It was a very successful 2013 Reebok CrossFit Open for CrossFit Kinnick. We had high hopes going into them as a gym as well as for each of our members individually. From the very first CrossFit Open I was a big believer in its ability to push athletes to heights they never imagined. Most of us didn’t, and will never, move on to Regionals (the next phase of Reebok CrossFit competition), but the Open never fails to inspire numerous athletes on to a successful rest of the year.
Gym Success Stories
Yet again head trainer Jeremy Kinnick successfully qualifies for the Southern California Reebok CrossFit Regional. He finished in a tie for 18th place in the So. Cal region and is looking to make his 5th appearance at the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2013.
CrossFit Kinnick has also qualified a team for this year’s regionals. Team Kinnick finished in an unbelievable 52nd place in the world and 5th place in So. Cal. That includes 3 top 10 finishes from the 5 workouts, the most notable being a 2nd place finish for Open workout 13.5. Yep, that’s right, chest-to-bar pull-ups for days at CFK. Butter!
Big shout outs have to go out to Elyse Persico (1oth place) and Melody Sanchez (31st place) who also qualified as individuals for the women’s division. In an effort to get our team to the CrossFit Games, they will forego individual competition and, instead, compete for Team Kinnick.
Just to put each of these feats into perspective:
- the Southern California region alone had 1597 women (not including the countless number that didn’t submit a score for 1 or more of the workouts)
- the men had 2717 (not including the countless number that didn’t submit a score for 1 or more of the workouts)
- there were 173 registered teams
Individual Success Stories
Perhaps more important though were the individual success stories many of our members experienced because of the Open. Competition tends to bring people out of their comfort zones and, if you hadn’t noticed by now, progress is never made from the comfort zone. The workouts this year were pretty brutal, but that didn’t seem to slow anyone down.
Burpees and heavy snatches. It doesn’t get much scarier than that, but CFK had a ton of personal triumphs, especially with the snatches.
- Aash Dalal fought for about 10 minutes to get one 135# snatch and he finally did it. Several days later, during class, he was cranking out numerous 135# snatches. Needless to say, he learned the value of squat snatching when the weight gets really heavy.
- Sherylle White hit her very first 75# snatch!
Wall Ball/Double Unders/MU
This one was a repeat from last year and it was just as hard, but that didn’t keep virtually everyone from PRing this go-around. In fact, around 80% (according to the Games site) of athletes that also performed the workout last year improved on their 2012 score. CFK standouts include:
- Nick Robles: 15 more muscle-ups
- Melody Sanchez: 15 more muscle-ups
Clean & Jerks/Toes-to-bar
Toes-to-bar are just hard. Period.
- Big shout out to Carmen Armendarize for getting her first toes-to-bars all the way through to the round of 6
- Tracy Constanza couldn’t do a single toes-to-bar last year during the Open. This year she did 19 of them!
The worst combination in all of CrossFit. Oh yeah, and the pull-ups were C2B.
- I-esha Scott got her first chest-to-bar pull-ups ever! To top it off, they were virtually strict pull-ups.
- Last year George Gaines got dominated by the Fran ladder. This year he got 15. The more he does, the better he gets. Enough said.
- Susy Ramos hit a 65# thrusters for the first time ever. She’s got a Rx’d Fran in her soon.
I know I left off so many other awesome stories of personal triumph, but that doesn’t make them any less important. Let’s take this momentum and use it to make the rest of the year our best ever. Every one of you should have a new found confidence when it comes to these movements and weights. Training for the 2014 Open starts now. 3,2,1 go!