Eighteen year-old, Tommy Vinas will compete as an Individual athlete representing Fury’s Bomb Squad at the CrossFit South Regional in Dallas, TX on May 15th – 17th. Vinas finished 12th in the South West for the Open, finishing higher than any other competitor at Fury and among some of the most recognizable names in the sport of CrossFit.
Vinas started CrossFit in 2012 with friends and mentors at a local neighborhood garage gym. After about a year and a half of training (and during his Senior year of high school), he competed in his first Open in 2014. As a 17 year-old, he had an impressive showing and finished 14.1 in 116th overall for the South West Region. But he struggled with 14.2 and fell more than a hundred spots on the leaderboard to 227th place; he finished the 2014 Open in 185th place in the Region. It was a disappointing first year for Vinas, but he was determined to make it to Regionals in 2015.
In May of 2014, at the encouragement of friends and coaches, Vinas joined CrossFit Fury as a member and employee. Fury Owner and Games veteran, Peter Egyed, knew early on that he had great talent in the sport and was more than happy to put him to work at Fury. Under the direction and training of Fury’s Competitor’s program, Vinas was able to train and compete against experienced Games and Regional’s athletes on a daily basis.
“I was able to train smarter and follow a program. I also had more people to compete against at Fury – the big dawgs always had advice to give me. I have a specific program to do and it really attacks my weaknesses and adds variables I wasn’t able to accomplish in the garage (ceiling heights, etc.)” said Vinas.
In 2015, Vinas came out swinging. After competing in various local competitions during the pre-season, Vinas was ready to redeem his 2014 Open experience. He finished 15.1a and 15.3 in 4th place for the South West and among the top athletes for the rest of the workouts.
“Mentally, I was checked in this year, I knew what I wanted and I was hungry to make it to the next level” said Vinas.