In October 2012, Donnie Savella suffered an injury that eventually led to paralysis of his legs. He set a goal to get back into competitive shape by 2015. This year, he competed in the CrossFit Games Open, one year ahead of schedule.
“One day I was fit, I was working out, and the next day I was in total paralysis. The reality of being in paralysis was frightening for me,” Savella says.
After completing his four-month physical-therapy… Continue Reading
The Africa Regional has come a long way since 2009, when it was held outside on a grass field. In 2014, it was held at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“We had a pretty small rig ... even smaller than the warm-up rig we have this year,” said Africa Regional Director Jobst Olschewski. “In (2009), we had to basically provide all of the equipment locally and bring it over to the venue.”
Three-time regional… Continue Reading
On Episode 335 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed CrossFit TNT owner Rochelle Thayer, as well as Level 1 Seminar Staff member Nicole Gordon. This episode was webcast on June 18, 2014.
1:37 Rochelle Thayer owns CrossFit TNT in St. Charles, Missouri. She’s good friends with Kevin Ogar and is organizing the Battle for Courage fundraising event. Ogar suffered a spinal-cord injury at a competition on Jan. 12… Continue Reading
Experienced affiliate owners share key aspects of their coach-development programs, while owners of newer gyms explain how they’re planning to raise their own coaches.
Ultimately, the goal of a CrossFit affiliate is simple: creating excellence. This includes excellence on the part of the athletes and coaches, as well as excellence for the affiliate as a whole.
Because affiliate owners have the ability to run their businesses as they see fit, they often seek to develop… Continue Reading
CrossFit feels slightly different in Asia, according to Adrian Bozman.
“The spirit here is ridiculous. People are just so fired up,” said Bozman, head judge at the Asia Regional in Korea. “It kinda reminds me of the early days at The Ranch.”
He added: “It’s very community minded, and it’s awesome.”
Candice Ford, formerly Candice Howe, was the regional’s 2011 champion. Even she was distracted by the excitement of seeing old friends.
“I love that we can be here and… Continue Reading
Gabriel Stockton floated around from job to job. He was overweight and, after a bout with drugs, ended up in a mental hospital for a week.
“When you’re doing drugs there’s like this fantasy that’s going on,” he explains.
“The stuff that’s coming out of your mouth, the stuff that you’re seeing it’s unreal,” he adds.
Eventually, Stockton cleaned up and found CrossFit Ogden.
“I saw like a revival,” he says. “I could be part of something that’s going to be… Continue Reading
The North Central Regional was certainly filled with surprises.
After Day 1, Games veteran Alex Nettey sat atop the Leaderboard in a spot many had reserved for Kyle Kasperbauer, who finished third at the CrossFit Games in 2012. On their heels was rookie Jacob Heppner.
“I’d like to make it, but I’m not gonna place money on myself,” Heppner said with a smile at the end of Day 1.
Your thoughts can derail your performance—but only if you let them.
Here are some common thoughts at CrossFit boxes all over the world:
“I can’t wait until this is over. I can’t sleep the night before a competition.”
“The countdown: There’s no turning back. These are the most stressful 10 seconds of my day.”
“The clock gives me instant anxiety, and it takes me a minute or two to get my focus back.”
“This is exciting!”
“Let’s do this!”
“I love to compete!”
What… Continue Reading