Celebrity trainer Chris Powell, author of Extreme Transformation: Lifelong Weight Loss in 21 Days has been a Crossfitter for quite a while—but he never considered himself at the same level of conditioning as the athletes that compete in The Games. But when Tommy Hackenbruck, captain of the team that won two years in a row, asked him to join his team for the East Coast Championships, an elite CrossFit competition, he couldn’t say no. So, a few weeks ago, Powell competed with the greatest athletes in the CrossFit world. “Although the ECC is an ‘invite only’ event for just the best Crossfit Athletes, they were going to make an exception for Tommy and his team,” explains Powell. “It was a bucket-list opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.” Click through to read about how Powell trained, his experience during the competition, and his absolute favorite WODs.