Jorge Aragon: SICFIT Ambassador, Reebok CrossFit Games Regional Qualifier- Fittest Teenager in the Southwest Region

 

Jorge

“If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”  Frank Sinatra

I would like to take a moment to not only reflect on the accomplishments of this young man but congratulate and truly thank Jorge Aragon for his representation of SICFIT this past weekend. Jorge competed in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Regional in Salt Lake City, Utah. Not only did he compete at a high level, finsihing the grueling 3 day 7 workout competition at elevation but also placed in the top 25 out of 45 athletes in the 4 state region. Earning the respect and distinction of so many athletes and fans. At 19 years young Jorge was the youngest individual competitor in the Southwest region and one of the youngest in the world. Competing against 7 time CrossFit Games veteran Chris Spealler, CrossFit Games winner Tommy Hackenbruck, countless other veterans of the Sport of Fitness and National Pro Fitness League athletes.
As a former regional qualifier and competitive athlete myself there isn’t much a coach can do on game day besides be there for anything that goes right and ultimately something that will go wrong. If I can sum up my experience watching Jorge this past year and walk you through his timeline of SICcess it goes something like this.
January 2013 At 17, shows up out of know where and crushes our signature event “12 hours of HELL”
March 2013  took 1st place at our annual “Friday Night Lights” Competitive Fitness Competition
Spends 12 months straight training, working on skills, lifts and weaknesses.
October 2013 enrolled in our instructor training program and began coaching classes in the fall.
March 2014 video submitted every single CrossFit Games Open workouts for 5 weeks in a row. Taking on random criticism by a subjective panel of IOS operators and countless thumbs downs by what I like to call, internet terrorists. All the while he maintained his composure and claimed his focus. Continuing to train by himself regardless of when or where his friends were and what they were doing.
In week #5 he showed the world just how great he was breaking the sub 10 minute mark on the hardest, nastiest workout I have experienced in years “Burpees & Thrusters”.

April 1st Barely making the cut and invite to compete in Utah as #48 out of 6,000 in the region and . Trained even harder for 8 weeks including the same 7 workouts over and over and over until he had created a game plan that would end up working extremely well to his advantage. Got sponsored by the amazing members of SICFIT Scottsdale to assist with his ride and travel costs to Utah and clinched his position as SICFIT ambassador and title of FITest teenager in the region.

One of my favorite things about this weekend was Jorge’s natural ability to just GO when it was his turn. Regardless of who was in his heat or what lane he was in. He never got caught up in the lights, cameras or attention that was on him. He was humble, respectful and gracious to be in his position. Even when a call did not go his way he maintained his composure and finished his job. He never showed off, got cocky or was disrespectful to the sport or his family. It was truly amazing to see him compete and perform above and beyond any expectations. Jorge you are a truly amazing athlete with a future so bright and my entire family thanks you for the work you put in as a Coach, Athlete and Student. We wish you the best in your future endeavors and know that you have great support from your 2nd family at SICFIT Scottsdale for many more years to come!

Jorge was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. He grew up in Argentina and moved to Texas at age 2. His sports and fitness career started with Tae Kwon Do and gymnastics from the early age of 4. His child hood ambitions were to grow up and become a Power Ranger. When Jorge moved with his family to Gilbert, Arizona he started running track and had immediate SICcess. It was there where he found his love for running long distances fast.”Track gave me confidence and in my 1st 4 months I made the Junior Olympics for the 800 meter and 4×800 meter races. I ran a 2:24 800 meter run at 12 years old and running continued into high school where I ran a 16:50 5k at an average of a 4:42 mile. By my senior year I was running 800 meter sprints in 1:59. I love training, coaching and living an amazing life. I want to thank my family for making the trip to watch me compete and the entire crew at SICFIT Scottsdale. I cannot wait to see where I go from here.”
Words cannot express what Jorge did at Regionals and how he did it so I will use a few videos below to showcase his work.

by: Luke D. Kayyem

Workout #1 hang squat snatched #235

Workout #2 handstand walk 235’

Workout #5 legless rope climb

Week #5 sub 10 min