This Grizzly is Going to Games!
Written by Nichole Kribs
Kevin Koester is headed to the 2019 CrossFit Games as a Masters athlete in the 50-54 age division. This will be his second trip to the CrossFit Games where, in 2017, he won the CrossFit Games for the 50-54 division. Kevin’s approach to training is very thoughtful but he has a fierce determination about him that will be really fun to watch at the Games. We are looking forward to cheering on Kevin this year in Madison, WI!
Hey Kevin! Can you tell me how you got into CrossFit?
A friend of mine thought I would like it and asked me to go to a class with her. I did one class, loved it but did not go back for 6 months, only because I was not ready to commit to a scheduled work out. I had always done my own thing on my own time.
When did you decide that you wanted to start competing in CrossFit?
Once I did start going to CrossFit on a regular basis one of the coaches at my gym asked me if I would consider doing the 2016 Open. I had no idea what it was but said yes I would give it a try.
Can you tell me about your competitive experience in CrossFit?
I ended up taking 55th in the 2016 Open as one of the oldest athletes in the 45-49 age group after doing CrossFit for just over one year. At that time I set a goal of making it to the Games in 2017. I was on a mission to achieve my goal and put in the work. I ended up taking first place in the 2017 AGOQ 50-54 and quickly reset my goal to win the CrossFit Games. In 2017, I won the Crossfit Games for the 50-54 age group. I have not done any other CrossFit competitions and in 2018 I did not compete. My mission was not to be a CrossFit athlete but simply do it so I could be in great shape to live the active lifestyle I enjoy. I believe I have an opportunity to inspire people to achieve their goals in life through CrossFit so I am competing again in 2019.
Did you grow up playing any sports?
Yes, I was a competitive gymnast as a youth, played football, wrestled and ran track through high school.
What made you check out Invictus?
My daughter was living in San Diego so I did a few drop-in classes last summer when I was in town. The coaching was amazing so I decided to give the Masters programing a try. It has taken my CrossFit to another level.
What are you most looking forward to at the CrossFit Games this year?
Winning:) I am looking forward to head to head competition and the unique events that can not be done online.
If you could create a Games event for this year, what would it be?
A longer obstacle course that challenged athletes fitness, strength and athleticism.
What is your spirit animal and why?
Grizzly for sure.