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Introducing… the WZA Demo Team

By News, Online Challenge, WZA Miami

Wanna Join the WZA Demo Team?!

Wodapalooza is amped about the changes to their 2019 Season, and now you can be part of creating the magic of competition behind the scenes.

 

 

Last Week, WZA announced changes to this year’s competition, which include the addition of divisions, expansion of others, and minor qualification changes, all in an effort to ensure a fair, safe, competitive and inclusive event. In the spirit of ensuring WZA provides all of the above to competitors, they’re pumped to announce an application process for those who want to be a part of the Testing & Demo Team for the 2019-2020 Season!

What does this mean?

WZA is giving athletes the opportunity to apply to be part of a true team that will commit and be relied upon to help test potential events. Through their results and feedback, they’ll mold what the competition looks like from the online qualification, all the way through the festival in Miami.

Interested in applying?

Click here.

Other Important Details

Athletes should have experience competing (preferably during the WZA Season) but will not be competing during any phase of the WZA 2019-20 season.  Applicants will be selected based on their consistency and performance in certain divisions of competition. We will consider Open placement, previous WZA (Online Challenge and Miami) performances, event experience, etc.  

We are asking for a several month commitment from the testing team.  These athletes will receive tests/workouts directly from our Competition Director and they are expected to leave video, written feedback, etc.

Selected athletes will be considered for our on-site demo team, social media activation, special gifts & discounts from our brand partners, VIP tickets, discounted tickets for their affiliates, compensation for on-site athletes & more.

 

What are you waiting for?! Apply now!

 

WZAOC: 2019-2020 Season Updates!

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WZAOC: 2019-2020 Season Updates

Another year of the Wodapalooza Miami CrossFit Festival season is almost upon, and with it, the qualifying piece to earn a spot to compete in Miami is set to begin: The WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier. Looking for more information on how the WZAOC works? Check out this blog post!


WZAOC INDY CHALLENGE BEGINS: AUGUST 21st
WZAOC TEAM CHALLENGE BEGINS: DECEMBER 6th 

 

While WZA has announced the dates and format of the individual and team portions of the Challenge & Qualifier (and the smell of palm trees and salt water in the air,) it’s important to outline some of the more substantive changes to this year.

See below the detailed list of changes between last year and this year’s format:

 

  • *NEW* All Co-Ed Teams of 4 – No more Teams of 3!
    • Out with the old, and in with the new… WZA originated with the desire to provide a CrossFit Games-like experience to the average Joe aka, the 99%. Nothing speaks more to this then aligning their team divisions, from the Elite to Scaled with this same format.
    • Secondly, this format gives more athletes (400+) the opportunity to compete on the bay, under the bright lights at WZA. More chance for more people to experience an inclusive yet challenging weekend competition.

 

  • *NEW* Consolidating Elite/Rx/Intermediate Divisions into one individual qualifier division & one team qualifier division.
    • Last year Elite/Rx divisions and Intermediate/Scaled divisions were separate. This year, they’ve been brought into one, singular division.
    • What does that mean for qualification?
      • For Individuals
        • 1st to 20th – Qualify for Elite
        • 21st to 60th – Qualify for Rx
        • 61st to 90th – Qualify for Intermediate
        • 91st to infinity – Eligible for Scaled or Beginner
      • For Teams
        • 1st to 30th – Qualify for Elite Teams
        • 31st to 130th – Qualify for Rx Teams
        • 131st to 230th – Qualify for Intermediate Teams
        • 231st to infinity – Eligible for Scaled or Beginner Teams
      • Check out our How to Compete page for more information!
    • This will reduce the conundrum posed to borderline Rx and Intermediate athletes, that aren’t sure which division to register. Now their division for the WZAOC is one!

 

  • *NEW* Beginner Individual & Team of 4 Divisions
    • In order to accommodate the vast diversity of abilities with athletes, now the true CrossFit beginners are eligible to compete in a division that best suits them: Beginner.
    • Open Registration” is still also an alternative to what has become a very competitive Scaled division at Wodapalooza.

