Train Nenagh members at Train Throwdown. PHOTOS: DIARMUID O DONOVAN PHOTOGRAHY

Successful CrossFit competition in Nenagh

By Anna Powell

Train Throwdown, an annual Nenagh-based CrossFit competition was hosted in Train Nenagh last weekend.

With well over two hundred people in attendance, the competition saw people coming from all over the country to compete. This was the competition's second time being run by Megan O’Mara, owner of Train Nenagh.

“This year we had one hundred and ten competitors, which was 55 pairs in total,” she said.

“We had 24 female scaled pairs, 10 male scaled pairs, 8 intermediate female pairs and 13 intermediate pairs.”

CrossFit Treaty won first place in male intermediate pairs with first place intermediate female pairs was awarded to ‘Squats the Story’ from CrossFit Green. ‘The Cratloe Crew’ from CrossFit Treaty took home the crown in scaled male intermediate pairs and Powerhouse gym won first place in scaled female pairs.

There was an array of different fitness levels competing at the event. Everyone competed in their division in a team of two.

“We had two divisions, scaled and intermediate and each pair had to complete three workouts in their category,” Megan added.

“All workouts were scored by our judges and then depending on each team's score, the top three teams in each category went on to compete in a final workout. We then awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place from this finisher. The idea of each workout was to test the athletes' limits across a variety of different movements. Each round aimed to make sure the athletes strength level, skill level and fitness capacity were being pushed”.

This was definitely achieved according to Train Throwdown judge and Train Nenagh coach, Aoife Peters.

“The standard at this year's Throwdown was exceptional and the strength from some of the teams was unbelievable,” she said.

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s Throwdown. The highlight of the day for me was definitely the final workout. The atmosphere was on another level as the top teams took part in a very challenging workout. There was such a great buzz to the day. It was brilliant to see everyone come together from all over the place to compete and it was also great see everyone cheering everyone on throughout the workouts.”

This sentiment was also echoed by co-owner of CrossFit Treaty, David O’Halloran. “The standard was fantastic,” he said.

“People of all ages showing off all their hard training was brilliant to see. The finals in particular were hugely exciting. We had a large number of people competing, in particular a lot of first timers so as a gym to see so many of our members push themselves to limits, they didn’t think they had was very pleasing to us as owners.”

Train Nenagh members took home prizes on the day, including. Paul Ryan and Ger O’Carroll placed third in the intermediate male division, Christina Dunne and Clíodhna McGrath were awarded second place in the intermediate females.

“We were so thrilled to take second place in the intermediate female competition as we truly gave it our all! We left it all out there,” said Cliodhna McGrath.

“The final was definitely the most challenging part of the day – my legs! The day was so much fun, it was so well organised, and the support was fantastic. I’m already looking forward to doing it all again next year.”

The final word goes to Megan O’Mara, owner of Train Nenagh. “I was incredibly proud to see everyone work together and enjoy themselves at this competition. I believe everyone got a sense of our positive and uplifting ethos that we encourage strongly here in Train Nenagh.

“It was a really nice opportunity to showcase our ever growing community here at the gym.

“So many athletes and spectators brought along their kids with them on Saturday which really helped to add a very wholesome element to the day.”