In just four years, Invictus has established a reputation for excellence in preparing athletes for the sport of CrossFit. The Invictus affiliate team has finished in the top 5 at the CrossFit Games 3 of the last 4 years (top 15 in 2011), and Invictus coach C.J. Martin has personally coached more than a dozen individual CrossFit Games athletes including, among others, Josh Bridges, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Jenny LaBaw, Valerie Voboril, Cheryl Brost and Aja Barto.
The Invictus Athlete Camp is our opportunity to share with others the coaching and training principles we have found most effective in preparing our athletes for competition. The training and coaching principles presented will be geared toward individuals hoping to compete, at any level, in the sport of CrossFit. Whether you are looking to compete at a local competition, perform well in the Open, qualify for Regionals, or make it to the CrossFit Games, our coaches and athletes will have many lessons to share with you to help get you closer to your goal.
There will only be two Invictus Athlete Camps in 2012:
- October 5-7, 2012 – CrossFit Marysville in Marysville, Washington.
- November 10-12, 2012 – Invictus in San Diego, California.
The schedule of events for the October 5-7 Athlete Camp at CrossFit Marysville will be:
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. – “Barbells and Burgers”
From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. there will be an informal, optional training session and barbeque for all camp participants. This is an opportunity to train with the Invictus coaches and athletes, make some friends and finish off the night with some burgers and a Q&A session. We will provide the burgers and sides, and expect that you will provide some good questions for our panel of coaches and athletes.
8:30 a.m. – Introductory Remarks and Layout of the Weekend by CJ Martin
9:00 a.m. – Gymnastics Skills and Drills led by Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (Female Athletes)
9:00 a.m. – Rowing Technique and Strategy led by Shane Farmer (Male Athletes)
10:15 a.m. – Gymnastics Skills and Drills led by Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (Male Athletes)
10:15 a.m. – Rowing Technique and Strategy led by Shane Farmer (Female Athletes)
11:30 a.m. – Six Minutes of Fun
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:30 p.m. – Q&A with Panel of Coaches and Athletes
2:00 p.m. – Essential Elements of Movement Preparation: From Mobility to CNS-Prep led by Jenny LaBaw
2:30 p.m. – Snatch Drills and Skills led by Cody Burgener and Dutch Lowy
4:00 p.m. – Developing a Performance Mindset by Josh Bridges and Jenny LaBaw
4:45 p.m. – Postures of Defeat and Confidence: Reinforcing a Winning Mindset by C.J. Martin
5:00 p.m. – Athlete Testing
6:00 p.m. – Q&A with Panel of Coaches and Athletes
6:30 p.m. – Break for the Evening
8:30 a.m. – The Roles and Responsibilities of Athletes and Coaches by C.J. Martin
9:00 a.m. – Clean & Jerk Skills and Drills led by Cody Burgener and Dutch Lowy
10:30 a.m. – Barbell Cycling and Movement Efficiency for Competitive Athletes led by Josh Bridges, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, and Jenny LaBaw
11:00 a.m. – Six Minutes of Fun
11:45 a.m. – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Q&A with Panel of Coaches and Athletes
1:30 p.m. – Nutrition and Fueling for Optimal Performance with C.J. Martin and Panel of Athletes
2:30 p.m. – Essential Elements of Movement Preparation: From Mobility to CNS-Prep led by Jenny LaBaw
3:00 p.m. – Athlete Testing
4:00 p.m. – Invictus Program Design Principles with C.J. Martin
5:00 p.m. – Close Camp
Marysville Coaching Staff: C.J. Martin, Josh Bridges, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Jenny LaBaw, Cody Burgener, Dutch Lowy, Shane Farmer and Nichole DeHart
Participating Games Athletes/Panelists: Cheryl Brost (2010, 2011, 2012 Games), Ashleigh Moe (2010, 2011 Games), Alicia Connors (2010, 2011 Games), Noah Pester (2011 Games)
The schedule of events for the November 10-12 Athlete Camp at Invictus in San Diego, California has not yet been finalized, but here is what we know so far:
Saturday – 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday – 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (yep, early start, but well worth it)
San Diego Coaching Staff: C.J. Martin, Josh Bridges, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Jenny LaBaw, Aja Barto, Cody Burgener, Dutch Lowy, Shane Farmer, Nichole DeHart, Heidi Fearon and special guest coach Kelly Starrett, founder of Mobility WOD and co-owner of San Francisco CrossFit.