 

  • *NEW* More Spots for Master’s in Miami
    • Master’s 60+ division added!
    • We want to give more opportunity for Master’s to compete, and now they can.
    • We’ve added a considerable number of spots to each of the Master’s divisions. Head to the How to Compete page (scroll all the way to the bottom!) to see the total number per age group.
    • Now, there’s a greater chance to qualify to compete in Miami!

 

  • Everyone Must Compete in the Online Challenge.
    • This isn’t a change, but still worth noting! Whether looking to compete in beginner, scaled, elite, or Rx, doesn’t matter… step 1 is completing the WZAOC in its entirety. Unless you fall into one of these groups… Who Receives Invites to WZA Miami?

 

 

While WZA seeks to stay true to their roots, it’s important to continue to grow and adapt. These changes seek to keep WZA ahead of the competitive curve and to provide the very best experience to athletes as part of the Online Challenge & Qualifier, as well as the event in Miami.

There is only one thing left to do. When registration opens, sign up, and get ready to throw down over three weeks. If planning on vying for team, grab your three friends, and prepare for ten WOD’s over ten days.

Get your WOD shoes ready… the WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier is coming soon.

What is the WZAOC?

How Does the WZAOC Work?

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How Does the WZAOC Work?

Have you seen one of our posts that include the acronym WZAOC and secretly wondered what it meant? Let us fill you in on exactly what the WZAOC is and why you’d be crazy not to get involved! It stands for The Wodapalooza Online Challenge and Qualifier. The WZAOC is an online fitness challenge that takes place in the fall with options to compete as an individual or on a team.

We kick off the individual side of the challenge on August 21st releasing an undisclosed number of workouts over 3 weeks. Similar to the CrossFit Open, we keep the workouts secret until the release in order for it to be a true test! Workouts are released on Wednesday & Thursday and must be completed prior to Monday at 8pm ET, when scores are due. This pattern continues for the next two weeks (3 weeks in total).

What is the WZAOC?

The Team Challenge kicks off next (December 6th!) and consists of co-ed teams of 4 (2 men and 2 women) with several different divisions options. Over a three day period, 10 workouts will be released and must be completed by the end of the 10 days, when scores are due at 8pm ET.

Not sure you’ll be able to do the workouts? Let us calm that fear right up front! The WZAOC workouts are all-inclusive and designed for EVERY fitness level. You can expect to see weights and gymnastics movements differ per division, but everyone will be doing the same type of workout. This is the beauty of fitness, it is infinitely scalable based on your current level of fitness. You can also check out our movement standards to help find the division that’s right for you.

What is the WZAOC?

Each week scores will be posted to the WZA leaderboard, where you and your friends can see each other’s scores and find out where you stack up against the rest of the WZA Community.

Let’s face it. One of the best parts of going to the gym every day is seeing your friends to talk about the WOD and how everyone did.  “Wow. That was tough! How’d you do? How many reps did you get?”

Many gyms are programming the workouts anyway, why not see where you stack up?! Everyone will be doing the same workout, trying to beat the clock, and push just a little bit harder to see where they sit on the leaderboard. After the WZAOC comes to a close, the top athletes in each division will earn their invitation to Wodapalooza Miami.

What is the WZAOC?

Qualifying isn’t the only way to grab a spot on the competition floor in Miami. Athletes in the Individual Scaled, Beginner, Adaptive Seated, Adaptive Standing and Scaled Team of 4 divisions are eligible to register for WZA Miami through Open Registration. Open Registration is a race to beat other WZAOC competitors to register for one of the coveted spots in the Scaled division. (Please note that Adaptive athlete who do not qualify as Rx are eligible for Open Registration in their respective scaled division, seated or standing).

So what are you waiting for?! Join the thousands of athletes from across the globe that come together to celebrate fitness, community, and life! Registration opens July 1st.

