Tandem Throwdown


Tandem Throwdown

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SAVE THE DATE! The Tandem Throwdown returns to CrossFit Arlington Heights l Elite Athletic Development Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Check back regularly for event updates. Questions or interested in sponsorship opportunities? Contact karen@eadperformancecenter.com

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August 5 | 2017 Tandem Throwdown Heat Schedule Posted. The 2017 Tandem Throwdown Heat Schedule is now posted.

July 25 | 2017 Tandem Throwdown Event Roster Now Posted; There’s Still Time To Register! The initial  Event Roster is now posted. There are still spots available in the Rx Open and Rx Masters (combined age of 80+) Divisions. Encourage your friends to REGISTER TODAY!

July 24 | 2017 Tandem Throwdown Workouts & Movement Standards Now Posted.
Workouts, and event Movement Standards, are now posted. If you have questions about the Workouts or Movement Standards, please visit the Tandem Throwdown Facebook Page and post a Comment, or email karen@eadperformancecenter.com.

July 23 | Competitor Shirt Deadline Wednesday, July 26. The deadline to ensure your 2017 Tandem Throwdown Registration Swag Bag features a competitor shirt is Wednesday, July 26. 

July 21 | Thanks to the 2017 Friends of the Tandem Throwdown. Thanks to the 2017 Friends of the Tandem Throwdown. Show these great folks you appreciate their support by giving them a shout out on social media, visiting their website, or better yet, spending some money with them! Know someone who would like to join this list? Have them email karen@eadperformancecenter.com for more info.

July 19, 2017 | Follow Your Favorite Tandems on Event Day. Follow the real-time leaderboard for the 2017 Tandem Throwdown, courtesy of WODLeader. 2017 Tandem Throwdown Leaderboard.

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August 4, 2016 | Follow Your Favorite Tandems on Event Day. Follow the real-time leaderboard for the 2016 Tandem Throwdown, courtesy of WODLeader. 2016 Tandem Throwdown Leaderboard.

August 3, 2016 | Updated Event Roster & Heat Assignments. The updated Event RosterHeat Assignments are now posted.

July 27, 2016 | Support the Companies Who Support the 2016 Tandem Throwdown. Show your appreciation to the companies who support the Tandem Throwdown. Visit their website. Post a thank you on social media. Better yet … spend some money with them! Thanks to the following event contributors:

July 22, 2016 p.m. |Tandem Throwdown Heat Schedule Released. The Heat Schedule for the Tandem Throwdown is now posted on the event Facebook Page and by clicking on the convenient Print & Go: Tandem Throwdown Heat Assignments link.

July 22, 2016 a.m. | Tandem Throwdown Workouts Now Posted. The 2016 Tandem Throwdown workouts are now posted on the event Facebook Page and by clicking on the convenient Print & Go: Tandem Throwdown Workouts  link.

July 21, 2016 p.m. | Athlete Update Emailed. Competitors, please be sure to check you email for information regarding the 2016 Tandem Throwdown. Please be sure to forward the email to your partner, or have your partner email karen@eadperformancecenter.com to add his / her name to the distribution list for future updates. Print & Go: 07.21.16 Competitor Update.

July 21, 2016 a.m. | Tandem Throwdown Roster Released. The 2016 Tandem Throwdown Roster is now posted on the event Facebook Page and as a convenient Print & Go copy.

July 20, 2016 | Event Roster Now Posted. 2016 ‬Tandem Throwdown competitors will represent 27 CrossFit affiliates across Illinois & Wisconsin + one gym. CrossFit e-town & The Box: CrossFit Autonomy Sports Performance tied event host Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights with the most duos registered. The athletes from Badger CrossFit will travel the furthest to compete. Plus, it looks like four times is the charm! This is the first year we have enough competitors to host a Masters Division Finals! In previous years, we awarded a prize to the highest placing Masters duo. View or Print & Go: 2016 Tandem Throwdown Event Roster. If you have corrections to your event listing, please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com.

Fan couponJuly 18, 2016 | Thanks, Atlas Power Wraps! Spectators & Volunteers at the 2016 ‪Tandem Throwdown‬ save on their next Atlas Power Wraps purchase! Competitors will receive a different discount in their Carlson Labs Athlete Registration Bag. Check out the goods!

