For under $350, Tony Budding and Rory McKernan traveled to Tuscon, Ariz., on the Southwest Airlines Ding program. While there, they visited affiliate owners Jennifer Higgins and Carl Wells of CrossFit Works.
When Jen and Carl opened their box, perhaps the most surprising thing was the fact that they were often introducing people to CrossFit for the first time. They were initially worried that seasoned firebreathers would comb the gym with a critical eye, but in reality they were met by a group of blank canvasses, and everyone was eager to learn about the program.
The CrossFit Games did not play a large part in last year’s training at CrossFit Works because most people felt the competition was out of reach. However, the competition standards are now a training tool the coaches are using to encourage full range of motion, and several reps are disallowed when one athlete takes on Tony Budding in a WOD featuring chest-to-bar pull-ups, wall-balls and handstand push-ups.
If athletes at CrossFit Works didn’t pay much attention to the Games last year, things are different in 2010, with a larger number of clients interested in either team or individual competition.
As the Ding Tuscon adventure draws to a close, stay tuned until we visit our next host: Ute CrossFit in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 98, aired Dec. 16, 2009.