2019 season of the Individual Fitness League kicks off with a beast of a workout

The 2019 season of the Individual Fitness League kicked off with #19.1, a beast of a workout, programmed by Campbell McMillan from RVC. This 14 minute AMRAP WOD consisted of a round of 25ft alternating kettlebell hang snatch into lunges followed by 12 squat cleans then another set of 25 lunges and finally 12 handstand press-ups repeated as many times as possible within the fourteen minute time-cap.

Harare based CrossFitters gathered on Friday, April 26th, at RVC, by St John’s College, for the IFL Friday night lights while in Bulawayo athletes gathered at CrossFit Bulawayo. The elite men in the RX+ category handled a 24kg kettlebell in the lunges and a 70kg barbell for the squat cleans while the elite women handled 16kg kettlebell and 50kg barbell.

The combination of exercises proved to be a challenge with some athletes falling by the wayside when the handstand press-ups proved impossible to complete. I personally competed in the second-tier RX division and struggled with all the movements but found the lunges and handstand press-ups particularly taxing.

Dane Naudé, from RVC, and Laura Heure, from CrossFit KYMA, were the standout performers on the night. Dane scored a leaderboard topping 105 reps in the men’s category while Laura smashed out an impressive 114 reps to get the most reps on the night and first place overall in the women’s division. For full results checkout the IFL results pages on the Fittest in Zimbabwe (FIZ) website https://www.fiz.co.zw/ You will also find the scorecard as a PDF which you can download so you can give the WOD a try and see how your score stacks up against Zimbabwe’s home grown talent.

The FIZ Individual Fitness League (The IFL) is a once-a-month Crossfit-style WOD that is held on the last Friday night of every month at one of Harare’s functional fitness venues / boxes. The 2019 season will run for 6 months culminating in the crowning of the IFL men’s and women’s champions in September 2019.

Designed to be challenging enough for the fitter athlete, but not too technical so as to preclude the mainstream aspirant, these workouts aim to keep the spirit of the CrossFit® Open WOD’s alive, and will be judged accordingly; although each workout will be standalone, scores can be submitted to a running overall leaderboard, where you may compare times to your peers & colleagues.

The next IFL event will be held at CrossFit KYMA on Friday, May 31st. Come down and cheer on the athletes or sign up to compete here https://www.fiz.co.zw/ifl-sign-up/

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