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Wrestler switches energy to kickball

 

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Charles “Chaz” Warrington spent seven years as a professional wrestler in what was once known as the World Wrestling Federation, but now he chooses to release his competitive frustration by playing kickball rather than kicking butt.

There are many different leagues, and some are more social than a competition with participants sipping on beers during the game. But for the former member of the tag duo the Headbangers, they needed to be more competitive than that.

“It started out as something fun, but then my competitive edge kicked in,” Warrington said. “I had tried softball, but it didn’t seem right for me. Than I tried kickball.”

He still wrestles, but now Warrington is the head of the Meatballs, the top kickball team in the country with two back-to-back championships to prove it.

Warrington found The Circuit, which is a collection of tournaments that offered the opportunity to compete for cash prizes, and The Circuit Cup.

Warrington is set to play along with about 35 of the top teams in the country at the South Florida Kickball Open presented by Ultra Co-Ed Sports at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek on Feb. 23. The open is a qualifying event for The Circuit Cup Championship to be held in New Orleans. For more information on the events schedule, visit www.kickball365.com.

CrossFit Games

On March 6, the quest to find the Fittest on Earth will begin, and there will be nearly 100,000 participants expected to compete for the top male and female in the world in the CrossFit Open.

Last year, after three years of attempts, Guido Trinidad of Miami made it to the top three in the region to qualify for the final games. Only the top 48 make it to regions and only the top three out of the 17 regions will get to go the finals.

“The experience was in the journey to get there. It took me three years to make it out of regions,” Trinidad said. “I have my own gym in South Miami, and it was a proud moment for me to make it to the championship. It was a sellout crowd!”

Trinidad was the first Miamian to make it to the CrossFit Championship, but with the sport gaining popularity he expects to have some tough competition coming up.

“People come from around the world to watch and participate in the games,” Trinidad said. “People can relate because we do the same kinds of workouts that they do, just usually a lot faster and with heavier weight.“

There is a $250,000 purse for the winners. If you would like to participate in the open, you can do it from just about anywhere. All you will need is to videotape yourself doing the proper exercises while obeying the rules.

For more information, visit games.crossfit.com.

If you would like your upcoming participant events to be showcased, email: Corey Campbell at Campbell.corey@gmail.com.

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