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Experts / July 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom

This Is What 6 CrossFit Games Athletes Eat for Breakfast

CrossFit founder Greg Glassman has long declared CrossFit as a workout regimen that prepares individuals for “the unknown and unknowable.”

Perhaps that’s why many of the CrossFit Games events are not revealed until athletes actually arrive at the competition venue. In other professional sports, athletes walk into a stadium with a clear idea of what their work day will look like (and at least the structure is the same day after day). But for Games athletes, everything from the number of events to the equipment that will be used can be up in the air until even just a few minutes before “3, 2, 1, Go!” 

While competitors rely on the hours of sweat they’ve put in at the gym to get them through whatever physical feats are presented, there’s one factor that always leaves me questioning: How do these athletes know what to eat when they don’t know what tests of fitness will emerge? 

I mean, personally speaking, my meal of choice wouldn’t be the same before a 10k run and a heavy barbell circuit.

But according to the reigning second Fittest Man on Earth Brent Fikowski, if you fuel your body intelligently year-round, by the time you reach the Games, choosing pre-competition meals is actually quite simple, even if the workouts haven’t been disclosed.

“I think it’s about discovering the foods that both fuel you and sit well with your stomach,” says Fikowski. “Sure, there may be a particular food I’d prefer to eat if I know I’m going for a long run on a given day, but the nature of CrossFit is that the tests vary. It’s about finding meals that can withstand that variety.”

In a quest to find out exactly what these uber-fit individuals eat for uber-fuel, we asked six veteran Games competitors, Fikowski included, to reveal their competition day breakfasts. Let’s just say, eggs and oats are on the menu! 

Brent Fikowski

3 eggs

Seasonal vegetables, fried over coconut oil

2 ½ cups of oats with strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon and plain yogurt over them

Glass of water

Tia-Clair Toomey

2 pieces of sourdough toast with butter

3 scrambled eggs

50g of fresh salmon

Green smoothie that contains coconut water, carrots, spinach, kale, blueberries and cucumber

Cappuccino

Rich Froning

2 eggs

Piece of toast with peanut butter

Cup of oatmeal

Glass of milk

Glass of water

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet

8oz of low-fat Greek yogurt

1 cup of raspberries

½ cup of blueberries

2 spoons of almond butter

Handful of spinach and fresh vegetables

Bowl of oatmeal

Glass of water

Scott Panchik

4 organic Eggs

1 cup of gluten free oatmeal 

Smoothie that contains blueberries, kale, dried gigs, hemp seeds and acai powder

Glass of water

Annie Thorisdottir

45g oatmeal with 10 chopped salted almonds and 30g of raisins over it

3 fried eggs, fried in coconut oil

200ml whole milk

Glass of sparkling water with a spoon of super greens powder

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Experts / July 2018
Maureen Quirk, Global Newsroom