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For Whom the Kettlebell Tolls.

“For Whom the Kettlebell Tolls”

by Christopher Piñedo 

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Basile Beaty, 27 years old, Beaty like Warren Beaty, as in the outlaw Clyde.

The first time I saw Basile Beaty, I was certain that he was Thor. I was coming to a gym and being trained by fuckin’ Thor, I was sold. He would come in with two giant thunderous dogs or on the lightning of a Harley. He was very real, a product of his ambition and his askew perspective of the world.

How it all began.

“I came here because I saw the kettlebells on the website. There was no other reason I came here. I saw a picture of kettlebells and checked it out. I had never done a fundamentals class. I would just watch Ronnie and Andrea do stuff, and I’d copy them. Soon after I went to Waxman’s and hit Olympic lifting hard.”

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Beaty is always stoic. His internal strength has formed into an external Greek-like physique. His education looms around him as he walks through the gym, as though an alchemist forming metal only to lift it.

On competition.

“Before competing I was just happy that I found a community. I don’t know how I feel about competition now. We only do the major competitions, the small ones don’t serve a large purpose anymore but it’s something everyone should do once or twice. My approach is mental. I’ve never been the best physically. When I used to run, it was often that after the first straight away, if someone was behind, they’d give up. After the first straight away I never gave up, even if I was far behind. I’d catch up.”

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How do you you balance everything you have going on?

“I came to California as a PhD student. I wasn’t training as much as other competitors. I wasn’t expecting to make regionals my first year. I was training alongside Ryan Fischer when he used to work at Mean Streets, and that helped push me. This quarter is the first time I’ve had the ability to train as much as I’d like to. You learn how to manage time when you do Ivy and 3 sports. My hangout time was talking in the shower for 20 min. I associate this with academics, my approach. You just get better at managing time. When I had to read 1,000 pages a week for my PhD, I wouldn’t stop training.”

What are your expectations going into regionals?

“I never really know how I’m gonna do going into regionals. The workouts always change. Last year I got two top 10 scores and then really bad placements. I can’t necessarily compete with these big guys and heavy weights.”

Where are you at right now with CrossFit and who you are?

“Right now I’m really happy with the amount of time I’m putting into my education, I feel like I’m on the cusp of big things. I like CrossFit because there is a lot of intellect behind it. Kinesthetic awareness. I like regionals because I like competing with the best in the region. I’d love to go on a team, I love that aspect.”

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If you could, what would you tell a young Basile walking in to the gym for the first time? Would you yell at him? Would you whisper?

“I wouldn’t yell at him, I’d tell him;

Focus on your weaknesses first.”

You can see in his eyes that his mind runs faster than the world. As though he were the fastest runner there ever was, stuck behind a vast populous of average runners. Continually trying to make way.

I don’t know if CrossFit has Basile’s full attention, I don’t know if anything ever will. His mind in every direction, constantly moving forward in all of them. You couldn’t disrupt his course if you wanted, he’s too busy trying to focus on his weaknesses, in every facet of his life.

Basile Beaty, 27 years old, Beaty like Warren Beaty, as in the outlaw Clyde. CrossFit Mean Streets, Downtown LA.

“The Lioness of DTLA”

Crossfit Mean Streets Amani Floyd
By Christopher Piñedo

Amani Floyd, age 27. SoCal regional competitor. Crossfit Mean Streets of Downtown LA. Full time law student. Dog enthusiast, science fiction reader.

Amani Floyd wears many hats, last year one of those hats placed her 21st at the SoCal regionals. In addition to her 40 hour week in academia, Amani spends up to 20hrs per week training as though the world hadn’t told her to stop.

Just before regionals last year Amani began feeling unusual soreness and pain that she simply attributed to strenuous training. As the pain continued on after regionals she sought to better understand why her body wasn’t healing or operating as it once did. Amani was soon after diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a disease that causes inflation of the joints and surrounding tissue. This was a much different weight she now had pressing overhead.

Amani was quickly faced with the effects of this condition hindering her performance and mental state. The wrists became more and more sore, push-ups became a foot on her back, anything overhead was out. Her gymnastics suffered, handstands became painful. The feet began to swell and wrists ache. When she confided in others with the condition they strongly urged her not to continue on with CrossFit. Fortunately Amani was consoled by a Doctor who assured her that she could, with the right medication, get back to competing. The medication would take over 2 months to get her back to health which forced a leave of absence.

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“I had to change the way I view pain. It was no longer the discomfort I was pushing through but the risk of joints deteriorating. I had to listen even closer to my body.”

I ask her what got her through, why come back with such risk and certain pain.

“It’s really important to me, I’ve never been a quitter and I refused to be defined by the condition.”

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She wasn’t sure she’d make it back to a regional condition, but this season, despite her obstacles, she’s surprised even herself. She said the hard part was dealing with her condition while others were getting better, the competition more steep.

All her life she’s been competing, since middle school she’s been involved in competitive sports. State Champ, all American, 400meter, a runner at heart, competitor to the bone. She continues to press on a quarter mile at a time towards new frontiers of both the physical and mental realms.

“I’m a little crazy. It takes a certain type of personality to do this all the time. The schooling wears me out, but I like being competitive, intellectually and physically. At about 23 or 24 years old a woman has to decide which way they want their life and body to go, I wanted to stay fit, heathy, be mentally balanced, and it may sound shallow, but look good.”

“The quote that constantly goes through my mind is something Ronnie would tell me while training;
‘Stop feeling sorry for yourself.’
It’s simple, but it’s what I needed, and I tell myself that every time things get tough.”

Amani’s current standing in the 2014 Crossfit Open is 41st in Southern California. Going into 14.5 it would be safe to assume that all roads lead to regionals.

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Amani Floyd, age 27. SoCal regional competitor. Crossfit Mean Streets of Downtown LA. Full time law student. Dog enthusiast, science fiction reader.

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