bit around, practice skills and we’ll see what happens.

Today I started with a fun part – strict muscle ups: 5×4 – whohooo – felt good. I have to try 7 unbroken in the next days 😉 Afterwards I worked on bar muscle ups, they still suck and did some handstand work practice. The it was time do sth for me:

back squat
8×66
8×72
6×77
2×6 83kg – was heavy but okay…

snatch grip press behind the neck 5×10 15kg, 1min rest
I started it as a new cycle…

snatch high pull 5×4 48kg

Partner Wod

1)buy in 800m run :/
100 partner wall balls men height
80 box jump overs
60 pistols
40 t2b
20 handstand push up
buy out 800 m run

The run is the most difficult part for me because I am not the fastest… The partner wall balls were okay, we got a couple of no reps because of me, I first had to get used to the men’s height in combination with the partner work.

2)you go – I go
10-9-…1
thruster+pull ups 30kg

I did all sets unbroken which seemed to be fine after all the work I have done before

Class – I only did the deadlift part:
Deadlift
3×3 107kg, 2min rest

Let’s see if I can hit 110kg next week…

French Throwdown Saturday

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The event took place outside of the centre in a big sport complex. The area was really nice. The organization great, good equipment and everything well planned, except the wods for the teams, they were all disappointing, no real team wods for event 1 to 5. Actually there was one event where the males and the females did 60 toes to bars together but that’s it.. All the other wods were like one is working at the time, the others are waiting. So it felt more like an individual competition than anything else. We could not support each other, share reps, split up movements etc…
Also the wods weren’t my favorites, no deadlifts, no handstand push ups, no double unders, no bodyweight stuff, no wall balls… – all wods were kinda sprints for every athlete, short and more or less intense. Mmh…

Saturday we did 3 events and Sunday we did two, the cut was afterwards. From 40 teams only 10 teams could go on, also weird. They often have two cuts or take at least a couple more people into the finals. We finished up 15th, which is not too bad overall. I was not happy with my performance. I screwed up one wod which all of my team members were thinking will be a good one for me and then I was stuck with the 50kg OHS and got so many reps and attempts to finish the last four. This was though… :/

The competition level was high, there were a couple of regional athletes, competing in a team or as individuals. If you see them performing and then look at you, it is kinda depressing…

Saturday WODs

each member has to
run 400 m
20 pull ups
10 chest to bar pull ups
5 bar muscle ups
run 400 m
“Yeah” – running and bar muscle ups… It was outdoor on a track and field area. As expected my bar muscle ups sucked but I made it through. Still no butterfly chest to bar pull ups, only kipping :/ We finished up 14th.

The next was my hat wod because I had so many trouble with the OHS:
each member has to
21 cal assault bike
15 box jump over
9 ohs 50/80kg

So as I said I totally messed up the OHS, my kinda strengths. I changed my assault bike strategy, used my arms more than my legs because I wanted to safe my legs for the box jumps, mistake! During the las 4 reps of the OHS I lost my balance and my upper body strengths. O could not hold the bar overhead, I dropped it a couple of times, got no reps, had to do one by one – IT WAS FRUSTRATING!!!!!! 😦 I totally lost my confidence afterwards and felt so bad, it was horrible. We finished up 30th… 😦

Last wod was male/male and then female/female
9 min timecap
60 toes to bar
– find your three rep max touch and go clean

After the disappointing wod before I was really insecure, so I started light with the clean, 55 kg – I think this was a joke for other athletes… It really felt good and easy, typical me – more like muscle high power cleans than anything else… I went up to 60kg and finally to 65kg. Perhaps I could have done more today but I wanted to be on the safe side…

So Saturday was done. At the end of the day we were 22nd overall…, but very close to 17th…, just some points in between.

At night we went to the supermarket, the guys bought pizza. We ate and fell asleep…

Thursday – Assault Bike Test

Today I had the opportunity to go to the 7 am class which was perfect. I woke up early, felt fit and awake and decided to go. It was a nice and warm summer day. Right now the sunrise is early in Berlin, so it really did not feel like early morning anyways.

The wod was perfect for a good start into the day:

Warm-up 3x
30 jumping jacks
10 swings
10 push ups

Power Clean + Jerk 2x
5 clean deadlift
5 clean high pull
5 muscle clean
5 power clean
5 split jerk

Weightlifting Clean and Jerk (1×3)
emom 10
3 power clean & split jerk
*increase weight as needed
I finished up with 60kg

Metcon
emom 20
I. 100m run
II. 10 wall balls – I used 20lbs
III. 10 power cleans – I used 35kg and went for unbroken
IV. 10 burpees
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In the late afternoon me and the other girl who is gonna be in our team for the French Throwdown went to CrossFit Aorta to try the Assault Bike in combination with box jumps over and 50kg overhead squats.

Well, what can I say – I totally underestimated the impact of the bike – I did 21 cal, moved forward to try the box jumps overs, heard my friend saying sth like “Be careful with your first jump!” – was wondering about her advice, jumped and almost felt down the hard way… I did not have my legs under control. I did not jump high enough and almost felt. This was one of my weirdest CrossFit moments – hahahaha – I had no control of my lower body. Good we have practiced the combination of assault bike and box jump overs…

Back at home I packed my stuff for Paris, our plane will start at 3:35 pm tomorrow.

