Front Range CrossFit focuses on getting its athletes to compete. Head coach Skip Miller says it’s key to greatness. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
Skip Miller believes in competition.
At the South West Regional, held May 4-6 in Castle Rock, Colo., his affiliate dominated the individual women’s category. All three podium finishers—Colleen Maher, Jasmine Dever and Becky Conzelman—were from Front Range CrossFit, and one of two FRCF teams finished second in the affiliate competition. The other was 10th. Last year, the gym’s team came in second at the Reebok CrossFit Games, behind CrossFit New England.
All told, the Denver box has sent 26 athletes to the Games since 2008. But competition is about more than just accolades for Miller. Mentally, it offers an intangible that can’t be had anyplace else, he said.
“That’s the focus of our gym: not the CrossFit Games, specifically, but competing. I think it’s really important to have goals—at all levels—and something to shoot for in terms of competition,” Miller said. “We just compete a lot. And not necessarily just in CrossFit and not necessarily just (certain) athletes.”