So You’re Going to the CrossFit Games: Veterans Give Advice to Rookies

June 16, 2022 by
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In 46 days (not that we’re counting), 80 individuals will put on a custom jersey and take the floor in Madison, WI for the CrossFit Games–but for a third of them, for the very first time.

Why it matters: With 15 women and 12 men (thus far, two spots still to be determined in the last chance qualifier at the end of the month) never having competed at the CrossFit Games before, a sizeable portion of the athletes have no idea what to expect — mentally or physically.

Translation: Be afraid, be very afraid.

“Don’t try to beat me… it’s not going to happen,” Brent Fikowski said while laughing at the Post-Semifinals CrossFit Games press conference yesterday, before more seriously answering the question as to what a rookie should expect going into their first visit to the final stage of the season.

Remind me: As we near the Games, CrossFit HQ held an hour-long Post-Semifinals Press Conference on June 16, 2022 for members of the media led by Justin Bergh and Adrian Bozman, accompanied by athletes including Fikowski, Emma McQuaid and Lazar Đukić.

Seven-time CrossFit Games qualifier, Fikowski, has a wealth of wisdom to share with rookies.

What they’re saying: “The weekend is so much longer than any of the other competitions you’re used to, and the competition field is so much deeper.”

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