CrossFit Talon has made a name for itself this competition season, as three of our coaches have moved up the ranks in not only CrossFit, but with USA Weightlifting and the newly developed National Pro Fitness League.
Jenny Lutkins began training for competitive weightlifting in December, and competed for the first time in February. The Shackle Island Weightlifting Open qualified her to compete in the National Masters Weightlifting Championship in Shreveport, LA last month. In Shreveport, Jenny not only set new personal records in both her lifts, took second place in her weight class, but also qualified for the World Masters Championships scheduled for August in Denmark.
Will Moorad, who placed eleventh in last year’s CrossFit Games Regionals, finished sixth in this year’s Open, qualifying him for the Central East Regionals taking place the weekend of May 16th. Will has more than a fair shot at making it to the CrossFit Games this year in Carson, California. Will also just took part in the National Pro Fitness League Combine, a tryout similar to what they do to draft new players into the NFL. The National Pro Fitness League (NFPL) is a CrossFit-style team competition league set to begin this summer. From the NFPL’s website:
Introducing the world’s first professional spectator sport with co-ed teams competing in human performance races. This is a mainstream sporting event that is fan, TV, and sponsor friendly. Picture two 8-person teams (4 men, 4 women, with one of each being over 40 years old) going head to head in matches throughout a season that is not unlike an abbreviated NFL season. Two-hour matches with fixed but flexible rules that are designed to force teams to strategize. The competitions will be easy to follow, and a very smart team that executes flawlessly could outwit a fitter team in any given match. There will be consistent structure for every match, all events known ahead of time, and substitutions on the fly.
After the combine this past weekend in Atlanta, Will was asked to advance to the next step, another combine in Las Vegas set for sometime in June.
Last, but nowhere near least, Dennis Cheatham has qualified to compete in the master’s division at THE CROSSFIT GAMES! The man who is responsible for all of CrossFit Talon and Talon Weightlifting Club’s programming is headed to Carson, California to compete with the fittest on Earth. Dennis finished the Open thirteenth worldwide in his age division, third in our region. After the Master’s Qualifier, Dennis earned his spot in The Games with a twelfth place finish worldwide.
These are exciting times at CrossFit Talon, as there is no doubt that our coach’s success can’t help but pour down into our community.