Northeast Regional

Athlete Profile: Rob Ellis - Northeast Regional

Police officer trains out of his backyard

Rob Ellis was first exposed to CrossFit by a friend in his police department in 2006. Four years later he is making a run at one of three qualifying spots to the 2010 CrossFit Games finals in July. Even though he has come a long way competitively, he still chooses to train out of his friend's garage.

Name:  Rob Ellis
Height: 5-10
Weight: 195
Affiliate: None
Sectional:NY/NJ - 23rd
800m run:  2:20
Clean & Jerk: 225
Deadlift: 450x3
Back Squat:365
Pull-ups: 50
500m row: 1:26

What is your athletic background?
In high school I participated in several sports, including hockey, track, cross country, and weight training. In college I alternated between solely lifting weights and various callisthenic routines. After college I entered the police academy. Training mainly consisted of calisthenics and distance runs in the academy. Occasionally there would be weight session thrown in.  After I graduated the academy I maintained a similar routine until I was introduced to CrossFit two years later.

What is your history with CrossFit?
In June of 2006 I changed departments. Shortly after starting at the new department, I was approached by my training officer about trying a workout with another officer from the department.  A couple days later I met up with the guy and tried my first CrossFit WOD. After the work out I felt completely wiped out, but I was hooked. I abandoned my old routine and fully adopted CrossFit into my life. My first year and a half of CrossFit was spent training in my new friend’s basement.  Unfortunately, since neither one of us had been to a Level 1 cert, we did the WODs without maintaining proper form or range of motion.  As time went on we began to acquire more equipment and moved upstairs into his garage. In 2008, we attended a Basic Barbell cert in Boston, MA and then a Level 1 cert in Fort Dix, NJ. During the certs we learned proper form and began shifting our focus to this during the WODs.  As my training continued, I’ve recruited several friends and co-workers to try CrossFit and am happy to say that many of them have stuck with it. I currently still train out of my buddy's garage and occasionally my own backyard.

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1 comments on this entry

1. Adrian wrote...

Yeah!! Overhead squats...Your Favorite! Lol


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