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CF Blog November 9

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Strict Press 5-5-5

Partner WOD:
200 Double Unders
150 OHWL (45/25)
100 Abmat Sit-ups
50 Ring Dips
400m Run (together)

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Inspirational read from the Athlete Daily:

“This is 200 pounds”

Kaitlin Burgess is a Pro Strongman competitor who has lifted a 300 lb. stone to a 48 inch platform, can log press 200 lb. and deadlifts nearly 500 lb. But it was just a few years ago that Burgess was an out-of-shape new mom who was so scared and embarrassed that she couldn’t bear to go to a gym with other people in it.

Pro competitor Kaitlin Burgess before and after discovering Strongman. Burgess weighs about the same in both pictures.

So Burgess found herself in a CrossFit gym, going in between classes to work with the owner to avoid a group setting. It was immediately obvious that Burgess, whose dad was a bodybuilder and brother was a college football player, was really strong.

But when Pro Strongman competitor Bryan Barrett tried to convince Burgess to do one of his local competitions she blew him off. Again and again.

“Finally, we did try some real basic Strongman stuff and [Bryan] was like, ‘I’ll train you’,” Burgess said. “At the time, I had left my daughter’s dad. I couldn’t pay anything, and he let me.”

But the newly single mom didn’t just take an interest in Strongman.

Burgess also rekindled her old partying ways, as a mechanism to cope with depression. She was surrounding herself with people, drinking and socializing as a way to get back on her feet.

In reality, she was sabotaging all of those efforts.

“I remember Bryan broke me down. He said, ‘Hey, I’m not telling you how to live your life, but if you quit drinking and partying you’d be really good [at Strongman],” said Burgess.

“And within the first month of not drinking alcohol, I exploded. I wasn’t tired, I had energy. It was unbelievable.”

It’s even more impressive watching Burgess, who recently picked up two more pro cards at Strongman Corporation Nationals, when you consider all the things she now juggles.

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