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Lubbock man qualifies for National CrossFit Games

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Pictured: Richard Bohlken Pictured: Richard Bohlken
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Former LCU baseball player and current Lubbock resident, Richard Bohlken, is among the 43 most fit people in the world.

He received that title by qualifying for the National Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, California, on July 25th.

By finishing third in one of 17 regional tournaments held throughout the world, Bohlken will now compete against other qualifying athletes for title of Most Fit Man on Earth.

"Whenever I finished baseball my senior year, I needed something to fill my competitive drive," Bohlken said. "Zack Barnard introduced me to CrossFit, and I did one workout, and I think I was sore for about five or six days and I just got hooked from that point on."

Since he began CrossFit, Bohlken has been training to one day make it to the national games - a feat that hundreds of thousands train for each year, yet only 43 are qualified enough to do.

"My goal was to make it to the games," Bohlken said. "That's everybody's goal is to go and win and make it to the games. If they didn't say that, they'd be lying to you."

Bohlken is no stranger to athletic success. He's third all-time in LCU baseball history with 61 career homeruns. He even played professional baseball in the Angels organization. While baseball and CrossFit are two entirely different sports, Bohlken said that the keys to success are quite the same.

"You gotta be ready to work hard every single day," he said. "It's gonna be tough, it's gonna be grueling. You have to be mentally tough in order to push yourself through it. Your success is at the end if you work hard."

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