Ben Smith on Why He Trains and The Evolution of The CrossFit Games

Ben Smith has competed at The CrossFit Games every year since 2009, winning in 2015. He also competed at The Games every year during College, and here he talks to Julie Foucher about how he found Crossfit, the community, and why it keeps him coming back for more.

Ben Smith explains the community he trains with

“I go into the gym and now I have a group of people that I train with. I have my brothers, I have my family, I have this community around me. That’s what it is really all about…You have to enjoy it, you have to be a good person, you have to take care of people around you, and treat people well.”

His thoughts on Weightlifting

“I always suggest to athletes, focus more on moving the bar with speed and good form rather than how much weight is on the bar. The weight will come if you have good technique and generate a lot of power by moving the bar with some speed! You shouldn’t sacrifice form for more weight when doing your working sets.”


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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.


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