Top 5 CrossFit Men for 2016
There is something about CrossFit that brings out the beast in a man. Just by looking at the names on this list you’ll quickly discover what kind of beast it is. The purpose of CrossFitting isn’t just to beat the men around you, but also to show yourself that the levels of comfort can always be pushed a little further.
These are our 5 handpicked Pro Crossfit men, 2015 was a good year for them and it’s going to be a very interesting 2016 for some *cough* Fraser *cough*.
Every CrossFitter has heard this name and rightfully so. Since he started competing and coaching in 2010 he has been a dominating force, taking the number one position no less than four years in a row. From 2011 till 2014, Froning defended his title successfully. He retired from individual competition in 2015 and focused his attention on his Mayhem CrossFit team, taking them to first place and winning the affiliate cup.
Froning was born in Michigan, but attended high school in Tennessee. His sport of choice was baseball and he managed to secure a scholarship to Walter State Community College. However, he decided to give up his promising career in baseball while he kept on studying. It wasn’t until he started working out with the Cookeville fire department that he found his true passion, namely CrossFit. Since then he has been somewhat of a phenomenon.
His best time for Fran is an impressive 2:13 and for the Grace workout he clocks in at 1:11. As for the rest of his impressive record, check this out:
- Clean and Jerk: 370lbs
- Snatch: 305lbs
- Deadlift: 570lbs
- Back Squat: 475lbs
- Pull Ups: 75
Rich Froning has his own documentary which I highly recommend watching, here’s the trailer:
Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson
This 23 year old youngster from Iceland thanked his mother in an interview, because she made him take gymnastic classes when he was younger. According to Björgvin it’s one of the best ways to get prepared for something so challenging as CrossFit. He also played soccer and regularly participates in swimming meets. While many CrossFitters love to stick to their strategies, Björgvin prefers to handle things as they come. He finished 3rd overall last year and he only started CrossFit in 2012. If possible he trains every day of the week.
Björgvin literally lives and breathes CrossFit and it’s only a matter of time until he takes first place at the games. His best time for Fran is 2:23 and 2:00 for Grace. The rest of his record looks like this:
- Clean and Jerk: 335lbs
- Snatch: 286lbs
- Deadlift: 507lbs
- Back Squat: 440lbs
- Pull Ups: 65
His best time for the 5k run is 19:20.
Fraser (23) started off as an Olympic weightlifter and he’s been practicing since the age of 12. After graduating high school he moved to the Olympic Training Center, where he spent two years. It was also during this time that he broke his L5 in two places and needed surgery. After the surgery he moved to Northern Michigan, where the Olympic education center is situated, and made his recovery there. He continued with his training for two years then retired. In 2014 Fraser made his debut at the CrossFit games and walked away as Rookie of the Year. Oh yes, and he finished in second place overall.
Going into the 2015 games Fraser was one of the favorites to make it to number one, given his incredible performance along with the news that Froning was retiring. Unfortunately Fraser had to settle for the second spot again. But taking into consideration it was his second year of competing it’s still quite an accomplishment. His best time for Fran is 2:07 and for Grace 1:18.
- Clean and Jerk: 375lbs
- Snatch: 315lbs
- Deadlift: 500lbs
- Back Squat: 485lbs
- Pull Ups: 50
Here’s a short documentary on Fraser:
From the University of Miami comes the 24 year old Ohlsen. He hasn’t found a place on the podium yet, but this guy has got such upper body strength and speed he’s definitely worth watching. Growing up Ohlsen was always involved with sports, but his favorite was lacrosse. However, when he went to high school he focused on wrestling. Unfortunately he suffered a shoulder injury, so he tried swimming. He ended up on the water polo team and played at college level.
Ohlsen is a true powerhouse and he made his debut at the games in 2014, finishing 8th overall. He also won the Regional competition twice. There’s no telling what he is going to do in 2016, but he’s the beloved underdog compared to the others on the list, and we all love a determined underdog. His best time for Fran is 2:12 and for Grace 1:46.
He is the 2015 CrossFit champ and if there is somebody that deserves it, it’s him. Smith (25) is one of the few individuals who have competed at the games for 7 consecutive years, although it’s not his first time on the podium. In 2011 and 2013 he took third place.
This young man from Virginia had a passion for baseball while still in school. But in his senior year he was introduced to CrossFit, which led to his first tryout the following year (2009). He finished 64th out of 74 competitors. Smith was the youngest competitor at the first CrossFit games and his hard work has finally paid off. It’s also worth noting that he won the Mid Atlantic Regional no less than five times. In order to stay competitive he trains two to three times a day along with coaching his Virginia CrossFit team. Here’s a run down of his stats.
- Fran: 2:25
- Helen: 7:19
- Grace: 1:51
- Filthy Fifty: 16:17
- Flight Gone Bad: 520
- 400m Sprint: 0:58
- 5k Run: 20:20
- Clean and Jerk: 335lbs
- Snatch: 300lbs
- Deadlift: 540lbs
- Back Squat: 480lbs
- Pull Ups: 76
Here’s a great “Day in the life” video of Ben, he lives in great surroundings and his lifestyle is pretty sweet:
For Smith it was only a matter of time before he finally reached his goal, and as the 2016 games calls, it will be interesting to see if he can do it again.