The 2010 CrossFit Games
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July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
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Athlete Profile: Megan John - North Central Regional
Small competitor, huge heart.
At just under 5 feet and just over 100 pounds, Megan John is the smallest female competitor in the North Central Region, but that didn't stop her from taking third place at the Midwest Sectional. This weekend she will join forty nine other women in Colorado to compete for one of four spots to the CrossFit Games finals in Los Angeles.
Name: Megan John
Height: 4' 11"
Regional: North Central
Sectional: Midwest - 3rd
Cindy: 18 Rounds
Fight Gone Bad: 303
Clean & Jerk: 120lbs
Back Squat: 205lbs
What is your athletic background?
I really don't have much of an athletic background. If you give me any sports equipment/ball, I don't know what to do with it. In high school, I was into newspaper journalism, band, played the piano, and was a decent distance runner. In college, I was cramming for the next test or paper, working at Job Corps, looking at boys, or out at the bars with friends. After college, I found fitness. I am currently the fitness coordinator at Fort Riley, KS. I teach fitness classes, coordinate the contractors and schedule. One of the soldiers showed me the "Nasty girls" video in 2007 and so began my "life". I have not trained others consistently in CrossFit. As far as my personal fitness training outside of work, I like to push myself. Currently, I am working on a lot of strength training components, since I am one of the smaller females (4'11", 115 lbs.). Tank (my dog) enjoys running, so we do a 3-6 miles two times a week.
What is your history with CrossFit?
I got my CrossFit level I in 2007, and I started investing more energy into CrossFit training in 2009. When a deployed unit returned with a group of CrossFitters and we convened when our schedules allowed. Gradually, I received my nutrition, barbell, and rowing certifications, and I am going to get my olympic certification 17 April.
I am mostly a CrossFit athlete. If people ask, I love to spread the word and give pointers. I am not an affiliate owner - although it would be a dream of mine. My current "J-O-B" involves teaching SPINNING, step aerobics, Turbo Kick, PiYo, Circuit and Interval Boot Camp, and taking care of the fitness calendar, contractors, etc. My LOVE is to CrossFit.
What is unique about you as an individual or athlete?
Interesting... nope. I live the midwest, people. House. Two dogs. Single. Great parents, brothers, and friends. I graduated with a degree in psychology...I have had a lot of obstacles in my life, but everyone has something to set them back or drive them forward. For example, I was in a bad car accident when I was a freshman in high school. I remember laying on the ground with my arm pinned under the car (odd silence except fall leaves in the wind and the awareness of blood filling up my throat). At that moment, I think it could have gone either way: A.) I could have laid there and died or B.) I could fight like hell. Taking out the gray areas, I think theoretically, people have to decide between A or B everyday. Some things are worth the fight, others are not. I am not much of a competitor against others. I just like to see what I can accomplish and how fast I can do it. I guess that is what the obstacles I have faced taught me to do. That is how I like to train.