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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CrossFit SOTO Participates in The Open (PICTURES)

CrossFit SOTO have embraced their Fort Thomas culture. CrossFit SOTO is part of the #FTMFamily. Michael Delaney, of Fort Thomas, at the Open.  
This past weekend CrossFit SOTO (640 Alexandria Pike - near the Marsh Building Supply and DEPs) held their Crossfit Games Open.

According to the official website, "The CrossFit Games stand alone as the ultimate test of fitness. No test, regardless of its lofty claims, can grant legitimate title to the best without first providing access to all."

Co-Owner, Kim Luber said, "At CrossFit SOTO we have about 55 people participating in the CrossFit Open.  That's about double from last year, so obviously for many it's their first time!"

Members of the CrossFit SOTO gym ranged in ages from 19 to 49.

The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games season begins with the online Open. Anyone can sign up to compete in five workouts over five weeks and post their scores online. Last year, the Open reached more than 209,000 athletes from around the world.

"One of the ways we make the Open a community event for us is to vote every week for the "Spirit of the Games."  This is for the athlete that has inspired, impressed or motivated us the most.  Typically this is not the athlete with the "best score" but rather the athlete that has overcome the most odds, or showed the most improvement in a skill.  It really is a lot of fun," said Luber.

Crossfit SOTO opened last year and has become wildly successful. Many members of the "CrossFit SOTO tribe" are extremely loyal and have adopted this life-changing endeavor not only as a workout, but as a lifestyle.

"Crossfit SOTO has changed my life. The coaching, community, the visible enhancments to my health and fitness carries over to other aspects of my life," said Fort Thomas resident and SOTO member, Michael Clos.  "Participating in the Crossfit Open, cheering others on, and being cheered on by others to do your best is an experience I can’t effectlvely describe."

If you'd like to try out CrossFit SOTO, there are beginner "Elements" classes Mondays and Wednesdays. Community classes are every Saturday and your first class is always free. You can find more out about Crossfit SOTO at their website or their Facebook page. 

Eryn Preseren won the "Spirit of the Games" award at SOTO for giving 110% to her workout. Honorable Mentions: Josh Pastura, Michael Huber and Ashley Clos

Pictures include Fort Thomas residents: Josh Pastura, Eryn Preseren, Ashley Clos, Michael Rudolph, Adam Caswell. Picture credit: Ashley Clos.

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