LR and I recently took a trip down to CrossFit Klew in Somerset, NJ where Progenex was hosting their "Saturday's Main Event" featuring the CrossFit Open 15.2 workout. What better way to spend your Saturday than surrounded with CrossFit junkies, regional level athletes and a world famous WWE wrestler!
Progenex Saturday's Main Event is a great opportunity for the fitness community to come together and participate in the current CrossFit Open workout. The Saturday after each Open workout is announced, Progenex heads to an affiliate in the U.S. and hosts an amazing day for your everyday athletes, whether you want to complete the Open WOD or just hang out and enjoy the surroundings.
We were greeted by a friendly staff and given some free swag including Progenex shirts, hats and protein. It wasn't long before the facility started to fill up with athletes, spectators, friends and supporters.
We've heard some pretty awesome things about the Klew facility, but to actually see it in person was pretty cool. This place was HUGE, so big that I think CrossFit would be able to hold the North East Regionals there (hint, hint). Besides being 40,000 square feet of awesomeness, this box had everything you can imagine. From it's own gift shop/store to personalized rigs, weights and wall balls, to Brita filters in the walls, to bins filled with fresh fruit, to beautiful locker rooms, this was like the Disneyland of all CrossFit boxes.
After a briefing of 15.2, the heats were about to start and the day was set to move into high gear. It wasn't long before we were surrounded by everyday athletes putting it all on the line. The friendly and supportive atmosphere definitely made the overhead squats and chest-to-bar pull ups featured in 15.2 seem a little less brutal. It was also pretty neat to see elite competitors like Chelsey Hughes, Joe Kearney and Alec Smith judging and motivating all the athletes.
The biggest surprise of the day was seeing WWE star Seth Rollins competing at the event. I guess being a world famous professional wrestler isn't good enough for this guy - he has to be great at CrossFit too! It really says a lot about the event organizers that they were able to get someone like Seth Rollins to make an appearance. It was also humbling to see someone like him competing in a box along side other everyday athletes. He got an impressive score of 199 reps and it looks like he is training hard along with a team from Quad City CrossFit. Hard works pays off as they are currently sitting in 5th place in the North Central region. It would be pretty neat to see him this summer competing at the StubHub Center!
Even with the excitement of seeing a WWE superstar WOD, we couldn't help getting hungry as the day wore on. Luckily, the Oink and Moo BBQ food truck came around noon with some great food options.
What would a great event be without high quality photography? The event organizers had this covered as well. Well known photographer Super Cleary was there to take official photos.
All in all, it was a fun day spent with great people. A big thank you to Progenex and CrossFit Klew for putting on such a fun and smooth event! If you are in the area of any of the next 3 Progenex Saturday's Main Event locations, I highly suggest making the trip. Nothing compares to the Community that these local affiliates have created!