Lumbar curves are being maintained; athletes are asking coaches if they can add a few pounds to workouts; athletes are fighting for their first muscle-up. The 2012 CrossFit Games Open must be near.
As the competition pool grows each year, it becomes harder and harder to get to Regionals. Many are hoping for a chance to make it to the Home Depot Center.
The North East Region is stacked with elite athlete, but there are several dark horses who may surprise the standings. Let's see what they've been up to in their local boxes.
He worked at JP Morgan in finance, but soon realized the one thing getting him through his days was reading CrossFit Journal articles.
We all have our before CrossFit stories. In Danielle Horan’s past life, she was a competitive equestrian hunter jumper. As a young CrossFitter, Danielle has found success, as well. She attacks workouts with precision and beastly strength—loving the opportunity to push herself farther than she has ever been before. Horan admits to struggling with the mental challenge that CrossFit provides, especially in public—a hurdle that she is working to overcome with her coach at Champlain Valley CrossFit, as she prepares for the Open.
Sara Hill Mass
Athletes at Collar City CrossFit in Troy, N.Y., know Sara Hill Mass as a great coach and a natural motivator. She is inspired by her brother, Jerry Hill, owner of CrossFit Oldtown in Alexandria, Va., and elite CrossFit athletes like badass Heather Bergeron. She chronicles her CrossFit life on her WOD blog, which she updates regularly with videos and great advice from a hard-working CrossFitter. In the past year, Mass has turned double-unders and muscle-ups from goats to simple movements. In 2011, she was 15th at the North East Regional and hopes to improve upon that rank in 2012.
Ware says CrossFit’s “insane” workouts are the perfect way to train for the unknown and unknowable that comes with wearing a badge.
“Regularly learn and play new sports.” Some CrossFitters tend to forget these words from Greg Glassman’s "World-Class Fitness in 100 Words." Kristi Ware has not forgotten this though. This field hockey player from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has served as a police officer for almost eight years. An avid CrossFitter and Games hopeful, Ware says CrossFit’s “insane” workouts are the perfect way to train for the unknown and unknowable that comes with wearing a badge. Her favorite movements are double-unders, power cleans, and kettlebell swings. In 2011, Ware placed 39th in the North East during the Open and 22nd at Regionals. She’s spent the “offseason” competing locally to prepare for another shot at the 2012 CrossFit Games.
“I know I'm ready to go when I'm about to cry. As soon as my eyes well up, all I see is the workout, all I hear is my own breathing.”
She described herself as “star-struck and full of newbie jitters” upon arriving to the athlete’s reception and meeting some of her favorite athletes.