ODU Alum Dane Youtz '08 to Compete in CrossFit Sectional Competition

Dane Youtz


First year this Sectional Competition is offered at the 2010 Arnold Classic, CrossFit gym presents the area public with a new concept of becoming fit

COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University alumnus Dane Youtz ‘08 will compete in the 2010 CrossFit Games Sectional Competition at the Arnold Classic on Sunday, March 7 in Columbus, Ohio. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Greater Columbus Convention Center (300 N. High Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215).

“CrossFit has opened up a much more effective, efficient way of becoming in shape and a human machine,” said Youtz. “The combination of Olympic lifting, running, rowing, gymnastic body lifts, and ‘game-like’ atmosphere provide an exhilarating experience that presents an athlete every possible fitness challenge and test.” The 24-year-old is a part-time personal trainer with CrossFit Ralph Hicks Sport Fit gym in New Albany where he leads the youth fit classes, adult sessions, and provides baseball lessons.

“I have been finding time between training others and working to further polish my athletic performance,” Youtz said. “It is exciting for me because it involves a lot of the same intensity I experienced during high school football. The loud music, high energy, and crowd send out the same type of atmosphere found in football games only little more intimate and in your face.” There are several videos of Dane performing these workouts on YouTube.

The March 7 competition sectionals at the Arnold Classic are open to anyone who would like to compete. The sectionals will consist of nearly 200 male and 75 female competitors; more than double than last year’s entry bid according to Youtz. The top 20 men and women will qualify for the regional in May which will be held in Logan, Ohio. Only three men and women will be selected from the regional competition to compete on the final stage, The Crossfit Games in Aromas, California later this year.

Youtz has been training and focusing on his body-weight lifting endurance with a goal to get better each day by increasing speed and weight. Up until a year ago, Youtz had basically trained conventionally with core lifting and running, “Not only is it a physical competition, but it forces one to have faith and trust in oneself to keep moving when giving up would feel necessary,” he said. “It translates into any aspect of life.”

Youtz earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 2008 and graduated from Cincinnati’s Kings High School in 2004. During his time at Ohio Dominican, Youtz was a member of the baseball team playing at the outfield position where he showed excellent leadership skills and promoted teamwork amongst his fellow teammates. In addition to his duties at Sportfit, he is a research technician with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Youtz currently resides in Gahanna, Ohio.

“I feel like I am never ready for these competitions because one never can know what to expect --part of the genius in the format,” says Youtz. “I feel in solid shape and I will get to test once again how far I can push myself on March 7. Hopefully, it is further than 180 people.”

Background on the CrossFit Games

These competitors are tested for their fitness with an intense two-day competition in which the world's fittest athletes compete in a variety of workouts. The specific workout routine will not be announced until March 5, at the earliest. These workout routines change each year resulting in the competitors to train for a competition format that is almost completely a mystery. For additional information on CrossFit, log on to their Web site, http://www.crossfit.com/