We’ll come out and say it: The Pacific Regional has the best announcing in CrossFit. The color commentators are knowledgable — especially when it comes to athlete backgrounds and history — as well as legitimately entertaining. And they aren’t afraid to bring some of their own emotions into the equation, putting into words what fans around the globe are mentally screaming as athletes fight for tough reps or heavy lifts.

It’s a pretty great crew all around, but in our opinion, the glue holding it together is Kayla Banfield.

Herself an avid CrossFitter, Banfield is a several-year veteran of Regional announcing — that’s eternity in this sport — and has some legit journalistic chops. She seems to do tons of athlete research and interviews beforehand, and there’s rarely a competitor in the field she doesn’t know something about (that’s probably also thanks to a thorough research team behind her, at least in part).

Banfield also walks the walk and has been CrossFitting for four years.

And she’s not afraid to test out the movements she’ll be commenting on. Here she is working on handstand walks (a self-described weakness) and strict muscle-ups.

Feel that accent tugging on your heartstrings, CrossFit fans? Love a woman who backs up her sporting observations with real experience? Well, slow your romantic role a bit. Banfield is dating James Newbury, an accomplished CrossFit competitor who’s competing as an individual after finishing 5th in Australia out of the Open.

We’re following all the Super Regional competitions this weekend, but with Banfield leading the Pacific team, it’s not surprising if we end up spending a little more time on that one.

Featured image from Kayla Banfield’s Instagram post, embedded above.

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BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting. David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day. David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.