Check Out CrossFit Games Athlete Chyna Cho’s Impressive Transformation

Besides actually training and improving every day, what’s the best part of working out or partaking in a strength sport?

Many would argue it’s the act of taking that second to look back on the road they’ve traveled to appreciate their progress. When it comes to strength athlete’s Transformation Tuesday posts, videos, and photos they tend to come in multiple forms. There are those who post the differences in their lifting over a long period of time, aka highlighting increase in their strength and mechanics.

Then, there are the athletes who highlight their physique transformations, which are always nice because they’re a reminder that these elite athletes were once mere mortals like ourselves. The latest Transformation Tuesday post comes from now 6-time CrossFit Games athlete Chyna Cho.

In her post shared on both Twitter and Instagram yesterday, Cho highlights her transformation from 2009 to the present. The post comes along with a message that shares the love for the journey, and how changes don’t happen over night.

Now, if you’re a weathered strength athlete, then you’re probably thinking, “Duh, if you lift consistently over a long period of time, obviously you’ll see results in your lifting and physique.”

We get that, and we agree, but let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that top athletes are sharing the idea and message that changes don’t happen quick, as this is a fundamental lesson to learn for beginners. Without love for the journey and consistent energy devoted to a calculated process, then careers are consistently cut short. And Cho’s not the first CrossFit athlete we’ve written about to post their long-term progress.

This year, Cho finished fourth in the West Regional, which stamped her ticket to her sixth CrossFit Games. Her progress photo above covers a nine year spread, and spending six of them competing at the Games isn’t a bad transformation at all!

Feature image from @chynacho Instagram page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.