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CVSC at Leave No Survivors

June 25, 2012

CVSC athletes had the opportunity to compete, volunteer and spectate at last weekend’s Leave No Survivors, a local Crossfit throw-down hosted by Crossfit IoTA.

Athletes competed individually or as part of a 2 person (1 male+1 female) team in five WODs. Scoring was determined by overall placement in each event using the same scoring methodology as the Crossfit Games.

CVSC Individual Women who competed: Amy C. and Kari C.

You can see the women’s results here

Amy C. Wod #4 “Thruster Ladder”

Kari C. Wod #5 “Christine”

CVSC Individual Men who competed: Jeff S., Travis W., Brent M.

You can see the Men’s results here

Jeff S. Wod #2 “Scupper That”

Travis W. Wod #5 “Christine”

Brent M. Wod #1 “Walk the Plank”

CVSC Team participants: Mason H., Shane & Kim A.

You can see the team results here

Mason H. and Ronnie L. TeamWod #1 “Walk the Plank”

Shane & Kim A. TeamWod #3 “Sled Push”

USU Individual Competitors

USU Group: Dillon E., Becca S., Ashley L., Mitchell M. and Travis W.

Nice Job CVSC! Way to represent!


CVSC Committed Athlete Brandi Funk

June 15, 2012


I’m a domestic goddess who feels like an ordinary house wife.

Type of training before CrossFit:

I pretty much didn’t have any kind of training before CVSC. It is one of the hardest and intimidating things I have ever done. It takes guts to walk in for the first time. Actually it takes guts every time I walk in. It is also one of the most rewarding thing you could do for yourself. It is teaching me how to be strong and healthy for myself and my family. I have found inner strength I did not know I had in me. All of the trainers have been very supportive and helpful. You guys are awesome!

Favorite Workouts:

I don’t really have a favorite workout. I just like to feel myself improving a little each time I do the workout. I have also learned it’s a life style change. You can workout all day but if you eat junk and don’t feed your body what it needs it won’t Work! Protein is my new best friend.

Any hobbies you have outside the gym?

Out side of the gym I enjoy reading, working outside with my hubby in the yard, and watching MMA with my husband on Saturday nights. I love to laugh and find humor when sometimes things seem impossible to laugh at.

Something about you that not too many people at CVSC know?

I wish I had some cool thing that people don’t know about me like I rode a bull for 8 seconds or I hiked a really big mountain but the truth is I like the simple things in life. My husband and my four kids are my best work in life.

Any words of advice for newer members at CVSC?

Get out of your comfort zone and don’t hold back.You can do hard things!

“T” Talks About Her Regionals Experience

June 14, 2012

Tara Alder

7th: Crossfit Elevated Competition 2009

1043rd overall, 104th in South West Region 2011 Open Sectional WODS

Can’t remember:  CFCV Team at 2011 Regionals

1177th overall, 96th in South West Region 2012 Open Sectional WODS

15th: CVSC team at 2012 Regionals

4 years: Crossfit

What motivated you to compete in Regionals?

To be honest with you… my husband.  Every year I debate whether or not to compete but he is always signing me up!  I love/hate him for it every year!  I am being serious about this… I don’t even know my login or password to get on the games sight… hahahahhaha!

I truly love competing but absolutely hate how I become a nervous wreck (this is why I am always hesitant).  I have always been this way.  Before big games in college or even races which I am not even trying to win. I can never sleep the night before and I always feel like I am going to puke.  This is exactly how I feel every time I compete in a Crossfit competition.  I can’t eat a thing, the very sight of food makes me sick!

I have a point to this.  I think every crossfitter should compete in at least one crossfit competition in their lifeJ  We all get nervous in different ways but fear should never hold you back.  You have to just tell yourself that it doesn’t matter how you do as long as you did your best.  Each of you are at the gym everyday challenging yourself and putting in hard work.  Why not challenge yourself to a friendly competition in one of the local gyms or sectionals.  After almost every competition I have done I am always grateful to my husband for just making me take the plungeJ  But I am especially thankful to him this year because this year by far was the most fun I have ever had competing (I didn’t puke)!  So much fun I might start signing some of you up!!! Hahahahahaha!

How did your performance go in the workouts? ..if team, what wods did you do?

