Cache Valley Strength & Conditioning

Established in 2008, CVSC is Cache Valley’s premier training facility with services ranging from personal training, program design, athletic team conditioning, HyperFit group classes and more.

Team CVSC’s Emily B. on Regionals & Competition

Emily Bunnell (Regionals CVSC Team - 15th 2012)Years in Crossfit: 11 months Pullups : 30 Deadlift: 300# Overhead Squat: 125# Snatch: 135# 5K: ? Haven't ran one in years. Jackie: 10:18 Fran: Haven't done it yet. Cindy: Hasn't done me yet.

What motivated you to compete in Regionals?

I am the youngest of 8 kids; I am used to competing for everything. The CVSC environment has fed my need to be compete & get my sweat on, so when the Open training started, it was a no-brainer to enter. I enjoyed the amped up energy of the Open and even more-so, the team aspect of going to Regionals.

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

I did Team WODs 2,3 & 5. 2:1K Row, 25 Pistols, 15 135# Hang Cleans 3: 30 One Arm Dumbell Snatches @ 70# + Sprints 5: Snatch Ladder I thought I was prepared for workout 2 but it demolished me. I had done all the movements in the gym, but a combo of poor strategy (no rest) & being absolutely freaked out by the crowd, cameraman & judge, I barely completed my hang cleans. I no repped the weight at least 7 times & ended up on my knees twice. I wanted to quit but Tara looked me in the eyes and screamed at me to get back on the bar, which I did until it was over. It was a painful & eye-opening way to start regionals.

The next two workouts I approached with a clearer mind & a happier attitude - and it paid off. The Dumbbell Snatches with Chad were every bit as good as the last workout had felt bad. We did well with an 8th place finish and I felt like a million bucks afterwards.

I was excited about the Snatch Ladder with my ladies, Chels & Tara. I had hoped for a PR but fell short of that at 125#. Still, it was a fast, heavy workout, which I love - so it was fun.

What do you take away from this experience?

You can't lose a competition unless you quit! I was every bit as inspired by the people who barely finished the workouts as I was by the best of the best. Tenacity at whatever level you are at is inspiring and motivating! It left me feeling equally humbled and encouraged & excited to continue hitting new PRs and killing my Goats in the gym.

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

Competing is a great way to see how you can perform under pressure & outside of your element. Which I feel is a perfect addition to truly being "cross fit". Doing your very best without your favorite barbell, 9 hours sleep, your BFF, or doing your entire warmup routine is really where you get out of your comfort zone and go 'beast mode'! Uh!