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WZA Stories - Amy Williams

WZA Stories: Amy Williams

By News, WZA Community

Amy Williams, owner of CrossFit Carnivore, is no stranger to Wodapalooza. In 2017, CrossFit Carnivore had 85 of their members compete in the WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier (WZAOC). Amy and CrossFit Carnivore are a huge piece of the WZA Community!

Amy’s journey in CrossFit, however, has not always been easy. Before she turned 30, her bones began to spontaneously break. Her body fat had dropped, and her bone density was dangerously low, which ultimately contributed first to a broken hand and then to a broken hip.

“I hit rock bottom when I broke my hip from basically just walking,” said Williams, now 34. At the time she had also been trying to get pregnant but had stopped menstruating, which interfered with her ability to conceive.


WZA Programming Collective

WZA Programming Collective

By News, Online Challenge, WZA Miami

Introducing the WZA Programming Collective

7 functional fitness programming arms, CompTrain, MisFit Athletics, WheelWOD, Street Parking, Team Soul Training, Deka Comp and Brute Strength came together to program the Wodapalooza season, starting with the WZA Online Challenge & Qualifier.

This is the first time a competition has collaborated with multiple industry experts to program an event.

The WZAOC begins October 3rd with the individual challenge. Don’t miss out:

Strong WZA Women - Ehea Schuerch

Strong WZA Women: Ehea Schuerch

By News, WZA Community

Strong WZA Women: Ehea Schuerch

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“To people who question what I look like or how I dress, I love being female. But even better than being female is being a badass female. That’s what I’m trying to be.”

Ehea (pronounced “E”) Schuerch, from Spokane Valley CrossFit in Washington, has always relied on self-motivation to make her strong in all areas of her life. “I am insanely self-motivated. I didn’t have a ‘helicopter mom’ and my dad lived in California. So basically, everything I did was all on my own. I pretty much took care of myself emotionally. If I’m going to do something, I’m just going to take care of it myself. I don’t need anybody else to motivate me.”
This self-sufficiency helped Schuerch be comfortable with who she is and how she wants to be portrayed. “My definition of a strong woman has always been: I can do anything you can do. I know society tells me that I’m not supposed to play football, or I’m not supposed to be good at wrestling, but I proved I can be.”

The exterior only paints a partial picture of who a person is. Schuerch says, “To people who question what I look like or how I dress; I love being female. But even better than being female is being a badass female. That’s what I’m trying to be. I guess that’s the image that I’m trying to be for myself.”

Schuerch wants others to know that it’s important to be comfortable with yourself and who you are as a person. “I want people to know that you can be whoever you are; that fitness is unbiased. You can be fit or run fast, and it doesn’t matter about your personal life. You should be proud of that and not be afraid to share who you are. I think people and things in society are getting better, but people should not be afraid. I’ve had nothing but love and support from the community around me. I think that it is important. Women come in all different shapes and sizes and can look different and just to be proud of who you are. To me, that is what makes them strong.”

After only seven months of CrossFit training under her belt, Schuerch decided to try the Open in 2017. She finished 49th in the Northwest Region and was offered a spot-on Spokane Valley’s team at Regionals. During her first true competition, Schuerch’s team performance impressed everyone as they finished 6th and barely missing a trip the Games. In 2017 and 2018 she competed in more fitness competitions to better prepare herself for a possible return to Regionals this spring. It paid off. At the highly competitive West Regional, Schuerch finished 3rd and earned her first trip to the CrossFit Games.

Why You Should Take on the WZA Transformation Challenge!

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Why You Should Take on the WZA Transformation Challenge!

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It’s the time of year when many people may have given up on their New Year’s resolution to transform themselves in 2018. For others, physical transformation isn’t always about weight loss but about adding muscle and strength. Working with Renaissance Periodization, the 2018 WZA Transformation Challenge gives participants options on how they want to transform their bodies. They can work towards a weight loss goal or a bulking goal.

Registration is now open and continues through June 8th. The 10-week Transformation Challenge includes information on nutrition in the form of an ebook from Renaissance Periodization and WZA, weekly programming from experts in the field and exclusive access to a members-only Facebook group, PLUS epic weekly prizes from various sponsors.

At the close of the Transformation Challenge on July 29th, there will be four winners: one male and one female Overall Winners and one male and female “People’s Choice” Winners which will be determined in an online vote. The two Overall Winners will receive $5,000 each plus a slew of other prizes and the “People’s Choice” winners will receive a VIP trip to WZA Miami which includes flight, hotel & VIP tickets.

Don’t wait! Compete by yourself or grab your WOD buddy. Get a group together at your local gym or affiliate and make this a challenge you all conquer together. Let Wodapalooza and Renaissance Periodization help to transform you into the best version of yourself in 2018.

WZA RX Teams Qualify For Regionals

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WZA RX Teams Qualify For Regionals

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Competing as an individual athlete can be a daunting challenge whether it’s in Miami at Wodapalooza, or at Regionals for the CrossFit Games.

Having skill is one thing, but working with others for the benefit of a team takes a lot of heart, communication, and practice. Some of the best Rx Team finishers at the Wodapalooza in 2018 went on to do well both individually and as members of teams during the CrossFit Open. Here are some athletes looking to compete in May for a chance to make it to the Games in August.

