Saturday, January 21, 2017 saw athletes amble towards Chino Roces, Makati for Primal Ape’s 2nd annual Ape Games. Registrations started at 9am, with the event commencing an hour later, and then proceeding onuntil the early afternoon.

 54 athletes. 18 teams. 7 events. 1 Champion.

54 athletes. 18 teams. 7 events. 1 Champion.

Fifty-four athletes huddled into eighteen teams, each leveraging their combined strength, skill and teamwork for the grueling tasks ahead.

Head trainer Trever Love, along with other Primal Ape coaches, explained rules for the seven slated events. 

 Athletes on Event 3: Blue Death

Athletes on Event 3: Blue Death

These challenges featured virtually every known Crossfit movement, veiled in almost whimsical terms such as: “Carry Me If You Can (Farmer’s Carry),” “Burpee Impossible (100 Burpees for time),” and “The Girls (single-unders, back squats, butterfly sit-ups, wall balls, rows, and pull-ups).”

Even as the morning cool gave way to the afternoon heat, and athletes muscled, finessed, or shouted their way through the coaches’ challenges - the pervading atmosphere was one of community. No matter what expression the athletes wore, they all seemed to say:

“We are here to compete with each other, not against each other." 

But while everyone there won something that day, the numbers in the end, choose their own winner. Team Optimus Primeapes, composed Tiana Yu, Phil Pratte, and Marco Lobregat emerged first among equals that day, and we managed to catch up with Captain Tiana for her thoughts on the games.

 Team Optimus Primeapes. Phil Pratte, team captain Tiana Yu, and Marco Lobregat

Team Optimus Primeapes. Phil Pratte, team captain Tiana Yu, and Marco Lobregat

RT (Redge Tolentino): What were your expectations, coming into the second ape games? Did you attend the first one? 

TY (Tiana Yu): This was all my teammates first Ape Games. We were all anxious about the difficulties of the WODs.

RT: Any unexpected difficulties you experienced, mid-game? 

TY: Phil got a small rip sa palm after the pulls ups but it was nothing. 

RT: To what do you credit your win to (Coaches, mates, training, diet, etc)? 

TY: I think we won because of teamwork and I had two really strong teammates, Phil and Marco. Me, I was able to keep up with these two because of the great CrossFit WOD programming of Coach Trever during the year 2016. 

RT: Best memory of the day? 

TY: The 1 mile run together while holding a jump rope & rotating a 20lb med ball among the three of us each 100m lap. It was the most challenging for me. My teammates had to keep my pace even if they were faster & stronger. 

RT:  Over all impression of the event?

TY: The Ape Games 2017 was very well organized. It was a good test of strength, a great time to bond with all our boxmates & a whole lot of fun. Wouldn’t exchange the experience for anything else in the world.

 Transform.   To go beyond one's form, beyond the limits of your body, beyond the limits of oneself.

Transform.  To go beyond one's form, beyond the limits of your body, beyond the limits of oneself.

The ape games also had teammate Marco Lobregat ruminating on the meaning of the word “transform.”

“Think of the word transform. The root word form is all about our physical world, our boundaries, our shape, it's our body. While the prefix trans means to go across, soar above and go beyond. To transform is to go beyond one's form, beyond the limits of your body, beyond the limits of oneself.” - M. Lobregat.

Words by: Redge Tolentino


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