Taking it up a Notch
Post Independent Sports Editor
CARBONDALE — Robbie Davis believed in his new workout regimen so much when he first started, he opened up the first CrossFit gym in town. He never would have envisioned where it would take him three years later.
“There’s no way,” the 42-year-old Carbondale resident said. “You can see where some of the guys below us are and what level they’re at. It’s just awesome to have this opportunity.”
Davis owns Bonedale CrossFit in Carbondale, a business he opened in 2010 that helped him adhere to his competitive needs and desire for physical activity. Now he’ll get to take that to another level, as Davis will compete in next week’s CrossFit World Games in Carson, Calif.
“As soon as I started CrossFit, I knew that I wanted to do something with it,” Davis said. “You hear this a lot from CrossFit people that as soon as you do the first workout, you know that it’s something you want to do.”
The CrossFit World Games go from July 22 to 28 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson. It began in 2007 with a modest 70 competitors, but has since ballooned into a massive event which has drawn Reebok as the primary sponsor and ESPN as its television broadcaster.
Davis will compete in the Masters division, which features competitors age 40 to 45. That’s a change from last year when Davis participated in the Open division — 45 years old and under— of which he did during his first two years of competitive CrossFit.
The typical Open division standard sends the top three athletes from each of the 17 regional competitions around the world to the World Games. Davis, who finished 19th in last year’s SouthWest Regional in the Open division, finished 19th in the world in his age group to make the cut.
“The big difference that it makes is that it evens out the competition,” Davis said. “Instead of me competing against a 20-year-old kid that just has to go to school and work out, I compete against people who are more my age.”
Unlike a traditional gym, which typically feature alternating workout days for different parts of the body, CrossFit focuses on working all facets of the body and on the overall volume of repetitions. That volume is what athletes vying for a spot in the World Games focus on. The more, the better.
During regional competition, athletes are given five workouts to complete over a six-week time frame. They’re judged by certified CrossFit athletes on the volume and quality of repetitions, which are used to determine advancement.
Davis has always had a soft spot for competition, though. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he played junior college football and began playing rugby before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley and playing for the Gentlemen of Aspen for close to a decade.
He moved into non-contact sports from there, doing adventure racing and eco-challenges.
But when the CrossFit thing came up, it was a no-brainer to him what his next step should be to retain his competitive spirit.
“This just fit me naturally,” Davis said.
The top 60 athletes in each region qualify for the regional competition of the Open division, and Davis made it the first year. He finished 32nd his first year and, in 2012, moved up to 19th. This year, the age groups changed.
“I always ended up being one of the older guys on the floor,” Davis said, smiling. “I was always hoping they’d change it.”
Still, that didn’t make reaching the World Games any easier. For the Masters division, as opposed to the Open division, the World Games only took the top 20 workout scores in the world, which were accumulated over a six-week span from March to early April. Davis finished 19th.
Davis will be the second Garfield County athlete to compete at the World Games. Jenny LaBaw of Rifle competed there in 2011 and 2012. She’ll miss the World Games this year, however, after a broken foot in March ended her CrossFit season before it started.
Davis, however, likes the chance he has to compete — and do well — on the sport’s biggest stage.
“There’s a couple of guys I’m pretty familiar with, and they’re right up there,” Davis said. “Hopefully I can be, too.”
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