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By Laura Mcloughlin 5 years ago 7928 Views No comments

The 2016 Reebok Crossfit Open kicked off yesterday. We checked in with Team ON athlete and 2015 winner of the Crossfit title Fittest in Ireland, Jamie Headon, to find out how he is feeling about this year's competition.

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“My goal this year is to rank in the Top 30 in Europe. That means I qualify to go to Regionals in May. I know getting to Regionals will be tough but I’m determined and focussed and more than ready to compete.”

Competition workouts will be released every Thursday for a duration of five weeks and participants will have until the following Monday to submit their scores through a Crossfit affiliate. Each time a workout is released, athletes will be given two versions: Rx'd and Scaled. The Rx’d version caters to the world’s elite athletes and the Scaled version features reduced loading and less challenging movements.

Jamie will be completing the five Open workouts alongside his fellow Crossfitters atChapter 2 Fitness, Dublin. At the same time Crossfitters all over the world will be participating at their local box, recording their performance, and submitting their score, hoping to rank high enough to make it to Regionals in May, and ultimately, the 2016 Crossfit Games in July.

For Jamie preparation is key; “For the past two weeks I have been going through the last five years’ workouts. I pick the worst two and do them back-to-back to really push myself. I’m focusing on really working my volume on gymnastics; things like toes to bar and chest to bar. People tend to get stuck at that part – it’s often a high skill movement and you’ve got to make sure you don’t interrupt the flow of the rest of the workout.”

Before every workout Jamie uses Optimum Nutrition’s BCAA and follows each session with Gold Standard 100% Whey to support his muscle growth. “During the Open I’ll be adding Gold Standard 100% Casein to my diet on the days I complete an Open workout; to give my body the extra support it will need while I’m competing.”

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