“Retired” Games Athletes Prove One Hour of Fitness a Day is Enough to Stay Competitive

September 27, 2021 by
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After competing in three individual CrossFit Games, Tennil Beuerlein and Mekenzie Riley both announced their retirement to start families, Beuerlein after the 2018 Games and Riley after the 2019 season.

Since then, both women went on to have babies—Beuerlein is currently pregnant with her second—and reduced their training volume to a fraction of what it was in their competition days.

For Beuerlein, this meant training just one hour a day, five days a week, “just doing the group class and whatever was written on the board,” she said, a big difference from training multiple hours a day and following a highly-individualized training program like she did when she was training for the Games. Similarly, Riley trains about one third of the volume she used, “from about six (hours) down to two,” she explained. 

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