One of the most common myths about CrossFit is that no elite athletes use it. That’s completely false.
Here are some top athletes who do CrossFit. It’s not a full list. There are 10,000 CrossFit gyms, and we can’t possibly know every elite athlete who trains at them, or who does CrossFit on their own. Also, these athletes use CrossFit as part of their training – it doesn’t replace their specific training. No strength and conditioning program could.
Christie Rampone: captain of the gold-medal winning 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team.
Robert Oberst: strongman competitor. 9th place at the 2013 World’s Strongest Man, 2nd place at the 2013 America’s Strongest Man. American record holder in the log press.
Danica Patrick: according to Wikipedia, “the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women’s victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish ever there by a woman.”
Brady Aiken: started CrossFit at age 10 at CrossFit East County. At 17 he became the top pick in the MLB draft and signed to the Houston Astros as a pitcher.
Erin Cafaro: two-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing.
Tim Kennedy: UFC fighter and US Army Special Forces combat veteran. 22-4 MMA record. Trains at Trauma CrossFit.
Dean Karnazes: ultramarathon runner. Once ran 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes.
Ilya Ilyin: two-time Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting. Holds the world record in the clean and jerk and total for the 94-kilogram weight class.
As more athletes train CrossFit seriously, at a younger age, it will be fascinating to see how fit it is possible to be while achieving elite specific performance. If Lauren Fisher and Brady Aiken are any indication, the future is bright for CrossFit as GPP.