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Gig Harbor family storms CrossFit Burien event; Fireman comes to rescue


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by Matt Parker

Clay Procter brought Casey Procter, Austin Procter and a ferocious performance by Ashley Procter to Burien late Friday night. The workout was a 10-minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) of the following movements:

  • 30 “double unders,” a skilled jump rope movement that involves 2 passes of the rope underneath your feet every time you jump
  • followed by 15 “ground-to-overhead” lifts of 75 pounds (men) or 55 pounds (women)

A perfect CrossFit workout to start the games, it involves strength, Olympic weightlifting skill, conditioning and composure; the double unders lead to deep inner frustration for athletes who lose rhythm on that movement.

Joe Walker sat in the far corner of the gym after the first year athlete struggled with his double unders, dejected, he told us “I just couldn’t find them, but I’ll be back.”

Clay Procter, who has lost about 40 pounds year-to-date, watched as his sister-in-law Ashley seemingly easily posted 300 repetitions; a full 33% more than the 2nd best female scores from Kelly Knutson and Kelsi Fadness. Kali Paris (Ms. Paris), lost sleep over taking 4th place by 2 repetitions.

“Ashley destroyed it,” Kali said. “But I just couldn’t sleep thinking I had fallen to 4th over less than 1% more effort!”

Just when the crowd thought the Procter onslaught was over, Casey Procter, Clay’s brother, posted 317 reps without breathing. At that point in time, that was 36% better than the 2nd best man! Matt Parker was seen immediately thereafter with a calculator, figuring out the pace Casey had set.

“Good Lord.” Parker said. “That was a real score.”

Next, almost unnoticed, the understated 170 pound fireman calendar poster boy Brien Marcus slipped in the back door, right off a shift at the Burien Fire Station, slipped into workout clothes and hit the deck. Burien had hope. He squared off with Walker, Jared Brigham and Matt Parker and posted the fastest first 2 rounds of the night.

In the end, though, the 2-time Iron Man posted a 309, with a smile, congratulating Casey on his 317 reps.

The Procters finished week 1 with an exclamation point, and we love them, but there are 4 more weeks. Every Friday night, for the next 4 weeks, come join the fun. Come early, though, as the gym was “standing room only” for the event. Next week, all the 2014 logo gear will be on hand.

Also worth noting, Ethan Pinter, maybe up past his bedtime, put to bed any notion his conditioning isn’t competitive this year; he won heat 1 against great competition and with good form.

“That was a good workout for me,” Pinter said. “I am very comfortable with the power snatch.”

More to come next week.”

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