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The 2014 Reebok CrossFit Invitational, presented by HGST, took place on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. In the third year of Invitational competition, all-star teams from the United States, Australia, Europe and Canada fought for the championship through five events.
Each year, the CrossFit Invitational invites the best individual athletes from around the globe to prove their fitness as part of a team, testing their communication… Continue Reading
How much focus should affiliates place on CrossFit as a sport vs. CrossFit as a training method? Several box owners explain their approaches.
Consider this: The CrossFit methodology existed for 33 years before the inaugural CrossFit Games.
Yet, Ben Bergeron has noticed a trend of late.
“A majority of the affiliates are programming for their athletes like they’re going to compete in the sport. They haven’t recognized the difference between the sport of CrossFit and… Continue Reading
In 2014, the only competitors going to the CrossFit Games are those who qualify at regionals—no special invitations, no past-champ rule, no wild cards.
In the Central East Region, that means only the top three go to the Games, and the region is arguably the toughest one for male athletes. Among the competitors are two past champs, several top-10 Games finishers and a whole line of tough athletes hungry for a ticket to Carson, California.
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In the fourth and final week of regional competition, NorCal athletes took the floor at the San Jose University Event Center.
In a region that’s home to three of the top 10 male athletes from last year’s CrossFit Games, squeezing into a qualifying spot would not be an easy task. Neal Maddox proved he was ready to go back to the Games by setting a record in Event 1 with a 295-lb. hang snatch.
“I just… Continue Reading
The North East Regional was all about community.
“Nothing compares to the camaraderie, relying on each other, working together to win,” said CrossFit Brickyard team member Seth St Amand.
One of the best parts about being an athlete at regionals is the support from your box or fellow competitors, said 2014 Games qualifier Sheila Barden.
“If you’re first you get a couple cheers from the crowd,” Barden said. “When you’re last, you have everybody with you. It’s so motivating. It’s… Continue Reading
The Australia Regional brought a weekend of surprises. While Games veterans Ruth Anderson Horrell and Chad Mackay failed to qualify, returning competitor Denae Brown took first overall for the women, and Rob Forte stood atop the men’s podium for the second consecutive year.
Games spots were up for grabs all weekend.
“When you look at this Leaderboard, it’s becoming very clear that Australia is just as competitive as any other region out… Continue Reading
The 2014 Mid Atlantic Regional went down in Fairfax, Virginia, during the third week of regional competition. The region ultimately sent one man and one woman to the CrossFit Games for the sixth consecutive time.
After expecting to be disappointed on Day 1, Christy Adkins looked to make up ground on Day 2.
“I knew Events 1 and 2 weren’t gonna be my specialty,” Adkins said at the end of Day 2. “Since that point… Continue Reading
After two weeks of competition in which multiple CrossFit Games veterans failed to qualify, SoCal athletes took the floor at one of the most hotly contested regionals.
Favored to win Event 1—a 1-rep-max hang snatch—Games runner-up Lindsey Valenzuela faltered with 185 lb. overhead, surprising fans.
“I didn’t like that I missed the 185,” Valenzuela said after the event, “but that’s the way weightlifting works that’s why it’s kind of a fun sport.”