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Centers of Excellence—Part 2 by Mike Warkentin - CrossFit Journal

Centers of Excellence—Part 2

By Mike Warkentin

In CrossFit Games

October 29, 2009

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Athletes from CrossFit Calgary and CrossFit Central did extremely well at the 2009 CrossFit Games. In Part 2 of this two-part series, Mike Warkentin talks to Jeremy Thiel and Mike Gregory about their training secrets.

Rewind to July 11 at the 2009 CrossFit Games.

Jeremy Thiel is standing in the athletes’ warm-up area, yelling at a flat-screen TV streaming the live feed from the JumboTron towering over the Stadium. The energized Texan is barking instructions and encouragement as Crystal McReynolds and Carey Kepler work their way through a WOD. He looks almost as fired up as when he pulled 505 in the deadlift ladder a few hours earlier.

Thiel is passionate about CrossFit, but he’s also passionate about CrossFit Central, his athletes, his friends, his co-workers and his family—and Kepler and McReynolds represent all those things at once.

McReynolds, a coach at Thiel’s box, finished ninth, and Kepler, his sister and the co-founder CrossFit Central, finished third. Lance Cantu, another Central coach, placed 34th. CrossFit Central’s Affiliate Cup team placed second. One year after finishing third at the 2008 competition, Thiel himself made the Top 16.

Thiel believes the success of his box in Austin, Texas, comes from within.

“We have a mission here to push the human potential, and each coach and each person, each athlete, is constantly supporting and elevating. ... What we see is CrossFit as a community, and CrossFit Central has taken it to the next level.”

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4 Comments on “Centers of Excellence—Part 2”


wrote …


Great article. CrossFit Central is a massive affiliate and it's very interesting to hear about what they are doing over there that makes them that way.


wrote …

Great work CrossFit Central.
It's always interesting to hear what successful affiliates & athletes do to achieve success.


wrote …

Very nice article, Mike. Someone took some good photos, there, too... LOL...

CrossFit Central is my home gym. Super set of folks, and a great community. I love being a part of it :D


wrote …

Great article! CrossFit Central is my home gym also - it is truly a "center of excellence."

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