After three days and seven events, the CrossFit Games North East Regionals competition has officially ended. I am surely not alone in saying that watching these top athletes compete in both the team and individual events renewed my focus for training!
By the end of the three days, I definitely had some favorites among the athletes. One thing I think is neat about CrossFit, though I realize this might not be exclusive to CrossFit, is that you can find top competitors of all different shapes and sizes. Yes, they’re all jacked; but from the short, stockier Amanda Goodman (1st place individual female) to the tall, lean Kaleena Ladeairous (3rd place individual female), no one body type is the undisputed template for a CrossFit champion. Each height and body type carries different benefits and disadvantages. The same holds true for men. I was reminded this weekend how happy I am to be part of a sport and subculture that celebrates people for their capabilities instead of their appearances. Whether you’re a shorty or a tallie, a biggie or a smallie, CrossFit can be for you!
Another really cool thing was the support of the crowd and fellow athletes for all the competitors, not just the winners. In almost every heat, competitors who had already finished rallied around those who were struggling to finish their reps. And some of the loudest cheering from the stands was reserved for athletes who, after failing rep after rep, finally got that heavy clean and were able to move on in the event.
I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym tomorrow, for my training and yours. I’m expecting to see lots of screaming in each other’s faces as you all cheer your fellow class mates through the benchmark WOD “Helen” on Monday!
-Coach Monica O.