“This time I promise. And when I promise I never break it…well, more or less.”

So, sitting in the Charlotte airport right now after one of the best Crossfit weekends ever!  I attended the first The Outlaw Way training camp held by Rudy Nielsen.  Pretty. Much. Awesome.  I was totally blown away by the people I encountered this weekend.  I’ve never had the opportunity to train with such a driven group of Crossfitters.  Most of the attendees were from Crossfit Murfreesburo and Crossfit Rutherford, both gyms located down in Murfreessburo, TN.  It was a great crew of many Regional and Games athletes ready to train and focus on becoming better Crossfit competitors.  The training and education that went down this weekend was excellent and incredibly eye opening for me.  Friday night kicked off with an Olympic lifting session that included tons of PRs.  I PR’d my clean and jerk as well as my squat clean.  Saturday we did threes WODs, and Sunday two, with mini clinics between the workouts.  My favorite training moment of the weekend was watching one particular rather unassuming, small woman manhandle Fran at 95# and chest to bar pull-ups.  I hope she doesn’t mind be sharing this, but she told me when she started Crossfit she couldn’t even do one push-up.  Amazing progress.  You don’t have to be competing at the Games to inspire the hell out of people with your work and commitment.

I know I’ve said it before and I’m sure I will continue to, but every time I get out and meet Crossfitters in other communities I am blown away by the way we welcome each other into our gyms- and homes in this instance.  It was like we instantly became teammates this weekend.  It was so much fun, and the people in Tennessee were so hospitable it was absolutely ridiculous.  I have so much gratitude for all their kindness.

I have a lot more to say specifically about camp, but I’ll save it until I can write more thoroughly.  I’m heading into a crazy week of three cities in seven days doing Crossfit camps and such, so there will be plenty to share.

Author: Elisabeth Akinwale

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