Making breakfast isn’t just about eating.
So says Lucas Parker, two-time CrossFit Games competitor from the Canada West Region. Parker is perhaps best known for his beard and body hair, as well as propensity for getting naked or rocking a tuque and Speedo swimsuit.
“I think it’s important to try to find structure and purpose in everything you do—for training for the CrossFit Games to making breakfast,” he says while cooking bacon in his bathrobe.
Parker believes in putting “your whole life into a state of training.” Perhaps that’s why his warm-up takes 45 minutes.
“It’s quite a long process, but I find that for me personally to make sure that my technique is on track and all my muscles are firing properly and to avoid injury, I like to take a nice, long warm-up,” he explains.
It allows him to train high volume at high intensity fairly frequently, Parker adds.
“Or maybe that’s why I’m sore and tired all the time because I spent an extra seven or eight hours a week just warmin’ up, but (that’s) the way she goes.”
This year’s goal: win the Canada West Regional. In the long term: win the Games.
“I wouldn’t be putting so much time and energy into this if I didn’t think I could be the best in the world,” he says.
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Additional photos: The Sport of Fitness: Canada West by Mike Warkentin, published May 11, 2012.