- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Allison Phelps went to a dark place during the D-Town Throwdown.

And then she kept going.

Slumped on the ground, trying to catch her breath after completing a team run that followed a workout of sit-ups and then lifting reps with 155-pound weights, she admitted to being a little pooped.

“My legs aren’t working,” she said with a laugh. “But I love CrossFit training; it’s an addiction. To do well, you have to go to a dark place inside yourself … and hopefully come back.”

Phelps, 27, competing as part of a three-woman, three-man team from the Carriage House CrossFit gym in Jacksonville, was among some 260 athletes pushing themselves to their limits and a bit beyond at the D-Town Throwdown. Now in its third year and hosted by Decatur Memorial Hospital’s CrossFit Enhance Gym, it attracted 45 teams from all over the state for two days of punishing and highly competitive exercise using just about every muscle in the body.

Phelps team was called the “Young and the Elderly” because the age range of team members went from 24 to 49. One of her teammates, Jolene Campbell, 39, said CrossFit is great for anyone of any age. “I love to see what my body can do,” she said. “And that’s why we are here today.”

Teams won medals, prizes and coveted 6-foot-by-3-foot banners to go up in their home gyms. Watching the teams go head to head as 600 spectators cheered and dance music pulsed at ear-bleed levels, CrossFit Enhance gym manager Josh Newton said you can take CrossFit as far as you want.

“The people out here today are really pushing it,” added Newton, 30. “But it works for a regular person who is just looking to be able to stand up from the couch easier, walk easier and be a fitter human being. You might do one workout a day to stay fit and that’s it.”

You might get hungry for more, however, and Newton says CrossFit teaches you can never have enough of a good thing. But after two days of having that mega decibel dance music do a workout on his ear drums, he was ready for a rest late Sunday afternoon.

“It’s mind-numbing after two days of it,” he said. “I’m exhausted, you know?”


Source: (Decatur) Herald & Review, https://bit.ly/1OX5kPR


Information from: Herald & Review, https://www.herald-review.com

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