Talking Training, CrossFit and Dedication with Tennil Beuerlein

In 2017, Tennil Beuerlein lead the CrossFit Games late in the competition. She was the first US woman at the Crossfit Games to be out front on a Saturday since 2010. Tennil won the south Regional last year and finished in 6th place at The CrossFit Games. 

How did you get into CrossFit? Do you come from a sporting background?

A friend of mine encouraged me to go with her. I like trying new things so I was all about it. I have tried so many different sports (basketball, track, cross country, rugby, soccer, swimming.. etc) It was fun to find a new challenge.

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How do you feel about the forthcoming Regionals?

I’m really excited about regionals! I’m super nervous and ready to get it started. The events are a lot tougher this year and I think it will be a great test of fitness and resilience.

How do you feel about the way that the Regionals have been restructured this year?

It’s a lot more volume than we have seen in the past so I think people are going to struggle with it, but the few who have been to the games will have seen it before. I also wish my regional wasn’t in elevation.

Which event are you most excited about?

I am a little curious to see how the hand standing walking over obstacles workout goes. I love that kind of stuff and I find that workout very challenging for me, but if it goes well, it will be very gratifying.

And which event are you least excited about?

I would say the snatch/burpee workout Event 4. Its very fast and it just hurts a lot and you still have to be very precise with your bar movements because every second counts.

How will your training change now until the Regionals start?

I am just refining skills for each workout now. My training is tapered off so I can be ready to compete in a week.

What does a typical training day look like for you?

Most training days I do two sessions; One in the morning and afternoon. I usually eat, rest, and do recovery stuff between. At night, I relax and try to get to bed early!

With your programming, how do you try to peak for the different CrossFit events such as the Open or The Games?

Luckily for me I don’t have to think much about that. My coach mike lee at OPEX does all my programming. But I do notice my high volume weeks taper off a lot towards any event.

If you could design one event for the 2018 CrossFit Games, what would it be and why?

That’s a great question! It would involve strong man stuff, and an obstacle course, to finish with a hand stand walk! That would be awesome!

What is your biggest strength and weakness when it comes to CrossFit?

Strength would be my ability to just push through pain. I’m also a pretty good runner, hand stand walker, and odd object user.

Weakness would be DU, pistols, fast sprints.

What are your CrossFit goals this year?

I want to win the Crossfit Games, or do better than 6th place at the games.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Every one will be looking for an “out,” don’t give in.

This stuck with me because it’s true, when things get hard it’s natural to look for a reason why you don’t have to perform, aka injury, sickness, etc, If I want to win, I have to want it more.

Do you have any psychological tips that you use to stay strong during tough WODs?

I tell myself I can do it, keeps my mind positive, constantly pushing.

Thanks a lot Tennil and best of luck!

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