June 2, 2016 | Tandem Throwdown Registration Opens June 3. Registration for the 4th annual Tandem Throwdown opens at 3 p.m., Friday, June 3. Athletes are encouraged to get a jump-start on the registration process by heading over to the Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights Class Registration page and completing the following steps.
1.) Sign In / Sign Up. Create an account and complete the waiver. The Sign In or Sign Up button is in the upper right hand corner of the page. Creating a new athlete account does not guarantee you or your partner one of the 60 spots on the roster, but it will definitely speed up the registration process for you on Friday.
Please note: We’ve changed our class registration since last year and your information did not transfer … all competitors will need to create a new account. If you competed in the 2016 Athena Classic, your athlete account is still valid.

2.) Once registration opens at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 3:
> Sign in to your athlete account
> Click on the calendar icon
> Select Tandem Throwdown | Saturday, Aug. 6
> Select Enroll
> Follow the prompts to complete the registration process
> Please note: Only one member from each duo will complete registration.
> As a reminder … there are no refunds.

Wait List. If you do not land one of the 60 spots on the roster, email karen@eadperformancecenter.com to reserve your spot on the Event Wait List.

June 1, 2016 | Tandem Throwdown Movement Guidelines Released. A general overview of potential movements & loads for the 2016 Tandem Throwdown is now posted.

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August 9, 2015 | Tandem Throwdown Crowns 2015 Champs. Tandem Throwdown organizers had no idea when they named the final workout of the 2015 event “Better Together” that the moniker would set the stage for the thisclose scoring between the top duos throughout the day, including the need to invoke two separate tiebreakers. The 2015 Tandem Throwdown Open Division title was up for grabs as 2013 champs Vanessa Stack, CrossFit Muse & Michael Bodi, CrossFit Phoenix, held just a single point lead after three workouts over Ashley Carlson, CrossFit 155 & Ryan Poole, CrossFit Kilter. Poole & Carlson bested Stack & Bodi on the final workout, a grueling 10-minute pyramid featuring Handstand Push Ups, Bar Muscle Ups and two sets of Squat Snatch (85# / 115#). With the leaderboard deadlocked at six, the final workout victory clinched the 2015 title for Poole & Carlson. The Tandem Throwdown victory was the second title earned by Carlson at Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights this year; she was crowned Athena Classic champ April 18.

2015 Tandem Throwdown Podium Finishers: Michael Bodi, CrossFit Phoenix & Vanessa Stack, CrossFit Muse (2nd); Ashley Carlson, CrossFit 155 & Ryan Poole, CrossFit Kilter (Open Division Champs); Thadine Zajac & Jason Rice, CrossFit Roselle (Masters Division Champs); Reid Specht & Maggie Kerrigan, CrossFit Dinami.
2015 Tandem Throwdown Podium Finishers: Michael Bodi, CrossFit Phoenix & Vanessa Stack, CrossFit Muse (2nd); Ryan Poole, CrossFit Kilter & Ashley Carlson, CrossFit 155 (Open Division Champs); Thadine Zajac & Jason Rice, CrossFit Roselle (Masters Division Champs); Reid Specht & Maggie Kerrigan, CrossFit Dinami. Check out the event photo album on the EAD | CFAH Facebook Page.

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Competitors gave it their all during a day filled with challenge, camaraderie and fun.

Joining Stack & Bodi and Carlson & Poole in the finals were six duos who consistently placed in the top 10 on the leaderboard throughout the day: Maggie Kerrigan & Reid Specht (3rd), CrossFit Dinami; Kalah Blue & Brian Kent (4th), CrossFit Wauconda; Kinsy Rosati & Clark Dendinger (5th), CrossFit Fire; Kate Konkel & Pat Scanlan (6th), Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights; 2014 Tandem Throwdown champs Christina Meeks & Trent Meeks (7th), Unaffiliated. The early departure by the one of duos tied for 6th place after three workouts, Skyler Bahrke & Jesse Bahrke, CrossFit Wauconda, (family function), invoked a tiebreaker ruling between 2014 Masters Division champ Thadine Zajac and her new partner, Jason Rice, CrossFit Roselle, and Jacqie Seyller & Andy Rodriguez, CrossFit Mettle and Honor & CrossFit Oswego. Zajac & Rice went on to top the Masters Division. Rounding out the Masters Division were Jody Corbit & Justin Corbit, CrossFit Sanctify; Courtney Fedacsek & Glenn Backus, CrossFit Autonomy; Nicole Herchenbach & John Allen, CrossFit Fire; Bill Miller & Amber Rich, Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights; Laura Martin & Scott Beutler, CrossFit SAA; Dara Madrid & Marco Fernandez, CrossFit SAA; Ann Marie Nordby & Todd Nordby, Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights; Lisa Lowenthal & Terry Barlin, CrossFit Autonomy; . Full leaderboard results are posted at WODLeader.

