Last weekend I competed with 5 other members from my Crossfit gym, Crossfit Bournemouth at The Super Team Cup in London.
There were 100 teams competing and they could literally be ‘super teams’ where members didn’t have to come from the same box.
The first work out was a 3km ski erg between 4 of us and it was horrible and our worst finish! We then had another 5 workouts and after each workout we climbed higher up the leaderboard. The competition continued to Sunday which saw handstand push ups, 4 x 200m sprint and a big final.
Yes we made the final top 20 so had 1 more workout! Between 4 of us we had to do Fran, Grace, Elizabeth & Amanda as the ‘weightlifter’ I was given Grace! 42.5kg clean & jerk x 30 reps which I managed to do in 2mins 30 and absolutely loved it! Our team smashed it and came 16th in the final, meaning we finished in 19th!
An amazing weekend and I would highly recommend doing team event in the future, it was so exciting and so nice to have your team mates with you supporting and cheering you on.
Thanks to our amazing sponsors Elite Gear who kitted us out and cheered in every workout. If you need any crossgit supplies then check them out!
Now recently you may have noticed the explosion of socks onto the crossfit arena! They have become a vital item in the crossfit wardrobe for both men and women.
The crazier the better, with colours being splashed all over socks as well as pictures such as these Dollar or Gorrilla ones below which are available from my sponsors Ares at the bargain price of £8.99.
And something for the girls…
I was hesitant to join in the sock game but I actually love them and love how they can finish off an outfit, I don’t wear them fully pulled up but just enough to see the pattern or colour.
Available at :Ares socks free delivery too
Another brand that is rocking the sock work is Stance socks who stock a massive range.
They look awesome and are perfect length for working out, these are stocked by the London based shop Whatever it takes and available online
Whatever it takes
Check out the socks, every time I’ve worn my Ares ones I’ve hit a pb…. Just saying 🙂
So today I am in London and decided to visit a great crossfit shop called Whatever it Takes, based in Bow Lane in the centre of London.
This shop is great as instead of ordering things online you can get to try the real things on, nano 5s, Nike Romaleos, Adidas power lifters etc. They even have a squat rack to try the out! In addition they do some great clothing. Check out their great website
Whatever it Takes
I had my eye on the Nike metcons for a while, I love my pink Nanos but has heard good things about the new Nike shoe. I had also seen the pink ones on the Internet and fell in love!
So I went into the shop and couldn’t see the pink ones, decided to ask and they had one pink pair left… In my size! It was like it was meant to be.
I tried them on and they felt amazing, the shoes are a brilliant fit and feel like they provide really good support. In fact, they make the nanos feel quite clumpy, the colours are also great.
So I was sold, £100 later and they were mine and I walked all the way home in them, like an excited child! I can’t provide feedback on how they are to workout in but as a general fit they feel great.
The next decision is to decide on what colour laces to use… Any help welcome 🙂
Sorry for my lack of posting recently, as you may know I had a car crash and have been busy sorting things out since. But now I’m back and looking forward to updating my blog.
Last weekend I competed at the Wild West crossfit competition in Malvern, Gloucester. Crossfit Bournemouth had 6 teams in this competition and having a large group from our box was brilliant because we all had so much support.
The competition involved 130 teams of 4, 2 female and 2 male and consisted of 6 different wods. My favourite was the outdoor running wod relay, females had to run 100m with 2 x 24kg kettlebelles, then 100m 35kg sled pull and 100m with 20kg sandbag. You definitely felt the burn!
The other workouts included max effort for 3rm OH squat, rope climbs, rowing, double unders, pull ups, over the box jumps and everyone’s favourite burpees!
I love competing in a team as I feel the pressure is slightly less, it’s also nice to know that people have your back and to have that team spirit!
We had some mixed results but we’re able to identify our weaknesses and overall finished 47th which we were really pleased with. Wild West was a brilliantly organised event, only in its second year the time keeping, organisation and facilities were brilliant. I would definitely recommend it for both newcomers to crossfit and those who have competed before!
To make it even more interesting we chose to camp, which most athletes do! Mixing camping and crossfit was quite tough, especially when it rains and you can hear your neighbours snoring!
I have my next competition this weekend…The Wild West crossfit competition in Malvern, Gloucester.
I did this last year and it was fantastic such a great atmosphere and a very inclusive competition. You compete in teams of 4, two girls, two guys and complete 6 workouts over 2 days. To mix it up a but you also camp which adds to the team spirit as people often have massive bbqs in the evening.
I have an x ray tomorrow to check for fractures in my neck that I may have sustained during the crash. Fingers crossed that it’s clear and that I can compete!
Here’s some pics from last year
I had been back training at Crossfit Bournemouth since January and decided to take the plunge and enter the qualifiers for my first major individual competition. After three hard qualifiers I found out that I’d made it to the finals and qualified in 21st place, holy cow, it all just got a bit real!
I wanted my preparation to be perfect for this comp but unfortunately due to an accident in the gym I was in a leg brace with a bruised femur bone until 3 weeks before. Still on, the 4th July I made my way to London for ‘The British Championships’ at Lee Valley athletics stadium full of nerves and thinking I should’ve put more prep into doing a few extra pull ups rather than choosing what outfit to wear for each event.
The first event was a 5km run…not my favourite I would say the most I run is about 800m in training so I knew this would be hard…and it was but I finished it in 63rd and knew I had other events that I could improve on.
Next was weightlifting..my favourite, but I let my nerves get to me and struggled on an 80kg clean and jerk, which in know I can hit during training easily, but finished a respectful 20th.
Over the rest of the weekend I endured 5 more workouts, my aim prior to the competition was to make the first cut and finish within the top 60 but once the nerves had calmed down and I focused on the job I competed a lot better and finished 33rd overall which I was very happy with.
Needless to say I was exhausted afterwards but I definitely got the bug to compete again, the support that everyone provides at these competitions is incredible, such a supportive and welcoming environment that I would definitely recommend.
Massive thank you to my amazing sponsors, Ares, who design awesome crossfit clothing gear and accessories. Check out http://www.be-ares.com and use code Lewis10 to get a discount. They provided me with so many outfits which was perfect for my colour coding obsession and it’s so comfortable to work out in! To My Protein for providing all us athletes with much needed protein and recovery drinks and to Rock tape for sticking me back together again.
An amazing weekend, can’t wait for the next one!