We sat down with Hundy Ambassador Raph Freedman after he qualified for his first regional as an individual and asked him what he did differently in 2016.
In 2015 the goal was to help the team qualify for the CrossFit Games. After an unsuccessful regionals experience I set the goal to qualify as an Individual in 2016. From that point everything changed, the focus of all my training was what I needed to do to be better in the Open. There was no more handstand walking, or strict handstand push ups.
4 months a go I joined Starr Strength. 2-3 days a week I trained with Deian Cousins and Luke Starr. I told them all that I was there to win every single workout. I treated every session as if it was an Open workout. I did everything I could to beat them. The intensity that this created was unbelievable, twice the intensity of training alone in my gym Creature. I also understood and came to terms with how hard you need to push in Open workouts. It’s the final reps at the end that make all the difference.
There were no more excuses. Having a coach to kept me accountable. Not only did I have to do what I was told, but also to a level of what I was capable of, Starry would know. I didn’t skip a session for 4 months. Having someone who truly cares and listens to how your training is going makes such a big difference.
“If I’m going to start this shit, I may as well die for it.”
It’s the little things that make the biggest difference, you have to want it more than anything. That motivation is what will find those 3 or 4 extra reps each week and that’s what qualifies you. Every time I went to repeat a workout I thought to myself “If I’m going to start this shit, I may as well die for it.”
"Don’t listen to people who tell you you can’t do it. Of course you can, you just have to want it. But you have to want it more than anything."
In 2015 people told me I could make the team. So I lived up to those expectations and made the team. A year ago my training partner and Peak Chocolate co-founder Rory Boyden told me that he believes he can qualify. Having someone who knew all my flaws and my weaknesses but still believed 100% in me made the difference. I lived up to the expectations that he had of me and I started to believe it myself. Don’t listen to people who tell you you can’t do it. Of course you can, you just have to want it. But you have to want it more than anything.
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