On Tuesday, February 25th, two days before the 2014 CrossFit Games Open stars, I had a chance to sit down with up-and-coming CrossFit athlete Torey Throop. I’ve had the pleasure of training next to him for the last year. No one’s got more heart than this guy. Keep you eye on him in 2014. Here’s what I found:
SM: Who are you, where are you from, and where do you train?
TT: Torey Throop, from Alma, Michigan, Vestaburg originally, train at CrossFit Deviate.
SM: Where is CrossFit Deviate?
TT: Rochester, MI
SM: How long have you been CrossFitting?
TT: Uh…About 19 months?
SM: That’s pretty short?
TT: Just under two years, yep.
SM: Did you participate in any sports or weightlifting before CrossFit?
TT: Played College Basketball and Golf. Played football, baseball, and basketball in high school
SM: Does your snatch improve your golf swing?
TT: Shoulder mobility
TT: Definitely. And explosive hips!
SM: Makes sense. Any sponsors?
TT: Uh…Just my buddy Brad helping me out with some Fox gear, so that’s pretty rad. But I’m open to options at this point
SM: Why is Miranda Oldroyd so much buffer than you are?
TT: Because she’s been doing CrossFit longer…That’s why. She’s a beast
SM: She’s a stud.
SM: Favorite benchmark workout?
TT: Hmmm…I would have to say…(pondering)…UGH…
SM: So many to choose from.
TT: There is…Uh…Helen’s not bad.
TT: I like it. It’s a good CrossFit workout. It’s just classic CrossFit.
SM: What’s Helen again? That’s uh…Running, kettle bell swings, and pullups?
TT: Running, kettle bells and pullups, yep.
SM: What about for 2013…Any achievements, or particularly special PR’s?
TT: This last year?
TT: Um…pretty psyched to get my Fran time under 2:18. That was cool.
TT: Clean and Jerked 315, uh…Snatched 250…So mainly my strength numbers went way up. Squatted over 400, deadlift is getting close to 500.
SM: Those are all Big Boy numbers
TT: Trying to get up there. Chasing guys that are getting better, so it’s hard
SM: So it’s safe to say you’re pretty strong going into the 2014 season.
SM: Why is Rich Froning so tan?
TT: Man…they don’t get much snow in Tennessee
SM: He must have a tanning bed at Mayhem.
TT: He does. He cheats. He gets waxed too I think
SM: Who does your programming? Do you have a coach?
TT: UM…I started by myself in the garage. I’d always just do benchmark workouts like every day, and hero workouts. But now everything is more…not structured, but…I still make it up every day as I go. I gotta give a lot of credit for strength to Rehif and…You know…I wouldn’t be where I am without him. A lot of my knowledge comes from him.
SM: Who’s Rehif?
TT: Rehif Murray, one of the part owners of CrossFit Deviate. He does the programming for the gym. It’s good stuff.
SM: I can vouch for that.
TT: And uh…Galloway and Coach Mike (CrossFit Deviate Olympic Lifting Coaches). My oly was pitiful when I started CrossFit. I’d have to give them the credit for my Oly form.
SM: It helps to have good coaches.
TT: Oh yea…I mean…I can’t imagine seeing better coaches anywhere, but I know there are a lot of good ones out there.
SM: Hip Hop, or Rock/Punk in the gym?
TT: Rock/Punk definitely.
SM: Running or rowing?
TT: Yea…yup. They’re both bad. They both suck.
SM: Last, but not least…how many burpees did you get in 12.1?
TT: Dude…I don’t remember fully…I think it was 133. I never did the actual workout. I did it on my own. I did it last year before the open…a week before…I think I got 133.
SM: Where would that score have ranked?
TT: Uh…It was somewhere in the top 20 I think.
SM: Damn. That’s crazy. Well thanks buddy and good luck this year.
TT: It was a pleasure.
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