A few months ago, multi-time Reebok CrossFit Games athlete Emily Bridgers shared her seven year fitness transformation with followers on Instagram, and the photos illustrated just how far even elite athletes come when adopting new lifestyles and sports.
Recently, four-time Games competitor Noah Ohlsen shared his own “before and after” photos, this time covering the span from his first functional fitness competition in 2010 to his first Games appearance in 2014.
Check out the post below; click the arrows on the right and lefthand sides of the Instagram embed to toggle between the photos.
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"Big things start small. The biggest oak starts from an acorn. You have to be willing to let that acorn grow into a little sapling and finally into a small tree and maybe one day it'll be big on its own." // This struck a cord with me while listening to a motivational speech (link in bio) sent to the @peak360fitness coaches by @guidotrinidad. I'm still watering my tree. I hope you are too. From my 1st @crossfit competition in 2010 at 19 years old to my 1st @crossfitgames in 2014 at 23.
In the photos, Ohlsen transforms from a relative CrossFit newcomer at 19 years old to a first-year Games competitor at 23. What changes? Hairstyle, muscle mass, and confidence with weights, sure.
Ohlsen has continued to pack on some size since his first Reebok CrossFit Games appearance over three years ago. Check out a recent shot of the athlete from the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, taken during the Strongman’s Fear event in Madison.
For many fans, Ohlsen seemed to burst onto the Games scene in 2014, but he was a multi-time Regionals competitor — and near Games qualifier — even before that. And while some of his strength numbers held him back in 2012/2013, Ohlsen now excels at both bodyweight and heavy barbell movements.
These days, he’s considered a perennial threat for the Games podium, and he finished in a career-best 5th place at this year’s competition. That’s even more impressive considering he qualified during Regionals while nursing a torn pec.
What do you think the future holds for Noah Ohlsen? Could 2018 be the year he finally breaks through and reaches the top 3 at the Reebok CrossFit Games? Only time will tell, but considering his steady progress over the past seven years, we wouldn’t be shocked to see Noah Ohlsen up there next year.
Featured image: @nohlsen on Instagram