Why You Should Do the Transformation Challenge

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Why You Should Do The Transformation Challenge

How’d that New Years resolution go? Yeah, we were afraid of that answer. Either you gave it your best, lost motivation, never did one or maybe you just didn’t know where to start.

Whatever the reason, we have some great news. Our 4th Annual “WZA Transformation Challenge” kicks off on Monday, April 29th, to be exact! And we think it’s a perfect time and opportunity to transform yourself!

 

So, still not sure? Here are the 3 reasons we think you should do the challenge!

  • COMMUNITY –  With the Transformation Challenge, you’ll be part of a group of people working toward the same goal as you – bettering themselves. You can share recipes, tips, workouts or whatever else makes your heart happy in the exclusive Facebook group. For 8 weeks (and after the challenge ends), you’ll have access to that “members only” group!

 

  • INSPIRATION –  The group and website will give you access to other people’s real-life struggles and achievements! Feeling sorry for yourself? Post to the group! Someone else sharing that they’ve achieved their goals? Makes you want to work harder!

 

  • EDUCATION – Renaissance Periodization and Bodybuilding.com, will be dropping knowledge bombs on you, for weeks!! Maybe you have tried to eat better before but weren’t sure what to trust on the internet. Or maybe you’ve never tried. Now you have some of the best in the game, helping you! There will also be a workout posted every day!

BONUS!

  • PRIZES – Weekly Challenges in the group will get prizes from our partners and at the end of the Challenge, June 22nd, there will be four winners! One male and female Overall Winners and one male and one female “People’s Choice” winners. Determined in an online vote the “People’s Choice” winners will receive a VIP trip to WZA Miami 2020 (that means flight, hotel and VIP tickets! Check out the “What’s Included page for all the details!) Overall winners will be determined by WZA, Bodybuilding.com and Renaissance Periodization based on before and after pictures and finalists written statement. Overall winners receive $5,000 each plus a ton of awesome prizes from WZA Transformation Challenge partners.

 

So what are you waiting for?! Registration is now open and it all kicks off April 29th.

Register here!

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Where to Watch: 19.5 Open Announcement

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Where to Watch: 19.5 Open Announcement

The CrossFit Games Open is headed to Miami!

19.5 Open Announcement

Celebrate the final workout of the 2019 CrossFit Games Open season live from Miami, Florida featuring a showdown of WZA Champions and CrossFit Games athletes from around the world. Not only is 19.5 giving you the World’s Fittest, Mat Fraser (@mathewfras) and Tia-Clair Toomey (@tiaclair1) but we’re also going international, bringing Mexico’s Fittest 1 and 2 respectively, Brenda Castro (@Brenditacastro) and Lea Schmidt (@Leacschmidt)!

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LIVE STREAM

Can’t make it to Miami?! Catch the live announcement on games.crossfit.com.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Updates will be available through the WZA and West Coast Classic social media accounts, including a full recap of the live stream on Facebook:

Facebook:
The Wodapalooza Fitness-Festival
West Coast Classic

Instagram:
@wodapalooza
@thewestcoastclassic

The Original Swole and Flexy Athlete

By News, WZA Miami

The Original Swole and Flexy Athlete

Written by Kristen Chandler Toth

It’s a common CrossFit story. The former high school athlete looking for fitness as an adult finds a random website in 2006. Watches fuzzy instructional videos and teaches him- or herself weightlifting and gymnastics and then experiences the thrill, success, and devastation of this thing called intensity. Does that for a few years then hits the plateau of immobility. Squat snatches and a good front rack position seem impossible for the garage-gym athlete and niggling injuries start to pop up.

It’s not surprising that a man with that kind of normal-within-CrossFit story is the co-founder of ROMWOD, a program of daily stretching routines that targets the specific mobility issues that CrossFitters run into. Jeremiah Head, a former teacher and volleyball coach, was that 30-something athlete looking for fitness in his garage who found CrossFit but hit a wall and needed help. Luckily, he found guidance in his own family as his brother Daniel, a well-known vinyasa yoga teacher, stepped in to guide Jeremiah towards becoming the original “Swole and Flexy” athlete.

