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Pittston’s Paige Semenza has active her CrossFit résumé with all sorts of accomplishments in the accomplished few years.
But, she says after hesitation, the best surreal moment came aftermost June in Palm Beach County, Florida, back she able for the all-embracing CrossFit Games for the aboriginal time as an individual.
“That was the best absurd moment I’ve had to-date,” Semenza said. “Just a really, absolutely big dream and a ambition that I was able to complete.”
Semenza accomplished 32nd amid 40 women who able for the 2018 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
Being 28 and active a affairs that reinforces and strengthens a CrossFit accomplishments — a action area fettle is activated in a array of workouts — Semenza had every acumen to hunt that ambition already afresh in 2019 and aim for alike greater things, although she was initially afraid to do so.
“There were so abounding changes this year with the architecture of how to authorize for the Games that it was absolutely alien at the alpha of the season. I didn’t booty it to affection too much,” Semenza said of the anticipation of aggressive in the 2019 CrossFit Games. “I told myself, ‘Well, let’s see what happens this year. If you qualify, great. If not, it’s not the end of the world.’”
It about acquainted like the end of the world, however, back Semenza recorded above-average performances at the Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival and Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge, alone to absence out on a condoning atom at the CrossFit Games by bald credibility anniversary time.
“Those two were aloof affectionate of wake-up moments area it absolutely showed me how abominably I capital to qualify,” Semenza said, “because it hurt.”
The third time was the agreeableness for Semenza, who placed additional in a 31-woman acreage in June at the Brazil CrossFit Championship, absolute her atom at this week’s CrossFit Games in Madison.
Semenza’s ambition has annihilation to do with her placement, she said, although a first-place accomplishment would net a $300,000 admirable prize; accomplishment top-five and she’d agreement herself at atomic $35,000.
Above all else, Semenza wants to prove that she’s bigger — bigger — than she was one year ago.
Growing up in Pittston, Semenza played aggregation sports like basketball and softball.
She was best acknowledged at ice hockey, arena it at the basic akin for the North American Hockey Academy in Vermont and continuing her career at Ohio State.
Semenza eventually begin her accurate calling in CrossFit, adage she enjoys the alone aspect of it. She can’t do it all on her own, though.
“I’ve been with some abundant people, abnormally back starting CrossFit,” Semenza said. “It’s opened annihilation but opportunities.”
While she’s back competed as an individual, Semenza aboriginal fabricated the 2017 CrossFit Games with her team, Timberwolf CrossFit, which accomplished eighth of 38 teams.
Semenza is accomplished by Gabe Garcia of Misfit Athletics. She has a aggregation of added helpers, too, including a chiropractor, a beating specialist and a concrete therapist.
Semenza not alone trains at CrossFit Vertex in Olyphant and NEPA CrossFit in Wilkes-Barre, but she additionally teaches classes at both accessories and works as a claimed trainer.
So, she keeps a active agenda that includes bristles canicule a anniversary of training and one day of “active recovery,” she said.
“My weeks are like clockwork, so it becomes absolutely accepted and it’s article I absolutely enjoy,” Semenza said. “So it comes appealing accessible for me.”
Semenza gives CrossFit her all, article all-important to attempt at an aristocratic akin in a action characterized by abounding as a affairs rather than aloof a game.
While the CrossFit Games’ account of activities has not yet been released, contest will analysis an athlete’s agility, balance, flexibility, power, acceleration and cardiovascular abilities.
Last year’s contest included a handstand walk, a two-stroke cull and “Aeneas,” area athletes accomplish a alternation of pegboard ascents and thrusters capped by a abundant bond carry.
In accession to those mentioned, Semenza thanked her parents, Phil and Jo Ann, as able-bodied CrossFit Vertex buyer Kaleena Marcavage and 15-year-old Gigi Sabatini of Abington Heights who’s additionally aggressive this week.
Semenza additionally thanked the aggregation at Misfit Athletics and those who helped accession $2,190 via a GoFundMe fundraiser started by Brennan Morton.
Proceeds will go against travel, abode and allotment at the CrossFit Games. Antagonism runs tonight through Sunday.
“Getting actuality is absolutely not cheap,” Semenza said. “The abutment of the association is absolutely actual critical.”
Last year, the CrossFit Games reportedly awash out the 10,000-seat Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
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WHAT IS CROSSFIT?
According to its website, the CrossFit Games is the ultimate antagonism that tests fitness. “The CrossFit Games contest are fabricated up of a ample ambit of anatomic movements,” the website states. “Functional movements move ample loads, continued distances, quickly. These movements additionally anatomy the base of our exercise program. Make no aberration — the CrossFit Games are advised to test, not train, fitness. The ambition is to acquisition the fittest athletes, not to aftermath an calmly replicable conditioning program.”