Travis Mayer

Travis Mayer is an American CrossFit athlete and gym owner. He’s a 4-time CF Games competitor who’s made his debut in 2013 with an 18th place finish. His career-best finish in CrossFit Games was 10th place in 2016.

However, Travis didn’t always plan on becoming an athlete like today. In fact, he was interested in all but sports growing up – his main passion was motocross racing.

However, after seeing a CrossFit athlete named Chris Spealler, something changed in Travis’ mind. Travis was so intrigued by Chris’ strength and agility, that he decided to try CrossFit himself.

Ever since then, Travis has been using CrossFit as a tool to not only improve his own life, but also the lives of those who follow his advice.

This is his story:


 

Travis Mayer doing a hand stand on bars looking fit and lean

“Crossfit is a huge part of my life. It is my business and it is what I do each day but it is just a part of my life. Waking up to my wife and kids each day is my life. How I approach the present defines me and what I look forward to defines me.”

Athlete Statistics

Full Name: Travis Mayer
WeightHeightNationalityProfession
185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)5'11" (180cm)AmericanCrossFit Athlete, Gym Owner
Era
2010
Weight185 - 195lbs (83.9 - 88.5kg)
Height5'11" (180cm)
NationalityAmerican
ProfessionCrossFit Athlete, Gym Owner
Era2010


 

Travis Mayer doing heavy deadlifts in CrossFit

“Years ago when I first started CrossFit I use to think ripped up hands were cool, but then I couldn’t train bar movements because of the pain or not wanting to rip worse. Keeping my hands rip free is a major priority with volume of training that I do each day.”

Accomplishments

Personal Best Lifts

  • Squat – 475 lbs
  • Clean and Jerk – 347 lbs
  • Snatch – 280 lbs
  • Deadlift – 555 lbs
  • Fight Gone Bad – 447 lbs
  • Max Pull-ups – 75
  • Fran – 2:15
  • Grace – 1:18
  • Helen – 6:34
  • Filthy 50 – 13:39
  • Sprint 400m – 0:54
  • Run 5k – 18:03

Certifications

  • CrossFit Level 2
  • AAAI/ISSA Personal Trainer
  • OPT Assessment/ Program Design

 

Travis Mayer doing single-leg squats in a CrossFit gym


CrossFit Achievements

Open
YEAR DIVISION OVERALL RANK (WORLDWIDE) RANK (BY REGION) OVERALL RANK (BY STATE) OVERALL RANK (BY COUNTRY)
2018 Men 50th 3rd South East 2nd Georgia 28th United States
2017 Men 56th 4th South East 2nd Georgia 29th United States
2016 Individual Men 3rd 2nd South East 1st Georgia 2nd United States
2015 Individual Men 7th 1st South East 1st Georgia 8th United States
2014 Individual Men 17th 3rd South East
2012 Individual Men 4763rd 437th South East
Regionals
YEAR OVERALL RANK DIVISION REGIONAL NAME
2016 3rd Individual Men Atlantic Regional
2015 8th Individual Men Atlantic Regional
2014 3rd Individual Men South East
Games
YEAR OVERALL RANK DIVISION
2016 10th Individual Men
2014 29th Individual Men

 

Travis Mayer hanging on a bar shirtless

“What does your nutrition look like? Having it dialed in to help recovery, sleep, and overall performance is just one of the many aspects you have to focus on.”

Biography

From Motocross Racing to CrossFit

Nowadays, Travis Mayer is a well-known CrossFit athlete. However, he didn’t always plan on becoming one.

Growing up, Travis was interested in bikes and racing motocross. He had no interest in pursuing anything related to sports or physical activity.

It wasn’t until his late teens, when Travis’ interests began to change. It was during this time he was introduced to a CrossFit athlete named Chris Spealler by his friend.

Travis was blown away by the sheer strength and speed of Chris Spealler. In fact, he was so impressed that he decided to try the sport of CrossFit himself.


 

Travis Mayer performing a handstand looking strong and fit


A Growing Career

Months after his first CrossFit workout, Travis began seeing changes in his physique. He not only improved his strength and stamina, but also his overall physical appearance – looking muscular and ripped.

After seeing the progress he’d made, Travis was certain he wanted to start a career in CrossFit competitions.

He began competing at the local and regional contests, before making his way to the elite CrossFit Games competition.

By 2018, Travis became a veteran in CrossFit, with 4 CF Games under his belt.


 

Travis Mayer lifting a heavy barbell looking fit and strong

“There always comes a time when you are tired but having a reason to snap out of it and push is what can turn the training session around. For me, that reason is my kids. I never forget I am doing this for them so that I can help to teach them to never give up.”

Training

Similarly to most CrossFit athletes, Travis has three to five workouts per day. This includes weight training, swimming, running, and also conditioning and agility work.

Some of his favorite exercises include barbell squats and the snatch which work on his strength and muscle size. Alongside high-intensity cardio which leans him out for a competition.


 

Travis Mayer performing cable pulls for lats in a CrossFit Gym

“Choosing the right pair of grips for each specific workout can make the difference in how I perform. I use the 3 finger leather grips for gymnastics movements mainly for added cushion and more coverage over the bar. “

Nutrition

A Day of Eating for Travis Mayer

A CrossFit athlete like Travis needs a lot of high-quality calories to get through his intense workouts. This includes foods such as chicken, fish, brown rice, and avocados.

His daily macros look like this;

  • 550 grams of carbs
  • 220 grams of protein
  • 100 grams of fat

His daily meal plan;

Breakfast

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 bagel
  • 1 cup of strawberries

Snack

  • 1 protein bar

After 1st Training Session

  • Carbs supplement 75-100g
  • Protein powder 20-40g

Lunch

  • 8oz grilled chicken breast
  • 1 cup white rice

After Second Training Session

  • Carbs supplement 75-100g
  • Protein powder 20-40g

Snack

  • Protein bar

 

Travis Mayer working out in a CrossFit gym

Idols and Influences

Chris Spealler is one of the people who influenced Travis on his CrossFit journey.

After seeing Chris’ training videos, Travis became intrigued by CrossFit. So much so, that he decided to try the sport himself. What started as a mere fascination with CrossFit, turned into a ‘full-blown’ career for Travis.

Thanks to Chris’ influence, Travis is now a CrossFit athlete in his own right, and inspiration for people worldwide.


 

Travis Mayer lifting a barbell loaded with weights looking strong

“I was once told during a game of pool that ‘it’s not about the shot you make, it’s about the shot you leave’. For me, this means doing everything I can for my family and our future together.”

What we can learn from Travis Mayer

Like other successful athletes, Travis Mayer has taught us the following lesson; have a clear vision of your goals, act on them, and don’t give up until you’ve reached them.

If you want to be successful in anything you do, you’ll have to put in the work and stay committed to your goals – just like Travis Mayer.

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