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Ketchikan Man competes for title “Fittest on Earth”


July 01, 2011

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - For the past three years Bo Meredith has been spending his lunch hour doing an intense and constantly varied workout program known as CrossFit. This workout regime is not for the faint of heart. One of the workouts includes a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 100 push ups, 100 squats, followed by a 1 mile run, for time.

jpg Ketchikan Man competes for title “Fittest on Earth”

Bo Meredith was in 35th place in the Northwest Region. This earned him the honor of competing in the 2011 CrossFit Games Northwest Regionals.

In May of this year Meredith competed in the the inaugural Reebok CrossFit Games Open. The Open was the first of its kind, a truly open competition. Anyone, anywhere could compete. Athletes could compete at any place of their choosing, even from home, so long as they provided video-taped evidence of their performance.

The ground-breaking, Internet powered format of the Open proved to be compelling. In the end, nearly 27,000 individual athletes completed six grueling workouts in their local gyms, making the Open one of the largest sporting events ever held. Only the top 60 athletes in each region were invited to the Regional competition held in June.

After completing the Open, Bo was in 35th place in the Northwest Region. This earned him the honor of competing in the 2011 CrossFit Games Northwest Regionals.

The regional competition was held at the Puyallup Fair Grounds in Washington state. For three days the best of the best from WA, OR, ID, AK, MT, and WY shed blood sweat and a few tears for the opportunity to advance to the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson California at the Home Depot Center.

Meredith’s top finish in the Regional contest came during the first workout of the first day. He finished in a time of 9:08 and placed 12th in the workout which consisted of a 1000 meter sprint, 30 handstand push-ups, and 1000 meters of rowing.

Meredith saw the biggest improvement during day two, when he completed forty-five 315 lb dead lifts followed by forty-five 30 inch box jumps in just over 5 minutes.

His combined performance for the weekend put him in 18th place overall, a big improvement from his 35th place start.

Meredith has decided to take a month off from the gym before he starts training for next years CrossFit competition. His definition of “taking time off” may not jive with yours, as you can currently find him at the pool during his lunch hour training for an 8.2 mile open water swim around Pennock Island in August.




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