Let me start by saying this – I like Lindy Barber. I think she is an amazing story, appears to be super nice based on Instagram (and who can’t believe everything they see on Instagram?!) and she is pretty darn cute. This is not an attack on her, although some might read it that way. This is more about the building of “super teams” for the CrossFit Games.
As recently as a few years ago I used to like the team portion of the CrossFit Games almost more than the individual. I liked seeing gyms I have been to, worked out at or were from Denver locally compete. They were full of athletes that were most likely everyday people – meaning they worked out once, maybe twice a day -maybe, and had a full time job outside of CrossFit. It was representative of how “fit” the gym was or how good their athletes were. I liked watching CrossFit Kilo because I have worked out there and they are from my hometown – Waterloo, Iowa (OK…Cedar Falls…same thing). The first Games I watched in 2012 also had Front Range CrossFit competing and at the time that was THE BOX, in my newbie opinion, in the Denver area. Largely because they were competing at the CrossFit Games. At that time I was pretty new to the sport and it amazed me that a gym I new and had been too for competitions and almost joined made it that far.
That is all gone.
Last year we had NorCal CrossFit which seemingly had a team that would compete together for several years. On that team was Jason Khalipa, the guy who, like, finished in the top five of every CrossFit Games, ever…or something. (Now it is interesting because all that love that team showed for each other appears to have passed. Miranda Oldroyd and Molly Volmer are going individual, or so I have read. I have not heard about Khalipa and what his plans are.)
There are plenty of articles around the internet talking about other super teams, like this one talking about Conjugate CrossFit and their building of a super team a few years ago. And this article also takes me to my topic: CrossFit Mayhem Freedom.
Last year Rich Froning went team and recruited his workout buddies and James Hobart who I could have sworn lived in the Northeast. Of course, this wouldn’t have been the first time a Games level athlete relocated to Tennessee just to workout with Rich. But, lately, I have seen lot of Instagram posts from Hobart back in the Northeast. As we all know Mayhem won the Affiliate Cup. Blah, blah, blah, we all know Rich wins everything in CrossFit. If it wasn’t for the notorious rope climb incident in 2010 he would have almost literally won EVERY CrossFit competition he has entered – including Regionals and Opens. (Save for the Open last year and the CrossFit Invitational a few years ago.)
This year it appears he recruited Lindy Barber. I can only assume it is to replace the lady on their team last year that was definitely a weakness. Of course, let me be clear, being a “weakness” on Rich Froning’s team is being super elite in pretty much any walk of life….and I think she is over 40!
Here is Lindy’s first Instagram about joining Mayhem:
I am SUPER excited to announce that I am officially going to be a member of @crossfitmayhemfreedom this competition year! I went and trained with the team last weekend and officially committed before leaving. I am so excited about this new chapter of my @crossfit career and I can't wait to do my best and help them REPEAT this year! @crossfitgames @jameshobart @richfroning @kreffett @hewettmatt5 @ellykabboord #crossfit #crossfitgames #mayhemfreedom
According to her profile on the Games website her home box is Four Barrel CrossFit. That is located in Indiana and approximately (according to Google maps) 190 miles and a 3.5 hour drive from CrossFit Mayhem Freedom in Cookeville, TN. I think Barber is married, but who knows, I thought maybe it wouldn’t be out of the question for her to pickup and move to train with her new team. Since then I have only seen one post of her training with (or at) Mayhem.
That is versus four posts since then, none of which were at Mayhem (Mayhem has a pretty distinct look about it and these don’t appear to be from there).
These were tough yesterday! Dead stop front squats from the bottom up. If anything teaches you to keep your knees out and core engaged this will be it. Worked up to 195# and wanted to stay as perfect as possible (which is why I asked if they were perfect at the end 😉). Try them out! #crossfit #crossfitgames @reebok @tryabouttime
Started out my training session getting into some snatches off the blocks and then more snatches during my metcon. Still trying to figure out these blocks and how to position correctly from them- loving my @crossfit @goattape to lock in that hook grip and I excitedly got to finish my workout off with a @drinkjuisi watermelon juice! So many antioxidants and electrolytes in it and it taste just like watermelon. Super refreshing after a WOD. How was your training day?! #crossfit #juisi #goattape #yummmwatermelon #boosnatchesfromtheblocks
Did a muscle up workout today with @espo1287 that I was genuinely nervous about. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 unbroken sets. Went way better than I expected and actually probably could have rested a little less between sets. Muscle ups are such a weird mental game no matter how much practice I do with them. This was on my set of 7- I see a lot more high rep muscle up practice in my future! #muscleups #crossfit #weirdwristshake
Will she eventually move there and workout there full time? Will she only be there a few days a week? What exactly does she need to do to qualify to be apart of their team?
All I do know is this makes it nearly impossible for a team like CrossFit Kilo or Front Range CrossFit to win a CrossFit Games Affiliate Cup anymore. Which is a shame. Dave Castro might as well just do a “pro” and “amateur” division for the Affiliate Cup and let all the superstars of CrossFit form teams and compete. Who cares if they actually workout together?