When we last left our heros, FIT coaches Rick D., Scott K., and Matt B. were taking on the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Open competition, a worldwide test of fitness, along with fellow CrossFitters Jenny Lewis and Dan “the man” Atler. As of our last post, heading into the final workout of the grueling five week competition, Rick stood just outside of the top 40 male athletes out of nearly 1500 in the Northern California region.
And what was the final workout? A classic CrossFit couplet of two very challenging movements: the “thruster” with a barbell weighing 100 pounds and pull-up in which the athletes must bring their chest in contact to the pull-up bar for the repetition to count. With a seven minute time limit, Rick had to follow an ascending pattern: 3 thrusters, 3 pull-ups, 6 thrusters, 6 pull-ups, 9 thrusters, 9 pull-ups, and so on. The more reps he could complete in seven minutes, the higher the score. Here’s a clip of Rick’s first minute of the workout.
An incredibly strong performance of 137 reps catapulted Rick into the top 40 athletes. Considering each worldwide region only allows the top 60 athletes to move on to the Regional competition, Rick feels happy with his placing so far: “I’m definitely more confident about where I finished this year considering I just barely made it into the Regionals last year. I’m looking forward to two months of preparation to get mentally and physically ready to compete with the big boys in May.”
If you’ve never witnessed first hand a CrossFit competition, the NorCal Regional will be an awesome opportunity to watch your own FIT coach take on some of the best athletes in the world. The NorCal Regional competition is a three day event beginning on Friday May 18th through Sunday May 20th.
So mark your calendars, write a note in your iPhone. Believe me, you won’t want to miss this. You can find details for directions here and tickets here. See you there!