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Workout #1 | Back in Shackles put communication, coordination and grit to the test..

“Back in Shackles,” a workout inspired by the first workout of the 2013 Tandem Throwdown, was met with enthusiasm – and a bit of bemusement – by competitors. Tandems had to complete he 10-minute AMRAP bound at the wrist. The workout featured 30 Overhead Plate Lunges, 30 Unanchored Sit Ups and 30 Single Unders, kicked off by a 250m Plate Run (45# / 25#) buy-in. The workout launched what would become a fairly consistent leaderboard for the day; eight of the top 10 finishers in Workout #1 would go on to the finals.

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Check out 2015 Tandem Throwdown Video Clips.

Perhaps the loudest cheers of the day rumbled through the gym during Workout #2 | Kong. Tandems had a single barbell and 45 seconds for the female to complete a Deadlift and the male a Clean (any style). Ana Grimh & Tyler Grimh, CrossFit Sanctify, were the first to complete the 10-station ladder (135# – 305#). They were soon followed by Blue & Kent, Meeks & Meeks, Rosati & Dendinger, Stack & Bodi, Carlson & Poole, and Kerrigan & Specht. Workout #3 | Hold On – 100 Shoulder-to-Overhead (95# / 65#), 90 Bar Hop Burpees, 80 Front Squats, and a 70 kcal Row paired either a Front Rack or Extended Arm Hang static barbell holds – showcased the athleticism of Bodi & Stack who logged an blistering finish time of 11:35. The Tandem Throwdown returns to Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. Thanks to the competitors, spectators and volunteers who contributed the 2015 Tandem Throwdown.

2015TandemThrowdown.FightThroughAugust 2, 2015 | Thanks to Fight Through​ for their support of the 2015 Tandem Throwdown. The top three Tandems, plus the top finishing Rx Masters duo will receive a Carlson Laboratories​ Podium Package featuring a Fight Through Gift Card and more! Fight Through will also have an exhibit in Athlete Village, so be sure to stop by and check out their great apparel. 2015TandemThrowdown.HyleteAugust 2, 2015 | The 2015 ‪Tandem Throwdown‬ is powered by HYLETE. The top three Tandems, plus the top finishing Rx Masters duo will receive a Carlson Laboratories Podium Package featuring a HYLETE gift card and more! In addition, HYLETE invites Competitors, Volunteers & Spectators to everyone to gear up and save. Visit HYLETE and create your athlete account. Be sure to select the referred by code “The Tandem Throwdown” to receive preferred pricing, exclusive offers, and added benefits. August 1, 2015 | Competitors: Please be sure to review the 2015 Competitor Update posted here, and emailed to you. If you have questions, please be sure to contact karen@eadperofrmancecenter.com TandemThrowdown (1)August 1, 2015 | Competitors, Spectators & Volunteers: Check out the great gear from our friends at King Kong Apparel and then use the special coupon code “TandemThrowdown” and save 10 percent on your purchase. July 31, 2015 | The Heat Assignments for the 2015 Tandem Throwdown are now posted, along with an updated Competition Roster. If you have any questions, please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com. 2015TandemThrowdown.KitchFixJuly 31, 2015 | Tandem Throwdown‬ competitors will find a FREE meal coupon in their registration bags, courtesy of our friends at Kitchfix. KitchFix will be on hand sampling their amazing Paleo Granola, and selling a tasty box lunch for $10. The large size box lunch includes a Paleo Sloppy Joe, Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges, and Kale Slaw. Email karen@eadperformancecenter.com to pre-order your KitchFix box lunch. Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights is proud to serve as a delivery hub for KitchFix. July 30, 2015 | Thanks to WODLeader, the official Leaderboard of the 2015 Tandem Throwdown. Bookmark the 2015 Tandem Throwdown Leaderboard on your smartphone or tablet, and be sure to pass it on to your family & friends so they can track your progress. July 29, 2015 | Workouts #1, #2 & #3 are now posted here and on the 2015 Tandem Throwdown Facebook Event Page. Please post questions to the Facebook Page, or email karen@eadperformancecenter.com. Updates to the workouts will be posted as required. July 27, 2015 | A revised roster for the 2015 Tandem Throwdown is now posted. July 18, 2015 | The 2015 Tandem Throwdown Roster is now posted. 2015TandemThrowdown.CarlsonGemsJuly 16, 2015 | Welcome Back, Carlson Labs!  Carlson Labs, home to award-winning Norwegian fish oils, a full line of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, special formulations and other nutritional supplements, returns to the 2015 Tandem Throwdown as an event sponsor. May 18, 2015 | Sold Out! The 2015 Tandem Throwdown has sold out for the third consecutive year. If you’d like your Tandem to be placed on the event Wait List, please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com. There is no charge to be placed on the Wait List. May 11, 2015 | Registration Opens Tonight.  Registration for the 2015 Tandem Throwdown will go live Monday, May 11 at 8 p.m. If you have not already done so, head over to the Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights MindBodyOnline registration portal and create an account. Or, if you have an account, run a test log-in to make sure you correctly remember your password. This simple step will expedite the registration process, and could very well be the difference between making the Competition Roster or being sidelined on the Wait List. REGISTER NOW | 2015 TANDEM THROWDOWN. (link goes live at 8 p.m. cst). A few things to consider while you are waiting for the link to go active:

