Local Crossfit Coach to compete in International Crossfit Games

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Crossfit. It’s not for the faint of heart, or the weak of mind. Neither of which describe Dennis Berry.

The retired Army Major earned a spot in the International Crossfit Games. No small feat.

His coach, Mandee Stearns, calls it the “Olympics” for Crossfit Athletes, “It’s the highest honor to go to the Crossfit Games.”

Friday, Berry will be flying off to California to compete against 20 of the world’s best Crossfit Masters athletes.

At the Crossfit Huntsville ‘box’, Berry repeats sets of thrusters, handstand push ups, chest to bar pulls ups, and kettle ball swings. It’s what he calls an ‘easy’ day.

It`s exhausting watching him, but all of his hard work has paid off.

“He knows exactly what he needs to do. He knows himself very well. He`s his own best coach,” said Stearns.

“[My coaches] don`t allow me to have a single dire weakness, if they see it, the coaches make me go train and work on that,” said Berry. He’s confident going in to the games. As he should be – he’s ranked 5th in his division.

“The most important thing that I`m excited about is to go represent our box and the athletes I train and train with every day.”

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