Posts Tagged ‘2012 CrossFit Games’

This past summer I had the amazing opportunity to go to California to watch the 2012 CrossFit Games. I knew some of the athletes, had friends from all over the country going to watch, and made some really great new friends, too. It was kind of a win-win-win-win-win scenario!

One of the people I met there, and now consider a friend of mine, was a woman named Leah Van Hoose. Leah is the owner, and a trainer, at CrossFit Nation in Easton, Maryland.

Now, most of the stories from the Games aren’t appropriate for my blog… mostly because our group had free beer and promised not to post stories from that weekend on the internet! 🙂 I’m just kidding, but what I CAN say, is that Leah is amazing! (She is the young lady to the right of me in this picture below.)

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Part of the awesome crew I got to hang out with at the CrossFit Games!

Today, she posted a link to an article she wrote a while ago on Facebook, and I read it for the first time… it is amazing.

The post is called “Confidence Learned Confidence Earned” and was featured on I’m just going to direct you guys to the link to read it there yourselves, but let me summarize it the best way I can:

One day she started to lose her hair. Over time, her two boys would also lose their hair. There has been no medical or chemical explanation as to why this happened, but the post discusses her challenge(s) and her journey into accepting the change in appearance, and how she realized that (even though she DOES look great) looks aren’t everything in life!

I have to share my two favorite quotes from the piece, though… as they’re incredible.

1- “What happened was with acceptance for me, everyone else accepted it to. People see what you project. If I wasn’t comfortable with my head why should they be? We feed off each other’s emotions. I had to be confident. I was still Leah. I just looked a little different”

2- “The hardest time not wearing my bandana was in the grocery store that first time. I felt like everyone was staring at me, and they probably were. How often do you see a tall, fit, bald woman in shorty shorts and tall socks in the grocery store? I embraced it after I got over the initial fear. Yes people were staring and it was OK, I just smiled, they smiled back and I continued on my way. The lady at the checkout told me that she had been waiting for me to ditch the bandana and I was much more beautiful without it. Exactly what I needed to hear!”

Please click here and go read her post, and then come back here so you can comment and we can chat about it. I am so thankful to know such awesome people!!

It feels like it’s been a while since I got to visit a new gym, but when I stopped to think about it, it was only last December that I dropped in to a few spots out of town. To me, it’s so fun to see and visit different gyms!

Last week I went to the booming metropolis of Indianapolis, Indiana. The purpose was to cheer on my Alma Mater as they competed in the NCAA Division III Swimming Nationals (ok, swimming AND diving). There were some mind-blowing swims, but that wasn’t the only competition going on at the time. The 2012 CrossFit Games Open still had 3 days left!

I attempted Workout 12.5 once on Wednesday, but after doing some research learned that I had done worse than when I did it last year as WOD 11.6. I did not feel good about doing worse a full year later, so I decided to give it another go! After searching for the best CF Gym in Indy, there was a clear favorite… CrossFit NapTown was the clear winner, so that’s where I was going to get in my final WOD of the Open.

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CrossFit NapTown!

Not only was the gym awesome, but the coaches were incredibly nice (letting me do the workout in the middle of one of their classes, while one of the owners judged me), and the members were incredibly supportive before, during, AND after I was done with the workout. Stand-up people there, thank you guys so much for the encouragement!

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Part of their awesome space. Thanks again, guys!

The best news of all, is that even with a late night the night before (c’mon, it was a mini college reunion for me!), I still improved my score to end the Open on a high note. CrossFit NapTown = Awesome!

Workout 12.4 was released last night, and here it is:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
150 Wall balls
90 Double-unders
30 Muscle-ups

Not bad, huh? I’m a little under the weather, so I didn’t get to it last night, but my advice on strategy still stands. Enjoy the video, and let me know what you think… and how you do!

2012 CrossFit Games Open workout is out, and week three is under way!

The workout is pasted below, along with my advice video, but here’s the gist of what I advise you guys do:

That’s it. Have fun, and let me know if you have any questions!

Workout 12.3
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 18 minutes of:

15 Box jumps (M 24″ box / F 20″ box)
12 Push press (M 115 lb / F 75 lb)
9 Toes-to-bar

Wow, this first attempt at 12.2 rocked my world. I don’t offer too much advice on how I think you guys should approach the WOD, most just sharing my advice to myself… “Stop jumping FORWARDS on nearly every rep, and don’t walk away from the bar so much!”