Sarah Viets – SinCity CrossFit

Sarah’s WZA Rx team Vegasstrong made their way to the podium finishing 3rd at Wodapalooza this January. Not surprisingly Viets is no stranger to team competition at the CrossFit Regional level. In 2016, Viets was part of the Regional team, SinCity CrossFit ,who finished 26th. This year, Viets has done quite well for herself during the CrossFit Open.  Viets finished as the fittest woman in Nevada and is sitting in 16th place in the South West Region. With an invite to land in her inbox soon, Viets will have the luxury of competing by herself or going back for a shot at the CrossFit Games with her team SInCity CrossFit who finished the year 11th in the South West.

Dillon Betancourt – CrossFit Soul Miami

Betancourt was part of an Rx team who took home a silver medal as Team Soul Incommunicado. This wasn’t the first time Betancourt stood on a podium for a fitness competition. In 2015, Dillon competed on Team FYF and in 2016 he was part of Team Soul who won the Atlantic Regional and went on to place 11th at the 2016 Reebok CrossFIt Games. As an individual, Betancourt had his best year ever in the Open finishing 87th in the South East and 38th in the state of Florida. Neither of these positions put him in a spot to compete in West Palm Beach at the Atlantic Regional this year, but his team, CrossFit Soul Miami sits in 11th place (the top 15 teams advance). There is a great chance Soul Miami will be in and then we’ll have to wait and see if Betancourt makes the cut as one of the two male athletes who will compete for a shot at a return trip to Madison in August.

Elise Fugowski & Nicole Ninomiya -Coliseum Strength

Fugowski & Ninomiya both were crowned as champions in Miami at Wodapalooza in 2018.  Each of them held their own in a tough North East Region which is loaded with a past champion and tons of former Games’ athletes. While neither will have a shot to compete as individuals (Fugowski was 37th and Ninomiya landed in 32nd – her best finish ever) their team Coliseum Strength finished comfortably in 6th place in the North East and 38th in the Worldwide which easily qualified them for the East Regional in Albany, NY this May. With only two spots for the ladies on this Regional team, if their Open scores are any indication (Fugowski’s score was used 3 times and Ninomiya’s scores were used 4 times) of their importance to this team, we’d expect to see them take the floor to compete at the Times Union Center.

WZA Rx Make a Splash in CFG Open

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WZA Rx Make a Splash in CFG Open

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Although they lack the festival feel, sunshine and excitement of the south Florida fitness community, there are plenty of other fitness competitions outside of WZA. Because of that, most of the athletes who participate each year continue to compete all year long, including in the worldwide CrossFit Games Open.

While the Elite athletes at WZA continue to dominate this Open, the second highest division at WZA, the Rx, are staking their claim within their respective regions. Each year, the top performers in the Rx division paint a pretty accurate picture as to who will content for a spot in the next stage of the CrossFit Games, Regionals.

Check out how a few of the notable Wodapalooza Rx athletes are doing so far:

Amanda Hardeman

Amanda Hardeman took home a 100 point Rx Women’s Division victory at Wodapalooza in January. Now this Central East athlete (part of the Central Region) is holding her own in the 2018 Open. Through 3 events (technically 4 if you could 18.2 and 18.2a as two events) Amanda is currently in 13th place in her Region. She got off to a blazing start with a second place finish in 18.1 hammering through 398 reps. This score put herself in a good position to land one of the top 20 spots and a chance to compete at the Central Regional competition in Nashville. Hardeman last qualified for Regionals in 2016 where she took 30th place.

Tim Mustion

Tim Mustion finished 2nd for the Rx Men, but despite not winning his division at Wodapalooza, he’s in a great spot in the South East Region. Mustion leaped to the lead on 18.1 with a staggering 458 reps completed.  This scored put him past fellow Wodapalooza Elite competitors, and CrossFit Games athletes, Travis Mayer and Noah Ohlsen. He has slipped a bit in the standings after his results in 18.2, 18.2a and 18.3, but with just two events remaining, Tim still has a 7 spot cushion from the cut line (which is at 20th place). He’ll need two solid scores on 18.4 and 18.5  if he wants a guaranteed ticket to the Atlantic Regional in West Palm Beach, Florida this May. If he slips out of the top 20, he’ll have to wait to see if he can qualify for his first ever trip to Regionals at only 25 years old.

Hayley Murillo

Hayley Murillo, 2nd at WZA in the Rx Women’s division, is making a huge name for herself so far in the Open. She’s currently the 21st ranked woman in the US, 1st ranked in California (home a slew of Games athletes and past champions) and 3rd in her region (the newly formed West Coast). If you’ve followed Hayley at all, this shouldn’t be a big surprise. She is a four-time Regional athlete (two as an individual, and twice as a team member for CrossFit High Voltage). She last competed at Regionals in 2016 and got 34th place.  Her best finish was 2014 when she got 25th in what was then the Southern California Regional. With two workouts left and 35 total spots open for women in the West Coast Region, a healthy Murillo should punch her ticket to Regionals again in 2018 and look to compete for a spot in Madison this August.