April 23, 2016 will be CrossFit Pohaku’s third year hosting the Double Trouble Competition in Kailua-Kona — the largest CrossFit competition in Hawai’i.
“People are waiting for this to happen every year. They have a partner to do this with, so it eases the pressure on them, especially if it’s their first competition. It’s also only one day long. [They do] four WODs and some other skills outside, but then you’re done and you can sit back and enjoy a beer,” said Andy Huebner, the owner of the Box. “Plus everybody shows up from the CrossFit community, so the camaraderie is great.”
The first year Huebner hosted the competition, there was room for 48 teams of two athletes. The next year, he opened it up to 66 teams, or 132 total competitors. And with two weeks until the third annual Double Trouble Competition, and only four spots left, he plans to match that number.
The competition is one day comprised of four WODs and “some strongman stuff” outside, according to Huebner. To program four WODs efficiently between many teams, Huebner said he takes into account how many minutes there are in a day, and tries for less changeovers between workouts and heats in order to ensure he has enough time for each athlete to workout. “We program between 3 to 6 minute burners, and then a longer Final WOD in the 12 to 15 minute range that everyone does. I like to lift, so we may have a max-out complex but also using weights with bigger rep schemes in other WODs, along with gymnastics and endurance stuff,” said Huebner.
And it’s all done in partners. Before the competition, competitors choose their partner and whether to do the full day RX or scaled. “The scaled, even though we have prescribed scaled weights, etc., we are a bit more lenient. If there is still something an athlete can’t do, we will scale it further and then count it behind regular scaled. The last thing you ever want is someone just standing there, embarrassed, because they can’t do something,” he said.
Despite it being the largest competition on the Big Island, Huebner said he does not do a lot of marketing. He simply tags people and other Affiliates on social media.
But he does invite venders to the competition. In the past, Stronger Faster Healthier has come out, as well as Shakes and Snatches. This year, Virus International plans to come.
Each year, proceeds from the event are donated to a local charity. This year, the Box plans to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, which Huebner said was a “perfect fit” for them, benefitting people close to their CrossFit community.
With venders, over 100 athletes and programming multiple workouts, Huebner admits the competition is a lot of work. But he’ll continue to host it for the community. “It’s sort of like the Open — you get people that have never competed. They are the ones with the most heart and joy to watch because they’re like little kids getting an ice cream cone! Of course, watching the RX division is always fun. But it’s the first timers — you can see it in their eyes, they’re hooked! When someone struggles to do something, you can hear the cheering get louder. It’s as if everyone is trying to pick that person up. It’s amazing!” said Huebner.
His only advice: plan large events like this at least two months in advance, and “remember the porta-potties.”