After four days of grueling effort by six teams in a fight for physical supremacy and a battle of wills, Friday’s Grand Finale became the do or die day to earn the right in joining the few brave souls that came before them to be called an Iron Pirate.
The final day of the Games culminated with 17 CrossFit movements, with 13 of them being 1 minute AMRAPS (as many reps as possible), 3 being “last man standing” events, and finishing the day with a 400 meter sprint. Each team could earn 1-6 points based on their finish in each event. The team captain determined which of his team members performed which event. The 6 teams fought long and hard in the following exercises:
- The 1:00 AMRAPS
- 135 lb Bench Press
- 53 lb Kettlebell Swing
- Butterfly Situps
- Body Blasters
- 75 lb Front Squats
- 75 lb Thrusters
- 135 lb Deadlift
- 95 lb powerclean
- Toes to Rings
- Hand Release Pushups
- Box Jumps
- The Last Man Standing Events
- The Crucifix – Team Member holds 10 lb weights to his side, shoulder height for as long as possible.
- Waiter’s Walk with 45 lb plate
- Farmer’s Walk with a kettlebell in each hand
- 400 meter run
The day was full of incredible feats of strength, stamina, and pure guts, and it was that way from the very first event – the Bench Press. Freshman Grayson Ivey pounded out 42 reps with 135 lbs in 1:00 as the CrossFit room erupted in unadulterated mayhem.
Minutes later, Jake Maziar literally did a deadlift a second, as he cranked out 61, 135 lb deadlifts in 1:00. If that weren’t enough, Dan Lynn absolutely destroyed the front squat with 50 reps, as he worked through the pain while his quads screamed “stop” for the final 15 seconds.
Later in the day, Dylan Lee went absolutely insane in the butterfly sit up event, knocking out 73 BFS’s in 1:00, while team captain, Jared Martin destroyed the thruster event with 38 grueling reps.
Not to be outdone, Johnny Holland went unbroken on the pullup bar, as he performed an incredible 35 reps in 60 seconds.
Another of the more impressive performances was Cam Sperry in the Crucifix, as he held the 10 lb dumbbells at his side for over a minute and a half while Dylan Lee came back for more and out walked the competition in the Waiters Walk, carrying a 45 lb plate over his head for over 4 minutes.
Shortly after, Jake Maziar went back to work in the Farmer’s Walk and displayed one of the most impressive feats of guts, glory, and mental toughness, as he carried the 2, 53 lb kettlebells at his side for over 6 minutes. It was truly amazing.
The day was truly a great day for the 2014 edition of the Pirates, as all of the competitors laid it on the line for their respective teams.
With the 400 meter run being the last event of the day, it came down to four teams – Martin, Guthrie, Trout, and Ivey, as mere tenths of seconds would be the determining factor in the winner of the 2014 Iron Pirate Games.
It was a gut check indeed, as the winning team will be announced at Monday’s Black and Blue Steak and Hot Dog dinner, along with the individual Iron Pirate winner from the entire fall’s workouts, as well as the Iron Pirate Game’s Prime Time Performer, recognizing the best overall individual performance of the week, as voted on by the players. Additionally, the coaching staff will present their annual fall awards, that includes:
- The Dirty Pirate Award
- The Big Stick Award
- The Staff Award
- The Golden Glove Award
- The Academic Award
- The Alex Cabral Hustle Award
- The Most Improved Award
- The Newcomer of the Fall Award
- The Do It Right Award
- The Ty McTier Coaches’ Awards
To see last year’s winners, click here.