Affiliate: Rocklin CrossFit
Pull Ups: 64
Wes has been doing CrossFit for just over a year now. In that year, he has participated in many competitions. He is very skilled, highly coachable, and has the drive and heart to continue to push himself to become better. Weighing in on Saturday at The Sac-Town Throwdown at a mere 158, the second event lined up perfect for him. Going up to the one rep max snatch station, his previous PR was 209. Adrenaline fueled him and he approached the lighter weights with the same intensity needed for the heavier ones. He hit a PR at 210 with a couple minutes left to go, and the typical CrossFit mentality left Wes wanting more.
215 on the bar, got it! Then 220… He set his feet, set his back, took a deep breath, then pulled with everything he had. Wes through it over his head with so much force, it came crashing down on him, forcing him to lose his balance. With all the fight and energy he had, he held the bar overhead and dropped to a knee, sprung back to his feet, then dropped to his other knee. It was a demonstration of incredible flexibility and strength to hold 220 overhead at the bottom of a squat, drop a knee, recover, drop the other knee and recover again! He reached to the ceiling and climbed out of the hole. In USAW this would be a no lift, but in CrossFit and by the standards of this event, it counted in a big way. After he was done with the lift he said, “Well, it was ugly, but I got it!”
-Gary Baron, Owner of Rocklin CF
I will add that it was quite amazing to see the determination and fortitude Wes displayed to make this lift. It may have been ugly, but it was an amazing demonstration of the “never give up” CrossFit spirit that we all strive to exemplify.