We managed to have a little catch up with the Tribal Clash Crew who went to Portugal and competed. We asked them some questions to shine some light on the Competition and find out a little more about them 🙂 read all about My little ponies , favourite superheroes , best and worst moments. Enjoy !
Q1: What drove you all to do Tribal Clash in Portugal ?
Jorge: The sun, the beach, the food…and obviously work out with a bunch of friends!!
Anke: What? Who! Jorge came across the new sunny edition of Tribal Clash and a week later we had a ticket and a team. Fitness at a beach speaks for itself I think 😊
Misty: I really loved the Devon one, it was my first time in a competitive environment and with the location and team, it was one of the most fun things Ive done. Anke suggested Portugal and pretty much had the organisation down, so it seemed like a great deal, no admin, great comp and fantastic peeps.
Dan: I tried out for last year’s Tribal Clash that took place in Devon and unfortunately didn’t make the cut. After the competition, Anke came back with so much energy about how epic the team competition experience was and was going on about how there was going to be a new event in Portugal. When she asked me if I’d be interested in being a part of a team to compete on a sunny beach side location – of course I was down for the fitness!
Camilla: I participated on the Tribal Clash last year in the UK. It was really fun and challenger, so I decided to go again, maybe I would have a better luck with the weather in Portugal.
Q2: What was the best part about the comp ?
Jorge: After the WODS, when we congregate to eat and chill out. Dinners after a long day of wods as well were a moment of joy.
Anke: Cami, Misty, Jorge, Dan and Jose of course. Oh and Papa Diego’s team supervision skills. He’s very good at being calm as f* in the face of all the fun things we put ourselves through over the weekend.
Misty: Best part was the sunshine, It was my first time in Portugal so a new country was an awesome experience and also getting to know peeps better than before
Dan: Aside from spending all weekend in the sun and having fun flipping things and throwing around atlas stones on the beach, I have to say the best part was The Villa. We wanted to make the most of the weekend and get a space to decompress and make it a bit of a holiday weekend. I loved making team breakfasts and together and going out to get dinner with the crew in Portugal, but overall just getting to get a bit closer with the crew on the whole.
Q3: Worst and best events ?
Jorge: The worst event: The first wod, running with the huge piece of wood zigzagging.
The best event: 150 Thrusters with worm and rope climbs.
Anke: Running on sand was hard. Also my gymnastic skill clearly disagrees with up and overs (the bar is about 2m high and you have to maneuver yourself over it somehow).
Best event – I loved the 6-person paddleboard. Also flipping and dragging ALL the tires up and down our lane was epic.
Misty: Worst: freaking swimming. Its a definite weakness and a small fear that I need to work on. And having the fear of getting some ungodly stomach bug if I swallowed the lake water didnt help. Best was the thruster and rope climb work out, the team was super pumped and it flowed nicely (Other than one moment when we were no rep’d like ten times and I wanted to bash the judge on the head) and who doesn’t love rope climbs 🙂
Dan: The worst event for me was the swimming workout with the tyre burpees and tyre shoulder-to-overhead. Swimming was one of my weaknesses going into the weekend, and STOH with a tyre between three people is tougher than expected. The best event was probably the tyre flip sprint. Although I pushed myself quite a bit in every workout, I felt like the sprint was one where I could let loose and empty the tank all the way until the time cap. Also the trail run to a degree as well although they invalidated all scores since a majority of us unintentionally ran a shorter route.
Camilla: Swallowing water from the lake was not good after hearing so many times: “Please, do not swallow this water!” lol, I can consider this one the worse.
The best was 150 thruster, which I was calling DOOOOWNNNN to keep our team at the same pace.
Q4: How did you find the team element ?
Jorge:Awesome, very good. Would be impossible to get anywhere in the competition without feeling part of THE TEAM, and feeling confident enough with the people that you are.
Anke: Competing as a team is loads of fun. For me personally it takes away a lot of the stage fright because you’re not alone in this. At the same time you end up pushing yourself more because you don’t want to let anyone down.
Misty: The team element was great, and not just in the workout but getting to hang out with these guys under lets say normal conditions was my favourite. From their terrible music tastes in the morning, chatting over dinner and being shocked at how much food people could actually eat, it was great getting to know them more. Also having other people super concerned about you is really comforting, at one point I had 4 team members hugging me from different angles trying to warm me up.
Dan: The team element was awesome. Regardless of where we placed, I could not have been prouder of my teammates for pushing through all of the events across the weekend. There were some moments where e realised that we tackled some of the workouts inefficiently because we thought about how we could work individually as a team to get something done, but not how we could work collectively to be the most efficient at getting something done. Each event was a lesson in itself, and there were some really epic team moments that were had.
Camilla: We were trying to extract our best, and have fun in between.
Q5: How did you prepare for this as individuals and then as a team ? Any recommendations ?
Jorge:Individual: Manage your nerves, focus and embrace your weakness, use your brain and connect it to the muscles.
Team: Train together, get use to each other presence and pace. Spend sometime together out of the training floor as well to talk about strategies.
Anke: We spent quite some time training as a group. Because Jose isn’t based in London the remaining 5 of us aimed to tune into each other as much as possible, so he’d have it a bit easier to join us for the comp. It worked out really well. I’m super proud with how we did. I recommend spending time training together so you learn to read each other and figure out how to communicate in a fatigued scenario.
