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.
John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.
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