When Jeremiah left teaching to become a full-time CrossFit coach he started training more. He and his wife Tiffany opened a small CrossFit box in order to cross-train his volleyball team. And he said, “I couldn’t afford a membership at a CrossFit gym, so we just opened our own tiny gym.” Eventually that gym grew into what is now Parakaleo CrossFit in Redlands, CA.

“I started dabbling with competition programming, just to see. And then the 2015 qualifiers for the Wodapalooza came up,” remembered Jeremiah.

He barely made it into the Master’s division. Jeremiah and his wife came to Miami to compete.

“I had the time of my life. The Wodapalooza atmosphere was super fun and something I wanted to keep trying to do,” he said.

As he continued training with higher volume, Jeremiah realized that he really liked competing in CrossFit, but he couldn’t do half the movements, because he couldn’t get into the full positions. As a former competitive high-school and college athlete, Jeremiah had stiffness and old injuries to work through. His squat snatch numbers were lower than what he wanted and he’d hit a plateau in his training because he couldn’t progress to higher weights with things like overhead squats. Advanced gymnastics were out of the question for him, even though he was by then, a seasoned CrossFitter.

Lucky for Jeremiah, in stepped his brother Daniel who happened to know a thing or two about stretching and mobility. Daniel, who in addition to being a yoga instructor had a degree in kinesiology and a background in martial arts. He wasn’t into CrossFit like his brother, but he was happy to help Jeremiah. Daniel prescribed a series of yoga positions to help improve mobility. Daniel’s martial arts experience introduced him to yin-style yoga stretches, where an athlete holds a single pose for several minutes, increasing the stretch as time ticks away.

“I was the original test-monkey for ROMWOD. Daniel would give me a series of stretches to do to target my shoulder tightness or help me get to the bottom of the squat. I would do that for a week or so and then he would give me a different series of stretches.”

Jeremiah found a lot of success with the routine Daniel prescribed for him. Slowly he saw his ability to get in certain positions increase. Movements that were formerly out of the question became accessible. At age 40, Jeremiah did his first muscle-up and handstand push-up.

Because of the success Daniel and Jeremiah found with the mobility routines that Daniel wrote for his for his brother, they shared it with other local athletes. They started sharing their routines with competitive CrossFit Regional and Games athletes in the area. They sponsored their first athlete, Wes Piatt and then Miami’s own Noah Ohlsen. In order to share their ideas with the world, they needed a bigger platform. Seminars reach coaches, but they wanted to reach all of the CrossFit athletes, across the world.

Coming from the yoga scene, Daniel was familiar with the subscription models available online for yogis. He and Jeremiah translated their stretching routines, which were targeted at the specific mobility issues that CrossFitters regularly encounter, turning them into a series of sessions available to subscribers online. The brothers adopted the concept of Workout of the Day (WOD) that was focused on increasing Range of Motion (ROM) and voila, ROMWOD as we know was born. It’s founders were Daniel along with his wife Shawna, and Jeremiah and his wife, Tiffany.

As for the tag line “Swole and Flexy,” Jeremiah, the owner of a Jeep with the SWLFLXY license plate, takes credit for that.

“We were doing our first photo shoot with our Games athletes and I said they were both swole and flexy. We all laughed and I hash tagged it on a social media post,” he said.

Jeremiah has continued competing in the Masters divisions at Wodapalooza every year since 2015. He is one of those athletes that appears to be reversing the aging process.

“Last year I was able to bring my kids and ended up 3rd overall in my division. Hearing my family cheer for me and showing them what is possible with hard work makes it all worth it,” said Jeremiah.

Today Jeremiah earned his best finish at WZA – 2nd place in the Masters 40-44 division. His family made T-shirts and are here in Miami, supporting him wholeheartedly.

