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Life Lessons To Learn From The 2020 CrossFit Games Athletes

Wisdom from the superhumans themselves

From the 18th-25th of September, The Olympics of the CrossFit world took place, albeit in an unusual, Covid-19 restricted fashion.

This year, the top five male and female athletes competed at the CrossFit ranch in Aromas, California instead of the larger group of athletes who normally compete in an arena.

The Games took place over a weekend and was live-streamed on the CrossFit YouTube channel, for the world’s eyes to watch the events unfold. I spent more hours than I would like to calculate, watching the superhumans put their hard work to the test and compete for the title of World’s Fittest Man and Woman.

Here are Life Lessons that you can learn from the CrossFit Games Athletes of 2020:

1. Give everything you do 100% effort even if you don’t have to

The athletes began the competition by giving each event a 100% effort. As the games progressed, some athletes didn’t need to really give it as much force, such as Mat Fraser. He had already secured first place and could have easily tapered his efforts. Regardless of this, he gave each event the same amount of grit and determination.

This can teach us that just because you don’t have to give your all in tasks, doesn’t mean that you should. You don’t know how much you can do until you push yourself to your limits, so why stop early? Find out what you’re capable of.

2. Support your competitors

The respect and support that the competitors give each other are truly admirable. From what we can see, they ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on each other’s social media posts, socialize outside of training and cheer each other on at the finishing line of events. Not all athletes conduct themselves like this and it is so refreshing to see. It should remind us that supporting others who are doing similar things to us is beneficial for us and for them. There is enough space for everyone.

3. Challenges? No problem

Some athletes faced adversity this year, such as Katrin Davíðsdóttir injured her lower back and had to take time out of training before the Games. Despite this, she placed second overall and won the ‘Spirit of the Games’ award for her positivity. Katrin is truly superhuman and an extremely talented athlete, but still, it goes to show that setbacks don’t have to limit us, in Katrin’s case they inspired her to strive for more.

4. Adapt your plans

Something that we’ve all had to do in 2020, is get used to adapting plans. The CrossFit athletes did this with finesse, adapting their training to competing from their home gyms for the first round of the competition. They had to adapt during the Ranch Trail Run event, where there was a false ending. The athletes sprinted to ‘the finish line’ to find that it wasn’t the real finish line. They quickly adapted to this and started jogging back up the mountain to run their second lap of the course.

Life will throw us curveballs, and we can give in, or adapt and move with it.

5. Just because you’re new or inexperienced, it doesn’t mean that you can’t excel

Justin Medeiros proved to us that just because you’re new or inexperienced at something, it doesn’t mean that you can’t excel. This year was Justin Medeiros’ first CrossFit Games, and he placed third overall. Experience, confidence and strategy benefit the athletes massively, so for Justin to do so well with little experience and lots of expectation from spectators was impressive. It was Haley Adams second CrossFit Games as an individual, and she also performed well and was described as “the future of the games” by the commentators.

6. HWPO “Hard Work Pays Off”

Mat Fraser’s iconic slogan, ‘HWPO’. And it did. Mat and Tia-Clair Toomey yet again placed first at the CrossFit Games. They proved why they are unbeatable and often described as ‘the GOATs’. The other top-five male and female athletes also showed that Hard Work Pays Off, with many achieving PBs throughout the Games and excelling in disciplines. The athletes put in unfathomable hours training and make many sacrifices to get where they are, which begs the question, what work can you put in to get to where you want to be? Are you up to the challenge?