Garage Games – New England Finals – Judging

Yesterday, I got to judge at another Garage Games event called the New England Finals at Crossfit Southie.  I’m really loving judging, and as I’ve said before, it really allows me to participate in the competition without competing.  This time, there were two other Craic heads judging with me – Karen and Katie:

The three workouts that required judging yesterday were:

Queezy baby

8 minute amrap
6 burpee up and over the box
7 pull-ups- c2b for guys

Hulk Salad

8 minutes to establish max weight without removing hands from the bar:
2 Power Cleans
2 Front Squats
2 Shoulder to Overhead

Loop, Swoop, Pull

In 11 minutes
Run 1 mile
then in the remaining time AMRAP squat snatches 

I didn’t get to judge the Hulk Salad workout, I spent the entire morning judging Queezy Baby and then all the heats for the women for Loop, Swoop, Pull.  The burpee box jumps looked awful.  The athlete had to do a burpee (chest to the ground), and then jump over the box.  They could jump up and over onto the box or jump over it completely.  I saw a mixed bag of strategy, but I had two women that CRUSHED this workout.  One did 9+12 and the other did 10+3 which were, I believe, the top scores.  A couple people fell while doing the box portion of it and fell on me.  They just got up and kept on going….LOVED IT. I had to no-rep a bunch of people on their pull-ups.  For the men it was chest to bar (their chest had to make contact with the bar) and for the ladies they had to get their chins above the bar.  Other than that, it was really straightforward and a fun one to judge.  As I’ve mentioned previously about judging, it’s great to go and just watch the athletes go about their different strategies and form, you basically become a better athlete by just watching them go.  

In the afternoon, I judged Loop, Swoop, Pull.  This looked terrible.  It would take me almost the entire 11 minutes just to do the mile.  I think that the highest score was 31 squat snatches.  Each athlete had to stay within the running lane and their own workout lane or they got a three burpee penalty on the spot.  One of my athletes in the workout was running down the correct lane, and was gunning back to her spot and a judge / organizer walked right in front of her, forcing her in another person’s workout space. I made a judgement call right there not to penalize her, as it wasn’t her fault that someone forced her into the other box.  That’s the only controversial thing that happened yesterday.

The athletes were all super nice and respectful of the judges.  I even had a couple of people that I had judged at Firebreather that recognized me. Wish I could judge for the 2nd day, but I’m going to a wedding this afternoon for two very awesome people…

I think that the Garage Games season in New England has come to an end and people will spend the winter preparing for the 2013 Games Open.  Can’t wait for next year!

Garage Games Judge Accreditation

Today I went to Crossfit Providence to get accredited as a Judge for The Garage Games.  Which means I’m an official judge who, if they ever do start paying judges, can get paid.  The Garage Games are trying to create a standard where all judges go through this so they can make sure that the athletes and competitions are fair and balanced.  The instructors were Jesse Cook and Jeff Fincher from New London Crossfit.

We didn’t learn how to judge every movement, as standards vary from competition to competition.  There was a little bit of a “lecture” period and then we did some role playing which included: how to greet an athlete, how to prep to them on expectations prior to the workout, where to stand to judge properly, how to no-rep them, how to count for them, how to be consistent and confident.  

Part of the roleplaying was doing a WoD, while another participant judged.  My partner’s name was Heather and she works out at Crossfit Newton.  She was a very seasoned Crossfitter and just participated in the Firebreather Festival in the Rx division.  Her workout was: 21-15-9 Deadlifts, Pistols (alternating legs) and 50 double unders after each couplet.  The deadlifts were easy enough to count.  Pistols too.  The double unders are also pretty standard, but they are going so fast it’s hard to breathe while you’re counting their reps!  She dominated the workout.  I had to no rep her once on the pistols because she didn’t come up at full control before she dropped her other foot.  Her time was 7:12 and it was a good way to role play.

My WoD was also 21-15-9, but we did power cleans and alternating 1-arm dumb bell snatches.  I did 65# for the cleans and 20# for the snatches.  I am really tired from the week of testing and it was my 8th day in a row working out so I went with 65#.  It’s one of those situations where I knew I should have gone for 75# (which was the “Rx” weight for the WoD) after I was done.  But I was being a baby and went lighter than I should have.  Oh well.  I got no-repped on one of my cleans because I didn’t bring my elbows forward.  My final time was 6:02.

I love having the opportunity to participate in the competitions without having to compete.  I get stressed out enough before a WoD at Craic starts, I can’t imagine competing!  Maybe some day. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to the Crossfit community and  I hope that more people volunteer to judge, these competitions wouldn’t happen without us.

Firebreather Festival – Day Two

So the Firebreather Festival is over.  Craic totally represented.  We had close to 20 people competing and everyone killed it!  I think a lot of them surprised themselves with how well they did and I can’t wait to see them compete again.  One of the coaches / owners, Glen, placed third in the Men’s Scaled Division.  So great to see one of us up on the podium.

