What is programmed in Tribal Clash workouts?
Tribal Clash tests team work capacity. The workouts include, but are not limited to: lifting, shifting (carrying, dragging, pulling), locomoting (running, swimming, cycling, paddling) or climbing. The team that can do most work in the shortest time will score the highest. Tribal Clash involves functional movements utilised in life outside the gym, and we exclude those that we consider movements used for training for real life, such as double-unders or toes to bar.
What is ‘team work capacity’?
We believe that to truly test team fitness, we need to program for a team, not for six individual athletes. Many team fitness competitions include only events ran in a relay format. Standard gym equipment is designed to be used by one athlete at a time, which doesn’t allow for creative team programming. While a relay format may be appropriate in one event in a multi-event competition, it is not appropriate if this is the only format used across all events. At Tribal Clash we program in a way that tests true team work capacity. This means all six athletes working together as one unit. Tribal Clash events are highly tactical and require exceptional communication skills, and an ability to work together as a team.
What equipment is used in Tribal Clash? Do I need my lifting shoes?
Tribal Clash takes place on a beach, so many competitors don’t use shoes at all. A lot of the equipment we use is specifically designed, manufactured and sourced by Tribal Clash, to be used by a team of 6 athletes. You won’t see factory engineered barbells on the beach at Tribal Clash, you won’t see Concept 2 rowers, GHD machines or assault bikes either. You will play with logs, tractor tyres, worms, atlas stones and sand bags.
We have never done a team competition before! How should my tribe train as a team?
Team competitions are so much more fun than solo competitions! In true team programming, you work together with your tribe members. You can start training for Tribal Clash in your gym right now, have a look at some of the team workouts that we have published, most of these can be done with standard gym equipment. Have a look here!
We are not competitive athletes! Is Tribal Clash suitable for beginners?
Tribal Clash is for everyone. It is not a beginners’ competition, but it is excellent for beginners. Tribal Clash is inclusive because there are very few technical movements that would stop a team from progressing. The programming utilises basic primal movements – running, carrying, dragging, lifting or swimming. There are no heavy barbell snatches or double unders to trip a beginner. There is no olympic weightlifting, in fact there are no barbells at all at Tribal Clash. Many teams come to Tribal Clash to soak in the unique atmosphere, to have fun on the beach, and they don’t care where they place on the leaderboard. We do consider getting yourself up and over a beam a basic human skill, therefore up and overs have been programmed every year. Ultimately Tribal Clash is a competition to find the fittest team, and competition by nature is a test. The fittest teams have six strong athletes that can deal with anything we throw at them. The leaderboard at the end of Day 2 will reflect each team’s abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
Is Tribal Clash only for CrossFitters?
Absolutely not. We welcome all tribes from all fitness and sporting backgrounds who think they have what it takes and who want to rise to the challenge. Tribal Clash is not exclusively for CrossFit athletes or affiliates. We believe that the best way to train for Tribal Clash is CrossFit-style training. Tribal Clash is an electrifying fusion of CrossFit, obstacle racing and adventure racing, so the best teams have athletes that are well rounded and not averse to running or swimming.
Do we have to swim in the sea?
Yes. You don’t have to be a competition standard swimmer, but you need to be able to swim (= not drown).
How do we enter? Are there qualifiers?
There are no qualifiers for Tribal Clash. Team entries are allocated through application (UK) or first-come-first-served (Portugal). Team places are strictly limited and once the competition is sold out, we run a standby queue for cancellation spots.
Is there a Masters’ category?
No – your tribe is your tribe. We firmly believe that age is just a number. In Tribal Clash, where the events are very tactical and require an ability to think logically and stay cool under pressure, experience counts.