Read how the 24-year-old Games veteran keeps her performance riding high more than 10 years into her CrossFit career.
When Lauren Fisher was just 18 years old, she finished ninth in the Reebok CrossFit Games as the youngest athlete in the competition. Now, at just 24 years old, she has more than 10 years of CrossFit training and six CrossFit Games under her (weightlifting) belt, including competing in both the individual and team categories. If that wasn't impressive enough: When she's not doing handstand walks or burpees, she also competes in Olympic weightlifting and runs Grown Strong, an apparel brand she founded to inspire young athletes to follow their dreams.
She's making a comeback at the 2018 CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, ready to continue her young-and-on-fire reign. Here, see how she's prepping for competition, how she balances two demanding sports, and how she keeps her body in one piece during the onslaught of intense workouts in the Games.
ALLLL the rope climbs today. 20 to be exact. 24 to get the picture for the IG. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today’s afternoon session was a little burner. Thank you @tinomarini. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two sets: 400m Run with @roguefitness sandbag (100/75lbs) 30 Wall Balls (30/20lbs) 20 Toes to Bar 10 Rope Climbs (Short Rope) 20 Toes to Bar 30 Wall Balls (30/20lbs) 400m Run with sandbag ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Definitely looking forward to a recovery day tomorrow. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @taylorconlonphotography #DoItForTheGram
How She Preps
"I always eat the same breakfast: two eggs with two egg whites and a bowl of oatmeal full of berries and cinnamon. I don't like to change anything right before a competition. I have my own playlists on Spotify I love to listen to that get me fired up. I often will spend time with my eyes closed visualizing the workouts I will perform the following day." (See what these other top-notch CrossFit athletes are eating for breakfast before the CrossFit Games.)
How She Recovers
"Doing back-to-back workouts during the Games is brutal! You have to make sure you have everything taken care of from bodywork to nutrition, to proper supplementation post-workout. I think one of the most important things for me is fueling my body to perform—I'm taking in over 400 grams of carbohydrates throughout the day. At the end of the night, I usually get a massage or acupuncture to help with recovery." (See: Do You Need a Sports Massage?)
THIS feeling - hitting a PR when it matters for Team USA at Junior Worlds (110kg C&J at 60.53BW) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can’t believe this was already 4 years ago... And you know what I haven’t PR’ed my Clean and Jerk since! Yes I’m human and yes PR’s these days are hard to come by. But something about competition always fires me up and makes everything feel so much lighter! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I would definitely love the opportunity to test this at the @crossfitgames. What do you all think - will we see a 1RM Clean and Jerk this year? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #TBT #LittleMe
On Being a Two-Sport Athlete
"Right now, my whole focus is preparing for the CrossFit Games, so my training is largely a lot of aerobic workouts plus lifting and gymnastics built in. I'm training for anything and everything to make sure I stay strong but that I'm still fit to run, row, bike, or be ready for whatever is at hand."
On Crushing This Year's CrossFit Games
"I think this year I'm more focused on staying healthy and keeping my body feeling like 100-percent. That means I'm spending more time warming up and focusing on the rehab exercises that are going to keep my body fine-tuned throughout the season. If I can go into the Games feeling healthy, I've already set myself up for success.
Beyond that, I'm always exploring new tools to help provide feedback on what I am doing and where I'm at, fitness-wise. A great example of that is NEXUS, a CrossFit wearable that analyzes and tracks your workout performance. Using tools that can give me feedback on timing and rest intervals really help contribute to my goals."