  • One person from each Tandem will complete the online registration process, including payment. Registration is capped at 50 Teams / 100 athletes. Each tandem must include one male and one female athlete. Team entry fee is $140. Sorry, no refunds.
  • One person from each Tandem will email karen@eadperformancecenter.com with the following information no later than Friday, July 10:  Partner Name & Email, Shirt Sizes, Tandem Name, and Division (Rx Open or Rx Masters)
  • To compete in the Masters Division, the combined age of the Tandem most be 80 years-old or greater.
  • All teams will compete in three workouts. The top teams after three workouts will face off in the fourth and final workout. A prize package will be awarded to the top teams.
  • If one partner scales any portion of a workout, the Tandem is no longer eligible to compete in the finals, but will still be scored.
  • We will maintain an event Wait List. Tandems will be called up in the order they appear on the Wait List. Tandems will be called up from the Wait List until Noon, Wednesday, Aug. 5.
  • Check back here or the 2015 Tandem Throwdown Facebook Page for event updates.

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  • Scoring – Jim
  • Audio – Karen
  • Head Judge – Becky
  • Competition Floor Flow – Web
  • Judges – Ashley, Mike M, Jason, Kristen P, Alida, Juan, Scott, Eitan, Kristen J, Kurt, Dave & Michelle
  • Course Marshals | Event Support – Tricia, Theresa, Andrea, Talya, Mia, Nina, Luke, Jovi, Quinn,
  • Photography – Josh
  • Video – Eric
  • … and the entire EAD | CFAH Community, especially our Saturday regulars, who gave up their training day so we could host the event.

AUGUST 10, 2014 UPDATE #1. The initial batch of 2014 Tandem Throwdown photos are now posted as an album on the Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights Facebook Page; there are more photos to come! Please show your appreciation for our event photographer, Josh Peckler, by visiting his Fundraising Page for the Chicago Marathon.Josh is running to help Salute, Inc., help meet the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. Even a small donation will make a difference for the great men & women who so proudly serve our country. Expect many more as I finish editing photos over the next few days. If you are interested in purchasing a photo without the watermark, please email josh.peckler2@gmail.com. AUGUST 9, 2014 UPDATE #2. Congrats to the 2014 Tandem Throwdown “Great Eight”! Tandem Throwdown 2014 (80 of 80) From Left: “We r 40 … What’s ur excuse?!”, Thadine Zajac & Andres Olalde, CrossFit Roselle, Master’s Division Champs; “Snatch & Sniff”, 3rd place, Ashley Beerens-Sisovsky & Ryan Poole, CrossFit Northpoint; 2014 Tandem Throwdown Champions, “‘Til Deadlift Do We Part”, Christina Meeks & Trent Meeks, H.O.T.Side CrossFit; 2nd place, Jennifer Krysh & JR Phillips, CrossFit Crystal Lake & CrossFit Roselle. AUGUST 9, 2014 UPDATE #1. Tentative results for the 2014 Tandem Throwdown:

AUGUST 8, 2014 UPDATE. Parking for the Tandem Throwdown is available in the lot adjacent to Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights, as well as on the West side of College Drive. Please do not park in front of any loading dock doors, in front of neighboring businesses, along the fence line, or on University Drive or College Drive. Additional parking for athletes and spectators is available at 15 West College Drive (the former Carlson Labs building); Meilner Mechanical Sales, 19 West College Drive; and, AMCA International, 30 West University Drive.SponsorPromoRevised AUGUST 1, 2014 UPDATE. The following information is now posted for the sold out 2014 Tandem Throwdown. If you’d like to add your Tandem to the wait list, please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com.

