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75 Power snatches, 75#/55#

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Keith slack-lining it up with the best of them.

 - Quote from today's post on the CrossFit Games site

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming.”

We hope you'll join us in the arena.  Let the games begin…

What are the CrossFit Games?
The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games are the ultimate test of fitness. The Games are a grueling multi-day, multi-event competition to determine the Fittest on Earth. This year, they take place July 29-31 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.

Fitness means being ready for the unknown and unknowable, so the workouts change every year and are not announced until just before the events start.

The CrossFit Games Open Qualifiers is a six week, worldwide competition in the sport of fitness. The Open is the first step in the CrossFit Games season and takes place from March 15 until April 24. There is one workout per week for six weeks, and athletes compete to qualify for the CrossFit Games.

There are four categories of competition happening simultaneously: Men, Women, Teams, and Masters. The team competition is not separate; all team members are already competing as individuals. The Masters category has eight separate competitions (four age groups each for men and women).

Here is our current team of athletes, 24 total:

Men: Andy Dutton, James Whitmire, Matt Chan, Nat Ridder, Jimmy Craco, Adam Millson, Dan Watson, Mas Godinez, Tobias Coffin, Rich McClung, and Chris Zienkievicz

Ladies: Beth Guse, Sara Weisbart, Sarah Levenhagen, Courtney Shepherd, Emmalee Moore, Ali Nichols, Jamey Floreck, Robyn Kunick-Bosch, Kiley Bond, Cecily Watson, Cherie Chan, Amanda Rebol and Joylyn Godinez

Some common questions:

How do I sign-up?
1. Go to games site – www.games.crossfit.com
2. Click Register
3. Register as an athlete, ay $10
4. Join the CrossFit Verve team (search under teams, CrossFit Verve, join)

I have already joined the Verve team why are there two teams and how do I get on the CrossFit Verve team.
1. Search under teams for CrossFit Verve 
2. Request to join the CROSSFIT VERVE
3. You will automatically be removed from the team you are on once your new request is sent

4. When the team leader accepts your request, you will be on their team

If this option is not available to you, CF is working on fixing the glitch and promises to have it fixed before it counts.

When will the workouts be held?
Each Wednesday as the workout of the day and each Saturday. 

I am competing this week, what do I do?
Take the day before as a rest day, eat real food, sleep eight hours, drink lots of water and make sure to warm-up before the WOD.  Feel free to take the WOD for a test run on Wednesday and a re-do on Saturday.  Don't over do it, you still have 5 more weeks of unknown workouts to be ready for. Post questions to comments.

How is the team score calculated?
The team score will be calculated by combining the results of its top three men and top three women each week, and comparing that to all the other teams. See “Complete Rules for Team Competition.” 

I Don't want to compete, how can I follow the excitement?
Register as a fan, it's fun and free. As a fan you can track your favorite athletes and their progress throughout the Open. You can judge athlete's videos. Give them a "thumbs up" for a job well done and a "thumbs down" for a dubious performance.  You can also interact with the entire CrossFit community by exchanging comments on athletes, articles, videos and photo galleries.


Just in time for the competition.  We will be having blood work this Friday starting at 5:30am and this Sunday starting at 7am.  There will be sign-up sheets at the gym.  Get your spot reserved ASAP!  


  1. Keith :

    I live in Colorado springs can I still join the Verve team? It would be an honor to be a part of the best!

  2. Slaughter :

    This is going to be epic!

  3. Annie :

    Can I sign up for 8 am bloodwork on Friday? Please!!!!

  4. Beck :

    Yay competitors! you are all amazing – I will be there to cheer you on!
    I can also volunteer for the saturdays in april.
    can I take a 6:30 timeslot for my blood?

  5. Rich :

    After reading today’s post I think it is best to take a rest day prior to tomorrow – I had been contemplating resting today!
    Will blood tests be available on Friday night as well?

  6. Matt :

    Keith, awesome picture!
    So excited to see the Wod tomorrow.

  7. Leslie :

    Go athletes!! I will be cheering you on.
    Gombaru! which means in Japanese to never, ever, ever, give up even and especially if there is no chance of winning.

  8. Tobias :

    So excited!

  9. Sarah Lev :

    SO excited to be on the other side of this whole deal…been a cheerleader long enough bring on the pain!!!!

  10. Amanda K. :

    Yay Keith! Look at those mad skillz!
    Cannot wait for this! Last year’s event were so fun to be a part of. Go Verve Athletes!

  11. matt :

    #####PLEASE READ######
    If you have not registered to compete in the CrossFit Open, don’t delay, there is very little time left.
    If you have not signed up because you don’t think you’ve prepared well enough, or because you can’t “win” – please sign up. This is an opportunity to look back and say “I’ve participated in the CrossFit Games for X years now.” Not, X -1.
    We really encourage you to participate, so that you can represent our wonderful little gym too. We’d kill to have the largest participation numbers in Colorado. What makes CrossFit Verve so much fun is the wide variety of athletes that represent it. Without you there representing Verve, we’re only operating at a fraction of our contingent.
    Register, participate, have fun, and represent Verve – good, bad, or indifferent. Much love and HOT DOGS & CUP CAKES to all!

  12. Stef :

    BLOODWORK PEOPLE – I have forms printed with available time slots for this Friday and Sunday. Please sign up at the gym, the forms are printed on a clipboard outside of the office. Beck and Annie, I filled your two inquires within the slots for Friday.

  13. Tobias Coffin :

    matt or slaughter or anyone who knows,
    Is the creatine in capsule or powder form? or does it matter?

  14. tiffany :

    YAY KEITH RAINS! you badass.

  15. David S :

    4:53 RX

  16. Mas :

    Tobias, powder form will be absorbed in your body much faster than the pills. Be forewarned though, it taste’s like crap!

  17. Tobias Coffin :

    ha, thank you. I guess it can only make me stronger!

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