… It’s the Size of the Fight in the Dog

10635905_10204870267266004_9061633518273499256_nIn an NPGL pre-match write-up, our team was referred to as the “Smurfs” as we are small in stature compared to other teams in the @gridleague! The “Jack and Jill” event of Race 8 featuring rope climbs was one of the highlights last night as we were a definite underdog for this Race and it was so rewarding when we went out and rose above the challenge to win this Race, let alone to do it faster than any other team in the league by 21 seconds! @sanfranfire ‪#‎fastertogether‬

The 2nd Fittest 40-44 year old Woman in the World!

10483160_742046872540458_3680967404042524862_oCheryl Brost was tipped to be Amanda Allen’s biggest competition, but she was unable to beat the reigning CrossFit Games champ. After struggling on Sled Drag with a 16th place finish, Brost dominated the event titled 2007 to win by more than 30 seconds. While 2014 wasn’t quite her year, Brost proved herself to be an exceptional athlete and deservedly found herself next to Allen on the podium. by The Rx Review

Cheryl Brost : On Becoming a Professional Athlete

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Cheryl Brost is a three-time CrossFit Games competitor, a former two-time collegiate soccer national champion, official spokesperson for Altrient, a mother of two, and she’s stronger than most women half her age. At 43, Brost is fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a professional athlete by signing with the San Francisco Fire, one of the premier teams in the National Pro Fitness League (NPFL).

The Opportunity to Be a Professional Athlete Said Brost, who played soccer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington:

I remember having dreams and aspirations of playing professional soccer and in college I really thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a professional women’s soccer league,” but this was before there actually was a professional women’s soccer league.
After kicking around the idea of playing soccer in Europe, Brost and her husband decided to stay in the states and her dream of being a professional athlete was put the on hold. That is, until she found CrossFit.

Brost’s CrossFit career includes a thirteenth place finish at the 2010 CrossFit Games, a seventh place finish in 2011, and a fifteenth place finish in 2012. In 2013, she suffered an Achilles rupture at the North West Regional competition and underwent surgery to remove a bone spur. Brost used CrossFit as her physical therapy and within a year she has regained “great” range of motion in her ankle and maintains a rigorous training program with her coach, CJ Martin.
Brost trains at CrossFit AllStar in Waimea, Hawaii and since her NPFL team is based out of Northern California, the decision to sign with the Fire was a family affair:
We had a couple of family meetings before we came to the final decision and everyone had a voice in the decision. It’s too good of an opportunity pass because we’re paving the way for this new sport and to be a part of that is pretty cool.
As negotiated in her contract, during the NPFL season, Brost will live and train in San Francisco but will return to Hawaii every few weeks to spend quality time with her family:
Going home will let me catch my kid’s sporting events and it’ll give me a good break from hard training. Our whole family has to be willing to give and take with it and I’m lucky that my husband is very helpful and my kids are very understanding.

The Secret Weapon of a Positive Attitude

Brost leaves for the mainland June and the inaugural NPFL season will run from late August through October. Joining the NPFL will give Brost the opportunity to work and compete with a team, something that she has never done in her more than four-year CrossFit career:
I see myself as a very uplifting player and I’m looking forward to blending all of the strengths we have as individuals and making the most of it. Doing CrossFit is bonding in itself, but I have never experienced it as being from the team aspect yet and I’m really looking forward to where that will lead us.
Her appreciation for a healthy team dynamic was fostered in her by her collegiate soccer coach:
My coach was so good at blending the strengths of all of the team to make us play stronger together. She was a mastermind of mental strength and peak performance and getting you to play over and above maybe what you’ve even capable of, and she was really big on team bonding and just had tons of fun.
In addition to working with a team, Brost is excited for the opportunity to train alongside exceptional athletes, which she hopes will elevate each of their games to a higher level. Brost undoubtedly trains hard and balances her family life, but perhaps her biggest secret to success is her positive attitude:
Now, here I am at 42 and I’m signing a contract with a professional sports league team. It’s just a wonderful way to show girls and young women that the sports world isn’t just for men, that they have a place in it too. Everything’s possible, so keep on dreaming and don’t give up on your dreams because someday it might just happen.
For the latest on Cheryl’s professional athletic endeavors, visit her website
Photos courtesy of Elin Kalaniopio

The NPFL and San Francisco Fire Breathers

Cheryl SigningMy big news came to fruition March 25, 2014, when I signed a Letter of Intent with the San Francisco Fire Breathers of the National Pro Fitness League (NPFL)!

