News: Aviator ready to soar through Workout 13.1
Story by Capt. Kerri Brantley
CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Capt. Scott Sengenberger, of Chicago and assigned to B Company, 935th Aviation Support Battalion, is ready for Workout 13.1 of the CrossFit Open 2013 here at CrossFit Spartan Shield.
Deployed to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Kuwait as a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot, he is here to build and maintain partnerships in this region to promote stability and security for Kuwait and others friends in this part of the world.
Sengenberger, still finds time to not only train but to train others at the box.
"I have been a part of CrossFit since 2010, and I wanted to help coach because I felt I should contribute to our micro community here at Camp Buehring," said Sengenberger. "It is nice to not only have a place to improve yourself, but to also have a place where people can focus on something other than work, as well as being away from home and family while in the desert."
He primarily works out in his home gym when back in the great state of Illinois, but being here helps him in the competitive realm. CrossFit provides the goal and the means to achieve the goal. Working out with others only emphasizes the determination.
"Competition always helps my training. I can tell the difference in performance now versus in my home gym," said Sengenberger.
A huge motivator for Sengenberger and his wife, Karen, is to be positive role models and influence their little girls by setting goals so they can achieve great things and for them to realize their capabilities.
His daughters are 3 years old and less than 1-year-old now, so they still have a lifetime of excellence ahead of them.
"Karen, and I value this very much in order to positively influence our daughters, Ella and Gigi, as they grow up," said Sengenberger. "We really like the picture of the parents doing pushups as little kids are watching with the caption, 'I thought about quitting, but then I realized who was watching.'"
With that as a motivator to do well in the open, Sengenberger knows that Workout 13.1 is going to be challenging, but he is looking forward to it.
The first workout for the CrossFit Open 2013 is a 17-minute workout to complete as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) of 40 burpees, then 30 75-pound snatches, then 30 burpees, then 30 135-pound snatches, then 20 burpees, then 30 165-pound snatches, then 10 burpees, then max reputation of 210-pound snatch lifts.
"It's my first open, it is going to be challenging, just in the second iteration of snatches," said Sengenberger. "I'm looking forward to it though."
His plan is to keep a good pace in the lighter weight in order to preserve strength for the heavier weight. CrossFit Spartan Shield energy is on fire and the box has increased its participants for the open this year. We now have 16 male athletes and three female athletes competing. Three, two, one ... let the fun begin.