How Lauren Fisher Channeled Her Grief Through CrossFit

January 30, 2024 by
Photo Credit: Lauren Fisher

I PR’d everything the week my mom died. Lifts, gymnastics, workouts–it didn't matter. I also cried while on the Assault Bike, but not for my usual reasons. The gym was the only place I felt like myself, the only place I felt safe. 

It is incredible how powerful grief can be

We have seen it countless times across professional sports - athletes summoning superhuman strength amid personal tragedies to turn in performances nothing short of spectacular. 

  • A day after his father died, Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre took the field and played one of the best games of his career, throwing four TDs in the first half. 
  • After the tragic death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the Los Angeles Angels came together and recorded a combined no-hitter in their first game at home since his death. 
  • In November 2020, Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen played, at that time, the game of his career less than 24 hours after his grandmother died unexpectedly.

And these are just a few examples. 

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