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Carolina CrossFit Famously Hot Showdown – Day 2 – Teams

(Hey! If you’d like to see all 1400+ images from both days you can do that (and order if you’d like) here.)

Okay, I promised a follow up to our previous post about day one of the Famously Hot Showdown, and here it is.

I know what you’re thinking. “Man, these fitness posts can be pretty intimidating! All these people are so darn…FIT!” Don’t worry, though, because day two of the Famously Hot Showdown was teams meaning the competitors were…

A very fit guy lifting weights

…still obscenely fit.

So, when they said “teams”, they apparently didn’t mean that you got to lift the weights together or pick one another up on the pull-ups. So much for Wendy and I entering next year.

Woman lifting at CrossFit

Yet despite people making faces like this:

Front squats

this:

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and this:

Guy in a Captain America shirt

…other people made faces like this:

Rowing

and this:

Guy with a banana

(Okay, in all fairness, eating a banana isn’t quite as challenging as doing front squats.)

Still, I’m pretty sure the competitors were having a good time. If I’m not mistaken, the guy below is setting his personal record in this photo. (Dear guy in photo: if you’re not setting a PR here, just email me and I’ll Photoshop some more weights onto the bar until you are.)

Personal record

And what could be more fun than swinging from the rings?

A woman doing muscle-ups

(Wait, Wendy tells me she’s in the middle of doing muscle-ups. Nevermind.)

Wall ball

Wall ball

Wall ball

You know, in all the online arguing about the pros and cons of CrossFit, the one argument I’ve never heard is that you ought to do CrossFit because it makes your kids adorable. I know this is a small sample size, but I think there’s a case to be built here.

Kids at the Famously Hot Showdown (The little girl is on her 37th pull-up. Not really.)

Box Jumps

You know, though, folks who are serious about CrossFit often develop really big muscles…

Strength

Barbell across a man's back

…and you know they’ve just got to be completely inflexib–…

Very, very flexible

Never mind.

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One of the coolest things about day 2 was watching teammates cheer one another on.

Success

Overhead squats

Teammates

And speaking of teams, here’s the one that made it happen:

The Famously Hot Showdown volunteer team

Thanks for visiting with us! We hope we’ll see you at the Famously Hot Showdown again next year!

 

Carolina CrossFit Famously Hot Showdown – Day 2 – Teams

(Hey! If you’d like to see all 1400+ images from both days you can do that (and order if you’d like) here.)

Okay, I promised a follow up to our previous post about day one of the Famously Hot Showdown, and here it is.

I know what you’re thinking. “Man, these fitness posts can be pretty intimidating! All these people are so darn…FIT!” Don’t worry, though, because day two of the Famously Hot Showdown was teams meaning the competitors were…

A very fit guy lifting weights

…still obscenely fit.

So, when they said “teams”, they apparently didn’t mean that you got to lift the weights together or pick one another up on the pull-ups. So much for Wendy and I entering next year.

Woman lifting at CrossFit

Yet despite people making faces like this:

Front squats

this:

Famously-Hot-Showdown-Day2-117

and this:

Guy in a Captain America shirt

…other people made faces like this:

Rowing

and this:

Guy with a banana

(Okay, in all fairness, eating a banana isn’t quite as challenging as doing front squats.)

Still, I’m pretty sure the competitors were having a good time. If I’m not mistaken, the guy below is setting his personal record in this photo. (Dear guy in photo: if you’re not setting a PR here, just email me and I’ll Photoshop some more weights onto the bar until you are.)

Personal record

And what could be more fun than swinging from the rings?

A woman doing muscle-ups

(Wait, Wendy tells me she’s in the middle of doing muscle-ups. Nevermind.)

Wall ball

Wall ball

Wall ball

You know, in all the online arguing about the pros and cons of CrossFit, the one argument I’ve never heard is that you ought to do CrossFit because it makes your kids adorable. I know this is a small sample size, but I think there’s a case to be built here.

Kids at the Famously Hot Showdown (The little girl is on her 37th pull-up. Not really.)

Box Jumps

You know, though, folks who are serious about CrossFit often develop really big muscles…

Strength

Barbell across a man's back

…and you know they’ve just got to be completely inflexib–…

Very, very flexible

Never mind.

Famously-Hot-Showdown-Day2-1372

Famously-Hot-Showdown-Day2-1474

Famously-Hot-Showdown-Day2-389

One of the coolest things about day 2 was watching teammates cheer one another on.

Success

Overhead squats

Teammates

And speaking of teams, here’s the one that made it happen:

The Famously Hot Showdown volunteer team

Thanks for visiting with us! We hope we’ll see you at the Famously Hot Showdown again next year!

 

Carolina CrossFit Famously Hot Showdown – Day 1

Once again, it’s time to return to the theme of people who are in way better shape than I (J.P.) am!

Last year, you might remember, we photographed Carolina CrossFit’s Famously Hot Showdown. This year, we returned for not one, but two days of events, this time located inside their Laurel Street location. If you don’t know much about CrossFit (or if you just want to see some more photos of people who look like Greek gods and goddesses (Why do we only associate Greek gods and goddesses with great abs?  Nice marketing, Greek pantheon!)) I’d suggest checking out our last post on Carolina CrossFit here.

But you’re not here to listen to me tell you about the competition, you probably want to see very fit people engaging in feats of athleticism that would leave me gasping for air, a defibrillator, and probably a milkshake.  So here are some highlights from day 1. (Day 2 here!)

(Note: all 1400+ images from both days can now be seen and ordered here.)

An athlete does overhead squats at Carolina CrossFit's Famously Hot Showdown

A woman doing a CrossFit WOD lifts a barbell over her head

One of the most fun parts about shooting fitness is the great faces people make.

