“The only reason that I won that fight was because of CrossFit New England,” says Eric Cusson, a mixed-martial-arts champion and CrossFitter out of CrossFit New England. He says CrossFit gave him the endurance and mental fortitude to win an important tournament.
According to Cusson, CrossFit provides more than a physical benefit. It provides a mental edge. He says he became a fighter and a skydiver to conquer his fears, and he believes CrossFit provides him with the same stimulus. While most of his workouts are standard CrossFit fare, he also asks CrossFit New England owner Ben Bergeron to program fight WODs for him in preparation for the cage.
Cusson says that a CrossFit gym differs from any other gym.
“You come into here and there’s no need for, like, attitudes because at the end of the class everyone’s pretty much going to be on the floor sweating and gasping for air, so you respect everybody,” he says.
In fact, Cusson used to train at a gym five minutes from his house but now embraces a longer commute.
“Now I’m driving like 40 minutes, 45 minutes, to come to CrossFit,” Cusson says. “It’s so worth it.”
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: Fight Gone CrossFit by Jack Goodson, published April 8, 2011.