A New Way Of Competing
Do you love lacing up your Nanos and going toe to toe with other athletes in functional fitness throwdowns? Are you looking for a way to compete against people from boxes all over the world on an ongoing basis? WOD Throwdown might just be what you're looking for. With state of the art technology and a slick interface, WOD Throwdown has created an innovative way for athletes to compete in online events, earn points and see who really is the top dog. We asked the creators of WOD Throwdown to give us the details on their interesting new concept.
Fitness Cult Chronicles: The WOD Throwdown concept looks very interesting. Can you give our readers an overview of what it is and how it works?
WOD Throwdown: WOD Throwdown is an online fitness competition where thousands of athletes from around the world compete for rank. Rather than competing for 1-2-3 (which we will still recognize), athletes will receive a percentile ranking per event, then try to better their position in subsequent events. At the conclusion of each event, every participant will receive a custom, military style, challenge coin as a token of their accomplishment. Each coin will have a highlight color specific to each 10 percentile finish. For example, if you are top 10%, your coin will have a black highlight. If you’re 11-20%, yours will have blue, ect…
We will have 2 “pre-season” events in 2014, and then launch into our first full season in 2015. Each season will last a calendar year and will have X number of events. Each event will have X number of WODs. I’ll tell you that the first event, which kicks off October 15th, will have 1 WOD per week for 4 weeks, but that will not be the format for every event. We will stick to the functional fitness mantra of “unknown and unknowable.” Some events will favor the stronger athletes, while others will be focused on endurance. All participants can expect that the vast majority of the WODs can be done with equipment typically found in your average box setup. No pool WODs for example.
FC^2: Can you tell us a little bit about the pricing? Or is that under wraps until launch?
WOD Throwdown: Simple, the event will be $25, and if you pre register before registration opens on September 15th, you will receive a code for $5 off. Pre-registration simply means you sign up for our e mail list. We won’t spam or sell the list, it’s simply so we can keep athletes informed on event details. Also, most discounts we offer will be exclusive to the e mail list.
FC^2: What can you use the points that you accumulate for? Do they have any value or are they there mainly as a way to create the leaderboard?
WOD Throwdown: There will be two sets of points, points earned per WOD, and points earned per event. Points earned per WOD go towards determining final rankings in that particular event. These points are based on finish position (1st place gets 1 point, 100th place gets 100). The lower your score, the better your rank. Season points will be earned per event (the higher your percentile finish in an event, the more points you earn), and will go towards determining who gets invited to compete in the final event of the season.
FC^2: Is there a way to set up teams or have group challenges?
WOD Throwdown: Teams will automatically be generated for any box with two male and two female participants, and results will be based on the combined individual efforts. We are currently evaluating the possibility of setting up teams in a way that you can designate who is on your team, thereby having the possibility of multiple teams per box. We also expect that over the course of the season there will be a couple one off team specific challenges.
FC^2: Is there a social component to WOD Throwdown? Can athletes interact with each other directly?
We do have a Facebook group page where individuals are better able to ask questions, share experiences and photos, provide feedback, communicate with other participants, and interact directly with the WOD Throwdown Director and Organizers. The Facebook group page is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/684528398294693/
FC^2: Who are you guys and what do you do when you're not creating an awesome blend of online and in-box competitions?
WOD Throwdown: We are a group of Coaches and fitness enthusiasts who have come together with this idea in hopes of further enhancing this social sport we all love.
Our Director and the face of WOD Throwdown is Matt Griffin. Matt is a professional trainer, a coach, a former Marine, and a reality show badass. His show, the Operatives, is currently showing on Pivot.
Behind the scenes we have a guy who makes his living in sales and marketing, and pair of computer geeks.
FC^2: What inspired you guys to take the time to create WOD Throwdown?
WOD Throwdown: Our inspiration ultimately comes from our own experiences with competitions in our own boxes. Whether it’s the Open, a formal event hosted by a box, or a spur of the moment challenge made from one member to another, friendly competition spurs something great. People get motivated, morale dramatically improves, PRs are bigger and better, and most importantly, the community comes together and has a lot of fun.
FC^2: We noticed that WOD Lab is involved in the project. Can you tell us a little about who they are and what they do?
WOD Throwdown: WOD Lab is a state of the art event management, WOD tracking, box management software we have been developing for the past two years. It’s a second offering from the same company, and athletes will get a small taste of it here in its debut.
We developed this software initially because of the need in the market for something robust enough to manage an entire competition while providing real time stats and scoring updates. What it’s become is a very intuitive program coaches will be able to use for everything from building their daily WODs to planning large events. Where WOD Lab really starts to flex its muscle is in the WOD Tracking, and in the performance metrics and insights we will provide. This is something we are very passionate about and are quite certain this will help a lot of coaches and athletes perform better. It’s simple enough for a novice to use, but has enough bells and whistles to let an advanced athlete or coach do extreme tracking (round splits / power output / V02 max / scaled and RX plus).
It’s the features of WOD Lab that will allow WOD Throwdown to relax on things such as video requirements. With just a small amount of data per athlete, we will be able to spot outlier performances.
I could go on and on…but perhaps WOD Lab is a separate discussion.
FC^2: Where do you hope this all ends up? Do you foresee having a "Finals" competition at a live venue in the future or is this purely going to live online and in boxes?
WOD Throwdown: In the short term we will start having “host boxes” where we invite a Coach/ Owner to program an event with us, and put their logo on that event’s Challenge Coin. If all goes according to plan, we expect that our event director, Matt, will visit these host boxes and film the WOD announcements with them.
We have discussed the possibility of having the final event be live, but that is still to be determined. There will be a final event though.