It’s official! CFK members have caught the bug…the competition bug, that is. It makes us so happy to see our members going out and exploring a completely different side to CrossFit. It’s important to get out of your comfort zone every now and then. The latest victim is Dave Avila. For those of you who may not know Dave, he’s been frequenting our 8am and 4pm classes in Upland since 2011. This past weekend Dave competed at the USPFC (United States Police and Fire Championships) in San Diego. The competition features police officers and fire fighters from across the country testing themselves in CrossFit style events. The three workouts were:
500m Row, then;
7 min Time Cap
EMOTM x 10
1 x Front Squat every minute
Most total weight lifted in 10 lifts wins
Standards: One attempt per minute, if a lift is missed the score for that minute is zero. Subsequent lifts may not be less than any previous lift, they may be equal to previous lifts. Lift starts and ends on the rack. If you miss a lift you must get the bar up by yourself – you may de-load the bar to get it on the rack. Hands must be in an “Olympic Lift” position meaning palms facing up or out – reverse grips, California or cross-over grips, or bar not controlled by hands or fingers is not allowed.
10 min AMRAP
5 Dead Lift 225/165 (Scaled weights for 40+ are TBA)
10 Over the Bar Burpees
15 Toes to Bar
25 Double Unders
Overall, Dave finished 9th out of 15 in his age group. His best finish was 4th place on WOD 3, just behind the eventual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall finishers! Better yet, Dave set a 25 lb PR during the front squat EMOTM. He’ll be the first to tell you that front squats aren’t his forte, but setting such a massive PR on the lift surely made the entire experience worth it. Great job, Dave!
Most people think that competitions aren’t for them, without ever having experienced one themselves. Don’t knock it until you try it, because you just never know. The rush, the atmosphere, and the community have been known to convert one or two people over every now and then. Who’s next?