James Hobart Explains Why He’s Not Competing in the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

A veteran of eight CrossFit Games, a three-time Affiliate Cup Champion, and former member of CrossFit Mayhem, James Hobart is a fixture in the sport of CrossFit. That’s why it was a little surprising to learn that he’s not planning on competing in this year’s Games. In fact, some are speculating that he’s retiring from competition all together.

He appeared this week on Road to the Fittest, CrossFit HQ’s YouTube show dedicated to commentary and coverage of the CrossFit Games, to discuss his decision to forgo this year’s event, to — in his own words — “give it one last shot.” He explained to Sean Woodland,

I wanted to focus on other things going on in my life, and that’s been going very well. Thankfully competition in the past, and training, I’ve been blessed with it and it’s been very favorable toward me, so it’s OK to step back.

He cites several other reasons too, including that he wants to concentrate on “being a good boyfriend and a good son” and that he’s simply enjoying his role as coach at Reebok CrossFit One. You can watch the full interview below.

There are some also great tidbits in the interview about what he feels are the biggest changes to the sport since he started competing and his pre-CrossFit career.

Again, Hobart came thirty-third worldwide in the CrossFit Open, but when it came to deciding whether or not he’ll compete, he decided that he would only entertain the idea if he finished in the top 3 in his combined region.

Ultimately, he came in sixth, but he’s still going to be involved in the Games — Woodland said in the video that he’s “transferring to the media side of things” and will be appearing in media and giving commentary throughout the 2017 season.

Featured image via CrossFit® on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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