JULY 31, 2014 UPDATE. Thanks to the following folks for their support of the 2014 Tandem Throwdown. Show your appreciation by visiting their website.

JULY 27, 2014 UPDATE. 2014 Tandem Throwdown Workouts #1, #2 & #3 will be announced no later than Friday, Aug. 1.  The general and working event schedule is as follows. Heat assignments and the final event schedule will be posted no later than Monday, Aug. 4:

  • 7 a.m., Registration
  • 7:30 a.m., Athlete Briefing | Workouts #1 & #2
  • 8 a.m. – Noon, Workouts #1 & #2
  • Noon, Lunch
  • 12:45 p.m., Athlete Briefing | Workout #3
  • 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Workout #3
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., Reset + Athlete  Briefing | Workout #4
  • 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., The Finals
  • 5 p.m., Podium Presentation

JULY 25, 2014 UPDATE. Three states. Twenty-eight CrossFit affiliates. Forty-eight Tandems. Ninety-six amazing athletes. The 2014 Tandem Throwdown has sold out for the second consecutive year! Email karen@eadperformancecenter.com if you’d like to add your Tandem to the event wait list.2014TandemThrowdownRosterPromo JULY 23, 2014 UPDATE. The top eight teams — versus the previously announced top six teams — will now advance to the event finals.  JUNE 17, 2014 UPDATE. Registration for the 2014 Tandem Throwdown will open Friday, June 20. Registration for the 2014 event is capped at 48 Teams / 96 Athletes. Each Tandem must include one male and one female athlete. Team entry is $120. Sorry, no refunds. REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS.

  • Chase the REGISTRATION LINK (activated Friday, June 20) to get started.
  • One person from each Tandem will complete the online registration process, including payment.
  • Once registration has been processed, one person from each Tandem will email karen@eadperformancecenter.com with the following information FOR EACH ATHLETE (one email per Tandem, please) no later than Friday, July 11
    • First & Last Name
    • Email Address
    • Shirt Size
    • Tandem Name
    • CrossFit Affiliate(s) or Gym Name
    • Emergency Contact

ADDITIONAL INFO.

  • All teams will compete in three workouts.
  • The top six teams after three workouts will face off in the fourth and final workout.
  • A prize package will be awarded to the top three teams.
  • If one partner scales any portion of a workout, the Tandem is no longer eligible to compete in the finals, but will still be scored.
  • A special prize package will be awarded to the highest placing Master’s Team (combined age of 80 years-old or greater).
  • Tandems will be called up in the order they appear on the Wait List. Tandems will be called up from the Wait List until Noon, Wednesday, Aug. 6.
  • Check the event web page or Tandem Throwdown Facebook Page for event info.

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JUNE 16, 2014 UPDATE. The Tandem Throwdown returns to Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights Saturday, Aug. 9. Registration info will be posted soon. If you haven’t already locked in your partner, what are you waiting for? The 2013 event sold out … and in a hurry.

If you’d like to exhibit, sponsor or volunteer at the 2014 event, please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com.

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The 2013 Tandem Throwdown is SOLD OUT! Please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com if you’d like to place your team on the Event Wait List.

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AUGUST 13, 2013 UPDATE. Thanks to EAD / CFAH athlete Monica S for producing a HIGHLIGHT REEL of the CrossFit Arlington Heights 2013 Tandem Throwdown. Thanks, too, to everyone who helped make the 2013 Tandem Throwdown possible. It was a day filled with competition, camaraderie and CrossFit, and happened only because of the time, talent and contributions of many, including: the EAD / CFAH Performance Coaches — Jim, Karen, Josh, Becky, Kristen, Alida, Ashley, Mike Ku & Kate; the judges & volunteers — Melissa W, Dave H, Kurt Mc, Heather C, Mike Mu, Mike Ko, Maggie, Kim B, Andrea P, Andrea V, Keith C, Phil P, Ida, Nadya, John S, Theresa L, anyone who pitched in along the way, and anyone we’ve inadvertently left of the list; the folks who contributed to the Team Malaika fund; and, of course, the unbelievably bad ass athletes and the hundreds of spectators who came to cheer them on.

