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
During this year’s South East Regional, Noah Ohlsen found himself in a familiar spot: first place at the end of Day 1. But in 2013, he slipped in the days that followed to end his weekend in seventh place overall.
“I’m not gonna let that happen this year,” the 23-year-old said as the first day of competition ended in 2014.
Although it shared its weekend with four other events, the Central East Regional was the show-stopper. The competitors’ names alone were enough to pique the interest of even the casual CrossFit Games observer: Julie Foucher, Rich Froning, Marcus Hendren, Graham Holmberg, Michelle Kinney and Scott Panchik.
“My professional opinion is that Rich—no matter what happens—is just unstoppable,” said commentator Chase Ingraham, who is also a member… Continue Reading
Sharing its weekend with four other events around the world—Australia, Central East, Europe and North West—the Canada East Regional proved to be an equally riveting show.
Competing on the first weekend of Regionals, Canada West athletes knew the top dogs on the men’s side: last year’s Games athletes, Lucas Parker and Tyson Takasaki. But the women’s side was wide open with last year’s qualifiers—Heather Gillespie and Erin Light—not competing.
“It’s going to be a real dogfight because there are only two spots,” Parker said before the event. “But now there’s a good… Continue Reading
During the CrossFit Games Open, a lot of attention is focused on the athletes who finish on top. But could we learn even more from those lower on the Leaderboard?
Josh Bridges completed CrossFit Games Open Workout 14.5 in 7:49 minutes.
Samantha Briggs did it in 8:31.
And Cori Creran from Clifton, New Jersey, took 1 hour, 28 minutes.
Is she 10 times less fit than Briggs? Or is there a chance we’ve… Continue Reading
Tovar vs. Pichelli? Froning vs. Khalipa vs. Holmberg? No, the real competition was Bozman vs. McKernan.
Continuing their tradition of going head-to-head in the CrossFit Games Open, host Rory McKernan took on Games head judge Adrian Bozman for the second year. Bozman was looking to redeem himself from last year’s loss, but he fell short after McKernan won the first three workouts. Finally, in Open Workout 14.4, Boz took the win… Continue Reading