After finish 4th in the Atlantic Regional a few weeks ago, Jacob Anderson became the 4th member of his family to qualify for the CrossFit Games.
His Father, Steve, won the masters title in 2011. In 2013 his brother, Zach, finished 10th and in 2015 his brother, Alex (who qualified again this year), finished 13th.
We asked Jacob a few questions about his Regional experience and more:
How does it feel to qualify for the games and be the 4th member of your family to go?
I am very excited to qualify for the games, and be the fourth Anderson to go. I don’t believe any family has qualified 4 different family members, so it is pretty cool to be apart of that.
What was it like competing along with your older brother Zach?
He is the reason Alex and I both do CrossFit, so it was very exciting to see him competing again. It was a little nerve wrecking watching him, but it was a lot of fun to be able to compete together.
What was your training like through the open, up to regionals and now going into the games?
I had an internship at an accounting firm from January through mid April, so I only could train about 4-5 times a week. Once the internship ended I was able to increase my training to about 12 sessions a week to get ready for regionals. To get ready for the games I am going to keep things fairly similar to my normal training, but with an increase in volume and more outdoor training.
What is your diet like?
My diet isn’t great. For breakfast I have a smoothie with Grow in it and a bowl of oatmeal. Then I eat peanut butter sandwiches and drink protein (Grow) shakes throughout the day. Then for dinner I usually make a frozen pizza or go out to eat.
What was going through your head while you were pacing back and forth before the final event?
I knew I had to do very well on the workout to make it to the games, so I was just trying to get my mind right.
Do you have any goals going into the CrossFit Games?
My goal is to get top 10.
What are your PR squat, deadlift, clean and snatch numbers?
385lb Clean & Jerk
What advice do you have for someone that wants to be #andersonstrong?
My advice would be to constantly improve their technique on all the lifts, squat heavy, and to make sure they put an emphasis on all their strength training.