The Brussels Throwdown

This weekend the Brussels Throwdown is going down.

After 3 qualifying WODs, Tina Tursic, Sarah Troglia and Andy Orsinger managed to qualify themselves for the Finals in Brussels (06.09.14-07.04.14), all landing in the top 20.

In July Tina competed in the French Throwdown in Paris where she learnt a lot about her strengths and weaknesses as an athlete. She said: "It was the first big competition for me, so it was a really memorable experience. The event was on a very high level, programming was excellent and so were all the comepetitors. My favorite event was the WOD 4 (350m swim, 500m run, 1000m row, 400m run) and the least favorite WOD 3, as my ring dips were just not there. But overall, a really good experience and I am looking forward to next competitions."
After the French Throwdown, she changed her programming from the "She" OPT blog to a personalized program, put together by her coach. The focus in the last few weeks were on strength, mostly on upper body with a lot of bodybuilding aspects, getting stronger arms.

Tina doing the swim/run/row WOD in Paris

Tina doing the swim/run/row WOD in Paris

Sarah has been going crazy with her squats in the last couple of months, front- and backsquatting multiple times a week. A couple of weeks before the Brussels Throwdown she kicked up the short metcons and optimized her muscle-ups, which have been looking really solid lately. She's been eating Paleo for 3 months now, allowing herself some more carbs here and there like potatoes or rice. In Brussels, she's hoping for Burpees, box jumps, power cleans and handstand push-ups (nobody does these faster than she does).

Sarah staring down the Axle bar at the ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH CHALLENGE in Basel

Sarah staring down the Axle bar at the ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH CHALLENGE in Basel

 

Andy has been focusing mainly on his lifting. In Spring and in the Summer he went through a couple of weightlifting and bodybuilding programs, trying to get his strength and muscle gain up, while staying explosive.
He's hoping for some heavy lifting in Brussels, preferably squat cleans mixed with pull-ups and shoulder to overhead. He hasn't explicitely been preparing for this competition and fell sick last week. 2 days before the competition he got his blood checked and the doctor said it was fine to compete, so let's hope for the best. His nutrition will be what he knows he can digest well, like rice and meat.... and his secret weapon Kinder Buenos. Andreas Toscan has been helping him out a lot with questions regarding training and nutrition (maybe not so much on the Kinder Buenos).

 

Andy doing Pistols at the ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH CHALLENGE in Basel

Andy doing Pistols at the ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH CHALLENGE in Basel