Welcome Shelby Neal

Paragon Fitness and Nutrition is excited to announce that Shelby Neal is joining the team!

Shelby is 17 years old and lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She has been involved in CrossFit for 3 years following competition in gymnastics. After competing in the CrossFit Games as a teenager for the past two years, she has aged out of the teen division. Shelby placed 10th in the Mid-Atlantic for this year's Open and will be competing in the 2018 Atlantic Regionals. 


Shelby trains at 12th State CrossFit every day with some of the hardest workers in the Region... She is surrounded by athletes that push my limits and I believe they 12th State community is the main reason why I have been able to qualify for Regionals this year at such a young age! I am lucky to have been taken under the wing of Whitney Gelin (2015 and 2017 CrossFit Games Individual Athlete) in order to prep for this upcoming season!

Accomplishments:
- I have competed as a Youth Olympic Weightlifter in the 58kg weight class for 2.5 years. I placed second overall at Youth Nationals 2016 and 2017 in one of the toughest weight classes in Olympic Weightlifting. My performance at Youth Nationals (2016) allowed to travel to Guatemala City for the Youth Pan American Weightlifting Championships where I competed for Team USA and took second overall.
- I've also visited the Olympic Training Center multiple times to train at their Youth Development Camp over the summers with Olympian Zygmunt Smalcerz.
- I've competed as a youth at The American Open (2016).
- Due to my placing in the 2016 CrossFit Liftoff, I was able to travel to Rogue HQ for an athlete camp with three-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas. Here I acquired even more helpful technique cues to help my weightlifting improve and had a blast at the same time! :)

Competitions/Placing:
2016 Reebok CrossFit Games (16-17 division): 8th overall
2017 Reebok CrossFit Games (16-17 division): 6th overall
2016 CrossFit Open: 9th in Teenage Division
2017 CrossFit Open: 6th in Teenage Division
2017 Online Qualifier: 3rd in Teenage Divison
2018 CrossFit Open: 10th in Mid-Atlantic Region, 141st Individual WorldWide
Youth Pan American Championships in Guatemala, City: 2nd overall
Granite Games 2017: 1st overall in Teenage Division (9/10/17)
War of the WODS: 1st overall Female RX Division (1/14/18)
Sua Sponte Games: 1st overall M/F RX Team Division (1/27/18)

My Lifts (born 2000 - first year as a junior lifter):
78 kg Snatch = (171 lb.)
98 kg Clean and Jerk = (215 lb.)
176 kg Total