Athlete Profile

Athlete: Ben Garard

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165 cm
183 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad0
Sprint 400m0:58
Run 5k19:15
Clean & Jerk150 kg
Snatch121 kg
Deadlift245 kg
Back Squat218 kg
Max Pull-ups55


Owner/Head Coach at BENt On CrossFit


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

I eat whatever is convenient

I eat 1-3 full cheat meals per week

I try to balance fats, proteins & carbs with every meal. In saying that I don't count macros. I eat foods high in energy with my main focus on recovery & to have more fuel going in than out.

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

I have a coach who determines my programming

I incorporate workouts

I record my workouts

I have recently transitioned from a 'freestyle' approach to a somewhat 'structured' approach. I generally do weightlifting/strength in the morning, with a MetCon focus in the afternoon. I found myself a coach, we work towards rectifying weaknesses & being the most consistent well rounded athlete I can be.

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

I regularly play recreational sports

I have loved competing my entire life. I played a variety of team sports including hockey, touch football & rugby league at representative level. I did time in the Australian Army & that is where I got into Strength & Conditioning. I enjoy surfing, wake boarding & snow boarding as recreational sports.

My Experience With CrossFit

I began CrossFit by trying it alone (without a coach)

I have completed the CrossFit Level 1 certificate course

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

I train other people

I started CrossFit in Feb 2012 when I signed up for the Open. My first ever CrossFit competition was AUS/NZ Regionals 2012. That was a life changing experience for me. I signed a lease for BENt On CrossFit in June 2012 & have been CrossFitting there ever since. I love the challenge & it's motivating to compare myself to the rest of the world. CrossFit has allowed me to interact with like minded people & has become a way of life. My goal as an athlete is to make The CrossFit Games & do well when I do.

My Work/Rest Schedule

I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week

I typically rest 4 or more days per month

I listen to my body & ensure there is enough recovery/time between workouts. I stick to a program & typically rest 2 x per week.

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

2-4 years

Signed up for the CrossFit Games Open 2012 & haven't looked back since.


Athlete Coverage

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Article, Posted Thu, 03.03.16
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Video, Posted Wed, 12.09.15
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Article, Posted Sun, 12.06.15
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Article, Posted Fri, 12.04.15
              It’s almost time for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Invitational, which will be held on the first Sunday of December in Madrid. The two-hour competition will...
Article, Posted Sat, 11.28.15
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Video, Posted Sat, 11.21.15
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Article, Posted Mon, 10.05.15
On this edition of the Invitational Update, host Sean Woodland and analysts Tommy Marquez and Pat Sherwood break down the announcement of the Pacific Team lineup for the 2015 CrossFit Invitational....
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