The Joy of Lifting

Athletes wait to compete

An athlete does muscle-ups at Carolina CrossFit's Famously Hot Showdown

A man squats during a CrossFit WOD

Raising the bar

The DJ kept the music loud and pumping all weekend long. (For some reason, there wasn’t a lot of Iron and Wine played.)

DJ

Mid-swing muscle-up

An athlete at Carolina CrossFit's Famously Hot Showdown

I didn’t catch this athlete’s name, but Wendy and I both loved photographing her. She smiled the entire time she competed. There may be something to it, too, because I’m pretty sure she won her division.

A female athlete smiles while performing overhead squats

Over the bar burpees

Speaking of positivity, it’s one thing that I just can’t get over about CrossFit–the overwhelming sense of camaraderie that exists among those who enjoy/endure it. As absolutely disciplined as these people are, as strong as they are, I didn’t catch even a whiff of macho posturing at this event. Everyone was kind and supportive of one another. It’s a refreshing break from a lot of what you see in sports.

A woman does wall ball during Carolina CrossFit's Famously Hot Showdown

CrossFitters lifting

This is a muscle up. It’s basically a chin-up, on rings, where rather than getting your chin above your hands,  you get the entire upper half of your body up there. It’s every bit as easy as it sounds and there were lots of them this weekend…

Muscle-ups

Jumping rope

Step-ups

A man does wall ball during Carolina CrossFit's Famously Hot Showdown

A woman does box jumps during Carolina CrossFit's Famously Hot Showdown

Box jumps

As you can imagine all this was pretty exhausting.

An exhausted athlete

An exhausted athlete at Carolina CrossFit's Famously Hot Showdown

The sad thing is, that’s what I felt like doing after photographing these folks. It’s probably time I get my butt back down to Carolina CrossFit and let Paul whip me into shape. If you see me there, please say ‘hi’. I’ll be the one panting on the floor after the warm up.

Sherrod and Jeremy’s Wedding: Rain, the TARDIS, and Velociraptors

You’re essentially bound to think that the title of this post is misleading (though the presence of the TARDIS could explain why velociraptors showed up), but I assure you everything I have promised will make an appearance. Frankly, with stuff that cool, it’s kind of odd that I’m starting the post with a picture of a chalk board, but it says “welcome”, so at least it’s a good start thematically.

Welcome

Sherrod and Jeremy got married Saturday at The River Road & Jasmine Houses and Gardens in Columbia near Lake Murray. This wedding was wonderfully whimsical and filled with joyful, fun people. Let’s start with the flowers. Roses? No. Daisies? No. How about maps?

Bouquet made of maps

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No, this is not the velociraptor I promised, but it’s a darn fine impression.

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Ah, now we’re really getting somewhere! No doubt all the Doctor Who fans will recognize this police call/ring box. (Frankly, when I opened it, I was a bit surprised it wasn’t bigger on the inside. Still, it fit the rings and that’s what’s important.)

Dr Who Ring Box

The whole day we labored under the threat of rain, but it was still holding out as the girls and guys started getting ready.

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The Groom

3 vert bridesmaids(Did I mention that everybody was a lot of fun?)

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The guys

Just as the ceremony was about to begin, a sprinkling of rain began to fall, but it did nothing to dampen anyone’s mood. Besides, isn’t rain on your wedding day supposed to be good luck?

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The bride and her father

Rainy wedding

Sherrod and Jeremy wrote their own vows, which were lovely and touching.

The bride crying

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By the end of the ceremony, everyone was slightly soggy, but ready to party!

Hello, ladies...

The lovely and delicious cake was provided by The Cake Professor. But…what’s that on top of the cake?

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Yes, it’s a velociraptor bride and groom. In fact, the bride is even wearing a tiny engagement ring, which is absolutely lovely, but sometimes gets in the way when she’s tearing into her prey. How great is her veil, though?!

Velociraptor Wedding Cake Toppers

Rawr!

Rawr

So there were some toasts…

Toasts

…some dancing…

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..and finally just some time to hang out and look gorgeous.

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Jasmine House Wedding in Columbia“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” -The Doctor

Columbia Wedding Photography - Jasmine and River Road house

Departure

Congratulations, Sherrod and Jeremy! We had a blast with you, your family, and friends! We hope you’re having a great honeymoon and wish you a journey full of adventure and, most of all, love.

Hans + Lou – Columbia Wedding

Maybe you remember Hans and Lou, the couple sweeter than Pi? Well, they’ve moved on from engaged to the real deal–they’re married! Here are a few of our favorite images from their wedding at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church and their reception at Rockbridge Club.

We couldn’t have asked for a much more beautiful day.

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Hans was ruggedly handsome, as usual.

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This was a lovely detail I’d never seen before. Lou made her ring bearer’s pillow from her mother’s wedding dress. What a beautiful way to honor her parents’ marriage in her own wedding!

Ring bearer pillow made from mother's wedding dress Click here to read more.

Senior Photos: Ethan

Happy day-after-Halloween, everyone!

I hope your trick-or-treating adventures were fruitful–though not literally. Fruit is not an acceptable Halloween treat. Chocolate. Chocolate is what you should have gotten. If you’re an adult and you gave out fruit I just…I don’t even know what to say to you. Life must have beaten you down pretty badly, and I’m sorry.

Anyway, while you’re riding the sugar high of your child’s pilfered candy (or, like us, leftover candy that you hid from trick-or-treaters didn’t eat) we hope you’ll enjoy Ethan’s senior photos.

Ethan is a senior this year at Ben Lippen, and he wanted senior photos showcasing his most beloved posession: his guitar Jane.

Rock and roll senior portrait(I may have had a little too much fun with this one…)

Columbua SC Senior portraitHere the sky cooperated nicely with us. Thanks, sky. Click here to read more.