In Athletes, Competition, CrossFit Games

January 26, 2014

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CrossFit competition is evolving and growing fiercer every year. Emily Beers talks to coach Brian Bucholtz and athlete Kara Webb about how the CrossFit Competitor’s Course helped them finish 12th at the CrossFit Games in 2013.

Dick Fosbury revolutionized the sport of high jump in the 1960s, becoming the first man to jump backward over the bar, a method that soon became known as “the Fosbury flop.” Fosbury won gold at the 1968 Olympics, and pretty soon older jumping techniques such as the straddle and Western roll were abandoned.

The evolution of the high jump shows that if you’re a competitive athlete, you’d do well to keep up with the latest trends, techniques and training information. Bringing experts together to teach athletes and coaches how to train for competition is what the CrossFit Competitor’s Course is all about. It’s designed for those who want to learn more about creating a well-structured program, training weaknesses, peaking at the right time, moving efficiently, analyzing workouts, and optimizing recovery and nutrition.

Australian Kara Webb is one of these athletes. Webb (then Gordon) competed in the CrossFit Games in 2012, finishing 19th. In 2013, her coach, Brian Bucholtz, flew from Australia to San Diego, Calif., to partake in the first CrossFit Competitor’s Course.

Webb was already a top athlete, but Bucholtz wanted to up his game and believed the course would help her get back to the main event in 2013. Webb went on to win the Australia Regional and finish 12th at the Games in 2013, and she and Bucholtz are hoping for even better results this year.

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