Find out what it’s like to train with 2009 CrossFit Games champion Mikko Salo and Dan Bailey, first-place finisher in the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, as filmmaker Sevan Matossian captures their training in preparation for the 2012 Games season.
In Part 1, Salo says a typical training day consists of warm-up and strength training, then a met-con. He often warms up with a row, then prepares for the strength movement. Salo explains his choice of rowing settings and discusses the technique he uses and where he breaks down. He also explains his use of weightlifting shoes and how they help his performance.
Bailey logs his workouts diligently and says he includes not only workouts and times but also “how you felt, where you failed, where you struggled.”
He adds: “All that can be really helpful when you look back on it.”
In Part 2, Bailey discusses his weaknesses and how he programs them into his training. He looks back on his sixth-place Games performance in 2011.
“I had one or two bad events, and I think I let that get to me a little bit—and I shouldn’t have. But you live and you learn,” he says.
Salo says he benefits from working out with Bailey.
“I’m chasing him, and sometimes he’s chasing me, so that’s a good thing,” he says. “I believe this gives me a lot and it gives Dan a lot.”
Additional reading: Get Ready for 2012.