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The Arnold Classic Africa (ACA) Throwdown is an event that forms part of the Arnold Classic Africa Sports Festival which is an annual multi-sport event celebrating numerous sporting codes.

Arnold Classic Africa Throwdown

The Arnold Classic Africa (ACA) Throwdown is an event that forms part of the Arnold Classic Africa Sports Festival which is an annual multi-sport event celebrating numerous sporting codes.

It is named after the legendary professional body-builder, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The inaugural event to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre promises a sport festival like no other in South Africa.

The Arnold Classic Africa will bring to Johannesburg an expected 30,000 attendees across a wide range of sporting codes, including the coaches, friends and families who are there to support the 10,000 athletes who will be competing, of which at least 5,000 are expected to be youth athletes. The expo promises to deliver one of the largest annual gatherings of committed fitness enthusiasts on the African continent.

ACA Throwdown

The mission of this throwdown is to bring together the CrossFit community from all over the country to compete for the title of fittest individual and team in South Africa. The programming for this event will cater for both advanced and intermediate athletes (RX and Scale). The ACA

Throwdown will run over a period of three days, from 27-29 May 2016, and the programme will consist of the following:

  • Friday 27 May 2016: Workshops and some open WODs for athletes entered into the ACA Throwdown.
  • Saturday 28 May 2016: Individual competition. Include 3 x WODs (40 RX athletes and 40 Scaled athletes).
  • Sunday 29 May 2016: Teams consisting of 3 members (any gender mix) and includes 3 x WODs (40 RX teams and 30 Scaled teams).

Competition guidelines

This serves as a guide to athletes to determine which category of event they should enter. The Rx Events are aimed at competitive CrossFit athletes. While the weights are not too heavy, they are intended to provide a significant challenge and movements will be fast paced. The Scaled Events will be suitable for both the novice and intermediate athlete and, while still challenging, will not include complex movements.

Team Event – Rx

Teams of 3 athletes (any combination of male/female)

  • Maximum barbell weights: Men – 60kg; Women – 45kg.
  • Barbell weights apply to any/all of the barbell complexes.
  • At least one person in the team is required to be able to do pull-ups, toes-to-bar and double-unders. Muscle ups are not required.

Team Event – Scaled

Teams of 3 athletes (any combination of male/female)

  • Maximum barbell weights: Men – 35kg; Women – 20kg
  • Barbell weights apply to any/all of the barbell complexes.
  • Pull-ups and double-unders are not required.

Individual Event – Rx

  • Maximum barbell weights: Men – 60kg; Women – 45kg
  • Barbell weights apply to any/all of the barbell complexes.
  • Requires complex gymnastic movements including pull-ups, toes-to-bar and bar muscle ups.

Individual Event – Scaled

  • Maximum barbell weights: Men – 35kg; Women – 20kg
  • Barbell weights apply to any/all of the Barbell Complex
  • Pull-ups and double-unders are not required

*Detailed WODs will only be released closer to the actual event.

Entry fee:

  • R450 per individual.
  • R450 per team member.
  • R150 discount applicable if an athlete registers for the individual and team events.
  • Enter online here.

The entry fee includes:

  • T-shirt
  • Arnold Classic attendance certificate
  • Free entry to the Arnold Classic event/expo for the duration of the event (27-29 May 2016).

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