The real show at the Central East Regional

Jun 11, 2013 20 Comments by

The champ broke three Event records. A farm boy staged a comeback worthy of the podium. And a woman no one knew, captivated a crowd.

As unbelievable as it sounds, the real show at the Central East Regional wasn’t in the field, it was in the stands.

“Is that kid doing burpees?,” a member of my media team asked. At the time the 4000+ crowd was focused on the competition floor … except for one kid.

He was maybe 12-year-old, inspired by his surroundings, and training alone in the nosebleeds.

Until that I was almost feverish. I’d wanted every camera angle perfect. Every word I wrote beautiful. Every picture a masterpiece. When I saw that boy doing burpees, my shoulders relaxed a little. The squint from my brow softened and the corner of my mouth turned up. I looked back at the floor full of barbells muscles and sweat, and I thanked CrossFit again for teaching me a lesson:

It’s not about the athletes doing work on the Regional floor, it’s about the fans doing burpees in the stands.



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Clean and Jerk


For time:

“Five Frans”
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Thrusters 45/65
Jumping pull-ups
5 Rounds
*Recover (1) minute between rounds.
**There is a (3) minute cap to each round.

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20 Responses to “The real show at the Central East Regional”

  1. Ken says:

    Love it JB – way to capture what’s important!

  2. Joel says:

    This wod is going to be the source of my nightmares for weeks to come.


    Good, small class this morning and a lot of work in a short period of time.

  3. Ken says:

    Yes, it was nightmarish! Glad that’s behind me – where were you 5 & 6am-ers??!! Had a good group but only 7 people strong @ 6. I think 5am had maybe 5. Anyway, great to get this one done – thanks Ryan.

  4. NickA says:

    Small but mighty 5am class today!

    19:00 RX

    and I’ve come to the conclusion that I still dislike thrusters very much!

  5. Angela says:

    put your big girl panties on!

  6. Julie says:

    19:00 I left PCF with a smile on my face, a small one, but a smile none the less which always means a battle won. Angela and Mindy were like orcs from Lord of the Rings crashing through that wod.

  7. jb says:

    Nice reference Julie, especially after our post workout themed mobility.

  8. Krissy says:

    That WOD sucked just as much as it did in January!!! I was trying to match Manfred thruster to thruster on our last round…just about had him!!! Mobility on the cool asphalt after 6am was great!!!
    19:00 RX…but only finished my 15′s the first round!!

  9. Holly P says:

    That’s why I love crossfit.. Inspiring all to be the best they can be! 19:00 at home in my 90 degree garage.. Blah! What a WOD!

  10. Presley says:

    19:00 rx

    Got thru 6 reps on the 9′s for thrusters on my 1st round. Erg. Even after that, thrusters are still one of my favorite barbell movements!

  11. jfron says:

    Don’t know if there were other kids doing burpees in the stands, but one who was was Kyler Froning. Name sound familiar? Yep, I’m Papa to both of them.

  12. jb says:

    That’s the one Mr Froning. You have a great family.

  13. JonathanC says:

    Rich Fronings nephew was in the stands doing burpees, while his uncle was crushing a few world records!

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