The NPFL is “Introducing the world’s first professional spectator sport with co-ed teams competing in human performance races. This is a mainstream sporting event that is fan, TV, and sponsor friendly. Picture two 8-person teams (4 men, 4 women, with one of each being over 40 years old) going head to head in matches throughout a season that is not unlike an abbreviated NFL season. Two-hour matches with fixed but flexible rules that are designed to force teams to strategize. The competitions will be easy to follow, and a very smart team that executes flawlessly could outwit a fitter team in any given match. There will be consistent structure for every match, all events known ahead of time, and substitutions on the fly.”

I can’t thank my training partner and Owner of CrossFit Allstar, KC Stallsmith, in explaining what this means to my Allstar friends and family.  KC blogged, “Cheryl will likely leave for training in June, and the first event will be held in August and run through October. She’s explained that she’ll likely be able to do at least 3 return visits back here to connect with her kids and family. WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME IS TROY WILL BE PLAYING THE ROLE OF MR.MOM FOR ABOUT 5 MONTHS!!! Let’s all lend a hand to help him with the kids and anything their family need’s while Cheryl is away! We’ll all miss Cheryl around the box, but we have LIVE TV EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO!!!

I’ll be sure to share any other pertinent, public information as it comes about, but in short Cheryl has been picked, out of all the people on this planet, to be the Master’s Athlete for the San Fancisco Firebreathers. It’s no suprise to me, knowing just how perfect she’ll be in that role.

But it is, however, quite a feat after having had a complete Achilles rupture repair and removal of a bone spur just 10 months ago. I don’t think she ever once felt sorry for herself….she appeared to move right into rehab, slowly start training again, and then surpass her previous performance levels! CRAZY!  WE’LL BE ROOTING FOR YOU CHERYL!!! I’M SURE YOU’LL HEAR US ALL (IN SPIRIT ANYHOW!), ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE PACIFIC FROM THE BIG ISLAND TO SAN FRANCISCO! HECK YEAH! GO FIREBREATHERS!”

Truly, I have so many people to thank for helping me achieve this dream … but a few I must mention.  Dr. Colleen Hacker, Jeremy Stecker, Daren Kromarek, KC Stallsmith, CJ Martin, Al Police, Rocktape, Progenex, LivOn, the SF Fire Breathers, and of course my family.

I am Ready for the Open!

The 2014 CrossFit Games season is here!  As I approach the “Open”, many of you wonder how I’m doing.  First, know, I deeply appreciate your well wishes, thoughts, and prayers for me and my family during my Achilles rehabilitation!  I am equally grateful for my sponsors who have walked with and supported me during my recovery.  The great news is I am at 110%!

I say 110% for these reasons.  My Achilles is ‘relatively’ pain free for the first time in years … yea!  As far as training is concerned … yes, I box jump as fast or faster than I did prior to my injury.  I have PR’d my snatch, jerk, power clean, deadlift x3, push press, muscle-ups for time, and the list probably goes on.

Cheryl KCI must also mention my fantastic training partner, athlete, and CrossFit AllStar box Owner KC Stallsmith.  Without doubt, KC is as dedicated to the sport of CrossFit, her Box, her improvement as an athlete, and to my personal success as well.  To give a little insight, considering my family moving to Waimea, HI, word traveled quickly.  Here are some excerpts of what KC emailed when reaching out to me:

“Holy smokes girl this is cool!!! We are super excited to meet you guys, cannot believe you’ll be here!  Let me know if I can do anything for you and your family, short of finding a rental:).  CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOUR FAMILY! Please stalk my website.  Love to hear your goals after your surgery, rehab, full steam ahead girl!  I’ve got to say, I selfishly look forward to you being in Waimea so I can train with you.  Anyhow, I hope the rumors are true and we very much look forward to meeting you if you do in fact move to Waimea. There’s lots of love for you here:) Aloha! –KC”.  KC … you are a true friend; thank you.

Needless to say, I am blessed!  So … only God knows what is in store for me this 2014 Games season?  Rest assured though, I will always give every WOD my best shot!