• Interview With CrossFit Games Competitor Marcus Hendren

    October 3, 2013

    Remember when I had the opportunity to interview Christmas Abbott by email—thanks to the nice people from the Spartan World Championships? Well, I also had the chance to interview CrossFit Games competitor (and farmer), Marcus Hendren. (He placed 7th and 6th, respectively, in the 2012 and 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games.) Marcus seems like such a cool guy. Here’s our Q & A!


    What did you eat for breakfast today?

    Sweet potato hash with spinach and four eggs. Smoothie with blueberries, peanut butter, bananas, chia seeds, coconut milk and honey.

    I know you grew up on a farm. How did that experience influence your diet today?

    It wasn’t until I left the farm that my diet really changed. Before I left I had a typical farmers diet: lots of meat, potatoes, bread and desserts. Now I’m much more conscious about what I eat. I try to follow Glassman’s diet recommendations as close as possible.

    When preparing for the Spartan World Championship, what did a typical training week look like for you?

    About an hour and a half of CrossFit, 5-6 days a week.

    What’s your favorite memory from last year’s CrossFit Games?

    The zig-zag sprint! I felt like that event was made for me.

    I know your family struggled to accept your CrossFit career. How do they feel about it now?

    It’s much better than it was before. Both my parents came out to California to support me this year and I’m grateful. Small steps :)

    What’s your biggest CrossFit “goat?”


    What’s the hardest CrossFit WOD you’ve ever done?

    Mentally, that half marathon row is something I’ll never forget. Physically, my legs have never hurt as badly as they did after the rope climb/sled push WOD from 2012.

    What’s your best advice for someone who wants to take CrossFit to the next level?

    Make sure you’re still having fun! Don’t forget that this is just a game. It’s easy to get lost in the race toward the next competition. Slow down an enjoy the journey.

    Besides CrossFit, how do you enjoy spending your time?

    Still looking for hobbies outside of CrossFit to capture my attention. On those rare rest days when I finish work early I really enjoy slow evenings doing absolutely nothing.

    What’s something people would be surprised to hear about you?

    People would be surprised to hear I spent a good portion of my summer selling vegetables out of the back of my truck and playing Pokemon on a game boy.

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    { 20 comments… read them below or add one }

    Corrie Anne October 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I would definitely buy some vegetables from him. Lol.


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Haha! :)


    Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream October 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Yea, what a hunk! That’s so awesome that you got to interview him (& Christmas!)! I like that he reminded everyone it’s supposed to be just for fun – sometimes things become so competitive! :)
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com


    Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind October 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    He sounds super intense! A rowing half marathon? That sounds utterly awful.


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    That’s what all of the individual competitors did at the CrossFit Games this year. It took them hours to finish!


    Annette@FitnessPerks October 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    That is quite the breakfast!

    And wow–a half marathon row? Dang.


    Ashley October 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    OK — so I’ve known he’s good looking, but cool too? That’s almost unfair.


    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves October 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Fascinating info on Marcus! Thanks for sharing another great interview. His breakfast sounds epic! I also love his advice about making sure to still have fun with CrossFit.


    Annie @ herightfit October 3, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    The Pokemon thing makes me laugh. Boys will be boys.


    michelle kim October 3, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    HAHAHA love the last Q&A. Fun interview :)


    Amanda Sutherland October 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    What a cutie! :) I love your interview questions, you really take the time to think of good one and they aren’t just your everyday boring questions that are always asked! It is probably refreshing for the athletes too. Good job.


    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats October 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Lol that is so funny about selling vegetables and playing Pokemon :)


    Melissa October 3, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Forgive my ignorance, which Glassman diet does he follow? Kerri Glassman or Greg Glassman?


    Tina October 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Greg Glassman, founder of CrossFit! 😄


    Rachel October 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Marcus Hendren is totally my CrossFit crush. So happy to read this interview! :)


    Karen October 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I just saw on tv a scene in the Crossfit Games and I think it was you. The ladies were doing thrusters and leg less rope climbs and then the show went into a mini montage as they explained the method behing thrusters. I swear there was a shot if you doing thrusters. Could that be?


    Tina October 4, 2013 at 6:29 am

    It’s not me. I didn’t compete at the Games, but thank you for thinking that I did! ;)


    She Rocks Fitness October 3, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I like when you do these interviews and weirdly I’m always intrigued by what they eat breakfast. I’m such a foodie dork! He’s definitely nice to look at… ;)


    miranda October 4, 2013 at 3:24 am

    I love his face expression .. looks funny & yummy…


    Becky @ Life Outside The BOX December 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I love these interviews with CrossFit athletes. Being a CrossFitter myself, I’m always curious to know what goes behind their success!


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