Tiffany, Jeremiah, Noah, Mackenzie, and Madison

“It’s cool to watch the process,” said Jeremiah’s daughter Mackenzie. “When we were young he was just working out in the garage, but now look at him here on this stage. We are so proud of him.”

If She Cantu, So Can You

By News, WZA Community

If She Cantu, So Can You

Written by Evelyn Curry

“I hated what I saw in the mirror. I didn’t recognize her anymore,” Vanessa Cantu remembered.

At the age of 15, Vanessa was in a car accident that left her paralyzed. But when she got pregnant at 30, 5 years ago, Vanessa knew she needed to change her life around.

“My daughter sees. She goes to these competitions with me. I just want her to realize she doesn’t need to feel sorry for me and think that because I have a disability that she needs to take care of me. I want her to see that there’s nothing that I can’t do and I do more than a lot of able bodied moms,” Vanessa said.

After being introduced to CrossFit at a competition, she became hooked.

“It was the first time I had seen young strong people with disabilities doing something. I could relate. It wasn’t such an ugly stigma associated with it. I thought, ‘I could do that. I just have to train.’ That was my mission from that point on and it became very addicting after that,'” she said.

Now Vanessa is a staple of the Adaptive RX Seated Division at WZA. In her last 3 years she has been on the podium every single time:  2nd in 2016, 3rd in both 2017 and 2018. In her 4th year, she sits in 2nd place headed into Day 3.

When asked what her goals were, she said, “I’ve always wanted to see the women’s division grow. For every woman there’s like 3 guys in the men’s division. My goal is to continue seeing that number grow. I would love to say I’m the #1 Crossfit female.”

When we asked her what she liked about WZA. It was a quick answer: “I fell out of my chair last night doing one of the workouts.  We’re not fragile. We’re not gonna break. We’re already broken.  We know how to bounce and get back up. It just exposes everyone else that we’re not as sensitive as you think we are.”

Teams of 4 Take Miami

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Teams of 4 Take Miami

Written by Brian Friend

The WZA Elite Team of 4 Competition is a Must Watch Event

The new CrossFit Games Team format allows for athletes from anywhere to come together and compete in the Sanctioned events for an opportunity to earn an invitation to the Games in Madison this August. The depth of the field at Wodapalooza is what the CrossFit community has been waiting years to see; even if they haven’t known it. Thirteen teams will take the floor in Miami, and collectively it might end up being the deepest, strongest, field of athletes we’ll see in a team competition at any point this year, including at the Games.

Of the 52 athletes who will be on the competition floor 26 of them (half the field!)  have previously qualified for the Games individually, 18 others have been to the Games as part of a Team, and the other 8 each have Regional experience. There is not a single inexperienced, or unqualified athlete in this field.

There was no qualifier for the elite co-ed teams of 4 in Miami, instead, teams were invited to send a resume to our competition directors and were then selected to be in this elite field. The field of teams competing in Wodapalooza is the most talented field we’ve ever seen. However, come Sunday, only one team can claim a ticket to Madison. These are three teams to keep an eye on throughout the weekend.

WZA Teams to Watch

The field of teams competing in Wodapalooza is the most talented field we’ve ever seen. However, come Sunday, only one team can claim a ticket to Madison. These are three teams to keep an eye on throughout the weekend.

CrossFit Mayhem Freedom

Four-time individual champion, three-time team champion, and nine-time podium finisher Rich Froning brings a lot of clout to the competition,. A major question many had once the new format was revealed is whether Rich would recruit teammates from outside Mayhem. Rich has a ton of qualities that draw people to him, but the one that shines through? Loyalty.

This man likely could have asked anyone around the world to join his team, but he’ll be taking the floor with people he knows and trains with every day. Tasia Persevecz returns from the team that won at the Games last summer. Kristin Miller, who had previously been on CrossFit Mayhem Independence will be replacing Lindy Barber. And Dre Strohm, a long time regional athlete who many also might know as the ‘fittest cameraman on the planet’ will be on the other side of the lens at last as he takes the floor stepping in with the absence of Matt Hewett.

