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Top Athletes Reveal How Many Hours A Day They Workout

The six individual podium finishers at the 2014 CrossFit Games fronted a media conference shortly after the final event of this year’s competition.

During the conference, Rich Froning, Mat Fraser, Jason Khalipa, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Annie Thorisdottir and Julie Foucher all revealed just how many hours they workout each day to get so fit.

To find out how long these athletes train each week, check out the video above.

  • Jon

    Man, I’d love a full stream of the entire thing. Good stuff.

  • matt kohn

    Fraser only 1-2 hours a day? Hard to believe + pretty incredible. Would love to see an outline of his training program.

    • I believe it

      Totally not hard to believe. I work out. 3 hours a day. 2 if I’m not prepping. An hr of cardio in the am then back in the pm for an hour of weights followed by another hour of cardio. If I’m not in prep I cut that last hour of cardio.

      • matt kohn

        Are you Mat Fraser?

  • Steve Seitz

    Anything beyond 1-2 hours a day is counter-productive.

    • Emil

      funny how you weren’t in that video though 🙂

      • Steve Seitz

        Funny how you weren’t either. Funny how I was a D1 athlete in not one but two REAL sports (basketball and football) and Funny how crossfit ISNT and sport. It’s lifting weights for time. Funny how I was doing crossfit style workouts before it was a fad and before it was cult that may not be questioned. Funny how cults invent their own languages like WOD, pood etc. and devolve from being all inclusive to all exclusive. Funny.

        • Mike

          Pood isn’t a made up CrossFit word. It’s a Russian unit of measurement.

        • George

          Exactly. WOD is just an acronym for Workout Of the Day. Furthermore Crossfit “style”, is not Crossfit.

          So NASCAR is a sport but CrossFit
          isn’t?! ANYTHING can be made into a sport. there’s no rules to this
          shit. Lol.

          And God forbid people actually get along and encourage each
          other to be and do better and surround themselves with like minded
          people. Yea, that’s real funny…

          • BillD

            Actually Donovan McNabb said NASCAR wasn’t a sport. LOL

          • Steve Seitz

            I have no problem with people working out and encouraging each other. I do have a problem with crossfit acolytes being all exclusive towards other work outs, starting older non-athletes out with dangerous Olympic lifts (for speed) and bragging about rhabdo. And no NASCAR isn’t a sport.

          • Ralph

            Steve I disagree NASCAR is a sport the drivers and pit crew members have to be in excellent shape to endure the strain of the race including the intense heat from wearing a firesuit for up to five hours. Most all of the drivers workout everyday amd the pit crew members are required to follow their personal fitness trainers routine. This sport last 10 months which is longer than most.

          • Steve Seitz

            I agree you have to be in good shape to be an elite NASCAR driver but that alone doesn’t make it a “sport”. You have to be in good shape to be an elite model, stuntman, Firefighter or police officer but it doesn’t make those activities into “sports” per se.

          • Ltd 5150

            steve seitz…huh never heard of him.

          • Nick

            Have you ever been to a crossfit work out? Because I feel like you are speaking from an outside loking in perspective. I can garuntee you that most gyms will NOT start a first time crossfitter on olympic level weights. The goal is to get the form to the point where you can start lifting more and more wieght. The form is something that should never be sacrificed for wieght. You are speaking to a very passionate group of people about their love. I highly suggest that you do some more research, rather than hopping on the crossfit hate bandwagon.

          • Steve Seitz

            I was doing crossfit before there WAS a crossfit and excitedly watched as a generation of athletes started dumping the 3 X 10 muscle head model and started engaging in functional fitness. The problem is that instead of being all inclusive (as Crossfit started out as) it became all exclusive and cult-like. Starting 40-50 year olds out doing complex movements for time leads to a higher percentage of injuries. These are people who may have never set foot in a gym. One needs to walk before one can run. I have trained with elite D-1 and special forces military athletes and have yet to find a group so close minded as the apostles of Crossfit.

        • I’m not a Crossfitter, but I play one on TV. Anyway, Crossfit isn’t any less of a sport than, Rugby, Basketball, Powerlifting or any other obscure or main stream sport. It’s described as….

          “organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing entertainment to participants, and in some cases, spectators” – Wikipedia

          I’d say it meets those qualifications of being a sport. What I see as being an issue amongst critics and supporters is the same issue I’ve seen over my many years in the martial arts. The whole “my kung fu is better than your kung fu” mentality.

          I do how ever wonder when the “bubble” will pop. You’ve got to admit the meteoric rise in affiliates and a general over saturation is going to crash as some point. It won’t go away, but will take a step or two back.

        • Emil

          no, i wasn’t but then again i wasn’t being a smartass either. see, this is why we can’t have nice things :). enjoy your day mate and get off your high [i’m guessing american] horse. cheers !

          • CrazeeAZ

            Why you gotta pick on Americans and their horses? Half the people in the video are Americans.

        • Jacob

          (Pood is a unit of measurement)

          • Steve Seitz

            So is stone but you don’t hear people in the US use it much.

    • Ina

      Yeah, that’s silly. Maybe you think it’s counter productive but maybe you haven’t pushed yourself. Are you really as good? Can you determine what’s counter productive based on your opinon alone or have you tired it? Some people are winners, some place limitations and stupid boarders on being a winner. This is why some people stay losers. They stay boxed in.

      • Steve Seitz

        Oh…you’re from the genius “more is better” school? Lol. Is that why you don’t know the difference between “borders” and “boarders”? Surfs up dude! Also learn the difference between the word “tried” and “tired”….loser.

        • huiboy

          I haven’t read the entire context of this statement… but 1-2 hours is definitely not enough for elite athletes who have built a higher work capacity. Especially when there’s the skill and conditioning factor to the sport

    • Jimmy

      Say the typical gym goer does one session day at an hour and a half. Rarely do I see average people warm up or work on mobility.

      Take one of these elite athletes and they may spend an hour or more just getting their body ready for the main workout.

      So before they even begin the WOD, they’ve invested at least an hour getting warm.

      4 hours a day training doesn’t mean 4 hours of maxes out intensity. Just 4 hours a day of working on their craft.

  • RX Life

    Steve, I’d give a full description of why, but i see you like to cut down to the chase and just say w/e you feel without any sort of research or proof, so I’ll do the same and make this assumption…’re an idiot.

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  • Fascinating… I like Mat’s approach best


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