A CrossFit Games History Lesson

A CrossFit Games History Lesson: Sam Brigg’s First Win

Sam Brigg was born in 1997. He is from North Carolina and lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children. His first competition was at age 9 when he competed in the local 5K race.

At age 11 he won a regional contest held by his school, which led him to compete at the national level for the first time at 14 years old.

In 2010 he became the youngest person ever to win a National championship. He went on to become one of only four individuals (along with Mark Henry, Paul Chek and Greg Glassman) to have won multiple championships.

Brigg has been featured in numerous publications including Men’s Health, Muscle & Fitness, Outside Online and many others. Brigg is currently working on a book entitled “The Ultimate Athlete” about his journey through CrossFit competitions.

You can read more about Sam Brigg here.

CrossFit Games Winners: Gaining Weight Before Competitions? What Does That Mean For You?

Before you start worrying about gaining weight before your next competition, there are several things to consider. If you’re worried about it, then don’t worry because most people do gain weight during their training cycles. But if you’re not concerned about that possibility, then keep reading!

Most of the CrossFit Games winners actually gain weight before their next competition. Let’s take a look at some of the top CrossFit athletes and see what they did in preparation for past competitions.

2014: Jason Khalipa

In 2014, Khalipa increased his body mass by 8 pounds from 203 pounds to 211 pounds. He claims that this was mostly added muscle, not body fat. In fact, he has said that he prefers to weigh around 210 pounds so that he can be strong without lugging around a lot of extra weight.

When he is in a cutting phase, he prefers to get down to about 195 pounds, but he knows that this level of competition requires extreme measures.

What This Means For You:

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If you’re competing in the CrossFit Games, you probably need to gain weight and muscle in preparation for the next competition. If you’re not competing at that level yet, don’t worry. Just add some weight for now and then gradually decrease your body fat when you’re ready.

Most people want to find that “happy medium” between weight and performance, but it really just comes down to your goals at that point.

2013: Rich Froning

Froning actually gained 20 pounds of muscle in the year leading up to the competition. This is slightly shocking since he is already fairly muscular as it is. He claims that this was the key to his victory since it allowed him to move heavier weights than the other competitors.

What This Means For You:

If you’re a CrossFitter and you want to win a CrossFit competition, then you clearly need to gain some weight. It’s not as important to add muscle (unless your specialty is strength), but it’s certainly helpful. Of course, if you’re a specialist in another field then you may need to focus on that instead.

It’s not realistic for many people to gain 20 pounds of muscle, but you should at least be aware of the fact that it can make a huge difference if that is your goal.

2012: Jason Khalipa

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Khalipa actually lost 12 pounds of body fat in the year leading up to the competition. He states that this helped him move faster during the running events since he no longer felt as though his body was acting as a “freight train.”

What This Means For You:

If you’re trying to win a CrossFit competition, then you might need to lose weight. It’s not realistic for many people to lose as much weight as Khalipa did, but you should at least be aware of the fact that it can make a huge difference if that is your goal.

The “sweet spot” for most people is probably to maintain your weight and focus on strength training. It really just depends on your goals at that point.

Keep Learning…

And there you have it! Everything you need to know about gaining weight, losing weight, and everything in between. It’s up to you to take this knowledge and learn how to apply it to your own life.

Remember, your body is a machine. If you want it to perform better, then you need to learn how to operate it correctly. Just like any other machine, your body can be tuned and modified with the proper knowledge.

Now get out there and make yourself better!

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