James Hobart Returns to Reebok CrossFit® Games Regionals As an Individual Athlete

Newer fans of CrossFit might recognize James Hobart as either the guy in a lot of the exercise demo videos put out by HQ…

Or as a member of CrossFit’s media team, in which he performed various duties like providing color commentary at some of last year’s Regional events and appearing as a frequent guest on Road to the Fittest, CrossFit HQ’s YouTube show dedicated to commentary and coverage of the Games.

But Hobart is a fixture in the sport as an athlete, having competed in eight CrossFit Games. He’s a three-time Affiliate Cup Champion and a former member of the CrossFit Mayhem team.

He hasn’t competed as an individual in four years and he didn’t compete at all in last year’s Games, stating at the time,

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.

Some speculated he was retiring permanently, but in a post just published by the CrossFit Games’ Instagram account, it’s been announced that he’s coming back to individual competition.

@jameshobart , a five-time Games team competitor, member of three championship teams and three-time individual Games competitor, is going back to Individual competition at Regionals for the first time since 2014

[Read more: How to buy tickets to this year’s Reebok CrossFit Games.] 

Hobart himself is yet to comment, but the 32-year-old came 137th worldwide in this year’s Open, with his highest placing as 42nd worldwide in 18.4. In his region — North East — he came 14th, and he is indeed currently listed as a competitor in the East Regional. (Last year, he said he’d only be interested in competing if he finished in the top 3 in his combined region.)

We’re looking forward to seeing how he performs.

Featured image via @crossfitgames on Instagram.

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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