How Justin Medeiros trains to defend the CrossFit Games title
After his first win at the 2021 CrossFit Games, Justin Medeiros is training hard in anticipation of defending his title as the fittest man in the sport — and reportedly on the planet — for a second year in a row. Just days before the 2022 games, Medeiros has shared a glimpse of his last-minute training routine. And just like that of fellow champion Tia-Clair Toomey, who currently reigns in the female category and shared her own schedule last week, it’s a jam-packed agenda of the kind of physically intense exercise you’d expect from athletes at the absolute pinnacle of her Field.
Medeiros begins with running drills, where he focuses on his speed and agility, followed by fieldwork consisting of alternating 15-second sled kicks and 5-meter handstand gaits – a session culminating in Medeiros achieving a handstand PR of 30 yards reached .
He then heads back to the gym for another standard CrossFit workout in the form of a 40-minute EMOM workout (every minute, on the minute), which includes 15 calories on the Echo Bike, 5 D-Ball cleans, and 17 calories includes the rowing machine. Then he tests his full body control and stability on an obstacle course in one American ninja warrior-style gym.
“I love it when people underestimate me,” says Medeiros. “I think that’s the best thing ever, man. Obviously I know what I’m capable of and people can think what they want…I’m looking forward to this year…I know I’m fitter than I was last year, and if you thought I was heavy last year to beat it will be a whole different thing this year.
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