Athlete Profile

Athlete: Ben Garard

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Bent On CrossFit
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

  A miracle Down Under.           The final day of the Pacific Regional has seen one of the most spectacular comebacks and a...
Article, Posted Sun, 05.24.15
Stamina, strength and gymnastic prowess are revealed on Day 2 at the Pacific Regional.             After an exciting Day 1 at the Pacific Regional the crowd was electric at the WIN...
Article, Posted Sat, 05.23.15
It's the Webb and Forte show at the Pacific Regional.     With the combination of the Australia and Asia Regions, it was no surprise to see...
Article, Posted Fri, 05.22.15
It's that time of year again! The CrossFit Games season is upon us and it all starts with the worldwide Open Thursday, Feb. 26. In this segment of the CrossFit Games Update, CrossFit HQ's Pat...
Video, Posted Wed, 02.18.15
  Day 2 brought another record-breaking day Down Under. Day 2 of the 2014 Australia Regional will be remembered as a record-breaking day with event records falling across all three...
Article, Posted Fri, 05.16.14
It was a record-breaking day on Day 1 of the Australia Regional.   The crowd had more than doubled by the start of the individual events on Day 1 of the 2014 Australia Regional....
Article, Posted Thu, 05.15.14
"I think I perform a little bit better under a little bit of--not pressure--but under the main lights, I guess you could say. I enjoy the crowd." Photos courtesy of Chris Kim. Matt...
Article, Posted Tue, 05.13.14
"I basically decided that I'd give it a rest this year ... try and fix my knees and do a lot of rehab and get stronger that way." Photos courtesy of Chris Kim. With a fourth-place...
Article, Posted Thu, 03.13.14
The final workout of this year’s Open confronted athletes with a chest-to-bar Fran AMRAP, which included the first-ever time bonus in Open history.   The 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open...
Article, Posted Fri, 04.05.13
Unlike previous weeks, the Australia Region struggled a little bit in the workout, with no athlete posting a score inside the top 15 worldwide.     In week four of the 2013 Reebok...
Article, Posted Fri, 03.29.13