2015 has been Alex Anderson's breakout year in the sport of CrossFit. Alex started the year with a solid performance at Wodapalooza, finishing in 6th in the Men's Elite Division. Shortly after he and his teammates, brother ZA Anderson, Emily Bridgers and Lauren Brooks captured a 3rd place podium spot in the team's division at ECC.
In the CrossFit Open, Alex finished 8th in the world and 3rd in the Central East Region behind Rich Froning and Scott Panchik. Alex's best finish in The Open was 3rd in the world on the final workout, 15.5, where he clocked a time of 5:30 while going head to head with two-time Games podium finisher Matt Fraser.
Alex went into Regionals banged up with a lower back injury that prevented him from properly training in the weeks leading up to competition. In true Anderson fashion he toughed it out and finished an impressive 3rd in arguably one of the most talent filled regions, Central.
Check out our interview with Alex going into The Games:
At what many are calling the toughest CrossFit Games to date, Alex finished as the 13th Fittest Man in the World in his rookie debut.
We caught up with Alex for a short interview a couple weeks after competition, here's what he had to say:
It was a great experience. I didn’t do quite as well as I had hoped, but I was still very satisfied with a 13th place finish. I learned a lot and pushed my body harder than its ever been pushed before.
Some are saying the programming was too hard this year, what are your thoughts?
I do not find this to be true at all. This is a professional sport in which CrossFit is seeking to find the fittest on earth. The events were appropriate and the fittest men and women on earth were on the podium on Sunday. So the job got done.
We saw some athletes suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion,
did you experience any of that?
No, I felt great in that regard.
Can you tell us about your programming?
I follow the Invictus training regiment. C.J. Martin is the one who programs my workouts. ZA Anderson, my brother, also helps out immensely as a coach when I get to go home to Georgia and work with him. Typical training involves two sessions a day, each being around 3-4 hours long. Usually 1-2 days of the week are more geared towards active recovery.
Does your training change throughout the year?
No my training does not change immensely through out the year. The volume may change at certain times in order to taper for competition or deload for a week, but I train all facets of CrossFit year around.
What does your average training day look like?
Wake up. Cook breakfast. Go to gym for first training session at 10am. Leave gym around 1 or 2pm. Eat lunch. Get back to gym around 3pm for next training session. Leave gym around 7pm. Eat dinner. Go to bed.
What does your diet look like, anything particular you do or follow?
I do not follow any kind of particular diet. I eat decent while trying to ensure I get appropriate calories. Eggs and sausage for breakfast. Taco meat and white rice for lunch. Dinner varies among cheeseburgers, BBQ, chicken, a sub sandwich, or whatever I can get my hands on.
You and your brothers are known for being strong, any advice or tips
for anyone looking to get #andersonstrong?
Lift Heavy. SQUAT. Eat appropriately. Get good recovery. PERFECT YOUR TECHNIQUE.
What are your plans the rest of the year leading up to the 2016 open?
I have GRID season and few large competitions. And as far as training goes, the plan is to continue to do the same thing. Keep busting my butt and improving all elements of fitness (i.e. becoming a better CrossFitter).