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Miguel Toledano Gets Ready for the Open
He's Spent the Last Year Training...in Afghanistan
Miguel Toledano took first place at a recent local CrossFit competition. He's also found time away from his busy job to train for the CrossFit Games Open in March.
Miguel's not your typical CrossFit firebreather though. The local competition that Miguel won was the CrossFit Leatherneck Fitness Challenge Throwdown. It took place on February 5-6 at Camp Leatherneck, a forward operating base in Afghanistan. And Miguel's job is not your ordinary desk work, he is a Captain in the United States Marine Corps.
He sent in this list of his benchmark workouts:
Cindy: 34 rounds
CrossFit Total: 1230 (525 squat, 510 deadlift, 195 press)
Snatch - 175 lbs.
Clean and jerk: 250 lbs.
30 muscle-ups: 4:58
5k row: 18:29
While these stats are impressive, they are even more meaningful in light of the obstacles that Miguel's overcome to achieve them. Miguel's has been deployed for most of the past year and dealt with a couple of major injuries along the way.
At the 2010 San Diego/ Arizona Sectional, Miguel tore his hamstring in the first event, but continued with the competition. Given his injury, he finished 34rd overall, a placing that belies his true fitness level.
Shortly thereafter, Miguel deployed to Afghanistan. While on a mission, he suffered another injury to his legs and tore his ACL. Getting surgery would have meant the end of his deployment, but Miguel "wasn't hearing any of that," so he decided to try to "rehab it on my own."
His workout regimen since that injury has been remarkably intense. Miguel combines olympic lifting programming from Coach Burgener, mainsite CrossFit.com WOD's, and CrossFit Endurance programming into his exercise regimen.
Miguel's journey with CrossFit began in June of 2008 when a friend convinced him to take his spot at a CrossFit Level 1 course, paid for by the Marine Corps. With a 405 lb. bench press, 510 lb. squat, and 17:05 3 mile run, Miguel thought he was in the best shape of his life. When the weekend was over, and he had given his first efforts at Fran (11:08), and Helen (13:25), Miguel realized that he was "nowhere near being in good shape."
Since that Level 1, the Marine officer has CrossFitted "religiously" and even incorporated CrossFit into the training that he conducts with his Marines. He runs all of his Marines through a 12 week workout "fundamentals training course", and the results have been extraordinary. He's gotten so much positive feedback about the CrossFit course that he can't even "keep track of the number" anymore.
Miguel enjoyed the format of last year's Sectionals, but he has a flexible mindset as a competitor: "A top competitor will still end up being in the top when all is said and done. I'm ready to follow whatever format is out there." He's recently returned home from Afghanistan, and this year he's "ready to make it to the top."