On Episode 326 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two veteran CrossFit Games athletes who qualified for the Regional round of competition in 2014. Gary Helmick placed second in the Open in the Mid Atlantic Region, and Tommy Hackenbruck took first place in the South West. This episode was webcast on April 16, 2014.
1:35 Former minor-league baseball player Gary Helmick is looking to earn a return trip to the Games after finishing 38th in 2013. Helmick talked about last year’s Games and how he thinks the experience gives him a slight advantage at Regionals. Helmick programs for himself, and he detailed how he’s been addressing his weaknesses and what his training looks like as the Mid Atlantic Regional approaches. Helmick’s affiliate, CrossFit Revamped, will be two years old this August, and he spoke about the community that has grown up in the box in Columbia, Md.
14:09 Tommy Hackenbruck captained Ute CrossFit Sugarhouse to back-to-back Affiliate Cup wins, but he’s flying solo in 2014. Hackenbruck talked about the decision and gave his thoughts on how team athletes can successfully transition to the individual competition. A man who wears a host of different hats, Hackenbruck talked about how he pursues excellence in all of his roles: coach, entrepreneur, husband, father and athlete.