Bring On The Western Conference Playoff!

by Arena Ready on August 31st, 2015

Coming off the SF Fire's victory this past weekend, Coach Sarah and the rest of the team will be training for the playoffs and their NPGL Western Conference showdown with the Phoenix Rise on September 16th in Anaheim.

Rick Eymer, a reporter from Palo Alto Online, who had previously covered Sarah during her college track & field days at Stanford, wrote a nice little piece after asking Sarah several questions during the post-match press conference on Saturday evening.

Here is an excerpt from the article (click here for the full article):

Stanford grad Sarah Hopping hasn't thrown the hammer for years, though she's still competing at a high level. Fans of the National Pro Grid League are certainly aware of her multi-faceted abilities.

Hopping, the Cardinal women's record holder in the hammer throw (219-8), turned her competitive nature into a business and an athletic career.

The NPGL has nothing to do with Cross Fitness, though there are elements integrated into the GRID's varied formats. A majority of the NPGL athletes are involved in cross training.

Hopping, with her husband, owns and operates the Arena Ready Cross Fit in the Potrero Hill area of San Francisco. She's also had a career in financing.

"I've always loved sports and exercising and I feel fortunate to be doing this," Hopping said after the San Francisco Fire won nine of 11 races to beat the Los Angeles Reign, 22-13, on Saturday night at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton to finish the regular season undefeated.

"It's awesome that I don't have to retire yet," she added. "This is absolutely a dream come true to be able to compete with this team."

The Fire advances into the Western Conference final, meeting the Phoenix Rise at the Anaheim Convention Center on Sept. 16, with the chance to play for the 'Pinnacle Trophy' four days later.

Hopping lifted weights, did pull-ups, climbed a rope and sprinted, all during the same segment. Call it competitive exercise but don't try it at home without a medical professional on hand. You can be in the best shape possible and still not be able to function at the level of the GRID athletes.

"It's a whole different ballgame in there," Fire teammate Tyler Cummings said. "You can't just be there. You have to be aware of what's next, what's going on with your teammates. You can't zone out. We put in the work and it shows."

It often shows when the timing is precise and sharp. Faults are costly, a loss of a few precious seconds that means the difference between winning and losing.

As for the hammer throw, Hopping has no idea how she would do these days. Cummings had an idea though. "Further," is how far she'd throw it these days.
Sarah: "Ugh, this camera angle makes me look bigger than both Ben (Wise) and
Tyler (Cummings).  So not the case!"
Rob: "That'll teach you not to sit up so straight. Hey, at least Taylor will be pleased."

WOD for 09-01-15:

Front Squat:
3-2-1-3-2-1

-then-

AMRAP 8 Minutes:
Run 200m
20 Walking Lunges
10 Ring Push-ups


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