First off I have to say “Great Job” to all of my teammates!  It was a team effort and I think we did exceptionally wellJ  I had a blast with each and every one of you!  We all brought a little something different to the team and it showed in our performances!!!

I did works outs 1,2,4 and 5.

WOD #1: Partner Deadlifts and Handstand pushups!

Nervous as all get up our team started Event 1 in Heat 1.  We were the first to go and it was time to set the tone for the entire weekend!  3, 2, 1 GO!  Mason and Travis run to the partner deadlift and kill it!  Knocking out all 20 in a row and taking less than a minute to do their handstand pushups.  Chels and I are off!  The first to get to the Deadlift which neither of us had time to warm up with.  Taking down all 20 at a time we were off to the handstand pushups.

We all worked super hard this year

2012 Regionals Reflection: Chad S., Gil H., Chels F.

June 11, 2012

Chad Seeley

Years in CrossFit: 3 and a half
Pull ups- unknown
Deadlift – 375
Overhead squat- 225
Snatch- 196
5k – Around 19:00. It’s been a long time since I have run a 5K
“Fran” – 4:14 but hoping to improve when we do it again!
“Jackie” – 6:10
“Cindy” – 24

What motivated you to compete in Regionals?
I have always wanted to compete. I just have that competitive spirit.

How did your performance go in the workouts? ..if team, what wods did you do?

For the team workouts I did the 1k row, 25 pistols(a one legged squat), and 15 hang cleans @225. This workout was done with Tara, mason, and Emily.The next day I did the one arm snatch workout with Emily.

What do you take away from this experience?
I absolutely loved competing. It was one of the most exhilarating feeling I have ever had.

Anything else you’d like people to know about competing in CF?
The only thing I would like to tell people is that you can’t rush it. You can’t expect to come in and in two or three months do all the heavy lifting and complex movements.  Crossfit Is a journey that takes much time and dedication to perfect.


Gil Hollingsworth

2010 2nd at sectionals, 5th at regionals. 2011 i think i placed 4th in the open and 12th at regionals. 2012 21st in the open and 15th at regionals.

pull ups- 60
deadlift- 545
overhead squat- 260
snatch- 220
5k- in the 20:?? range. it has been a while
fran- 2:57
jackie- i went sub 6 once. cant remember exact time
cindy- 26

What motivated you to compete in Regionals?

I like to have something to train for all year. It’s a lot funner than training for abs.

How did your performance go in the workouts? ..if team, what wods did you do?

I was happy with my performance in 4 out of the 6 workouts. workout 1 killed my chances again this year. hspu have got me the past 2 years in the first workout and put me in a big hole. maybe i better get better at them this year.

What do you take away from this experience?

That the level of competition at regionals is getting better every year. If you want to compete at the regional level you better be training your butt off all year.

Anything else you’d like people to know about competing in CF?

competing is a lot of fun.


51st 2011 open individual
25th 2011 Regional individual
2012 90th place open Individual open
2012 15th place for team at regional
I have been doing Crossfit for 4 years.
What motivated me to compete in Regionals? I love to compete. After competing in the 2011 CrossFit regionals , I new it was something that I wanted to experience again. The level of energy and just being around the great athletes was amazing. Personally I have to have something to work towards. I am a bit competitive so training for any type of athletic event helps keep me motivated in going to the gym and eating right.
How did your performance go in the workouts? ..if team, what wods did you do?For the team workouts I did event 1, 21-15-9 of HSPU and partner deadlifts. This workout was with Tara, Tourjee, and Mason. This one was fun because, Tara and I were able to try something new (partner deadlifts) something that I know we never would have even thought of doing. I also did the Team workout 4 with Tara, Tourjee, and Mason. 75 Back Squat #95, 50 pull ups,25 Shoulder to Over head #95 , 75 Front Squat #65, 50 PU, 25 STO #65, 75 Over Head Squats #45, 50 PU, 25 STO #45. Tara and I had to complete this together (boys are holding our bar while we do Pull ups.) Once we completed this the boys started the same sequence. While we held the bar while they did pull ups. Lets just say this one was a challenge. This was a pure mental test for me . I am so grateful for my teammates!
I had so much fun being on a team this year. It is so different than going individual. Each of us had different strengths and weaknesses that we were able to put into use with different events .Going individual you don’t have that opportunity. I am glad that I was able to rely on my awesome teammates Tara, Emily, Mason, Chad and Tourjee. We had some great times training together.
What do you take away from this experience? One thing that I have learned competing 2 years now; It is a great experience and I think everyone should try it. But the most important thing I learned is to listen to your body! I am grateful that I competed this year and would not take any of it back. But now that it is over I have had to take a look at my training and remind myself of why I started CrossFit in the first place.  I started Crossfit to lose weight and be healthy for myself and family. To feel good.  Like I said I am a competitive person so a year ago when I injured my shoulder I did not listen to my body I kept pushing myself harder and did not let my injury heal properly. I was telling myself that it really did not hurt that bad and I would not do certain movements for a few days than start right back up again. Competing is amazing and I will keep doing so, (when my shoulder is healed). But the true reason I CrossFit is to be a healthy example to my children, family and friends. I love seeing how much CrossFit has transformed so many peoples lives and especially how excited my friends get when they achieve 2 double-unders or pull ups. This is why I started CrossFit Cache Valley.

