Richard Bohlken

Richard Bohlken
Lubbock, Texas (Maxout Crossfit)
5'11" / 200 lbs.

  • 2015 ECC TBA/ 2015 Fittest Games TBA
  • 2014 Reebok Crossfit Games 16th Place
  • 2014 South Central Regionals 3rd Place
  • 2014 South Central Open 18th place
  • 2014 Fittest Games 2nd Place
  • 2013 South Central Regionals 6th place
  • 2013 South Central Open 8th place
  • Squat Clean - 340#
  • Power Clean - 325#
  • Snatch - 270#
  • Clean & Jerk - 330#
  • Bench - 390#
  • Deadlift - 525#
  • Back Squat - 420#
  • 3rm Front Squat 355 lbs.
  • Diane - 2:12
  • Karen - 5:17
  • Grace - 1:22
  • Jackie - 5:34
  • Helen - 7:26
  • Fran - 2:26

During his senior year of college Richard's strength coach at LCU went to get his level 1 for Crossfit.  When he came back he told Richard this sport was designed just for him.  Zack Barnard talked him into trying Crossfit when his baseball career was over.  So, when the baseball season ended, they drove back from Oklahoma and he was in the gym on Monday for his first Crossfit workout.  "I was real bad, but I found something to fill my competitive drive."

Crossfit and Life: "Crossfit has been an unbelievable experience.  I had high hopes at playing playing professional baseball again and when it didn't happen I was heart broken.  I felt like I was a failure and had nothing to look forward too.  Doing Crossfit gave me a new perspective on life.  Crossfit has been incredibly rewarding.  When I hit a PR or go unbroken it shows me how capable I can be.  The journey in Crossfit has led me to cross paths with amazing people as well.  The athletes I've met to the support I've received.  When I made the Crossfit Games I had to figure out a way to pay my way to California.  The entire community of Lubbock came together and held three separate fundraisers that paid for my entire trip to California.  Crossfit community has been very good to me."

Philosophy on training and on life: "I feel like training with others that have the same mindset and goals as you Is important to reach your athletic peak.  You always need people to push you in areas you struggle.  I also believe it is important to workout by yourself every Now and then.  When you grind in the gym by yourself and execute a difficult lift or Wod, it creates mental strength and confidence. If you can push when nobody is watching, then when the lights come on it is going to be very easy to push.

In life I try to be the best I can be at everything.  I try to be the hardest working person at whatever I'm doing, whether it's Crossfit or becoming a better Paramedic.  There is always something to learn and get better at.  Someone once told me in baseball, "when you think you're good, it's time to retire."  I've come to learn that failures can be a positive thing.  Without failing, you will never know how to correct the problem, learn, and grow from the mistake.  Failing is apart of becoming the best you can be, so don't be scared of it."

Long/short term goals: "After having the taste of the Crossfit Games this past summer, I never want to miss that opportunity again.  I want to continue to improve and be in the mix of athletes for a podium spot one day.  I started Crossfit it June 2012, and I have had some early success. I am constantly learning and pushing my limits.  I am willing to put in the work to succeed."

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