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Thursday, January 26, 2012

So you wanna Compete....

Hey Everyone,

Second post of the day...I must be on a roll! I know a lot of you have been hearing about this past weekend and Crossfit United making a great showing of athletic ability at the 2nd Annual Athletes 4 Athletes benefiting the Special Olympics in Lee's Summit, MO. I thought I would take this opportunity to put things into perspective about competing in Crossfit. Many people think its not for them and that may be so, but if you are thinking about competing, I'd like to show you a few of our athletes and where they started.....

Jen: Jen arrived at CFU last year with a pretty athletic background. However, she had persistent problems with athletic injuries which were not making workouts or her job as a firefighter for Columbia much easier. On Saturday, Jen Front Squatted (knee movement??) 150lbs for 3-Reps in the 2nd event of the day! This was almost 105% of her body weight! She finished 2nd in the competition in the womens scaled division after an awesome head-to-head with another one of our athletes....

Carrie: Carrie came to us as a teacher and soon to be entrepreneur. As far as I can remember, she would struggle with certain aspects of workouts like any other athlete, especially pull-ups :) Eric, one of our coaches, told me that she came to him with a very stern attitude and said "I want to compete," and compete she did! She placed 3rd overall in the womens scaled placing top 5 or better in all 3 events on Saturday! An overall stellar performance!

Severin: Severin was a true "Garage Crossfitter" before he came to join us. He is a Ph.D in Biochemistry and an avid outdoorsman. When he arrived at CFU he needed quite a bit of work on some technical skills but other than that he was in very good shape! Severin placed top 20 in the Male Rx'D division on Saturday with some pretty awesome performances including a 255lb Front Squat for 3-Reps (137% Bodyweight).

Kendall: Kendall has always been an endurance type athlete but when she joined us at CFU, she began to hit the weights just as hard as she had been hitting the pavement. Kendall placed 5th in the Women's Rx'D division with some pretty stellar performances including accomplishing nearly 7 rounds on the heavy deadlift/double-under workout (deadlift=175lbs for 5 Reps Each Round).

Just some perspecive on how our athletes are very different in a lot of elements but all came with a drive to compete and do well. I am extremely proud of how everyone competed and pushed their limits!

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