Exciting news for Fitmark Athlete Sarah Hopping, who won the bronze medal in weightlifting at the US National Olympic Weightlifting Championships this year at the Arnold Classic.
Sarah is an All-American athlete and CrossFit Champion. Her athletic career began as a child playing soccer in her hometown of Colorado. As she graduated into high school, Sarah took the skills she learned on the pitch and applied them to track and field, competing in jumping and hurdling. Her athletic ability did not go unnoticed as she was soon picked up by Stanford University, where she switched to the hammer throw halfway through her academic career.
Crowned as an All-American Athlete by Stanford and the NCAA, Sarah went on to throw a personal best of 68.60 meters in the 2008 Olympic trials.
There’s no stopping this All-American Athlete. After accepting her bronze medal for the Olympic Weightlifting Championships this year at the Arnold Classic, Sarah took a modest 30-minute break and then went on to complete the CrossFit Games Open WOD 12.2 to take fifth place in the world for the maximum number of snatches completed in a 10-minute round.
Sarah’s incredible strength as an athlete and unrelenting stamina carried her through 10 minutes of snatches for a total of 105 reps and qualifies her for the next round in the CrossFit Games:
- 30 Snatches at 45 lb
- 30 Snatches at 75 lb
- 30 Snatches at 100 lb
- 15 Snatches at 120 lb
- Total Number of Reps for the 12.2 = 105
The 12.2 marks the second round in the CrossFit Open Championships, which runs for five weeks from February 22 to March 25. Each week a new workout of the day or WOD is posted online and is open to 12 regional divisions in North America and five regions worldwide, making this sport the most accessible fitness program in the world.
This year, a record number of 55,000 CrossFitters signed up for the CrossFit Games, each with a common goal – to become the Fittest Man or Woman on Earth. For five weeks, athletes are put through a series of five grueling workouts to qualify for the next level – the Regionals. This second phase of the CrossFit Games is a three-day event held each weekend from April 27 to May 28 with the best 60 athletes to qualify from each region.
The Regionals is where the toughest competitors stand out, as only three men and three women will qualify to the third and final phase of the CrossFit Games, held this year at the Home Dept Center in Carson, California from July 13 to 15. The top prize consists of a hefty purse worth $250,000.
CrossFit has been around since 2007 and is the ultimate core strength and conditioning program, designed to increase V02 max, endurance, stamina, strength, power, flexibility, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. It does this with high intensity workouts of 20 minutes or less, consisting of timed rounds or circuits that incorporate weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, powerlifting and rowing. Training follows a schedule of three days on, one day off and is guaranteed to accelerate your fitness capacity. CrossFitters record their results to compete with other athletes worldwide and has quickly become one of the largest online fitness communities.
Fitmark is proud to sponsor an All-American Athlete like Sarah Hopping and will be watching the CrossFit Games for the Fittest Man and Woman on Earth.
Mark A. Samuel
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