AUGUST 11, 2013 UPDATE #3. Save the Date! The Tandem Throwdown returns Saturday, Aug. 9. 2014. While you’re saving dates, be sure to reserve Saturday, April 19, 2014 for the return of the Athena Classic all-women’s competition. Both events sold out, so be sure to register early.

AUGUST 11, 2013 UPDATE #2. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Team Malaika Fund. We raised several hundred dollars to support EAD / CFAH athlete Malaika as she undergoes treatment for brain cancer.

AUGUST 11, 2013 UPDATE #1. Eighty competitors. Forty teams. Three grueling qualifying workouts steeped in teamwork, strategy, strength and muscular endurance. Congrats to the athletes who gave it all, and then game some more during the 2013 Tandem Throwdown. Click to view the 2013 Tandem Throwdown Leader Board l Final.

Thanks to the competitors, judges, volunteers, spectators and everyone who helped make the 2013 Tandem Throwdown happen.
Thanks to the competitors, judges, volunteers, spectators and everyone who helped make the 2013 Tandem Throwdown happen.

AUGUST 10, 2013 UPDATE #2. Be sure to check out the 2013 Tandem Throwdown Photo Album on the EAD / CFAH Facebook Page. Check back frequently … event photographer and EAD / CFAH athlete Josh Peckler is culling through thousands of images and we will add photos in installments over the coming days. Have photos from the event you’d like to share? Please email them to karen@eadperformancecenter.com

AUGUST 10, 2013 UPDATE #1. Congrats to the 2013 Tandem Throwdown Elite 8, and podium finishers:

  • 1st Place Michael Bodi & Vanessa Stack, “Northwallers”, CrossFit North Wall
  • 2nd Place Jason Kalinowski & Leah Perri, “JaLeah”, CrossFit Kenosha
  • 3rd Place Scott Carlson & Mary Kate Olsen, “Scott & Mary Kate”, CrossFit AMRAP & CrossFit Arlington Heights

 Unbelievable performances across three workouts landed eight teams a berth in the finals.
Unbelievable performances across three workouts landed eight teams a berth in the finals.

AUGUST 9, 2013 UPDATE. Click to view the 2013 Tandem Throwdown Heat Assignements

AUGUST 8, 2013 Update. Weight progression for Workout #2 / Ground-to-Overhead Ladder have been announced:

MEN

135# – 155# – 175# – 195# – 215# – 235# – 255# – 275# – 295# – 315# + 20 second AMRAP

WOMEN

95# – 110# – 125# – 140# – 155# – 165# – 175# – 185# – 195# – 205# + 20 second AMRAP

Competitors will have 20 seconds to clear the weight according to event movement standards, and then 10 seconds to transition to the next weight. Competitors who reach the final weight — 315# for men and 205# for women — will have 20 seconds to complete as many lifts as possible. Each lift completed during the AMRAP will add 10# to the overall women’s weight (three additional lifts completed = 235# final weight) and 20# to the overall men’s weight (tw0 additional lifts completed = 355#). The recorded score for Workout #2 will be the combined total weight of the Tandem, which in the case of our example would be 590#.

AUGUST 7, 2013 Update. The time cap for Workout #1 / “Shackles” will be 17 minutes. Remember, the last movement in Workout #1 is AMRAP Partner Burpees.

AUGUST 6, 2013 Update. Following please find the most frequently asked questions about the 2013 Tandem Throwdown Movement Standards as of today. The FAQ will be updated should other questions surface.

Q. Can we decide who rows first and runs first for Workout #3 / Run – Row? Will we each have our own rower and two row 2000m?
A. Yes. Each Tandem will decide which partner will run first and which will row first. It is important to note that one member of the Tandem is either always running or rowing until you each partner completes the 1600m run. Once both members of the Tandem have completed a 1600m run, the partners can decide how to handle the remaining portion of the row, assuming there is any distance yet to cover. Each Tandem shares a rower to accumulate the 4000m.

Q. Will we each have our own rower and to row 2000m in Workout #3 / Run – Row? A. No. Each Tandem shares a single rower to accumulate the 4000m.