Misty: Cant add much more than what the other peeps have said, except maybe more swimming is required.
Dan: Individually speaking, I was mainly focussing on sandbag and intensity work for keeping my current injuries under wraps, and preventing any additional imbalances from cropping up. As a team, we spent a good couple of weekends working on team workouts where we would have to tag in and out, practise synchronicity through rowing, wall balls, thrusters and burpees. We also got out of the gym a few times to work on running, swimming, and strongman / strongwoman strength elements that were key staples at the competition. My recommendation – do these workouts together as much as you can. I think it really helped us all understand each other’s weaknesses instinctively, and let us know when and how to step in to support.
Camilla: As individual I was training normally, but as a team we did some workouts together. However, independent of trainings, try to be closer of your team. If I could give a tip, I would say: Communication! Be in communication with your team, before, during and after the workouts. If you are thinking something (does not matter what it is) and realized it might not be important… Well try to externalize and say your thoughts and ideas, you will see how important it is. 😉
Q6: Did you break down any of your roles in terms of strength and strategies ?
Jorge: Yes. In some events knowing who was the faster at swimming or running made things slightly easier to send this person/s first. Some of the events were scored by time of the first members of the team arriving to the arena.
Also knowing who is the strongest helped. There was an event in where you could do as many rope climbs as you wanted, without changing team members, so thinking about who are the most efficient members doing rope climbs gave us some extra points.
Anke: We knew our strongest climbers, runners, swimmers, lifters, so we planned accordingly for each workout. More importantly we were able to make the right adjustments on the fly and step in for others as fatigue set in. I loved how Cami took over the command on the worm thruster because Dan at the front wasn’t audible. That was lots of relentless DOOOOOWN shouting in the middle of the group, and fast reps, because Cami is the shortest – it definitely saved us time. I couldn’t walk for 3 days after.
Misty: Going to agree with Dan here. But yeah alot of this comp is a strategy and seeing who would be best for the different roles, or if a round was timed, which team members would place us best in that situation
Dan: Once we had the brief for the workouts on each day, we naturally started to think and plan and strategize to figure out what may work best for us. I think we found that more often than not, most of our designated roles and strategies completely flipped as soon as we were in the middle of the workout. Luckily we had spent much time in our prep working together as a team to get to understand where to pick up for one another.
Camilla: Swim for me is always a challenge, so for me was really good when they changed this workout to the lake, even worse to swallow a dirty water was to be on the ocean.
Q7: Anything else people should know about the comp ?
Jorge: Be prepare for last minute changes in events. Be prepare for adversity in the arena and with the weather.
Anke: Do it! It’s hard and it’s load of fun. The team spirit is big at Tribal Clash and it makes the competition a weekend you’ll remember.
Misty: Its so much fun, and although for this one we had an awesome Villa to go get clean, my only other thing they should know which Im sure they do is prepare to be dirty the whole time, to occasionally freeze to death and bring sooo much of snacks
Dan: It’s not like what we usually do in the typical programming, but that shouldn’t by any means deter anyone to getting involved. You’d be surprised how much some of the movement that we practice regularly can translate into other modalities. Other than that, it’s a weekend full of beach time fitness funzies in the sun (*country dependent of course*) – what more could you want?
Camilla: Well, like I was saying to Daniel on Friday before start our competition, extraordinary plans do not work for this kind of competition, because many variants can change everything! So, do not waste too much of your time with it (believe me, it will always be changed). The changes can be done by the organization in term of movements, weights and workouts in general, or by the weather, or by your body conditions. Just be prepare and keep your mind focus to do your best does not matter what happen and the most important, have fun!
Q8: Are you going to do it again ?
Jorge: Of Course!!
Misty: Yes ! Super happy to have made the Devon team
Dan: Absolutely! I’m looking forward to getting into as many of the locations as possible to experience the varied environments and elements of each location.
Camilla: Not for a while.
Q9: Now random finisher, something most people don’t know about you and favourite superhero and why 🙂
Anke: I have a natural talent for coffee and sleep, both in unnatural doses. Together.
Misty: Super hero is Aqua Man- the Jason Momoa version. And I feel that he explains it all and I need no further evidence as to why he would be the best super hero 🙂 Umm don’t know about me…Im still scared of the dark and thankfully UK flats are tiny with soo much light so I don’t have to run through the house switching on lights as I go? Does that count? or I use to have 50 my little ponies as a kid, that I got from doing every ones chores in the household and also bartered dinner, other toys , doing homework for them and snacks with siblings/cousins in order to increase my pocket money to buy more ponies. (These were the old school my little ponies not the ones you get these days 🙂
Workout of the Day
A) Alt EMOM10 10 mins
3-5 DB Overhead Squat R arm
3-5 DB Overhead Squat L arm
B) At min 12 commence:
5 Rounds for time
– 1 Minute Rest
C) 3 Rounds
40s on, 20s off
Workout of the Day
10/10 Single arm Thrusters 15/10kg
15/15 Goblet Bulgarian Split Squats 15/10kg
30 Cal Aridyne or Row
Workout of the Day
A) Hollow Body Plank Sliders 10-10-10
B) Hollow to V-Up (feet on Wall Ball) 10-10-10
C) Headstand to Press against wall 5-5-5-5-5
D) Paralette L-sit to Press Up position 5-5-5-5-5