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What it Takes to be a CrossFit Games Athlete w/ 8 Time CrossFit Games Athlete Alessandra Pichelli, Anders Varner, and Doug Larson- Barbell Shrugged — Barbell Shrugged #410

Alessandra Pichelli was born in Montreal, Quebec. At age 2, her family moved to Bahrain in the Middle East and spent a few years there. Her family then moved to Yokohama, Japan where Alessandra attended St Maur International School. By age 8, Alessandra returned to Canada and grew up in Welland, Ontario. She remained in Canada through her highschool rowing career, which led her to a full scholarship to Saint Mary’s College of California. It was during her final year of collegiate rowing that her coach, Nicole Young, introduced her to the sport of CrossFit. 

Since then Alessandra has consecutively competed in the Reebok CrossFit Games for eight years; her best finish was during her rookie year in 2013 when she finished 4th. 

In this episode of Barbell Shrugged, the crew breaks down what it takes to be an 8 time CrossFit Games Athlete, the training, nutrition, lifestyle, and how she has maintained her competitiveness with the competition getting harder and harder every year.

Minute Breakdown:

0-10 – Learning from your mistakes every year to compete at the highest level 

11-20 – How do you peak with so many events in a CrossFit season

21-30 – Questioning your why each year and finding motivation to push forward

31-40 – Is the spectrum of talent going to be lower at the Games than in years past

41 -50 – Training vs. working out

51 -60 – Sealfit to build mental and emotional capacity in games training

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Doug Larson on Instagram


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