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One Serious Beast of a Weekend…

 

Fitness Culture is Alive and Well in Connecticut…

Wow! What a weekend! Honestly, I’m still recovering from The Beast of the East Fitness Festival that happened October 8 and 9th, 2011 on the Durham Fair Grounds in Durham, CT! It was a GREAT time! Besides all the CrossFit craziness at The Beast, it was the first year for me promoting and running the IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition. The turnout for The Kettlebell Beast was excellent – 16 athletes – and spectator and coach turnout was just good!

 

Banner and logo for the IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition

CrossFit Athletes Arrive at The Beast of the East Fitness Festival

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a great highlights video from The 2011 Kettlebell Beast that I posted on YouTube:

BTW, if you want to see ALL the action from The Kettlebell Beast, check out the event’s dedicated YouTube Channel where I’ll be sharing individual competitor videos very soon!

So, what happened? Here are the scores, reps, etc from everyone who competed at The 2011 IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition:

2011 IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition Results (Click on the image for a larger view!)

Results from the 2011 IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition

There were some really outstanding and inspiring performances!

The top lifter in Men’s Biathlon was Will Metcalf who nailed 115 reps in the Kettlebell Jerk with a pair of 24 kg Kettlebells, followed an hour later by a Right and Left total of 180 Kettlebell Snatches with 24kg! You can see some of Will’s great work in the pic below as well as the videos! Will’s wife, Melissa also put in an outstanding Biathlon performance with 140 reps in the Jerk and 148 in the Snatch with a 12kg Kettlebell! (BTW, if you’re not completely clear on how a Kettlebell competition works, here’s a blog post that should explain it!) A pic of Melissa is also below…

 

Will Metcalf Kettlebell Jerk in Biathlon at 2011 IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition

Melissa Metcalf Kettlebell Snatch at IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition 2011

In the Women’s Long Cycle (Clean and Jerk), there were a bunch of outstanding performances including Donna Sheridan with 69 total reps in the Long Cycle with a 16kg Kettlebell for Women’s Best Lifter of the meet!

Another performance worth a mention is Scott Tighe’s AWESOME set of Kettlebell Jerks with TWO 32kg bells. Scott nailed a full 56 reps in the 10:00 minute time limit!

There Were Plenty of AWESOME First Time Performances Too…

And, there were a bunch of first time competitors too. This is something I LOVE to see! Kettlebell Sport has so many great aspects to it and seeing it spread to new people with a competition like this is a huge thrill…

 

Doug Whitney Kettlebell Biathlon at IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition 2011

Scott Tighe competing in Biathlon at the 2011 IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition

Kids eye view of the IKFF East Coast Kettlebell Beast Competition

The Weekend Wasn’t ALL About Kettlebells, Though…

I made a ton of new friends at The Beast  and reconnected with some old ones! Our Facebook friend, Torrey, came out from Dirty Jersey (aka, New Jersey :-P) and CrossFit 908 to hang out. She even brought me and Michelle T-Shirts!

I had a great time meeting everyone and signing books! Thanks to everyone who stopped by! Oh yeah, and my “neighbors” at my booth from Beast Bars were cool too! Look them up on Facebook!

Adam Farrah with Michelle and Torrey at the 2011 Beast of the East Fitness Festival

And, Finally, BIG Thanks to…

Merle McKenzie and Glenn Perra, Jr. from CrossFit Relentless and CrossFit 033

Terri Parker from Red Barn Fitness

Bryce Graskoski from CrossFit Religion

Ken Blackburn and IKFF

BTW, You Can STILL Get a Kettlebell Beast Shirt Here On Spreadshirt…

Shirts and sweatshirts are right here in the Practical Paleolithic Kettlebell Store!

ttys

Adam

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