CrossFit Scottsdale Regional Affiliate Cup Team Tryouts Announced

To continue a tradition of excellence and to foster an element of teamwork and enhanced competition, this year CrossFit Scottsdale will be holding affiliate team tryout for the Regional Cup team over a two day period on Friday, April 6th- Saturday, April 7th. Team tryouts will consist of several WOD’s in 4 blocks of time over a 2 day period.

Experience multiple workouts in one day and simulate a real competition with strategy planning, timing, rest, sleep, nutrition and recovery.  For the third year in a row we will be qualifying to take a team and individuals to compete at the Regional level (out of 5 States in the Southwest) for the chance to compete in the ultimate test of fitness the Reebok CrossFit Games which take place in California in July.

If you choose to accept this invitation, you must be prepared to travel and commit to compete at the Regional level. The event will take place in Castle Rock, Colorado (just outside of Denver) May 4-6th.

We  welcome and encourage any students and their families that want to come to Colorado and support our School of Elite Fitness.  We need a head count so please let Luke or Naj know if you are planning to join us for the weekend and will get you all of the details.

The scoring for the Regional Team Tryouts will consist of a combination of your points/ranking in the Reebok CrossFit Games World Wide Open and the results of the team tryout WOD’s.

Note: If you make it as a top 60 Regional qualifier and choose to compete on the team versus as an individual then you have an automatic spot on the team. We will be taking 3 men and 3 women to compete for Team CrossFit Scottsdale.

Once the team is chosen, you will be expected to train together for the weeks leading up to Regionals.

CrossFit Scottsdale Regional Team Tryouts Schedule:

Friday, April 6th:

 WOD 1: 4:30pm (TRACK) TBD

WOD 2: 7:30pm (CFS)

Saturday, April 7th:

WOD 3: 9:00am (CFS) FRAN

 WOD 4: a/b: 11:00am (CFS)

The following athletes participated in the world wide open and are invited to participate in the CrossFit Scottsdale Regional  Affiliate Cup Team Tryout:

Amanda Gornet
Atiim Augustus
Bev Lackey
Brad Kuiper
Brandon Nee
Chis Cannon
Chris Tommarello
Chris Easter
Deric Andre
Erin Wellendorf
Jeff Brennan
Jeff Rifkin
Jeff Zuhl
Jennifer Donovan
John Holt
Josh Vella
Josh Wagner
Klubo Flingai
Leona Weinstein
Luke Kayyem
Marc Lutz
Melissa Einbinder
Michael Caplice
Michelle Crumb
Mike Gillis
Mike McLinn
Nick Zambruno
Robert Hisle
Steve Cederstrom
Tatum Jestila
Tom Casella
Troy Gersema
Tyler Warren
Zach Olish

If you are interested in competing for a spot on the affilate cup team circle your name on the Games White Board with your world-wide open scores and sign up for FRAN at the gym so that a heat time can be assigned to you in the FRANtastic  School of Elite Fitness Spring Fitness challenge. We are also looking for sponsors to help get our team there and would appreciate any assistance with travel expenses, lodging accommodations, gear etc. If you know of an individual or business that would like to sponsor an athlete or our team please let us know.

If you have any questions, plan to compete, have sponsorship referrals, or if you would like to join us in Colorado please see Coach Najla or email

Here is a snapshot of our current top contenders after the 4th competition week:

“Neo” Nick Zambruno who is relatively new to CrossFit (less than 1 year of training) is sitting in third place in the Southwest region behind veteran CrossFit Games athletes Zack Forrest and Chris Spealler. He is currently sitting 67th in the world (that’s out of 55,000+ worldwide contenders).

Coach Melissa Einbinder who earned the title of “Fittest in Arizona” in 2011 with an 8th place Regional finish, currently ranks 14th   in the Southwest region.

Team CrossFit Scottsdale is sitting in 10th place in the Southwest Region.

 For a complete leaderboard overview with all of our athlete rankings visit the CrossFit Games website.