The CrossFit community in the Philippines continues to get bigger and stronger year after year, proven with another successful throwing of The Fittest Team 2017 Championships, held Sunday, November 5, at Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park, in Kawit, Cavite.
This functional fitness competition is considered to be the biggest CrossFit event in the land. A total of 70 teams went through the final series of grueling workouts of the day (WOD), which combined the usual strength and skills training that CrossFit sessions entailed, with the requirement of accomplishing them as a team in 7-12 minutes. The teams that finished in their respective categories with the highest scores were declared: The Fittest.
As many as 180 beginners and experienced athletes were put to the test, in pairs and trios for men, women, and mixed groups. The day-long competition showcased the most challenging scaled and Rx’d (or “as prescribed”) exercises, from burpees, pistol squats, and pull-ups, to the more exciting team pushups, rope climbing, and deadlifts, to name a few.
More than the bragging rights and the coming together of CrossFit enthusiasts from all over the Philippines, the main objective of the event was to get more people into active living. “The whole idea is to promote fitness,” said Jason Monteverde, chairman of Affiliate Alliance, the group that organized The Fittest Team event. “We love CrossFit, we love to promote fitness―we want to get more people involved and get people into fitness―so we’re hoping that they see this, they see their friends, their coworkers, and their relatives working out and doing crazy things, doing fun things, and maybe it inspires them; maybe they get them off the couches.”
The champion teams were the Samureapers from the Iron Den CF box, the Sentinel Steels from CF Salcedo, Dirty South Peeps from Central Ground CP, Primapes from Primal Ape CF, Rolls Royce from Stayfit Box Cebu, OG from HIT Arena, #Southstrong from Southside Fitness Cebu, and Barney & Friend from CF Highstreets. CF Highstreets ended up topping the Community Cup category, while PR City CF topped the Affiliate Cup.
“Last team event (last year), we held it at TESDA in Taguig, and we only had about 64 teams,” Monteverde shared. “So this time we have 70 teams. So it’s growing every year, getting more and more people involved, [and] getting more and more people interested in it.”
Aside from the competition proper, vendor booths also dotted the venue, selling CrossFit clothes, training shoes, and supplements, with food and beverage from Island Cove.
Monteverde added that with the way things were going, he’s hopeful that next year they could reach up to 80 teams in the championship stage, with the possibility of even making it a two-day affair.