There's been a lot of great things happening around UB. But a couple of highlights from this past weekend require some attention. Please take a couple of minutes to read this epic 2 part blog-o-glory brought to you by myself and coach Trent.
Not so Average UB Competitors Rock the Joe's Competition
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At the average but not so Average Joe’s competition United Barbell showed up in full force. We had 4 men and 4 ladies competing. Diablo Crossfit ran a well organized competition and here is the breakdown from this weekend.
The first half of the day was the men. There were two workouts with 10-12 competitors in each heat. Our athletes battled through a barrage of sandbag and axlel bar exercises. With coaches James and Trent in their corners, the men fought hard through each workout, pushing to their absolute breaking points. Josh Tobin “Tobias” was up first out of the six heats. Staying unbroken with all axle deadlifts and thrusters he placed in the top 5 of each of his heats. Next up was Shaun K. Making quick work on the sand bag drags and sand bag burpees he fought hard till the end also placing in the top 5 of his 12 person heat. Jeremy Reither and Rich Stone were to finish out the days heats. Both placed in the top 3 positions of their heats. Surrounded on both sides by great competitors they stayed the course and pulled ahead while others tanked. Stone moved on to a triple elimination final with an epic display of pull ups, push press and double under consistency to help him come from behind and win his heat. All UB men did a hell of job and made their coaches proud.
The second half of the day the ladies showed up and represented hard. All day the loudspeakers were blowing up. “Out of no where CrossFit SOMA” the commentary said. Again with 12 competitors in each heat we had Lindsay Dagan and Haley Beauchamp in heat two, Ruth Galpin in heat 3, and Jo Gail in heat 4.
In heat 2 Hayley came out strong not knowing she would quickly become the rabbit for all the girls to chase. With doubts by the commentary, Hayley stayed with her pace never deviating and took first in her heat. Lindsay displayed epic strength prowess making the axle power cleans and thrusters look like childs play. Coming right behind Hayley in the second heat to round out a 3rd place finis,. Ruth “Ruthless” Galpin took the field after heat 2. With a set of 10 axle thrusters and 5 sandbag burpees to start, Ruth worked her consistency through each movement and battled to an epic 2nd place in her heat. It was a rock star of a moment! Last but not least Joanna “Jo” Gail took to the battle grounds. Quick with axle and sand bags she demonstrating strength and the capacity to go long giving her two top 3 finishes.
It was then to the finals for Hayley and Joanna. Triple elimination brought Joanna to the 2nd heat after an epic comeback during the 15 push presses. Jo ended just short of getting to the final heat taking 5th overall. Hayley was cool and calm through both the first and second elimination rounds taking first in both. She was then in the finals with the four toughest ladies of the day. It was a sprint that consisted of a 500 meter row 15 Overhead Squats and then a first come first serve prowler to the finish line. Hayley was seconds away of getting to the prowler finishing out the day with a fourth place finish.
Overall the day was filled with emotions of excitement, anxiousness, and pure HAMness! For a number of our athletes it was their first competition experience and definitely not the last. The thing with competition is that it fuels the fire to burn stong into the next. Just an endless cycle of getting more bad ass. I speak for the entire coaching staff at United Barbell when I say we are so blown away and proud of our athletes this weekend. You just put United Barbell on the map huge! Way to represent crew!
Team UB at Regionals
When Olivia and I started UB, we started with the dream that we would create a facility where people could realize themselves as athletes capable of anything they put their minds to. Just over 3 years later, and the results are palpable. Icing on the cake is to have our coaches continue to set the standard for what's possible. As 2014 CrossFit Open closes and the 2014 Regionals season begins, we get to have both.
This year, on May 30 - June 1, 2014, we will be sending not 1, not 2, but 3 athletes to the compete in the CrossFit NorCal Regionals! Up first we have coach Trent who will be representing UB for the 2nd year in a row! He has worked hard over the last year to keep himself at his best while working on his weaknesses from last year's Regionals. Next we have coach James. He set his sights on this goal last year and has followed his program with unwavering dedication. It has been a great pleasure to watch what tremendous gains come from relentless commitment and focus. Last, but certainly not least, we have our female athlete Colleen representing. I have had the distinct pleasure of coaching Colleen over this last year. The woman is the epitome of everything it is to be an athlete and her tenacity will continue to serve her as she climbs the CrossFit ladder.
What an awesome dream come true to have these 3 fantastic athletes and people represent us on the CrossFit mainstage! Congrats you three! You done us proud! (more details on Regionals' details coming soon!)
- 75 Power Snatches (75# | 55#)