Team Misfit

When it comes to team competition it’s been known for some time that capable men can get you so far, but without elite level women alongside them, teams will falter in the end. Team MisFit has the women to help put them in contention at Wodapalooza.

Chyna Cho (6 times CF Games athlete) and McKenzie Riley (3 times CF Games athlete) have more than just individual experience at the CF Games, they are both regulars at Wodapalooza. Chyna, who historically has competed in the elite women’s team division, has been on the winning team for two straight years in Miami. McKenzie was on the podium last year in the individual competition where she took third.

Jordan Cook (3 times Games athlete) and Chandler Smith (whose team just took second place in Dubai) have plenty of experience, strength, and ability to compliment the women on this team be in contention throughout the weekend.

Team Lesser Evil (Invictus)

The champions from Dubai had already committed to competing in Wodapalooza and will indeed be showing up to throw down in Miami. With all the pressure off their backs having already secured a ticket to the CrossFit Games it will be both fun and exciting, to watch this team featuring Lauren Fisher, Rasmus Andersen, Regan Huckaby, and Tommy Vinas compete against this deep and talented field.

If there were ever a team competition to follow or get excited about, Wodapalooza is that event.

WZA Kicks Off Season for Age Groups

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WZA Kicks Off Season for Age Groups

Written by Brian Friend

As the sport of fitness has continued to evolve, so have the arenas in which we, as fans of the sport, get to appreciate the incredible capacity, strength, and persistence of the best athletes. The top individual men and women get the most headlines, but frequently, the most impressive feats are reserved for some of the other divisions; specifically the Masters and the Teens.

Despite the new format in place this season, all familiar age groups will continue to be present at the Games. However, this year in each division, only 10 athletes, rather than 20, will qualify. Wodapalooza is the first event of the season in which we get a chance to see some of these athletes compete; and you know they’ll be sizing each other up heading into the Open and the Age Group Online Qualifier.

Masters  

For both the men and women, there are five divisions of Masters athletes competing in Miami (35-39, 40-444, 45-49, 50-54, and 55+). On the Men’s side of things there are 18 past Games competitors across all divisions and for the women there are 15. The depth of experience here insures a great competition.

Jeff Dempsey and Patrick McCarty (50-54) as well as Mike Kern (40-44) lead the way with three Games appearances each. Stuart Swanson (55+) and David Johnston (40-44) are the only athletes coming off top 5 Games finishes last year. Most competitors, across all these divisions will see this as an opportunity to assert themselves as top contenders for the year.

There are five women competing in Miami who each have at least three years experience at the CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete: Colleen Fahey and Litsa Olsson (55+), Cynthia Truax and Trisha Beauperthuy (50-54), and Aida Koepplinger (40-44). Then there’s the 45-49 year old division which does not have a single athlete with Games experience in it. With a good blend of the old and the new, all divisions feature exciting competition.

Colleen Fahey

Teenagers

The teenagers have two divisions each (13-15 and 16-18). Nearly half of the teens (29 of 63) have previous experience at the CrossFit Games.

Among the girls competing, the top 6 girls form the 14-15 year old division at last years Games will be in Miami making for what is essentially a rematch and an opportunity to see if any of the others has caught up to defending champ Olivia Sulek, who trains out of ESF CrossFit in Ohio.

In the older girls division many of the top athletes have aged out leaving the door open for athletes like Mikaela Senkus, Faith Ferguson, and Ellie Kerstetter who were 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively last year at the Games to assert themselves as the new top girl in the division.

Lastly it’s notable that Ellie’s sister, Olivia Kerstetter, at 13 years old will be in the younger division. We’ve seen several pairs of brothers over the years in CrossFit, but it’s rare to see sisters at the top level. It will be fun to keep an eye on these two as they get older to see if they might become the first set of elite individual sisters in Games history.

Olivia Kerstetter

The boys side of things is opposite to the girls. In the younger division there are only two returning games athletes in Brynjar Ari Magnusson from Iceland, and Julian Rodriguez of Venezuela. The top qualifier, David Bradley from CrossFit 30004, will be looking to establish himself as the one to beat in this division early on this season.

