It was an exhilarating and adrenaline-charged Saturday at Primal Ape Crossfit last January 13. Athletes gathered together for the Ape Games 2018, to celebrate athleticism, camaraderie and teamwork. “Ape Games brings the community together, whether you’re morning, noon or evening crew, young or old, newbie or veteran, it does not matter. We are one box. One family”, said Coach Trever Love.
Ape Games is the annual intra box throwdown of Primal Ape CrossFit, where member-athletes compete in team events. “I joined Ape Games because I wanted to start my year by challenging myself, hopefully achieving a few PRs, and having fun while suffering with the Primal Ape community”, shared Ina Capulong of Team Thrust Issues.
This year, 84 athletes comprised 28 teams, joined the game. They competed in 7 events which featured basic CrossFit wods such as tire flipping, rope climbing, wall balls, running, rowing and of course, weightlifting.
“Triple 3 is my favorite because my teammates never gave up on me and friends were cheering me on to complete the 300 single unders” said Janice Pajutrao of Team WODzilla
“My favorite WOD is the 1RM clean and jerk! I got to test my 1 RM again after a long time of no workout. It didn’t disappoint coz I hit a good number. Plus my teammate Gelo, a first timer of the movement hit his first PR of 135#. Proud and happy for him at the same time!” shared Sarah Yu of TeamPura.
It was all sweat and cheers the whole day. Everyone was there for one another. Everyone poured their heart and soul and no one was left behind. “Everyone had the opportunity to shine and lead, to have to be carried and helped. That’s the beauty of it all, we all have strengths and weaknesses but it’s the people we surround ourselves with that carry us through” said Coach Trever.
The event was capped off by awarding the top finishers of the Ape Games. Wena Tabo, Mikey Best and Roy Vergara of Team WeRBest, was announced as the 2018 Champions. “The best part of the games is not winning but seeing everyone support each other despite it being a competition. It really helped in building a stronger community” said Wena.
Here are the complete list of winners:
1. Team WeRBest – Wena Tabo, Mikey Best, Roy Vergara
2. Team Cepmalu – Tiana Yu, Chris Bello, Eman Caproso
3. Boobies and the beasts – JM Broncate, Bella Ang, Jason ?
Spirit of the Games – Joyce & Alfy
“I am beyond proud of everyone. From last to first it doesn't matter. The future of this community is bright. My goal is to continue to grow it so we can share its light with as many people as we can. The sky is the limit they say. Let's shoot for the stars then!” said Coach Trever.
Congrats to all the teams and see you on Ape Games 2019!!!
Words by CJ Lampad