It is snowing here in north Alabama and I decided to stay home from work. What do you do on snow days here in Alabama you ask? Why you sign up for your first fitness competition – The Festivus Games!
CrossFit Games 2017, Athlete Neale Currie – so this guy visited Jones Valley CrossFit in south Huntsville the other day and worked out with the 4:30 pm class. I was privileged enough to be in the same class. It’s not the first time I’ve been able to workout with CrossFit Games athletes; Eric Carmody and Shellie Edington.
CrossFit Games 2017, Athlete Neale Currie
I first met Neale when I was going through my CrossFit 101 Fundamentals class with CrossFit Impulse in Madison, Alabama. I would go in and he would be hanging out late, after a class workout, and he would be working on some sort of skill, on his own time. I used to look at him and think, “Man, this dude is C-R-A-Z-Y!”
But not only would he be working on some sort of movement on his own, he would also cheer the newbies on, I remember him encouraging us/me in one of my many first WODS in CrossFit.
We connected on Facebook, as most Crossfitters do, and when I moved to south Huntsville (and switching boxes too) I kept up with him on social media. I wasn’t surprised that he qualified for the 2017 CrossFit Games.
It was fun watching him compete, and you can catch up on all the fun too.
Masters Men (55-59)
Affiliate: CrossFit Impulse
While Neale is going to be moving on, as into another state, I wish him well as he continues his adventures with CrossFit and opening his own box soon.
CrossFit Nancy. CrossFit is known for named workouts. If it is named after a man, then it was named after a real person; normally a fallen service member, police officer, fireman. There are also workouts named after women and I have no idea about the background of the women-named workouts. But in the women-named workouts is one called Nancy.
The Nancy workout consists of:
5 Rounds for time:
15 reps of overhead squats, 65# for women and 95# for men
The first time I attempted Nancy was my first year of CrossFit. I had to scale it way back to 55# and three rounds. I wanted to quit so hard during that workout.
I have not attempted Nancy since way back then. Until now, I did it on my own, from my garage gym just a few days ago.
Here’s the thing, I THOUGHT I was doing it scaled because when you look up the workout on the internet it only lists the 95# portion. After I posted that I scaled it to 65# on Facebook, another CrossFitter told me, “No ma’am, you Rx’d because that is 65# for women.”
But the point is that I did it as prescribed, 5 rounds, did NOT stop to walk and did all the overhead squats unbroken. My time was 21:45
I think I can improve on that time.
Anyway, here is a demonstration of the overhead squats.
I’ve decided to visit all the north Alabama CrossFit boxes. After visiting the official CrossFit page and finding affiliates via the map, and after visiting each box’s website, I’ve come up with what classes I could attend.