 

The 16-18 year old division features both of the CrossFit Games Teenage champions from last year. Defending his title, Dallin Pepper, now welcomes fellow champion Tudor Magda, (who won in the 14-15 year old category, but has aged up) to the division. Accompanying them are Dylan Klade and Noah Casey (3rd and 6th respectively at the Games last season), as well as William Kearney out of Gladstone Australia, where at only 18, he’s the head coach. Oh, and you might be familiar with Gladstone, Australia…that’s where Tia-Clair Toomey happens to be from.

Dallin Pepper

The Masters and Teenage divisions are always fun to watch. It’s incredible to see young kids, as well as the older generations, showing us that fitness is not bound by age. Whether you’re in Miami, or following along online, don’t ignore these divisions, some of the biggest athletic accomplishments and inspiration can be found here.

Promising Young Athletes Compete at WZA

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Promising Young Athletes Compete at WZA

Written by Brian Friend

These young athletes aren’t well-known names yet, but with their impressive performances in recent years it’s only a matter of time. The new Sanctionals™ format gives them that opportunity, and they’ll all be in Miami for Wodapalooza to showcase the hard work they’ve been putting in. The men and women featured here have been improving for years and are establishing themselves as elite competitors in this new, exciting CrossFit season.

He just turned 23, but Ryan Reeves already has our attention. He’s the owner of Shockoe Bottom CrossFit in Virginia. He relentlessly pursues his education and evolution as both a coach and an athlete. He qualified for the Atlantic Regional the last two years where he finished 32nd in 2017 and improved to 22nd last year. He finished 6th overall in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier, and he has some impressive lifting numbers posted; a 355-pound clean and jerk, 290-pound snatch.

Justin Medeiros is the youngest competitor by a considerable margin in the men’s elite field this year. At 19 years old he’s already qualified for Regionals twice. Two years ago he placed 15th at the California Regional, and this past year he was 14th in the West. He has the ideal build for a CrossFitter at 5’9” and 190 lbs. He finished 10th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier. He trains at Another Level CrossFit in Boise, Idaho, and seems ready to challenge the competition.

CompTrain athlete Logan Southard is a 2x Regional athlete already despite being only 23 years old. In 2017 he competed with CrossFit Dwala taking 9th in the Atlantic Regional. Last year he went individual and placed 16th. He’s been consistently improving in the CrossFit Open, and all signs are pointing to that trend continuing. He was 15th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier, so it might be tough for him to crack the top half of this elite field, but with young athletes like Logan, the experience is often more valuable than what place you finish.

Chantelle Loehner is 26 years old and follows CrossFit Invictus programming. Last year she placed 14th overall in the CrossFit Open. She qualified for the Central Regional the last two years as an individual and competed three years ago on a team (Plymouth CrossFit). Last month she competed at the Dubai CrossFit Championship where she took 12th place. She was 8th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier. She’s pretty good in the water and will have a realistic chance of cracking the top ten overall come Sunday.

At 27 years old, Talyor Streid is the oldest athlete featured on this list, but everything is trending in the right direction for her. She’s qualified for the Central Regional the last three years, and this past season she finished 7th in the Region, missing a Games spot by only 18 points. She was 6th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier and, like Chantelle, has a serious chance to threaten the top 10 in Miami.

Although Keston Mendoza is only 24 years old, she has already competed in 6 CrossFit Opens. A Texas transplant living in California, she’s qualified for Regionals each of the last three years, where her best finish was 12th in 2016. She snuck into this field finishing 18th in the WZA Online Challenge and Qualifier, but will be looking to place higher than that once the competition kicks off in Miami.

The big names we know, but these up and comers fill out the competition with fresh faces and new talents that will be fun to follow. With so much young talent competing at WZA, the Elite division at the first American Sanctional™ is definitely one to watch.