The Invictus Athlete Camp Coaches
C.J. Martin – CJ participated poorly as an athlete in the inaugural 2007 CrossFit Games and approximately two-thirds of the 2008 CrossFit Games before realizing that he was a much better coach than athlete. He skipped his final event at the 2008 Games to coach several San Diego athletes, and dedicated himself from that point forward to becoming the best coach he could be. Since 2009, CJ has designed programs for and coached more than a dozen CrossFit Games individual competitors, and has coached the Invictus affiliate team to the Games four consecutive years – where they earned top 5 finishes three times in the span of four years.
Josh Bridges – Josh has been involved in CrossFit for approximately six years, but military obligations prevented him from competing in the sport until 2011, when in his rookie season he earned a second place finish in the 2011 CrossFit Games. Military obligations prevented him from competing again in 2012, but he’s back and will be stronger than ever for the 2013 season. Josh is known for his mental toughness and an engine that doesn’t quit, but perhaps even more impressive is that at 5’5” Josh also snatches 110 kg and clean and jerks 141 kg. He will be lecturing on developing mental toughness and assisting in all other portions of the weekend.
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet – Camille is a three-time Games competitor who has improved her finishing place each year, finishing 6th in the 2012 CrossFit Games. Camille is one of the most technically proficient athletes in the sport, which is why this 5’2” gymnast can also snatch 78 kg, clean 100 kg and jerk 108 kg. Camille will lead our gymnastics breakout sessions and assist with our Olympic lifting sessions.
Jenny LaBaw – Jenny is a two-time Games competitor with less than 3 years of CrossFit experience. Despite her relative lack of experience, Jenny’s athleticism, intelligence and mental toughness has fueled her success as a CrossFit athlete. Jenny is also experienced with training around and through serious injury. She has proved that with the proper mindset and dedication, nothing should hold an athlete back from achieving their goals. Jenny will be lecturing on training through adversity and developing mental toughness, leading a breakout on proper mobility and warm-ups, and assisting throughout the weekend.
Cody Burgener – Cody was born with a barbell in his hands. He has been around Olympic weightlifting in his father’s garage since before he could walk, and has spent the majority of his life coaching and competing in the sport of weightlifting. Cody’s love for weightlifting was second only to his love for baseball, so he combined the two and while playing baseball for the University of Sioux Falls, also served as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Cody will be leading the Olympic weightlifting breakout sessions.
Dutch Lowy – A star of the critically acclaimed “Every Second Counts,” Dutch finished in 7th place at the 2008 CrossFit Games before turning his focus to competing in and coaching the sport of Olympic weightlifting. At 69 kg, Dutch snatches 118 kg and clean and jerks 145 kg. He understands the needs of CrossFit athletes, and is passionate about helping them improve their Olympic lifts. Dutch is also the owner of Black Box Strength & Conditioning in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is building a team of Olympic weightlifters. Dutch will be leading the Olympic weightlifting breakout sessions.
Aja Barto – Aja is a two-time Games competitor with less than 3 years of CrossFit experience. A former professional baseball player, Aja stands at 6’5 and is the tallest CrossFit competitor to ever compete at the elite level in Carson. He defies odds with his luscious locks and breathtaking smile, but more impressively, with his ability to move weight quickly in the Olympic lifts. Aja recently qualified for the American Open with a 135 kg Snatch and a 154 kg Clean & Jerk. Aja owns Behemoth CrossFit in Houston, Texas, where he is passionate about teaching others how to get heavy objects over their head. Aja will be assisting Cody and Dutch in the Olympic Lifting breakout sessions.
Shane Farmer – Shane is a Concept 2 Master Instructor and the Head Coach of CrossFit Rowing. Shane was a member of the University of San Diego Crew team and now coaches CrossFit Rowing certifications all over the world. Shane is not just a rower though, he has also been a member of the Invictus affiliate team at the CrossFit Games for three consecutive years. Shane is well aware of the demands on CrossFit athletes and makes it his goal to help them learn how to strategize and create movement efficiency so that they can get off the erg and onto their next tasks without delay. Shane will be leading all of the rowing breakout sessions.
Nichole DeHart – Nichole is one of the first professional CrossFit athletes. Nichole earned a whopping $250 at the 2007 CrossFit Games for her first place finish in the CrossFit Total and her 3rd place overall finish. Nichole retired from individual competition after that, but has participated as a member of the Invictus affiliate team the last three years. Nichole is not afraid of being great at every aspect of our sport. She can put heavy weight overhead – 77 kg Snatch, 95 kg Clean, 107 kg Jerk – knock out clips of muscle-ups, or smash a named workout – 2:33 “Fran,” 1:40 “Isabelle.” Nichole is also a phenomenal coach who understands the Invictus principles as well as anyone. Nichole will be assisting at all sessions throughout the weekend.