In 2008-09, Sage Hopkins and Chris Michelmore led the San Jose State women’s swimming team to arguably the greatest season in Spartan history. Both happen to be avid CrossFitters and have implemented the CrossFit protocol throughout the swimming program—but getting there wasn’t easy.
“Your ass is on the line,” Hopkins was told when trying to implement CrossFit into the swimming program.
While correlation doesn’t imply cause, both coaches are sure that the implementation of CrossFit has greatly helped their athletes achieve superior fitness. This is the story of their team’s progression and the effort it took to improve the strength and conditioning program at San Jose State.
Additional reading: Pukie at the Pool by Roy Wallach and Brian Nabeta, published April 18, 2009.