Photography by Andrew Neugebauer
The 2014 CrossFit Games winner Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is poised for a comeback in 2016. She talked with The Box about the mental side of training, a typical 6-hour workout, her nutritional upgrade and removing the crap from your life.
On Her Mental Preparation
“The 2016 Games are anyone’s to win. It is all about who is going to show up ready and prepared, and most of all with the right mindset. You can have your nutrition dialed in and do the right training, but if you show up and are not hungry to win it’s not going to happen. You have to have your head empty and ready and excited to compete.
“Coming into this year’s Games I have been practicing my mental preparedness. Instead of looking for results or approval for other people, my motivation comes from within, from gaining pride in my own efforts. After training I focus on how proud I am of my accomplishments for that day and that makes me want to come back and keep going. And when I feel myself drifting away from that positive feeling because of pressure or anxiety, I stop and assess those feelings, then redirect my energy.
“Competing is tough because there are many things you cannot control — the type of workouts that come up [on Games day], what the other athletes are doing, equipment failure, even tough calls or injuries. The most important thing is how you react to these adverse situations. Staying present and in the moment in competition is the only way I can truly be myself and allow myself to be successful.”
On Her Physical Preparation
“The beauty of the Games is that they are unpredictable. They want to see which athlete is most adaptable and athletic — purely athletic. Everyone has weaknesses but you have to accept your shortcomings and work on eliminating those weaknesses. Personally, I have been working on stamina and endurance. I use lighter weight for higher reps for certain workouts, and do some longer MetCons.
“I train six hours a day, which I break into two sessions. A typical day of training starts at about 9 a.m. and lasts about three or four hours, then I will have lunch, and in the afternoon will return for another CrossFit class.”
A Day In The Life
- 3 X 20 reverse hyperextensions
- 3 X Sled Drags
- 6 X 2 power cleans
- 3 X 4 Clean pulls
- For time: 21/15/9
- dumbbell thrusters (45 pounds)
- chest-to-bar pull-ups
- GHD sit-ups
- 3 X 2–7 weighted muscle-ups
- 5 rounds for time of:
- 1000-meter row
30 wall ball shots
- 30 push-ups
On Her Recovery
“Right now I train five days a week with one full day off and a day of active recovery. I know when my body is feeling tired and needs a day off, so I listen. On my active rest days I do something to get my blood moving such as swimming.
“After my workouts I always do some kind of maintenance — stretching, yoga, foam rolling, rolling with a lacrosse ball. I also do electronic-stimulation both for recovery and as part of my warm-up. For example, I hurt my back a while ago and it is important that those muscles fire up before I start training. Otherwise, I could become unstable and risk injury. So I use a program on the machine before the workout to get those fibers firing, then afterwards put it on to massage or recover and to help them cool down a little.”
On Her Nutrition
“This year I really focused on my nutrition and have my routine dialed down. I weigh and measure all my food to help quantify what I am putting into my body to maximize my performance, and focus on balancing my macronutrients while eating high-quality foods that are high in essential vitamins and minerals — meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds and a little starch and grains. I also cut out all refined sugars with the exception Xendurance Fuel 5, which is a blend of five kinds of carbs that helps me with energy during my extended workout day. Along with a sugar-free Red Bull!
“A typical meal for me consists of spinach, 4 ounces of chicken, a cup of blueberries, some sweet potatoes and nuts. I am eating five to six smaller meals per day, and have felt a difference in my energy and see a difference in my body, since I am leaner than I was before.”
On Honing Her Focus
“Balancing training, work, school and family life is difficult but it becomes easier if you remove all the crap in your life. Things like reality TV shows, being on Facebook for 30 minutes, constantly checking your phone — all that stuff is empty and doesn’t bring you anything. During that same 30 minutes I can do my food prep or train a MetCon or gymnastic skill. Once you remove all that empty activity it’s amazing what you can accomplish!”
Quick Shots: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet
Titles: 2014 CrossFit Games winner and 7-time CrossFit Games athlete, chemical engineer
Sponsors: Reebok, Red Bull, Rehband, Remfit, Rogue Fitness, Xendurance Fuel 5, Mypowerdot
Favorite CrossFit Benchmark WOD: Eva: 5 Rounds for time of an 800-meter run, 30 kettlebell swings (53/70) and 30 pull-ups
Best lifts: Snatch 195, Clean 250, Clean and jerk 250, Back squat 310
Max pull-ups: 80
Fastest 400-meter sprint: 1:10