There are some heartfelt comments about the CFLW crew, though, so that makes this worth posting for me.

GREAT JOB to everyone who was there last night, and good luck to everyone who is either going for the first time or giving it another shot!

Just in case you had any interest in watching my first attempt, here it is…

The first workout of The Open (which consisted of 7 straight minutes of burpees) was one that, in theory, “favored” smaller, lighter guys. The second one, however, favors those who can just throw around a LOT of weight! The gist of it, is that you complete as many snatches as you can in 10 minutes, where the weight increases (significantly) every 30 reps. The first set is 30 reps at a “light” weight, the second 30 reps bump up the weight to a medium/heavy load, and the final set of the 30 is to be completed at a weight that I think is heavier than any HQ-written Snatch WOD I’ve ever seen! Oh yeah… in the event that athletes make it through those 90 reps, the final weight is so heavy, that I would say only the top 5% of athlete in the world will even be able to complete a singe rep. We might as well call it, the Snatchtastic Voyage,….. or something like that…

In my “strategy” video for this one, I talk about the WOD itself, how I think many people in the region will do, and then some basic strategy for how I think it should be approached. If you have any questions about the workout, please don’t hesitate to ask!

The second workout of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open (copied directly from the Games website) is pasted below:

Workout 12.2
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 10 minutes of:

30 Snatch (M 75 / F 45 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 135 / F 75 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 165 / F 100 lbs)
Max Rep Snatch (M 210 / F 120 lbs)

This workout begins from the standing position. The athlete will complete all reps at the first weight before advancing to the next weight. Score is total reps completed in 10min.

CrossFit Lakewood family in particular….

I rarely “bug” you guys with stuff like this. Usually it’s just “encouragement” 🙂

However, you have one more hour to decide to join US, your CFLW Family, in competing in this year’s CrossFit Games Open! I will be judging athletes right at 5pm tonight at the gym, and I STRONGLY encourage all of you who have “thought about it” but not registered YET to come down and complete the 7 minutes of burpees.

I hope to see a few of you there!

The videos below are from CrossFit HQ, and they show “ordinary” people (who are amazing just like all of you) who decided to take the plunge! Join us… it will be an AMAZING 5 weeks!
The first one is a “summary video” (at 45 seconds long), with shorter bits below!

Just when you heard of some amazing (and some questionable) scores for the first CrossFit Games Open workout 12.1, this happens………

And is caught on video.

Yeah, some people say it’s “easy” for a little guy to move this fast, but homeboy has an ENGINE to keep pushing. He was at 86 reps…. at HALFWAY!!!

161…. I’d take that score. What an amazing performance on this workout by Danila Shokhin from Russia!

The time has come for people to post results from workout 12.1!!!

As we finished the workout at CrossFit Lakewood, someone actually said, “Can you believe it’s been a year already since we did this?” No, I really can’t. The last year has flown by so fast, and so many good things have happened at our gym.

I post this video as a simple reminder to what this whole CrossFit thing is really about. I am more competitive than the next guy… trust me… MORE competitive… but I try not to lose sight as to why I’m doing what I’m doing. Why I train every week. Why competing is fun for me. Because it helps me improve and feel progress with all of the hard work I put in. I really have FUN CrossFitting and spending time with my friends, too!

At the end of the day, your integrity and honest progress is all you have. I know I don’t want to live behind a number that isn’t accurate, and don’t see why anyone else would want to do that, either.

Cheating and lying about scores, weights, etc, defeats the entire purpose of why we do this! Have fun, do your best, and the rest will take care of itself.

CFLW Family, thank you for making week 1 of the 2012 CrossFit Games Open an absolute blast! FOUR MORE TO GO!!!

The workout (which I copied directly from the CrossFit Games Website) is this:

Workout 12.1

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:

This workout begins from the standing position. The Athlete will move from flat on the ground to touching an object with both hands that is 6 inches above their max reach. Score is total reps completed.

I came out swinging too hard for sure. When I retry this thing tomorrow, I will pace myself a little more out of the gate.

What did YOU guys think about it? What were some of your strategies? I’m very curious to hear.
GOOD LUCK on Week #1, everyone!

(Sidenote: We have the best athletes at CrossFit Lakewood! Thank you guys so much for your constant support… not only for me, but for each other! This 5-week competition is going to be so amazing.)