Jack Goodson talks to Jennifer and Katelyn Haynes about competing in the Central East Regional as mother and daughter.
Katelyn Haynes did not take CrossFit seriously. Not at all.
The idea of an active lifestyle had always been appealing, sure. Her parents, Chris and Jennifer, lifelong exercisers themselves, opened CrossFit Rutherford (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) in 2009. The competitive side of fitness, however, and all that accompanies it, was never really a priority for Haynes. That perspective changed about a year ago, when Jennifer competed at the sectional level of the 2010 CrossFit Games.
Haynes accompanied her parents to Huntsville for the Alabama Sectional and was blown away by what she discovered. The environment was jolting. The feeling, the energy surrounding the place was unavoidable. Haynes was hooked.
Fast-forward to June. The fiery, outspoken 19-year-old not only competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games Open, but also, in her first full-on taste of the competition, qualified for the Central East Regional.
Not to be outdone, mom was there as well. And, wouldn't you know it, she also scored a regional berth.
Talk about establishing a healthy family tradition.