Alex Anderson

Alex Anderson is a three-time CrossFit Games athlete originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. He’s been competing in CrossFit since 2012, when he made his debut at the Central East Regionals.

After his last team appearance in the 2013 Central East Regionals, Alex transitioned to the individual CrossFit contests in 2014. He made his debut at the 2014 Games, finishing in an impressive 13th place.

Two years later, Alex fought his way to 11th place at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games, improving his result by two positions.

A member of a CrossFit family, Alex is one of three brothers who’s competed at the prestigious CrossFit Games. Along with his father, who won a Masters Men’s Division in 2011.

This is Alex Anderson’s story:


 

Alex Anderson jumping rope while being shirtless

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Alex Anderson
WeightHeightAgeDate of Birth
205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)5'10" (177.5cm)28March 29, 1990
NationalityProfessionEra
AmericanFitness Instructor, CrossFit Games Competitor2010
Weight205 - 215lbs (88.5 - 93.0kg)
Height5'10" (177.5cm)
Age28
Date of BirthMarch 29, 1990
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionFitness Instructor, CrossFit Games Competitor
Era2010


 

Alex Anderson pointing his thumbs up for the photo during a crossfit event, looking fit and strong

Accomplishments

Competetive History in CrossFit

Open
YEAR DIVISION OVERALL RANK (WORLDWIDE) RANK (BY REGION) OVERALL RANK (BY STATE) OVERALL RANK (BY COUNTRY)
2018 Men 61st 8th Central East 4th Tennessee 36th
2017 Men 45th 5th Central East 2nd Tennessee 26th United States
2016 Individual Men 50th 5th Central East 2nd Tennessee 31st United States
2015 Individual Men 8th 3rd Central East 2nd Tennessee 7th United States
2014 Individual Men 25th 3rd Central East
2013 Individual Men 313th 22nd Central East
2012 Individual Men 902nd 61st Central East
Regionals
YEAR OVERALL RANK DIVISION REGIONAL NAME TEAM NAME
2016 3rd Individual Men Central Regional
2015 3rd Individual Men Central Regional
2014 8th Individual Men Central East
2013 5th Team Central East Jacked and Tan
2012 21st Team Central East CrossFit CHF
Games
YEAR OVERALL RANK DIVISION
2016 11th Individual Men
2015 13th Individual Men
Team Series
YEAR OVERALL RANK TEAM NAME MEMBERS
2016 6th Team Kill Cliff Brooke Wells, Jacob Anderson, Lindy Barber

 

Alex Anderson getting out of a pool during a CrossFit competition

Biography

Alex’s Early Life

Born and raised in Dunwoody, Georgia, Alex Anderson grew up playing a variety of sports. As he said; “They don’t do that anymore, but I grew up playing everything.”

Among the sports he played, Alex enjoyed football, baseball, and wrestling the most. After high school, however, he narrowed his choice down to only play football.

He continued to play the sport throughout college, becoming a captain of his team during his senior year in 2011.


 

Alex Anderson sitting on a wooden chair looking strong and fit


Finding a New Competitive Outlet

After his graduation from college in 2012, Alex stopped playing team sports and started focusing on his career. He spent some time working at a landscaping company before transitioning to Pilot logistics jobs.

However, Alex’s competitive ‘itch’ from his high school and college days was still very much alive. Over the months, this started troubling Alex more and more.

After he discovered CrossFit, Alex knew it was time to make a big change in his life. He took the leap of faith by abandoning his desk job and starting a full-time career in CrossFit in 2012.


 

Alex Anderson shaking his shaker bottle after training, his shirtless body looking strong and ripped


Growing a Successful Career

While the decision that Alex made was scary for him at first, it eventually paid off. In just one year of training, Alex became a CrossFit Games competitor.

He also had the full support of his family, who were all competitive athletes just like Alex. His father, Steve Anderson, was a senior CrossFit competitor who won the Men’s Masters Division (55-59) in 2011.

His two brothers had also participated in the Games, with one of them taking 10th place in 2012, and the other 29th in 2016.

Alex is now the most decorated CrossFit athlete in his family, with 3 appearances in the Games, along with a number of other accomplishments in the sport.


 

Alex Anderson performing a bag exercise during CrossFit training

Training

Alex’s Style of Training

As a professional CrossFit competitor, Alex has multiple workouts per day. His training regimen involves everything from weight training, physical conditioning, endurance, to gymnastics and stretching.

When he’s not training 2-3 times per day in the gym, Alex typically spends time outdoors in nature. His favorite activities are hunting, fishing, hiking up the hills and mountains, and enjoying the little things.

Preparing for the Games

When he’s preparing for CrossFit’s biggest event, the Games, Alex will visualize all of his goals in his mind. This helps him do the steps necessary to make these goals a reality.

As he says; “When it comes to important workouts, such as those in the Open, when the workout is released, I immediately begin to visualize myself doing it.

I go through the movements in my head. I visualize my desired intensity and pace. And of course, I visualize success.”


 

Alex Anderson pushing a cart with weights looking strong and fit

Nutrition

Alex doesn’t make any drastic changes with his nutrition when training for contests. He consistently eats healthy and nourishing foods throughout the year, making it easier for him to prepare for competitions.

Some of the staple foods in Alex’s diet;

  • Chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Olive Oil
  • Berries
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Plant Proteins
  • Eggs

“Everyone’s nutrition will vary. You shouldn’t make any drastic changes with this right before the open. Eat and drink what you know works. And then of course sleep, chiropractic care, physical therapy, mobility, and whatever other remedies work for you.”


 

Alex Anderson lifting a heavy barbell while being shirtless, looking strong and ripped

Idols and Influences

Alex’s main inspiration in CrossFit and life is his family. His father, Steve Anderson, is the one who inspired him to take the risk and jump into the world of CrossFit in 2012.

Alex’s two brothers are also people who inspire him – they too are CrossFit Games athletes with a great record in the sport.


 

Alex Anderson running on a track with a female by him

What we can learn from Alex Anderson

One key lesson we can learn from Alex Anderson, is that sometimes, you have to take risks in your life in order to achieve your ambitions.

For Alex, this meant leaving his corporate job behind to replace it with a career in CrossFit. It was a risky decision, but it paid off. Alex now lives the life of his dreams, training hard in the gym and making a name for himself in the CrossFit industry.

Alex’s story is a reminder that if you’re unhappy with your current life’s situation, you can always take a ‘leap of faith’ towards something potentially much better.

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