This past weekend marked the beginning of the Power Athlete Team Series and Baltimore, Maryland did not disappoint. Among numerous feats of strength, the team to take home the gold was The Salty Brose (a play on the names of head coaches and owners, Tom Brose and Chris “Salty” Shepard, of CrossFit DC). We at Power Athlete HQ couldn’t more excited for this group of stellar athletes to take home the $2,000 and set of bumper plates. Up until the end of competition only about 15 points separated The Salty Brose in first place and Animal House, a close second. Ultimately the top three teams went through a truly grueling team prowler shuttle race in which The Salty Brose were in last place up until the final leg of the shuttle. In an epic turnaround, powerhouse Dan Samarov turned on the heat and crushed the competition all while exhibiting the most amazing pain face. Going to that dark place was exactly what the team needed to maintain their first place standing and earn the title of Power Athlete Team Series Champion.
The women moved some serious weight at this competition. Athlete standouts like Jess Hofherr who benched 185lbs and Melissa Copeland who squatted 400lbs had the crowd roaring with every attempt. The men also saw pretty impressive numbers by Jim Rymiszewski benching 405 and Stephen Lacey for his 540lb DL making him the strongest pound for pound deadlifter at the competition.
On May 4th the Power Athlete Team Series Travels to Atlanta, Georgia to search for the team of 4 that will take home $2000 and prizes. If you’re not on a team, get on one. This event is about strength and athleticism but it’s also about seeing who and what you’re made of in the face of competition. We are going to be traveling the globe putting on events, so find one near you and show up to compete. A special thank you goes out to all of the competitors for leaving it all out there, to CrossFit BWI for making this event amazing, and to our sponsors for making this whole thing possible.
To see the results for the Power Athlete Team Series – Baltimore, and videos of every competitors lifts, check out the Team results tab on our Breeze Scoring score board.
A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.
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