Patterned after Crossfit, the games were held on Saturday October 12th in the Hart. The games consisted of mental and physical strength exertion, and even more sweat. Three men, and three women contestants were able to advance to the fourth and final round.
The first place champion of the Woman’s Games was Nicole Sewell a junior studying exercise physiology. Sewell said she has many goals in mind for the future. “I see people at Crossfit games who are just…ripped, in the best shape ever, and I wanna be at that state.”
The Women’s X-fit Games Spring Champion, Kathryn Plummer, said, “I wanna make it to regionals this year I don’t care if its individual team or whatever that’s the plan so I need to work out more and stop eating pizza.”
Since 2006 the sport has been catching on like wildfire, what it is, is a high intensity varied sport where the athletes do as many reps as possible.
BYU-I staff member and Crossfit enthusiast Jessie Smith said the Games consist of highly practical exercises. “Functional foundational movements that are applicable across broad domains that are effective for cryin out loud.” said Smith. “That work, that do get what the desired goals are.”
Second place champion of the women’s Games Erin Malin a sophomore studying exercise physiology said, “Its awesome, it pushes you and there’s always a way to get better, and its so much fun.”.
Hunter Roark a sophomore studying biology, took third place over the men. “I really wanna work on my snatch, and my endurance cuz I hate running,” said Roark.
Second place over the men was Maxwell Rice, a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. “I’m going into the navy this year, so I’ll have a lot of Crossfit there too, so I’m excited, its going to be something that plays a big role in my life. I’m relatively new, this is only my second semester doing it and I love it.,” said Rice
Drew Mahlmeister is a senior studying exercise physiology with an emphasis in program design prescription. “This is one of the things that you can prescribe to everybody because everybody needs some level of fitness and Crossfit kind of hits every level of fitness from aerobic or endurance all the way down to strength and one rep maxing and heavy weight and everywhere in between,” said Mallmeister.
He has played a role in each of these event types since BYU-I has been putting them on. Mallmeister was head judge over the “The fall 2013 Games.”