***Scheduling Note – Invictus will be closing TODAY at 1:00 p.m. for the CrossFit Games in Carson, CA. We will re-open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, July 19.***

Workout of the Day:
“2007 CF Games Hopper WOD”
For time:
Row 1000 Meters
and then complete five rounds of:
Pull-Ups x 25 reps
Push Jerk/Press (135/95 lbs.) x 7 reps

(Scaling note – you should complete this workout in less than 20 minutes.  It is your responsibility, with the guidance of your coach, to select a weight for the barbell and a rep scheme for the pull-ups that will allow you to do so.  If you are not extremely comfortable performing pull-ups, you MUST scale the number of reps per round – e.g., if you can easily perform 25 unbroken pull-ups, knock it out as rx’d, but if you can only perform 5 unbroken pull-ups, stick with 15 or fewer pull-ups per round.  Cool?)

(Scores to beat – In 2007, Brett Marshall and Jolie Gentry had the best times – 13:07 and 16:22 respectively.  The sport of CrossFit has come a long way since then – and so have Brett and Jolie, who could certainly crush those times (yes, even Jolie who recently gave birth to her first child – she’s that badass). Our crew took on the WOD on February 12, 2010 – POS (11:42) and Michele (14:27) had the top times.  Can you challenge the champions of 2007, or some of our current studs?)
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Here We Go!
Written by C.J. Martin

The 2010 CrossFit Games are finally upon us.  For our athletes, both those competing and those who have supported them and pushed them in training, this has been a six-month journey.  Over the course of those six months, these individuals have made countless sacrifices and poured buckets of sweat into their preparation for this weekend.  Along the way they also gained a deeper understanding of themselves – as athletes and individuals – and forged invaluable bonds with their teammates and training partners.  They are stronger in every possible way.  They lift more, run faster and are more explosive, but more importantly, they have hardened themselves to discomfort and adversity.  They have learned to find strength in their peers and deep within themselves, and take from the experience a confidence that transcends the sport.  This confidence and the unconditional support of their team and community make them unconquerable – “Invictus.”

This weekend will be a celebration of their hard work, and of the community that has supported them.  Where our athletes place amongst others is irrelevant.  That they are true to themselves and allow their full potential to be realized will be the true mark of their success, and the perfect culmination to an incredible six-month journey.  I am confident that they will do so, and am proud to have each of our athletes (Michele, Sage, Nichole, Justin, Nuno, Shane and Helen) representing Invictus.

For the 70 spectators who have already purchased tickets and committed to heading up to the Home Depot Center, I hope you will give to our athletes the same love, commitment and effort they have put into their training every day for the last six months.  For those of you who have not yet committed to making the trip, I encourage you to do so if at all possible.  You will not regret a moment of sharing in this experience.

If you cannot be with us, watch the events live on streaming video at http://live.crossfit.com/, and check the CrossFit Invictus Facebook page – we will do our best to update this page so that our friends know when Helen and the team will be competing throughout the weekend.

See you up in Carson!

Final Note – OUR T-SHIRTS ARRIVED!!! Grab your green t-shirt at the gym before 1:00 p.m., or check-in at the Invictus tent at the Home Depot Center first thing on Friday morning and make sure you are rocking an Invictus green t-shirt.  Our athletes gain a tremendous energy boost from looking up at a wall of green shirts rooting them on.  Be a part of the Sea of Green!