CrossFit 228 Inaugural Anchor Games

The Inaugural Anchor Games put on by CrossFit 228 pushed athletes to their limits and made for a great time for spectators and athletes alike.

Dripping sweat and pure exhaustion didn’t stop any of the Anchor Game competitors from fighting through the pain. Yet, these athletes say crossFit is nothing to be intimidated by. Kids Outdoors President David Shoemake said, “The design of the workout is for the fittest athlete and then they scale it down to whatever your capability is. So, no one should be intimidated. I’m 61-years-old and I do it four days a week.”

Earnings from the competition went straight to Kids Outdoors which provides outdoor activities for special needs children. It was $100 a person to compete with ages ranging from 16 to 52. “Crossfit has changed my life. I was 300 pounds a year ago and crossfit and a personal trainer has let me lose 80 pounds and crossfit becomes a part of your life,” said Shoemake.

These athletes pushed their limits and put forth all their bodies could handle. Some athletes came out to the games to push their own limits while others came to rise to the top in the competition. Competitor Kyle Hoef said, “Oh, we’re gonna podium for sure. We’re going after it.”

Hoef and his team, Macho Men, came in from Pensacola to compete. He says crossfit builds camaraderie between them during each workout. “Pushing each other to our limits, we really feed off of the energy that each one of us gives. It’s a great time.”

The inaugural event was such a success that CrossFit 228 is certain this will become an annual event at Jones Park.

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