The 36-year-old has been training as a mixed martial artist for 13 years.
“I fought a lot of tough guys, had a lot of fights,” MacDonald says. “Some of ’em went my way, some haven’t.”
Like CrossFit, MMA requires mental toughness, says the owner of CrossFit Red Deer North, CrossFit Level 1 Seminar trainer and father of four. He says he’s in the best shape of his life and is still getting stronger and faster. He worked so hard to prepare for the Reebok CrossFit Games Open that he feels he’s completely conditioned and ready for his next bout in the octagon.
“In life and in the ring, you’re going to fail. Really, what the true test is how you bounce back as an individual and how you bounce back as a fighter,” MacDonald says. “Are you going to let the bear get you, or are you going to get the bear?”
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Additional reading: Fight Gone CrossFit by Jack Goodson, published April 8, 2011.