The WoDs for the event are below:

1.  ”Jackie”
1000m Row
50 Thrusters, 45#
30 Pull ups
Scaled Division – No Scaling.  Same weight for men and women.
Time Cap – 11 Minutes

2.  ”Back Squat/HSPU”
1 Round for time:
25 Back Squats 225/155 (from a rack)
25 Handstand Push ups (kipping allowed)
Scaled Division – Back Squats 185/115, HSPU – 1/2 Abmats
Time Cap – 5 Minutes

1 RFT:
5 Dead Lifts (315, 225)
300 yard Shuttle (25 yrds out and back x 6)
Scaled Division – Deads 225, 135
Time Cap – 2 Minutes


1.  ”Quest”
1300m Run with hills
800m Run with hills with bumper plate 45, 25
1300m Run with hills
Scaled Division – No Scaling.  Same weight for men and women.
Time Cap – 30 Minutes

2.  ”AMRAP 4″
2 Power Cleans (185, 135)
2 Front Squats (185, 135)
2 Shoulder to Overhead (185, 135)
Scaled Division – men 135, women 95
Time Cap: 4 minutes

CUT TO TOP 12 MALE and FEMALE for RX Division

3.  ”FINALS”
15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Power Snatch 115/80
Barbell Burpees
Scaling:  No Scaling
Time Cap:  16 minutes

 I spent Saturday going back and forth between Jackie and the Backsquat / HSPU.  Jackie was a little less stressful than the BS/HSPU workout to judge.  The first part of the workout is just watching them do 1000 meters.  For the thrusters, need to make sure that they went down below parallel, opened their hips up at the top and full extension at the top with their arms.  Then the pull-ups they had to get their chins above the bar.  I had to do some no reps on both the thrusters and the pull-ups.

Most of the athletes I judged for the BS/HSPU workout had trouble with the HSPU or just wanted to get through the backsquats.  If you’re competing, remember – every rep counts.  Keep on pushing, no matter what. There will be some people who get no reps and even if you get one rep – you’re still ahead of them.  One of the rules for the backsquats was that if you didn’t rack the weight and dropped it – ALL of your reps are erased and your count is back to zero.  One of the athletes I was judging dropped his barbell during his 25th rep…and lost all of his previous reps.  I thought I was going to throw up when it happened.  I felt so bad for him.  He had broken the last 15 up into sets of two, and I think he wanted to bang out the last one and went for rep 25 (after doing 23 and 24) and just couldn’t get it up.  He was really bummed about it, but seemed to take it in stride.  

The second day I was on Quest duty.  We were initially supposed to rotate out, but our judges group had a great system down and did all of the heats (9 in all).  I loved staying on the same one because it gave me the opportunity to cheer for every one of the Craic heads because they all had to come through the heat.  Glen (see above) KILLED this one, as did Nikki (also a Craic head).  Another Craic head, Reggie, had to do the Quest WoD late because he had a baptism in the morning and ended up doing Sunday’s WoDs back to back.  It was incredible to see every one of the Craic crew push through this WoD.  I think that if I had to do it, I would start crying.

John McEvoy, our head coach, ended up making it into the top 10 and into the final heat.  His snatch is amazing.

3.  ”FINALS”
15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Power Snatch 115/80
Barbell Burpees
Scaling:  No Scaling
Time Cap:  16 minutes

Heather Bergeron, the co-owner of Crossfit New England competed in the women’s Rx division.  She had a baby four months ago and ended up WINNING.  

Overall, it was a great weekend.  I definitely wasn’t a perfect judge, but I learned a lot both from a workout / form perspective and from a judging perspective.  I’m mentally and physically exhausted, but I got to meet a lot of great people and witness some greatness. It was such a great way to be involved even though I wasn’t competing. I hope that I represented Craic well.  I can’t wait to judge Southie.

Here’s most of the Craic crew that were at the games.  We’re a crazy bunch, but we had a blast together!

Firebreather – Day One

Today was my first day judging, like…ever.  I was a bit nervous, but once I got my first no rep out of the way things got better.  I kept on having a mental block and forgetting to start my watch for the back squat WoD, but it ended up being fine.

I didn’t even have time to take pictures today, so here’s a picture someone got of me in my judges gear during a break.

Here’s my coach, Jarrod, racking his back squats.  He looks like he is showing me his ass and I am clearly not impressed.  Since I talk a lot about him on the blog, thought I’d post a  random pic of the two of us.

I am way too zonked from judging today to write a longer post.  Once I’ve wrapped my head around all that took place this weekend, I’ll write a longer post.  

What an amazing time to see these incredible athletes kick some ass.

Working on the Weekend

I swam yesterday.  I really didn’t want to get out of bed and into the water, but once I was there, I got a solid workout.  I like having swimming as a Sunday routine.  I’m not sure what I am going to do next week prior to me leaving for Cologne.  I might go to Craic on Saturday instead, as I will be out of CF world for most of the week while I’m in Germany.  I’m very excited to visit Crossfit Cologne on Monday (8/13).  Should be a fun time!

Today was 5×5 deadlifts at a pretty heavy weight.  Rita (today’s coach) said that we should be pretty maxed out by the time we get to five.  I did 1 round at 175# and 4 rounds at 185#.  It was hard and I really need to work on opening up my hips at the top of the deadlift.  And also avoid rounding out my back.  I then hung around the gym for an hour to wait for the team training. I’m getting my certification as a judge for the Garage Games and I wanted to practice judging and counting and holding people to standards.  Their workout was super difficult and I’m hoping to be that athlete next year.  For now, I’ll judge and coach.

It’s the weekend I I want to relax. Short post today.