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The CrossFit Games are the ultimate test of fitness. It’s a grueling multi-day competition in which the world’s fittest athletes compete in a variety of workouts. What are the workouts? Each year they change, and the details of them are not announced until a couple days before the event. This means that all year long, the athletes are training for a competition whose format is almost completely a mystery.

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



“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

Aloha Athletes! Competition in Paradise Awaits!


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, May 31, 2014

One week from today the festivities of SICEST of the Pacific West begin! We look forward to the awe-inspiring athletic performances that will surly be displayed on the beautiful Kaanapali Beach at the world-famous Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. This competitive fitness event, testing skill, strength, and stamina in bodyweight, olympic lifting, gymnastics, and paddle board (yes, paddle board!) exercises will not only be a showcase of human physical potential, but one that is held in the backdrop of paradise! We wish the athletes luck, send the volunteers our gratitude, and say “Aloha!” to all those spectating!


Teams of 4 | One person works at a time
2000 Meter row
75 Kettlebell swings
150 Sit ups
75 Kettlebell swings
1000 Meter row
150 Sit ups
75 Kettlebell swings
150 Sit ups
2000 Meter row

Cinco De SICFIT!


Strength In Conditioning for Monday, May 5, 2014

In celebration of Cinco De Mayo and to pay homage to Mexican Heritage, SICFIT Scottsdale is offering three free classes today! Get your workout on at 8am, 12pm, and 5pm and we will celebrate this day of Mexican pride, SICFIT Scottsdale style. We would also like to take a moment and congratulate our very own Coach Jorge Aragon for competing in the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games and making the cut to the Southwest Regional May 30 from Utah. To assist Jorge with his expenses we have created a limited edition SICFIT t-shirt. Click on the links below to order your’s today.





Jorge Aragon

900 Meter run + 50 push ups + 50 air squats + 10 burpees
LIFE: Walk small lap
600 Meter run + 25 push ups + 25 air squats + 10 burpees
LIFE: Walk small lap
300 Meter run + 15 push ups + 15 air squats + 10 burpees
Walk a big lap

Team SICFIT Participates in Air Force Challenge


Strength in Conditioning for Friday, May 2, 2014

Today at exactly 0600, Team SICFIT competes in the Luke Air Force Base EOD Warrior PT Challenge. This annual challenge tests both military and civilian teams in their capacity to endure the physical challenges required of EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technicians while deployed and at home. Team SICFIT has represented your gym and proven themselves in this challenge by taking the gold twice! We wish them luck and thank our service members for serving our country!

5 Minutes of jump rope
3 Minutes of lunges
1 Minute of burpees
Snatch progression
 “AIRFORCE” leaderboard
20 Thrusters
20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
20 Push jerks
20 Overhead squats
20 Front squats
Men will use a 95lb barbell. Women will use 65lbs. Each athlete must do four burpees at the beginning of every minute before moving on to the barbell work. The athlete is allowed to move to the next barbell skill once an he/she has completed all 20 reps. If the minute clock beeps during a repetition the athlete will complete their rep and then start their four burpees. There is a 12 minute time cap.


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SICEST of the Pacific West


Strength in Conditioning for Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hold on to your bikini or board shorts because SICEST of the Pacific West from the beautiful beaches of the Sheraton Kaanapali is coming up fast! Today’s workout is a sneak peak of what you can expect as a competitor, but there are more ways that you can participate in this fitness competition. Follow the links below to register as a competitor, volunteer, or judge. See you on the Island June 7th and 8th!
Movement prep
Teams of 2:
6 Alternating Rounds (3 rounds per partner)
250 Meter row
15 Kettle bell swings/russian  #55/35
15 Burpees
250 Meter row
Score is total time
Partner A starts strapped in to their rower with the drag set on 5, athlete may change it only after the workout begins. Kettle bell swings start with the kettle bell on the floor and end when the kettle bell is over head and the athletes ear is visible in front of the arm. The kettle bell does not need to be straight over head. For Russian swings, the ball of the kettle bell must be even with the athlete’s nose. Burpees start and end in the standing position. Athlete can drop anyway they want but must have quads and chest touch the ground and get back to 12 o’clock with a small jump and clap overhead.
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