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The Invictus Athletes’ Camp – November 22-24, 2013

The Invictus Athletes’ Camp – November 22-24, 2013

In just five 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 5 years (top 15 in 2011, and 7th in 2013 – damn “Worm”), and Invictus coach C.J. Martin has personally coached more than two dozen individual CrossFit Games athletes including, among others, Josh Bridges, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Jenny LaBaw, Valerie Voboril, Cheryl Brost, Michelle Kinney 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 ONE Invictus Athlete Camp in 2013:

  • November 22-24, 2013 – Invictus in San Diego, California


The schedule of events 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. to 6:00 p.m. – Topics covered will include:

  • Introductory Remarks, Invictus Principles and Layout of the Weekend
  • Weightlifting – Snatch Skills and Drills
  • CrossFit-Specific Gymnastics Skills and Drills
  • Developing a Performance Mindset
  • Essential Elements of Movement Preparation: From Mobility to CNS-Prep
  • Athlete Testing
  • Training De-Brief: How to Analyze and Learn from A Performance
  • Recovery Tools – Maximizing the Other 22 Hours of the Day
  • Q&A with Panel of Coaches and Athletes

8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Topics covered will include:

  • The Roles and Responsibilities of Athletes and Coaches
  • Weightlifting – Clean & Jerk Skills and Drills
  • Barbell Cycling and Movement Efficiency for Competitive Athletes
  • CrossFit-Specific Gymnastics Skills and Drills
  • Nutrition and Fueling for Optimal Performance
  • Tapping Your Potential – The Mental Edge
  • Athlete Testing
  • Q&A with Panel of Coaches and Athletes

Coaching Staff: C.J. Martin, Josh Bridges, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Aja Barto, Nichole DeHart, Heidi Fearon . . . and others to be announced soon!


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 two dozen CrossFit Games individual competitors, and has coached the Invictus affiliate team to the Games five consecutive years – where they earned top 5 finishes three times in the span of four years, and finished 7th at the 2013 Games despite some “worm difficulties.”

Josh Bridges – Josh has been involved in CrossFit for approximately seven 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 and reconstructive knees surgery prevented him from competing again in 2012, but despite the injury he fought his way to a 7th place finish at the 2013 Games. 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 115 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 four-time Games competitor with multiple top 10 finishes. Camille is one of the most technically proficient athletes in the sport, which is why this 5’2” gymnast can also snatch 84 kg and clean and jerk 105 kg. Camille will lead our gymnastics breakout sessions and assist with our Olympic lifting sessions.

Aja Barto – Aja is a three-time Games competitor and at 6’5″ is the tallest athlete to ever compete at the CrossFit Games. He is also one of the strongest athletes in the sport – he reps multiple squats at 500+ lbs, has a 145 kg snatch and a 175 kg clean & jerk. The proud owner of Behemoth CrossFit in Houston, Aja has developed a keen eye for athlete development and a passion for helping others enjoy weightlifting and CrossFit as much as he does. Aja will assist in our weightlifting breakout sessions and with lectures on the mental aspects of competitive athletics, drawing not only on his experience as a CrossFit athlete, but also as a former professional baseball player.

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 four years.  Nichole is not afraid of being great at every aspect of our sport.  She can put heavy weight overhead – 84 kg Snatch, 105 kg Clean & 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.


  • Alex Whitworth

    Is there a fee for this camp? It sounds excellent.