HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about Crossfit Meriden competition

HEALTHY LIVING: 5 things to know about Crossfit Meriden competition

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MERIDEN – From water to land, the upcoming Battle at the Mist CrossFit competition will be the ultimate test for those ready for the challenge, which is hosted by CrossFit Meriden in coordination with the Meriden YMCA.

Here are 5 things to know about the event from Joan Goodman of the Meriden-New Britain-Berlin YMCA, and Brandon Threloff, Annie O’Farrill and Gianna Ives, coaches at CrossFit Meriden.   

Health benefits

The physical benefits of CrossFit include muscle gain, strength and better endurance. The Battle at the Mist competition will challenge participants physically and mentally as they take on obstacles.

Threloff said CrossFit prepares athletes for the unexpected. 

CrossFit participants often take what they learn in the gym home with them and add in better nutrition to see more results. Ives said the workouts also create better focus.

The competition

Battle at the Mist will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at Mountain Mist Day Camp on High Hill Road. The event starts at 7 a.m., and ends at 3 p.m.

People sign up as two-person same-sex teams. The three divisions are Scaled, RX and Masters.

The Masters division is for those 40-years and older, though they can do Scaled or RX instead.

The teams will compete in three workouts.


The first workout will consist of 150 Wall Balls followed by a one mile trail run and 300 Double Unders, a jumping exercise.

The next workout is the Clean Ladder, which involves lifting barbells.

The last workout will be scored by number of calories rowed and number of rounds completed with the second partner completing a 20 yard Farmer’s Carry.

The highest scorers will complete a fourth workout.


According to Ives, anyone can participate in CrossFit. She has trained with 18-years olds and grandmothers. Most members attend one-hour classes four to five days a week. Some participants train six days a week. 

Threloff said the competition combines basic CrossFit concepts, such as metabolic conditioning and strength.

Get involved

Registration and more information can be found at or by contacting Carrie Marquardt at 203-235-6386
Twitter: @KusReporter


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