Q. Will partners take turns to complete movements during Workout #1 / Shackles? A. No. You & your partner will be shackled at the wrist for the entirety of Workout #1 / Shackles. Everything you do will be together and in unison.

Q. Can the man carry the woman the entire way for the Workout #1 / Shackles 250m Partner Carry? A. No. The woman is required to carry the man for at least 1/3 of the course. The course will be divided in roughly three segments and Tandems can decide when to make the switch, as long as it is within one of the designated areas. Q. Are we required to hold the DB for both Thrusters and OH Lunges in the shackled or non-shackled hand during Workout #1 / Shackles? A. Both members of the Tandem are required to hold the DB for the Thrusters in the non-shackled hand. Tandem members have the option to hold the DB in either the shackled or non-shackled hand, or both hands if desired, for the OH Lunge Steps.

Please help us raise funds for EAD / CFAH athlete Malaika to support her treatment fund for brain cancer.
Please help us raise funds for EAD / CFAH athlete Malaika to support her treatment fund for brain cancer.

AUGUST 5, 2013 Update. Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights today announced that the 2013 Tandem Throwdown official community outreach initiative will benefit Team Malaika. EAD / CFAH athlete Malaika was diagnosed with brain cancer shortly after competing in the 2013 Athena Classic in late April. She recently completed radiation treatment and continues to undergo chemotherapy. Regardless of your financial situation or how well you think you’ve planned, cancer treatment is expensive. Please help us help Malaika, her husband and fellow EAD / CFAH athlete John C, and their three children ages 3, 5 & 7 by donating August 10. Look for the Team Malaika donation jug. Thanks in advance for your support!

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AUGUST 4, 2013 Update. Workouts #1, #2 & #3 for 2013 Tandem Throwdown are now posted. The workouts require strategy, stamina, strength and a whole lotta partner savvy. Athletes are required to fully understand movement standards. If you have questions, please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com for clarification. Heat assignments will be posted by Wednesday, and have been made based on registration date. If you did not receive the August 2 Athlete Update Email, please email karen@eadperformancecenter.com.

2013 Tandem Throwdown Workouts #1, #2 & #3

Workout #1 l “Shackles” l For Total Reps l Time Cap To Be Announced 250m Partner Carry 75m Bear Crawl 40 DB Thrusters (25# / 45#) 40 Unanchored Sit Ups 40 Overhead DB Lunge Steps (25# / 45#) AMRAP Hands Release Burpees Workout #2 l “Ground to Overhead Ladder” l For Combined Total Weight Female l 10 stations l 95# – 205# l AMRAP at 205# Male l 10 stations l 135# – 315# l AMRAP at 315# Workout #3 l “Run – Row” l For Time l 20 Minute Time Cap 1600m Run l Female 1600m Run l Male 4000m Row l Tandem Workout #4 l Top Eight Tandems After Workouts #1, #2 & #3 To Be Announced … – – – – –

JULY 29, 2013 Update. Event Movements released.

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JULY 28, 2013 Update. Thirty-nine 2013 Tandem Throwdown duos were simply no match for the BrewCity CrossFit PR machine that propelled Tani & Dave / “Clean Jerks” to take top honors in the Favorite Tandem Name Competition. Tani & Dave win bragging rights and a special prize awarded August 10. Thanks to everyone who voted for your favorite Tandem name. We hope to see you at CrossFit Arlington Heights in 13 days cheering on your favorite Tandem … it is going to be a crazy day of competition.

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JULY 19, 2013 Update. Forty teams — many with some very creative names — will do battle at CrossFit Arlington Heights Saturday, Aug. 10 in the 2013 Tandem Throwdown. The event roster includes tandems from 22 CrossFit affiliates from Illinois, Wisconsin and New York. Several tandems take teamwork a step further, formed with a man and woman from two different affiliates including CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit Cave, CrossFit Arlington Heights / CrossFit AMRAP, CrossFit Roselle / CrossFit 1013, and Treads Gym / BAC Extreme.

Visit the EAD / CFAH Facebook Page, “Like” us, and vote for your favorite Tandem Throwdown team name. The Tandem with the most votes wins bragging rights and a special prize awarded August 10.

The event is SOLD OUT, but the waiting list is now open. Email karen@eadperformancecenter.com if you’d like to place your tandem on the Event Wait List.

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