The StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge that just happened 2 weeks ago in summary was a test of Grit, technique, Strength, local muscular endurance and cardiovascular endurance.
As we are in the midst of moving into a bigger training area end year, our kind friends from Crossfit Innervate lent us their training space for our challenge.
The 3 events that are being contested are the 1 RM Deadlift, 5 minutes kettlebell snatches and maximum tactical pull ups.
As clients, it was to see how far they have journeyed in the past year or months that they have been training.
As coaches it was a self check to track our accuracy of the programming and to see what is needed for each individual for the next test. Though none of us competed, we were thoroughly satisfied with the outcome and could not have asked for more.
The day started of with the 3 attempts on the 1RM deadlift, IPF rules. I can safely say we are probably the strictest in judging around the world for TSC as we had 3 Powerlifting judges to 1 deadlift, true IPF standards. Disappointing as some of the decisions were with some no lifts, we respected the decision as we needed to upkeep the highest standards.
Overall, everyone training at G1RYA PR-ed according to plan and everyone who competed under their club hit a personal best too, it was electrifying.
Ryan Chua hit a PB of 207.5kg
Argent Dolce hit a PB of 190kg
Alice Cheong hit a PB of 112.5kg
Ben Lau hit a PB of 150kg
Amy Teo hit a PB of 112.5kg
Thomas Tan hit a PB of 145kg
Edmund Lim hit a PB of 140kg
Next was the tactical pull ups, where the pull up will only count from a dead hang to the neck/collarbone, no kipping, swinging, stretch reflex etc.
It has been a rewarding journey seeing our females go from 0 to 6 tactical pull ups in a matter of 6 months and as many as 10 to 18 tactical pull ups for some in less than a year.
Last but not least was the snatch test, 1 bell, 5 mins. Easy right? Think again. For our members, they performed nothing short of spectacular because they did a ton of work leading up to it, tearing their hands multiple times, doing thousands of swings and snatches just to prepare for this 5 mins. Again, we managed to attain as good as 3rd in the global ranking in the female opens.
This year, it was a small group competing as we wanted to test the waters to see what it takes to organise a competition. Next year, we will send invitations to respective training facilities at our new premises, where the competition will be bigger, better and with deserving rewards to those who earned it.
Overall here are the winners, compared to the global StrongFirst rankings.
Cheryl - 15/29 (Women Novice Open)
Alice - 20/29 (Women Novice Open)
Amy - 22/77 (Women Open)
Edmund - 71T/142 (Men Novice)
Argent - 41/142 (Men Novice)
Ryan - 36T/142 (Men Novice)
Thomas - 82T/142 (Men Novice)
Benedict - 58/142 (Men Novice)
The Tactical Strength for us is a self check and assessment, both as coaches and clients on how far we have come, where we are going and what is up next for us in programming. In no means is it a be all end all, but it is a good measure that we are training for something and not just doing workouts day in day out when you can hardly get 1 pull up after years of training if ever at all for women.
Do yourself a favor, train hard, train smart and do the TSC to check where you stand in terms of technique and strength.
Looking forward to 8th April 2017 for our next TSC. See you there.
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