About 65 people took to the Sarge Athletics facility and its parking lot on Monday to participate in strength-training games and enjoy a barbecue for the Endless Summer Throwdown.
The event in Ijamsville consisted of over an hour’s worth of four-minute teamed stations, including sandbag hill runs, kettlebell deadlifts, sprints, hose slams, weight drags and more. Afterward, there was an ax-throwing station and a cookout to celebrate summer’s end.
The athletic facility did a summer series called The Combine Games with the goal to get people to work a little harder than they normally would while keeping score, according to Patrick “Sarge” Avon, owner of Sarge Athletics.
“We wanted to get people together and have fun, and there’s a competition element,” he said. “We don’t have judges so there’s really no win or lose.”
Similar events were held on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
One participant, Ijamsville resident Jane Wilcom, has worked out the past 3,130 days and hasn’t missed a day.
“My husband and I started doing it together,” she said. “He’s about 150 days ahead of me. We have a spreadsheet that we keep track on and we celebrate on the thousands.”
Throughout her 3,000-plus days, she’s had surgery and has been sick but has never missed a day. While she’s been a member of Sarge Athletics since 2011, this is the first combine event she’s participated in.
“Every time I say I’m going to come, and this time I finally did,” she said.
After the work out she felt “really good” but exhausted.
“It was definitely harder than our usual workouts,” she said. “But it was a great way to end the summer.”
Avon said he loves that summer is ending because it’s one of the busiest seasons for him and his business.
“Oh my gosh, summer’s insane for us,” he said. “We decided to have a little bit of fun at the end with this event because summers are a bit exhausting.”
With that comes excitement for fall. He’s ready to see new changes, inside and outside the gym, and new faces.
“We get to work with people with various challenges,” he said. “We’re getting a lot of adults that have had some physical issues, pain issues or maybe some issues that are no fault of their own.”
Going forward, he hopes his clients remember to have fun and be safe.
“And that they can probably work a little harder than they thought they could,” he said. “Our whole company’s premise is human potential. Hopefully they found that you can do a little bit more than they thought.”