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DC’s Most Primal Competition

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Congratulations to Julia, Tom A., Ethan, Mark, Dan, and Steve O., all of whom competed in the second annual DC’s Most Primal Competition this past Saturday. Primal Fitness puts on a unique competition combining pure strength a pure strength event, an agility event crossing-over between CrossFit and Parkour, and a straight up met-con, all packed into a single day. Scoring for the competition was based on points, with lowest total points taking the win at the end of the day. Here’s how things broke down:

Event 1: 1 Rep Max Deadlift

Each competitor had two attempts to pull a 1 rep max deadlift. Women opened the competition, which meant Julia was the first of CFDC’s competitors to hit center stage. Julia opened with 295lbs and then set her sights on 315, a whopping 10lbs over her current PR (set just last week!). While she was able to get the weight off the floor and moving, it wasn’t meant to be this time around, however she sat comfortably in 5th place overall after the first event. On the men’s side of things, Tom A., the relentless masters-competitor, proved that age is just another number pulling 285lbs, while Ethan, competing in his first CrossFit event ever, stood up with a final lift of 401lbs! However, the second event was waiting with a nasty surprise for all.

Event 2: Prowler/Sandbag Obstacle Course

The event, run with two athletes at a time, opened with a ~25 yard up-&-back prowler push followed by a sandbag obstacle course where athletes carted one medium sandbag under one rope, over an obstacle, under a second rope, over a second obstacle, and then hoisted the bag up onto a 6ft platform. The obstacle course was then repeated with a second heavy sandbag before each athlete repeated the prowler push. Bar none, the last 20 yard prowler push simply pounced on all the athletes, setting legs a flame and stomachs a churning. All the CFDC athletes took on the workout with gusto, each of them tearing through the course as though they were practiced parkour-athletes, although Steve’s effortless looking bunny hops over the shorter of the two obstacles weren’t to be topped. Dan and Steve were both eyeing the podium after solid lifts in the first event (506lbs and 485lbs, respectively) and great runs in the second, efforts that put Dan in 3rd place overall and Steve tied for 5th. All the athletes were then given 30min to recuperate and recover before the final event.

Event 3: ½ Mile Run, 50 Burpees, 50 OH Lunges (45/25), ½ Mile Run

The final event of the day, run in 7 hearts of 5 athletes each, put everyone’s endurance to the test, really hammering lung capacity and core stability. A time limit of 15 minutes was placed on the event, so while athletes had to be smart about how they apportioned their reps, dawdling was definitely not a luxury. The already tight women’s competition became even tighter, going right down to the wire with three of the women crossing the finish line within seconds of each other! Julia ended the day with a solid finish at 5th place. Meanwhile, Mark was busy showing the men how things were done, setting a blazing time of 11:33 which held as the fastest time of the day until the final heat of guys, and was then only beaten by 3 of the 5 finalists. Dan and Steve O. both found themselves in the final heat alongside two familiar faces: Josh Courage, in town from Cali, and CFDC-alum and current CF Balance Competitor Ash Cope! The final mens heat lived up to expectations, remaining a tight race till the very end. When all was said and done, Dan held onto 3rd place to close out the day with a podium finish.

Congratulations are definitely in order for all those who competed. Also, many thanks to the legion of CFDCers who came out to cheer, including Sara, Erica, Amelia, Ben, Oren, Peter, Stephanie, Mary Catherine, and Sebastian (who was unfortunately forced to sit-out the competition due to a wicked fever). I think all in attendance would agree it was a fun event, well organized and run, and I’m willing to bet that the competition bug has bit a few more of CFDC’s athletes.



  1. Julia says:

    There’s a lot to be thankful for, but there are two moments that come to mind first:

    Tom coaching me through the OH lunges, pretty near literally one breath at a time. (Not to mention – making a valiant effort to help me understand the block run map when my spatial reasoning skills < my double-under ability, and that's saying something.) And Chris jumping in to run the last straight in the final workout with me (with the perfect cue: “get up on your toes and catch her”). In the end, I just didn’t have the kick to catch the girls in front. But I don’t think I’ve ever run that hard in a workout before; I don’t think I knew that I could; and for now, that’s reason enough to be proud of how I finished. As for the CFDC support crew, what can I say? You guys are awesome. Tom A. watching out for me throughout the day; Oren keeping us all psyched up; Erica, Reggie, and Amelia yelling hard enough for it to be a workout; Steph and Sara as always providing steady encouragement; Mary Catherine and Peter cheering us through to the finish. I know Sebastian will be back and ready to go for Sectionals, and Ben, you’re in for the next competition, right? Can’t wait to cheer for you all when it’s your turn!

  2. SBV says:

    First off, congratulations to Dan for another podium finish. By my calculations, that 2nd place at the Courage Games, top 6 at the Mid-Atlantic Hopper, top 5 at the SuperFit Games, and now 3rd place at Primal. That’s awesome consistency that will result in a 1st place finish in the near future — it’s just a matter of the events lining up better.

    It was fun watching everyone else compete. Ethan was smooth hurdling over the walls, and Steve O. is just ridiculously athletic. I knew Mark was going to kill that last workout. I’ve spend many a Sunday trying to keep up with him on burpees and knew that he would post an awesome time. As for Julia, well, I think she’s now stronger, faster, and better conditioned than me. I’m not comfortable with that, so I’ve decided not to talk to her until I’m stronger, faster, and better conditioned with her. Also, I’m inspired by Tom A. going out there with a hurt hamstring and still competing. Those workouts looked brutal even if you were at 100 percent, and I can’t imagine pushing that prowler without full drive in my legs.

    Well, this is no time to celebrate. The first CrossFit Games Open event takes place two weeks from Saturday. I’m expecting a strong showing from CrossFit DC. Rumor has it that Salty is going to compete. I’ll be fully recovering until Thursday, and then looking to make a final two-week push leading up to Sectionals.

  3. Erica says:

    You all were truly inspiring to watch! Seriously, I was majorly impressed by the valiant efforts of all the fans, I mean, athletes who made Sunday so amazing. :)I really am impressed with not only the finesse, skill, strength, and speed demonstrated by the Crossfit DCers, but also the camaraderie that I witnessed among all of the competitors. And best of all, I cannot believe that you were all ready for MORE tonight at Crossfit! Way to go guys!!! Looking forward to supporting you all at future events. EriCa (thanks for spelling my name wrong Khris)

  4. SaltyHat says:

    My bad Ehrica; it’s been fixed

  5. Erica says:

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  6. Ben says:

    Hi Julia, I’m in for the next one, if you’re ready for round two.