Former chef emerges as ‘strongest’ in CrossFit tilt

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Participants compete in the “Battle of the Strongest,” a CrossFit event in Davao City, last Saturday. Hernel Tocmo, ABS-CBN News Davao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Despite the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, sports enthusiasts from all over the country still gathered on Saturday in this city to witness the nationwide CrossFit competition dubbed “Battle of the Strongest.”

Eighty athletes tested their strength and endurance, pushing themselves to the limit to overcome four different workouts – Frun Up, Double Trouball, 3 Hang Squat Clean Deadz, and Isabel Went to Davao.

The competition was divided into two categories and divisions: male and female RX (prescribed), and male and female scaled.

Workouts included CrossFit movements, a combination of weightlifting, metabolic conditioning, and gymnastics such as pull-ups, toes-to-bar, thrusters, snatches, hang squat cleans, and handstand walk for male competitors.

“To a normal fellow, CrossFit will really help you with your everyday life. It will help you (be) more active, more fit, and it will make your life easier,” said Earvin Joshua Go, one of the event’s organizers. “You won’t get easily tired anymore.”

Job Wi from Central Ground CrossFit in Metro Manila bagged the P30,000 cash prize for male RX division, while his counterpart, Joyce Reboton, won the female RX division.

A former pastry chef turned CrossFit coach, Wi said he gave up his passion for baking when he changed his lifestyle. Now he trains for two to three hours every day, in addition to eating healthy and getting enough sleep.

“Everyday workout lang, ensayo, twice a week try to rest, tapos stay healthy, kain ng maayos, and for the most part, pinractice ko yung mga workout tapos sinigurado ko na nababantayan ko yung tulog ko,” he said.

Bern Llanes from Crossfit Manila won P15,000 cash prize in the male scaled division, while Isabelle Wolfe from Central Ground Crossfit won the female scaled division.

NOT AFFECTED BY MARTIAL LAW

The “Battle of the Strongest” is one of the 30 events that partnered with Visit Davao Fun Sale (VDFS) for the summer. Benjie Lizada, VDFS chairperson, said there were no cancelled events in Davao City despite last week’s declaration of martial law. He also urged tourists not to fear the situation as authorities are doing their best to secure the city.

“Our response should not be fear but anger, galit tayo sa nangyari sa Marawi, but the anger should be manifested by vigilance, and we should be mindful of our surroundings also,” he said.

Mikee Aportadera, coordinator of Davao City Sports and Development office, said other sports events in the city will push through despite the situation. 

“The President is from Davao and I’m sure the President would always look after his hometown,” he said.

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