The Onnit Semi-Annual Sale Ends in | Save up to 50%: Shop Now
The 1 Thing All Athletes of the Crossfit Games Have In Common

The 1 Thing Every Crossfit Games Athlete Has In Common

Written by
October 28, 2014
Updated April 11, 2018
Category: Fitness
Tags: Mindset

The Crossfit Games requires a slew of skills and respective level of athleticism. Although important, these are not the most important aspects of a Crossfit Games competitor.

“Look in the mirror…that’s your competition.” ~Anonymous

The main objective of the annual Reebok CrossFit Games is to find the “fittest on Earth”. With a claim such as this, you can expect the test to find the fittest is extremely difficult. The CrossFit Games starts out with over 200,000 participants. These athletes will go through a series of 5 workouts over the course of 5 weeks, known as the OPEN. From here, athletes than qualify to compete in their respective REGIONAL.

There are 17 regions around the world each one only accepting the top 60 men and top 60 women from the OPEN. Depending on regional size and depth of field, no more than 3 men and 3 women qualify from each region for the GAMES. So by the time we reach July we have went from 200,000+, down to 48 men and 48 women.

What Do Athletes of the Crossfit Games Have in Common?

As an individual who has competed in 5 CrossFit Games and came out victorious in 2010, I know it comes down to an athlete’s mental game and willingness to work hard and suffer. Although this sport of fitness requires a slew of skills and respective level of athleticism, mental game and toughness are crucial.

The men and women who make it to the Games have this unknown measure of willingness to suffer and keep suffering before giving up in a workout. Learning to push through the pain and telling your body to “shut up” is not something that is just there, it must be practiced and developed.

I can think back to some of my own workouts where that burn and pain start to swell up inside. My brain starts telling me to “slow down, this pace is too fast” or “you can’t go any further”. The first few times this creeps into my head I slow down and stop.

But the more and more I get to this point in my training session, I start learning to combat the thoughts and start visualizing myself going faster, lifting more weight, going further. I believe that this mental visualization and positive reinforcement becomes easier and easier the more you do it.

The Mental Aspect of the Crossfit Games

The mental aspect of the Crossfit Games

I would be telling a lie if I said that the pain of pushing a workout doesn’t exist anymore. The pain is there, more prevalent then ever because the more strength and conditioning you get, the harder you push, and therefore the pain actually increases exponentially. But you learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Once I was able to grasp this concept and train like this every day, I became very eager to compete against others.

Day after day, I beat myself physically and mentally preparing for the time to step on the floor with others to test and find out who is the fittest. Now, the real fun of all the training gets to shine. You feel faster, the weights feel lighter, and heavy breathing does not seem to creep up as quickly.

The truth is, most of these top competitors do not need the person next to them to push it hard. Just as a racehorse with blinders on, focuses on the track ahead of them and does not worry about the surrounding field. A top CrossFit athlete trains in a way of similar tunnel vision. Putting all concentration on the next rep in front of them and the next obstacle to overcome. The surrounding noise and atmosphere ignites every drop of adrenaline and will power.

This is why we see amazing times, lifts, personal records and incredible performances all year round with CrossFit competitions. To sum things up, a top CrossFit competitor and champion has the strength, technique, coordination, athleticism, recovery, mobility and endurance but their mental clarity and determination to win is their most powerful possession.

Graham Holmberg
Graham Holmberg has been an avid athlete all his life. He played football and baseball during his college career at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in education, Holmberg continued his passion of athleticism, teaching, and learning. He did stints as a freshman baseball coach and a personal trainer, then going on to become an avid CrossFit athlete, trainer, and competitor. In the 2009 CrossFit games, Graham came in 19th place, and he returned in 2010, earning first place and claiming the title "Fittest Man in the World."

Free shipping is offered on orders with a minimum subtotal of $150 less discounts. Free shipping is only available in the contiguous U.S. and excludes Fitness and Digital items.
For media inquiries please contact us at
In thanks to military and first responders, we're extending a 15% discount off MSRP for all products purchased at
To qualify, simply verify your status during checkout on the payment step. We verify through, our trusted technology partner for secure digital identity verification.
After verification, your discount will auto-apply on that order and all future orders.
Please note that this discount cannot be combined with coupons.
If you have any questions or issues with the verification process, please don't hesitate to reach out to Customer Service.
* US Military members, please choose United States as your destination country, as this will ensure your package ships via USPS and that you are not given international shipping rates.
With a subscription, you'll get your favorite Onnit products whenever you want at 15% off MSRP. All automatic, worry free, and with our same great money back guarantee.
Cancel or adjust your order at any time, hassle free. Your payment method will only be charged right before your order ships. The discount applied every time is 15% off MSRP or the current sale discount, whichever is greater. For more information, see the complete Onnit Subscription Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions.

Secure Shopping

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access any information on our website. We incorporate physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information, including Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for the encryption of all financial transactions through the website. We use industry-standard, 256bit SSL encryption to protect your personal information online, and we also take several steps to protect your personal information in our facilities. For example, when you visit the website, you access servers that are kept in a secure physical environment, behind a locked cage and a hardware firewall. After a transaction, your credit card information is not stored on our servers.