Lauren Fisher

PERSONAL STATS

  • Full name: Lauren Fisher
  • Birthday: 1st of February 1994
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Lives in: San Diego, California
  • Began Crossfit: 2008
  • Affiliate: CrossFit Invictus

BARBELL STATS

  • Back Squat: 290 lb
  • Clean and Jerk: 242 lb
  • Snatch: 183 lb
  • Deadlift: 325 lb

The Story of Lauren Fisher


GROWN UP STRONG


In the last years we’ve witnessed a lot of young, growing stars in the sport of CrossFit. This is the result of athletes turning to CrossFit from a young age and adapting their bodies to the core movements of this sport.

One of the most famous and promising CrossFit athletes of the last few years is 23rd year old Lauren Fisher, who proved, even from an early age, that she’s got a work ethic and determination of somebody who’s in it for the long run.


HOW IT ALL STARTED


Ever since she was a kid, Lauren spent a lot of time playing any sport possible from soccer to softball, gymnastics, swimming and basketball. She was a back-to-back state champion basketball player at St. Mary's High School in California and was a member of the school's National Championship team.

Back when she was 14 years old and a basketball player at St. Mary’s, Stockton, California, Lauren started CrossFit and took off with a head start when her team won two state championships and a national title.

“This was before I really started getting competitive in CrossFit and only went to class three times a week only for one hour! My main focus was sports like basketball and tennis. I wouldn’t be able to lift as much as I do now or compete versus all the top level CrossFit athletes if I didn’t put on the muscle.”.


When she was only 18, Lauren qualified for the CrossFit Northern California Regionals and finished 12th overall, while competing with other senior athletes, which was quite an achievement for such a young athlete.

In 2013 and 2015, Lauren competed in the CrossFit Games as a member of the SoCal Team, Invictus, and again in 2016, where Lauren placed 1st at the California Regionals.

When she was just 22, Lauren Fisher became one of the most popular and promising CrossFit athletes. She finished 9th on the leaderboard in the 2014 CrossFit Games and won the USA Weightlifting Junior National Championship with Team USA (Women’s 63kg weight class) in the same year. That’s when we started witnessing a Lauren that was getting stronger and stronger.


EVEN SUPERHUMANS HAVE THEIR OWN LIMITATIONS


In 2016 Lauren was experiencing pain in her right ankle. As we’ve seen in other top athletes, having a high pain tolerance is a given and it’s relatively easy for them to ignore pain and push through this barrier that’s separating them from the goal they’ve set for themselves. Just like this, Lauren decided to power through the pain and take on the CrossFit Games challenge that was lying in front of her.

All that to find out, post Games 2016, that the injury was worse than she thought. She had a 5 cm longitudinal tear straight down the middle of her tendon, a bone divot and loose bone fragments floating around, which is why she was experiencing fluctuating pain.

September 2016 came with an ankle surgery. Usually it’s moments like these that bring turning points in the life of an athlete. For an athlete, experiencing damage in your body, normally makes you more aware of yourself. An injury is your body’s way of telling you that you’re not doing something right. And this is directly influencing your body, the most important instrument you got as an athlete. This exclamation mark usually makes you rethink things. You normally become more aware of your body, you learn a bit more about yourself, your limitations and revise the strategy you were using in training up to that point. But from here on you can become either more cautious, more inclined to take it easier and focus on a lighter training regimen or it can motivate you to change your approach to training, listen to your body and look for ways to become more training-smart. For Lauren it was the latter.

Only a few days after the surgery, Lauren was back in the gym, training her upper body. Two months later, walking in a cast and with extra care, Lauren got the OK to do her first squat. And that was a real celebration.


INSPIRED BY A FEW AND INSPIRING TO MANY


For regular people, with little or no athletic inclination, it’s quite hard to understand the level of motivation that top athletes have. An old roommate of Lauren’s once asked her why does she train so much. And the answer is an example of typical Fisher thinking:

“My roommate is in a sorority – she doesn’t understand how all I do is eat, sleep and train. But when she saw me on ESPN during the CrossFit Games she said, ‘I finally understand your commitment.’”


Committed and focused, Lauren’s motivation is rooted in the performances of today’s elite women:

“I have the opportunity to train with those girls and I see up close how good they are – competing against them pushes you to a whole new level.”


Being so young is one of the things that makes Lauren easy to look up to for an entire generation of teen girls. As a result of her hard work and rising popularity, she’s inspired other young girls into a life of lifting weights, being healthy and eating more food. Having the honour to hear young girls say her name and mention things like “I want to lift weights and be like Fisher” is another great source of motivation.


COMMITTED TO CROSSFIT


One thing was clear about Lauren Fisher from the beginning. She’s got a deep inner drive and ambition to win. When you see somebody willing to invest 4-6 hours a day in training, each and every day, you know they want to be at the top of the game.

Invictus coach CJ Martin, who trains Fisher often talks about this amazing young girl entering the box daily with a drive and determination to surpass her competition, by putting in all the hard work necessary. Martin’s reminiscence words about the time he saw Lauren compete in the 2012 North Carolina Regionals are something to treasure and remember as the years will go by:

“I saw Lauren compete at 2012 NorCal Regionals – there was a workout with a row, pistols, and very heavy hang cleans. She had three reps remaining and about 10 seconds left to do them. She sprinted to her barbell, did her cleans and crossed the line right before the cap. That told me this girl is going to fight and compete hard.”


LAUREN'S APPROACH TO TRAINING


Lauren trains twice a day. First comes an early morning session, which will consist of accessory work, jerk technique drills using heavy weights. The main lifts Fisher will perform are front squat, jerk and clean, push press, push jerk and drop snatch. There’s also a full gymnastic workout included in the training program, in order to keep her body strong and able to cope with the added stress of weightlifting.


Here’s an example of Lauren’s gymnastic workout:
20 Pull Ups
15 Strict Hand Stand Push Ups
20 Pull Ups
15 Parallette Hand Stand Pushups
20 Pull Ups
30 Kipping Hand Stand Push Ups



The second afternoon session will consist of swimming, running, and other aerobic activities, such as a 2400 m swim (1.5 miles), followed by a 7.5 km run (4.6 miles).


A LESSON TO LEARN


There’s a lesson to learn from each athlete that inspires such greatness. With Lauren, this lesson comes in the form of consistency. She never misses a training session and works hard to prove her worth and passion for the sport. This level of commitment can be applicable in every aspect of life, not just training or CrossFit. If you want to achieve greatness, you need to be willing to put in the hard work.

PROGENEX saw in Lauren this spark of greatness and this is the reason why she takes an honorary place among the elite athletes we choose to team up with.


LAUREN'S FAVOURITE


One of Lauren’s favourite PROGENEX products to use is HYPE. When you work intensively, both physically and mentally, you need to be sure that you’re hydrating properly. Lauren’s go-to hydration product is the HYPE blend, specially formulated to quench thirst and fight fatigue so that you can get an extra edge to focus better and go longer.



Games

Year Place
2017 30th Individual Women
2016 25th Individual Women
2015 13th Team Invictus
2014 9th Individual Women
2013 7th Team Invictus