We are excited to announce that it is official. Ruth “The Truth” Clark has qualified for the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games in the Female Master’s Division 55-59 years of age. Ruth started with CrossFit CrownTown about 5 months ago. Although she had been CrossFitting on and off for about 8 years now this is the very first CrossFit Games competition she has entered. Ruth was referred to us by her friend and our member, Patty Newell, who was confident that with Ruth’s abilities and our coaching program that she would achieve her goal. Fast forward 5 months and Patty was right. When Ruth started with us 5 months ago her max Clean was 100 pounds. Last week she Cleaned 128 pounds. That’s a 28% increase in 5 months. Her old max would have gotten her 116th place in that event, but her new max landed her 25th place in that event. She also just learned how to do her first Handstand Push-up right before she started with us. One of the workouts required her to do 45 reps mixed with Rowing and Double Unders. She took 34th in that workout and moved through all 45 reps, as if she had been doing them for years.
Ruth entered the Open one of 613 women in her age category. Over the course of five weeks in the Open she needed to finish in the top 200 worldwide in order to move on to the next stage of competition, the Online Masters Qualifiers. Ruth finished 25th and earned a shot at the next step. From there CrossFit Games released four workouts to be completed over the course of five days. All the top 200 women carried over their same ranking from the Open into the Qualifiers. So, Ruth started in 25th. She needed to finish inside the top 20 after the four qualifying workouts in order to make The CrossFit Games. Even though she was starting five places out of a qualifying spot, her performances in the Qualifier stage moved her up to finish inside the top 20 for a final placing of 19th. And, there you have it. She’ll be headed to the StubHub Center in Carson, CA in July to compete for a chance to be crowned the world’s fittest masters women (55-59). Might we add that Ruth is the only women from Southern California that will be represented in her division. We invite all of the CrossFit CrownTown community, friends, family, and anyone who enjoys fitness to come support Ruth in July. Root for the home team, Ruth “The Truth” Clark.
Ruth has an amazing amount of determination and work ethic. She is very consistent with her training and will not let up until she reaches her goals. We look forward to continuing to help her in any way we can over the next three months, as she prepares for the Games. We are very proud of her accomplishments and are thankful we have the opportunity to help her. Go Ruth!
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