3 Badass CrossFit Athletes Share Their Go-to Pre-Competition Breakfasts
*This* is how they fuel for those handstand walks, tire flips, and insanely heavy deadlifts.
Whether you're a CrossFit box regular or would never dream of touching a pull-up bar, you can still enjoy watching the fittest men and women on Earth battle it out at the Reebok CrossFit Games every August. Each year, competitors show up to the competition not knowing what physical and mental challenges lie ahead-but with enough muscles and willpower to at least attempt everything that comes their way.
How the heck do you prepare for a competition like this? For one, eating a hella nutritious breakfast. Reebok tapped three of their sponsored female athletes-Annie Thorisdóttir, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, and Tia-Clair Toomey-who are Games-bound in 2018, and asked them to share their go-to pre-competition meals. See below for how they start their days like champions. Then, who knows, maybe give their meals a try yourself! If you can't compete like a CrossFit champion, you can at least eat like one, right? (And if you want to give it a try, avoid these beginner CrossFit mistakes.)
- 45 grams oatmeal topped with 10 chopped salted almonds and 30 grams of raisins
- 3 eggs, fried in coconut oil
- 200ml whole milk
- Glass of sparkling water with a spoon of super greens powder
Don't get Annie Thorisdóttir, 2012 Fittest Woman on Earth, confused with fellow Icelander Katrín Davíðsdóttir. Though they've both made it big in the world of competitive CrossFit (and have an adorable friendship), they're both vying for that same title come August 1. Who knows, maybe this epic breakfast will be Thorisdóttir's secret weapon!
"Paying attention to my nutrition has actually led me to fall in love with cooking," she says. (See: How Teaching Myself to Cook Changed My Relationship with Food) "When I wake up in the morning, making breakfast is one of the first things I do. Regardless of whether it's a practice day or a competition day, the foods I choose are pretty similar. I train at a high volume every day, so I need just as much fuel to get through my practices as I do to get through the Games."
"I've been a competitor for a while, so it's taken time to figure out which foods leave me feeling best throughout the day. (I think the foods that leave you feeling this way really are different for every person.) For me, those foods are eggs and oatmeal with almonds and raisins on top. When I eat those, I feel energized and full-but not so full that I feel sick. Getting to that place where your body is fueled up is key."
- 8 oz low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 spoonfuls almond butter
- Handful of spinach and fresh vegetables
- Bowl of oatmeal
Leblanc-Bazinet was crowned the Fittest Woman On Earth in 2014, her third appearance at the Games. While she didn't compete last year, she's currently ranked fourth in the world for women and is coming back to the 2018 CrossFit Games to dominate again-partially thanks to her kickass breakfast.
"On game day, it's all about calorie intake and hormonal balance," she says. "Because it is hard to eat during competition and because I need all my energy to give my best, breakfast is the most important meal of the day."
Her go-tos: "I like to eat a lot of fat and protein and a little carbs, so I can be sensitive to the carbs during the competition itself. I'm allergic to eggs so that's out for me, sadly," she says. (Related: Here's why carbs belong in a healthy diet.) "I focus on slower-burning carbs in the morning, which is why I normally opt for low-fat Greek yogurt (that way I can eat more yummy fat with it), berries, and two spoons of almond butter. I'll eat a handful of spinach and all the veggies I can on the side," she says.
- 2 pieces sourdough toast with butter
- 3 scrambled eggs
- 50 grams fresh salmon
- Green smoothie that contains coconut water, carrots, spinach, kale, blueberries, and cucumber
As the most recently crowned Fittest Woman On Earth, Toomey must be doing something right. Maybe that something is her breakfast: "Nutrition is critical to success in competition," she says. "It doesn't matter your ability or sport. If you eat properly, you'll feel better during your workouts."
"I like to feel energized from the moment I wake up, especially during competition, so for breakfast, I choose foods that help me achieve this awake, energized feeling. I make a green smoothie every morning which is particularly great for this. Then, I'll have salmon, sourdough toast, and scrambled eggs. I choose sourdough bread because it contains more bacteria to help with digestion and breaks down the phytic acid in the bread-plus, I really like it! I keep it simple and yummy, choosing the ingredients I know I enjoy and are good for the body. My husband and coach, Shane, makes great scrambled eggs so that's why scrambled eggs are my go-to. It may seem like a lot of food, but my body is going to endure a lot during a competition so it's important I'm fueled up and have a full stomach."