United We Stand- Divided We Fall Games 2011 Report
Over the weekend of the 29th/30th October the Boat Shed attended the annual “Divided We Fall Games” held at CrossFit Velocity in Swansea. This is a team CrossFit event at which teams compete in various different workouts combing elements of weightlifting, gymnastics and monostructural aspects (aka CV- running, rowing, biking, swimming and skipping) We entered 3 teams consisting each of 3 males and 1 female.
This time last year we were un-affiliated and only entered one team, so for us to enter three this year was a great achievement especially as many of our members have only been CrossFitting for between 3-8 months and are still very young compared to many of the athletes competing who in contrast have been involved in the sport for 2 + years!
It was a huge learning curve not only for everyone involved from our affiliate but also for us as coaches. It has given us the confidence that we are doing within our affiliate and programme is working but also given us areas on which we know need some attention now. Everyone certainly came away with increased motivation to better themselves and to be better prepared next time this event rolls around.
I am massively proud of each and every person who represented our small gym- seeing you throw down and prove your fitness with some of the big names in the game was fantastic. You all did yourselves and your gym proud and should take as much as you can from this weekend.
Although we did not make the cut off to day 2 our teams finished a respectable 53rd, 55th and 69th out of 84 competing teams. Not bad at all!
The sense of community and support not only between our gym and also the rest of the UK CrossFit community was evident throughout the weekend and this is what drives the growth of athletes and also the sport as a whole.
I look forward to helping you all continue to grow as people and athletes and if there is every any area which you feel I am not providing this in please let me know.
Below is a video that was put together showing some highlights of the weekend- see if you can spot one of our Boat Shed teams! It shows a truly supportive community of people who salute the effort put in by other people.
Finally for those of you who might be sitting on the fence wondering whether you want to try CrossFit- do get in touch, we offer weekly taster sessions in which you can try a workout which you will be taken through with one of our highly qualified coaches.
All our workouts and movements are universally scaleable which means that anyone can CrossFit regardless of current ability.
The high intensity asked of our athletes to achieve their goals is relative to each individual and will differ accordingly. At the Boat Shed we make the programme work for all.