As event organizers explained what the gathered group of athletes was about to do, some of the competitors were in disbelief.
"Are you just experimenting on us?" one asked.
Twenty crossfit athletes came from around California for the WarriorZ Throwdown, an exhibition with cash prizes for winners held during Sunday's Fittest of Elk Grove event.
"I love watching the hometown folks, but you can't say you don't enjoy the pro folks as well," Elk Grove City Council Member Steve Detrick said.
The athletes, who were paired off in randomly assigned teams, performed feats even they seemed amazed by, including a bizarre set of pushups on rings suspended from a squatting partner.
San Jose resident Garret Fisher said the event was unique.
"I got to work with somebody I [had] never met," Fisher said. "It was different. Usually I train with the same people every day."
Santa Cruz resident Annie Sakamoto said that aspect of the event was what attracted her.
Chad Augustin, a former Elk Grove resident who recently moved to Sacramento, said the event was also unique in another way.
"Everybody is here with no ego, just having fun."
The winning teams were:
1st (tie) – Jenny LaBaw & Chad Augustin
1st (tie) – Blair Morrison & Sarah Hopping
3rd – Ben Alderman & Becca Voigt
Note: The two first-place teams tied because of a judging error, Event Director Brian Detrick said.