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18 Incredible Transformations of Top CrossFit Superstars

Check out these famous CrossFit Athletes before they were famous.

1. SAM BRIGGS

Year Division Games Regionals Open
2010[4] Individual 19th 2nd (Europe)
2011 4th[3] 2nd (Europe)[2] 3rd[15]
2012 Did not compete due to injury
2013[2] 1st 1st (Europe) 1st
2014[2] 4th (Europe) 1st
2015[2] 4th 2nd* (Atlantic) 82nd*
2016[2] 4th 4th (Meridian) 2nd
2017[2] Individual 9th 2nd (Meridian) 12th
Masters (35–39) DNP 1st (online qualifier) 1st
2018[2] Individual DNP* 29th
Masters (35–39) 2nd 2nd (online qualifier) 1st
Year Division Games Qualifier Open
2019[2] Individual 18th 1st (Dubai)
1st (Australian)
22nd (world)
1st (United Kingdom)
Masters (35–39) 1st
2020[2] Individual 5th (Filthy 150)
3rd (Dubai)
135th (world)
6th (United Kingdom)
Team
(Team WIT)
3rd (WZA)[16]
Masters (35–39) 9th

The former CrossFit Games® winner trains with ferocity and intelligence and is known for her unstoppable engine.

“When the workout gets tough what do you tell yourself to keep picking that barbell back up? I try not to think about the rest of the workout rather just the movement in hand … counting the reps in my head keeps my focus … and remembering to breathe ?”

2. SARA SIGMUNDSDOTTIR

Sara Sigmundsdottir is an incredibly well rounded athlete, known for her toughness, strength, technical skill with a barbell and friendly and outgoing personality.

OPEN RESULTS

YEAR DIVISION OVERALL RANK (WORLDWIDE) OVERALL RANK (BY COUNTRY)
2020 Women 1st 1st Iceland
2019 Women 1st 1st Iceland
2018 Women 21st 2nd Iceland
2017 Women 1st 1st United States
2016 Individual Women 4th 1st Iceland
2015 Individual Women 3rd 2nd Iceland
2014 Individual Women 75th
2013 Individual Women 427th
2012 Individual Women

DAY IN THE LIFE

Here she is before she started the sport of fitness…

Sara on Stage

Sara runningSource: Sara Sigmundsdottir

Check out Mat Fraser…

3. MAT FRASER

Mat Fraser is a legend when it comes to CrossFit, but here is an archive photograph of him competing as a young weightlifter.

Mat as a young weightlifter

Mat Fraser has a formidable background of strength and weightlifting.

  • He was 13 years old when he won his first national title in weightlifting.
  • In 2003, 2005 and 2007 he was the school age champion
  • Mat became the junior national champion in 2009.

On the day he graduated from high school he moved to Colorado and began to train full time as an Olympic Weightlifter. Within one year he was Snatching 130kg and Clean and Jerking 160kg (at 77kg bodyweight). Then he broke his back due to coaches forcing him to continue to compete, even after he knew something bad had happened.

Although he found weightlifting hard at the beginning, he persisted, and it paid off:

‘I didn’t take off with weight lifting. I had to keep coming back and keep doing more, learning more. With weightlifting you can always get better. You can always have a straighter pull. You can always be stronger and faster.’

By the time Mat had recovered from his injury and discovered competitive fitness, he had years and years of strength and lifting experience under his belt, which gave him a huge advantage over many of his competitors.

4. CHANDLER SMITH

Chandler Smith recently won the Rogue Invitational, finished in 15th place last year at the 2019 CrossFit Games and has been consistently rising through the ranks of CrossFit in recent years.

YEAR DIVISION OVERALL RANK (WORLDWIDE) OVERALL RANK (BY COUNTRY)
2020 Men 22nd 12th United States
2019 Men 40th 20th United States
2018 Men 128th 1st Bulgaria

CHANDLER SMITH BEFORE CROSSFIT

5. SAM DANCER

Crossfit legend, impressive strength athlete and all round good guy Sam Dancer used to compete as a bodybuilder, check out his shots from the competition stage. Ultimately he switched to Crossfit and coaching, but it always interesting to see the back stories to the top athletes in the Crossfit game.

Sam Dancer Bodybuilding
Sam in competition

Sam on stageSource: RX Muscle
Sam on stage

HERE HE IS IN TRAINING

6. NOAH OHLSEN

Noah Ohlsen is a 7x CrossFit Games veteran that fights hard through every event.

He won the Open in 2016 (and came second worldwide in 2017), won four Regionals outright (and finished second once), finished second at the 2019 CrossFit Games and landed fourth in 2020.

In all his CrossFit Games career, he’s only finished outside the top 10 once.

Having competed for over half a decade, Ohlsen says he’s trained 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for the past 10 years. Before CrossFit, Noah played lacrosse and water polo, and did wrestling and swimming.

“I was once just a scrawny little dude that didn’t have a path,” he writes about himself.

Have a look at Noah Ohlsen’s incredible transformation, from his first CrossFit competition in 2010 at 19-years-old, to his first CrossFit Games in 2014, aged 23.

7. BETHANY SHADBURNE

Bethany Shadburne: “My athletic background/accomplishments…..8 years gymnastics, 3 year’s bodybuilding, 4 triathlons, multiple half marathons and years of personal training. I started Crossfit in 2015 doing local competitions. In 2016 I got on board with Black Magic Training created by Jared Astle and Jenn Jones (Astle) which helped me accelerate my Crossfit career by allowing me to win the Rx division at Wodapalooza in 2017, 4th place at the Austin Fittest Games and 1st in the 2017 South Central Open which put me top 20 in the world.”

“Aside from my fitness background and accomplishments I want to be remembered for always smiling, being humble and being a positive influence on people.”

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Bethany Shadburne as a bodybuilder

Bethany ShadburneSource: Bethany Shadburne

Bethany ShadburneSource: Bethany Shadburne

8. ALEC SMITH

Games athlete Alec Smith is known for his incredible gymnastic abilities. He has regularly competed at the top level within the sport of fitness, but what was he like before he started CrossFit?

CROSSFIT GAMES

YEAR OVERALL RANK DIVISION TEAM NAME
2019 2nd Team Crossfit Krypton
2018 25th Men
2017 36th Men

Rollin’ away from 2020…

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THE TRANSFORMATION OF ALEC SMITH

Here he is before CrossFit.

Alec-SmithSource: Alec Smith

9. LUCAS PARKER

10. LAUREN FISHER

11. KARA SAUNDERS

12. JOSH BRIDGES

13. JEN SMITH

14. CHYNA CHO

15. CARLEEN MATHEWS

16. BROOKE ENCE

17. BRENT FIKOWSKI

18. ALEXIS JOHNSON

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