The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Scouting Report: Southern California Men's Edition
A Few of the Competition Regulars
With the 2011 CrossFit Games season only a few months away, preparation for the Games is heating up. If there is anything we have learned from years past, it's that previously low-profile athletes will come out of nowhere to challenge CrossFit's elite.
Last week, we highlighted a few of the women who are regulars to the fierce Southern California competition scene, including some of the top finishers at the OC Throwdown and the Next Level Invitational. Today, we turn to the men. Among them, we have two former Marines and a soon-to-be father. If you're interested in SoCal men, make sure to check out Ben Hopkin's recovery from his motorcycle accident and our previous scouting reports.
Max Fernandez owns and operates CrossFit South County in Laguna Hills, California. He has claimed top positions at several Southern California CrossFit competitions, including 1st at the OC Throwdown last August and 13th at the 2010 Southwest Regional, two positions ahead of the “Manimal” Pat Barber. He has well-rounded stats, with a few exceptional times such as his 2:20 Diane.
Prior to CrossFit, Fernandez was an Infantryman for the Marine Corps. His job as a Marine demanded fitness and mental strength, both of which he has brought to CrossFit training and competition. As Max puts it, “I feel being an active Marine gave me an edge on mindset and mental strength. This has been 50% of winning or losing in my personal CrossFit experience. Seriously, when you’re talking about seconds between losing and winning in a sport like CrossFit, it takes a serious amount of discomfort and pain to keep pushing. This is simply true grit and pure determination of the mind… I am a very focused individual and use this to my advantage during competitions. ”
In his training, Max aims to push himself as hard as he possibly can 4-5 times per week without over-doing it. To gain a competitive edge, he works on skills such as improving his transition time between exercises, the speed of his movements, and the diversity of his skills.
5k run 22:00
30 muscle ups for time 5:34
Filthy Fifty: 20:40
Clean and Jerk: 305
7th Regional Qualifiers SoCal, 2009 7th place (The top 6 went to the Games)
4th S. California Sectional, 2010
13th Southwest Regional, 2010 (2 ahead of Pat Barber)
1st OC Throwdown, Aug. 2010
2nd 2010 Next Level Invitational II, 2010
4th Next Level Invitational III, 2010
Paul Gregrow works as the head coach of CrossFit South County, alongside Max Fernandez. He has been active in the Southern California competition scene, and pulled 3rd place at the Next Level Invitational in August of last year.
Like many CrossFitters, Paul found CrossFit online while he was still working at a Globo-Gym. He taught a bootcamp course and started incorporating bits and pieces of what he’d learned from CrossFit. Eventually he moved from the Globo-Gym to CrossFit South County. Paul spent six months as a client, learning what he could from Max Fernandez, before he started working as a L1 Trainer. After two years, he still boasts “I have the best job in the world.”
Paul is going to make his best run for the Games, though he may have some (pleasant) distractions. He and his wife Stacey are expecting their first child just after the Open Qualifier wraps up in mid-April. We wish him the best of luck with both.
2K row: 6:58
Mile run: 5:25
Back Squat: 350
Overhead Squat: 285
Split Jerk: 285
Clean and Jerk: 270
Squat Snatch: 215
12th OC Throwdown, Jan. 2010
6th Southern California Sectional, March 2010
30th Southwest Regional, May 2010
3rd Next Level Invitational, Aug. 2010
6th Next Level Invitational, Dec. 2010
11th OC Throwdown, Jan. 2011
Seth Radnothy works as a paramedic and CrossFit SoCal trainer in San Diego, California. From the time he turned eighteen until now, Radnothy has been setting his life on course for as many different physical and mental challenges as he can. Straight out of high school, Seth joined the First Recon Company of the Marine Corps and served four years of active duty. When he finished his service to the Marines, he took up triathlons for six years and eventually added in rock climbing. Two years ago he found CrossFit. Like most athletes featured in the Scouting Reports, he was immediately addicted.
Last year, Radnothy placed 6th at the San Diego (incl. Arizona) Sectional earning a spot in the Southwest Regional. Instead of following his Individual bid to Regionals, Radnothy opted to compete in the Affiliate Cup for a second time with CrossFit SoCal. They placed 15th overall at the 2010 Games. This year he’s considering a push for Individual competition.
Fight Gone Bad: 416
Filthy Fifty: 17:20
5k run: 17:52
400m run: 1:14
30 Muscle-ups for time: 4:25
Squat: 340lbs x5
Clean and Jerk: 255lbs
7th : 2009 Games Affiliate Cup, CrossFit SoCal
6th : San Diego (incl. Arizona) Sectional, 2010
14th : 2010 Games Affiliate Cup, CrossFit SoCal