Monday, May 15

I got the chance to go watch the USA Weightlifting National Championship this weekend in Chicago and it was a blast. I was surrounded by the top weightlifters and a lot of top CrossFitters all day. And since weightlifting is still a relatively small sport in the US, we had unprecedented access to the athletes and coaches. I couldn’t keep track of the the number of times a national champion or a top coach just casually sat down next to me in the crowd. And, everyone was happy to say hi and chat with us too!

If you ever get the chance to go watch the top athletes in any sport perform in person, do it. Seeing these athletes do their thing in person gives you a whole new appreciation for the sport and for how much hard work it takes to get to the top.

CrossFit Regionals start this weekend and I know some of you are headed to Nashville in a few weeks. While you are watching, take a moment to appreciate what you are seeing. Remember, many of these athletes have trained for years to make it to this one moment.

Saturday night was capped off with two prime-time sessions, including another record setting performance from Mattie Rogers. She took the last lift of the night – a clean and jerk at 134 kg/295 lbs. – to set a new American record and set the crowd on fire. I gotta be honest, I didn’t think she was going to stand that clean up, but the best never give up and never stop pushing.

Check out video of her lift below!

Workout for Monday, May 15
Back Squats
2X2 @ 80%
2X1 @ 85%
3X1 @ 90% to 95%

4 Rounds for time:
10 Wall Balls (30# to 10′ / 20# to 9′)
10 Box Jumps (24/20)
Run 100m