2012 Cache Valley SS Tri

June 6, 2012

CVSC had a strong showing at the 8th annual Cache Valley Super Sprint Triathlon held last weekend.

Glen B. placed 1st in his age group and 2nd overall.

Glen B.

Melani K. placed 4th in her age group and 21st overall

Melani K.

Tashina M. placed 10th in her age group and 30th overall

Tashina M.

Congratulations to all!  Way to represent CVSC!

CVSC Honors Murph

May 28, 2012

Our thanks and our thoughts go out to all the servicemen and women, who are serving and have served on this very special American Holiday weekend.


1 mile run
100x pull-ups
200x push-ups
300x squats
1 mile run
(Note: Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run.)

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

Compare to 5.30.11 here.

Team CVSC’s Travis T.’s Regionals Recap

May 23, 2012

Travis Tourjee
(in 2012, 105th in the Open in South West region)
Years in CrossFit: about 3 ½ years
Pull ups- 42
Deadlift – 500#
Overhead squat- 215#
Front Squat – 305# x 3
Snatch- 195#
Clean – 245#
5k – 19:47
“Fran” – 3:53
“Karen” – 6:18
“Murph” – 33:57
“Fight Gone Bad” – 364
“Cindy” – 24 rounds

What motivated you to compete in Regionals?
Regionals was the next step in my Crossfit experience. After talking to last year’s team athletes and how much fun they had and experience they took away from Regionals, my goal became to be part of this year’s team. After wrestling, Crossfit has become my competition and motivation. The opportunity to be a part of the team this year was plausible so I went for it.

How did your performance go in the workouts? ..if team, what wods did you do?
I competed in Team WODs 1, 4, and 5
1: 20 x 455# partner Deadlift, 20 HSPU, 20 HSPU, 20 partner Deadlift
4: Chipper of squats, pull-ups, push press
5: Snatch Ladder
Workout 1, a partner “Diane”, was right up my alley. Mason and I were the first guys done in our heat with our first round of Deadlifts and HSPU, allowing Tara and Chelsea to be the first ladies off the line. It was great to see Team CVSC ahead of the pack on the first workout.
Workout 4 went as well as any brutal workout could have, with Mason and I making our way to 41 out of the 75 front squats after Tara and Chelsea tackled their way through the entire workout. Great job ladies!
The snatch ladder worked out as I hoped it would, with a PR for me at 195#. I failed at 205#, but I’ll get that here in a few weeks after BT’s strength cycle.

What do you take away from this experience?
I had a memorable weekend hanging out with great people and getting to do one of my favorite hobbies. It was amazing to be amongst that caliber of athletes; I can’t imagine what the Games would be like! Watching Chris Spealler, weighing 150#, complete a 225# snatch was inspiring for me. One realization that I have come away with from Regionals is that I need to increase my Olympic lifts as well as my strength, both mentally and physically, for next year.

Anything else you’d like people to know about competing in CF?
Give it a shot! The people are wonderful, the atmosphere is awesome, and the workouts are fun (unless they include a 7 minute AMRAP of burpees). If you think you are a person who would be too nervous to compete, don’t worry, the crowd and music drown out at 3, 2, 1 go. Competition gives you a chance to show yourself that next gear that you normally don’t reach in the gym, and it feels great.