Budapest Throwdown Day II

We felt quite good this morning, not big muscle sore or sth. After our balcony breakfast we took the tram to the venue. The weather was really nice again. The wods started a bit later today because there was another heat before us, crosstraining, lighter weights, different movements.

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WOD 5 split up as u like
100 shoulder to overhead 35/50kg
100 slamball over the shoulder 30/50kg
1000 m row
Oh yessssss, this was our wod. We finished second overall… It was a fun one, we were really fast doing the s2o, I did at least 15 per set and we finished up fast. The slam balls we did fast singles and when we were done and went to the rower nobody was close to us. We won our heat, only the master team that came one heat after us got a better score…

WOD 6
Deadlift hold, T2B
75 Toes To Bars (1 member work at time)
3 Partner deadlift reps and then hold the bar
(2 member complete the reps and hold the bar) 140kg

Here we messed up a bit, three judges stood around us and confused us, so we lost time, holding the bar and hanging on the bar. Also my t2b are not that good and they got even worse because of my left ripped hand, the grips and the really bad surface of the rack. We also got a bit confused with the reps… :/I think there were only two teams behind us.

Then immediately WOD 7
Snatch alternating, partner burpee over the bar
40 Burpee bar facing with partner
36 snatch (order: 3/3/3, M/F/M) (12 per member)
30 Burpee bar facing with partner
24 snatch (order 2/2/2, M/F/M) (8 per member)
20 Burpee bar facing with partner
12 snatch (order 1/1/1, M/F/M) (4 per member)
TC: 12min
Weights of the ladder(at the 36/24/12 reps)
50/35kg, 60/40kg, 70/45kg

This was a bit confusing, only one small platform for the snatches, the synchronized burpees and the plates. We had to change the weights on our barbells in between the sets while doing the burpees, had to take down weights from one barbell to put it on the other one. In the firs round the guys started their snatches with 20kg on the right and 15 kg on the left. :O The timecap was too short. We had a couple of no reps during the burpees, so I started holding the guys during the jump over, so that we are not losing more reps and jump above at the same time. We finished 18 burpees of last round before the time ws over, only two were missing before going to the last sets of the snatches. If we had not have the no reps we probably would have finished the burpees, perhaps one or two snatches.

The cut for the last wod was for 1-5 in the ranking. We finished 7th BUT sooooooo close to 5 and 4 😦 There was no 6th place, only 2 times 5th with only 2 more points and one 4th place with only three more points… Mmh, the two missing burpees or if we only could have finished wod 1 we easily could have reached the finals. The last wod included ring muscle up – damn it, at least I can do them… But on the other hand it was okay to be done. My hands hurt anyways and we were excited to have some time to enjoy the city…

So we decided to go to a thermal bath and have some burgers afterwards. Afterwards we sat on the balcony, enjoyed red wine and went to bed kinda early because our flight was the next day at 6 am!!!!!! So we had to get up around 3:45 am. 😦 I had to work…

Overall it was a nice and fun weekend, the city was fun, the wods a bit confusing but still cool. We met a couple of nice people from Austria, Slovakia. Hopefully we will come back next year… 🙂

Friday – Budapest

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View from our terrace 

It was a chaos, we almost did not make it to the competition. One of our team members became a dad last night, the baby came a few weeks earlier. So we already thought it is over, the other male athlete and I decided to fly to Budapest anyways because everything was booked. But I was really sad about not competing there, I saw it as fun weekend with some workouts.

But in the last moments he decide to come with us, the baby and the mom were fine and totally healthy and his family was absolutely happy sending him to Budapest…. What a crazy start….!!!!!!

Thursday 2/6/16

Today was my last training day before the Budapest Throwdown, our master team will fly out tomorrow. The competition will start on Saturday morning. Anyways it is more a fun weekend with some wods than a serious competition. We did not even think we will qualify, we never worked out before as a team and the guys are not so competitive (till now).

After announcing the first wods for Saturday, we already found out that wod 1 and 2 will be a problem:

There will be some handstand push ups, bar muscle ups and overhead squat for male with 50kg (actually they changed it to 60kg) involved. One member can not do these movements. He really practiced and tried hard but the time until the weekend is too short.

I went to a later class because of my work schedule and only did the class, no extra work:

Warm-up 3x
30 jumping jacks
10 swings
10 push ups

Clean + Jerk 2x
3 clean deadlift
3 clean high pull
3 muscle clean
3 power clean
3 clean
3 split jerk

1 hang clean + 2 clean + 3 split jerk (1×1)
c&j
e1:30mom 12
1 hang clean + 2 clean + 3 split jerk
*increase weight as needed
35/40/45/50/55/2×57.5/60

Metcon (Time)
30 sit ups
30 ohs 20/15
30 sit ups
30 fsquat 20/15
30 sit ups
30 bsquat 20/15
30 sit ups
RX, took 20kg bar

6:17 min

After WOD gainzzzzzzzzz…….

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