49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of The CrossFit Games

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“I go into the gym and now I have a group of people that I train with. I have my brothers, I have my family, I have this community around me. That’s what it is really all about. You have to enjoy it, you have to be a good person, you have to take care of people around you, and treat people well.” – Ben Smith

Ben was an avid baseball player growing up and was introduced to CrossFit during his senior in High School in 2008. As a self-instructed athlete, he has had eight appearances at the CrossFit Games, finishing on the podium four times and finally winning the title of “Fittest Man on Earth” in 2015. Ben Smith has a degree in mechanical engineering from Old Dominion University and is the founder and co-owner of his affiliate CrossFit Krypton where he also serves as lead programmer and coach. His personal philosophy is that through hard work and dedication anything is possible. We sat down at the 2017 Reebok Athlete Summit to catch up on his life and career as a CrossFit Games athlete.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Ben’s background playing sports from his youth through college
  • How he found CrossFit
  • Owning and running his affiliate, CrossFit Krypton
  • The CrossFit Games from 2009 to now
  • What motivates him to train year after year
  • How his training and goals changed after winning the Games in 2015
  • The benefits of playing other sports
  • A typical day in Ben’s life
  • Three things Ben does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Ben’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Ben at CrossFit Krypton or on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also check out his training program The Ben Smith Blueprint on Beyond The Whiteboard.

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05 – Men of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team – Matt Chan, Paul Tremblay, and Zach Forrest

29 – Dave Castro on Applying Lessons Learned as a SEAL, His Daily Routine, and Directing the Reebok CrossFit Games

41 – Graham and Savanna Holmberg: From Fittest Man, to Faith and Family

47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen, and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

One Response to “49 – Ben Smith on why he trains and the evolution of The CrossFit Games”

  1. Jean Santiago

    Hey, Julie! I’ve been listening to all your podcasts and they’re great! And I’ve got a question for you: How much do you think HARD WORK plays a role in the success of an athlete (maybe a percentage?)? And where do you think this hard work should mostly be placed on? The training? The nutrition? The rest? The mental toughness? Any other place?

    Thank you so much in advance! 😀


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