If you think CrossFit Games athletes started right at the top, skilled and unbelievably strong, think again. A bit of research through Instagram or YouTube channels will give you a different perspective on how long, and how much work it takes to improve to Games level.
Click through the “back then” list to get an impression what current CrossFit Games athletes were like before they got famous.
1. Mat Fraser
2. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
3. Rich Froning
4. Julie Foucher
BEFORE Julie’s background in gymnastics and track and field help her with bodyweight movements and engine, but Olympic weightlifting was a skill she had to learn from zero:
5. Jason Khalipa
In 2005 Khalipa worked in sales at the conventional gym, not really knowing what he wanted from life.
Throwback to my sales desk at a conventional gym in Milpitas Ca 2005. This picture is awesome to me for two reasons. One it has my late grandma in it. Two it represents a time I didn't know what I wanted to do for a living. I was graduating college, had saved enough money to buy my wife her wedding ring, but still didn't know exactly what I wanted to do. Selling gym memberships left me feeling empty….I knew members wouldn't get the results I promised them. Then @ausbing introduced me to CrossFit and everything changed. I found a program I was passionate about, got members results, and I could make a living from. I am thankful for @crossfit everyday.
Ten years later he is one of the best CrossFit Games athletes in the field.
6. Sam Briggs
Before starting Crossfit and winning the Games in 2013, Sam was a football (soccer) player. Later she built that pain-resilient engine, competing in triathlons and duathlons.
7. Lucas Parker
Lucas was, well shaved. That was in 2011. In his youth he also played rugby, football (soccer) and did karate.
Here's a faaaaabulous flashback to the 2011 #CrossFitGames #CanadaWest Regional. I just happened to be shifting sideways and looking off in the distance. A huge number of my facebook friends made this their profile picture when I qualified for the Games. Mildly embarrassing, but majorly awesome. #CrossFit #TBT
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8. Annie Thorisdottir
Annie’s background is gymnastics and track and field. Her first CrossFit Games appearance was in 2009 where she learnt how to snatch and do a muscle-up.
9. Scott Panchik
Scott got into CrossFit with his dad who was a certified coach. His background is football and wrestling.
10. CrossFit Games Competitors: Brooke Ence
Brooke was a dance major at the University of Utah. She also did “a few steps” in the world of miss figure and fitness.
How about you? What is your background? What did you do before Crossfit?