Fernando Reis and Alyssa Ritchey Win 2018 Wodapalooza Weightlifting Face Off

The annual Wodapalooza festival is currently underway in Miami, Florida. It kicked off on January 11th and goes through January 14th. This festival brings thousands of athletes from multiple countries together over the course of a four day span. Within these four days, the Wodapalooza festival holds a weightlifting face off, a 5k, multiple WODs, and other fitness based competitions.

Yesterday, the weightlifting face off kicked off the festival with some big names topping the leaderboard. Both female and male competitors who took home first place also competed at the 2017 IWF World Championships. For the men, Brazilian weightlifter Fernando Reis (105kg+) took home first, and for the women’s side USA weightlifter Alyssa Ritchey won first.

At the World Championships both Reis and Ritchey recorded solid performances. Reis finished 6th in the 105kg+ men’s weight class with a strong 200kg snatch (a new Pan American record) and a 240kg clean & jerk. Ritchey, who was a Worlds rookie this year, placed seventh in the women’s 48kg weight class with a 78kg snatch and 99kg clean & jerk.

The Wodapalooza weightlifting face off is unlike traditional weightlifting competitions where athletes each get three attempts for both the snatch and the clean & jerk. In order to come out on top at the face off athletes must complete four rounds of weightlifting tasks.

The first round opens with athletes being paired head-to-head and alternating minutes of the snatch before resetting and moving to the clean & jerk. After completing these tasks, the athlete with the higher Sinclair score advances to the second round.

For round two, athletes are asked to complete their best snatch, then round three, the clean & jerk. The top athletes after these three rounds advance to the finals where they must complete both lifts again.

Last year’s weightlifting face off winners were Reebok CrossFit Games athlete Matt Rattay, and powerlifter turned weightlifter Taylar Stallings.

Feature image screenshot from @thewodapalooza Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.

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