Granite Games 2018 Profile: Travis Mayer Returns After Missing CrossFit

null

After a chance encounter with “Fran,” Travis Mayer feels passionate about CrossFit.

If there’s one thing about Travis Mayer you’ll know right away, it’s that he’s committed to CrossFit. The owner of CrossFit Passion isn’t only in it for the business, either. He’s a four-time competitor in the CrossFit Games and finished in the top 10 back in 2016.

Watch the 2018 Kill Cliff Granite Games LIVE on FloElite!

Mayer missed the cut this year by the slimmest of margins, which many would consider a setback, but he’s become more excited about training and is getting ready for 2019. This coming September, he’ll take a big step when he competes in the Individuals section of the 2018 Kill Cliff Granite Games, held in Minneapolis, Minnesota September 7-9. Don’t forget that you can watch the competition right here on FloElite

Name: Travis Mayer

Age: 27 

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 195 pounds

City: Marietta, GA

Occupation: Gym Owner

Instagram: @tmayer18

Twitter: @travis_mayer

Best Competitive Finishes

CrossFit Games 2017- 12th

CrossFit Games 2016- 10th

CrossFit Games 2014- 28th

CrossFit Games 2013- 18th

Dubai Fitness Championship 2017 – 2nd

FloElite: How did you get into fitness and specifically CrossFit?

Mayer: I was introduced to CrossFit in October 2010 from a friend of mine that showed me videos of Spealler, Khalipa, and Josh Evert at the ranch. After that I tried “Fran” as my first WOD and fell in love with the sport, haven’t looked back since. 

You barely missed qualifying for the CrossFit Games this year after being in it the previous two. So how do you go into the Granite Games from a mental standpoint? Is this "on to the next" or are you looking to redeem yourself?

Each competition is a learning opportunity, and I take something new away from each one. After Regionals, this year I was fired up to get back to training to make some improvements and ensure I qualify next year. Let’s just say I am very excited about this upcoming year! 

Is there a different way to prepare for an event like the Granite Games as opposed to the CFG?

I will keep my training the same as the end goal for me is the Games. However, this is a great offseason competition to test my fitness and see where I am at this point in the season! 

What do you feel you need to work the hardest at or what do you feel you need to improve on the most?

For me it comes down to what goes on between the ears, so I spend a large amount of my time growing and understanding myself and how I can use mental training to take me further.

I saw a post on Instagram about your food prep. Mind sharing some insight on how important nutrition and recovery is for you?

Nutrition is a huge part for me, not only because I love food and eating, but it fuels me in my workouts and helps me recover faster to get back to training. At the end of the day I ask myself, “Did I do everything in my power to be the best version of myself?” Eating and staying on track with my macros is a huge part of that process. 

Does the work get tougher as you get closer to the event or do you find yourself improving and needing to make training more challenging?

My training is typically tough so I usually don’t need to make it more challenging. I trust the training I do all year and plan to go out there and execute on each workout.

How important is having support from your own inner circle when training competitively at the level you're at?

This is really important to me as I train full time. Especially with a wife and two kids, life can get kind of crazy sometimes! She allows me to stay longer at the gym to finish a session and never complains about it. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my family and friends supporting me on this journey! 

Some people will read this and consider taking part in a competition next year. What should they know about training for an event as opposed to training for their own benefit?

Have fun and give it your best, don’t overthink the workouts or movements just give your best and you can walk away keeping your head up high. 

What are the plans for you after the Granite Games? Offseason or preparing for something else?

After the Granite Games I plan to do a local competition with my coaches, followed by the team series with Noah (Ohlsen), then finally I will close out the year competing in Dubai again.

Don't forget to watch the 2018 Kill Cliff Granite Games right here on FloElite!


Roger Lockridge is from Lewisburg, WV. His work has been featured on numerous platforms and magazines in the fitness industry over the last 10 years. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @rocklockridge.

CrossFit Stars Help You Prepare For The Open

Outside of the CrossFit Games, there’s one event that stands alone as the most exciting event on the CrossFit calendar. It’s the CrossFit Open, and the 2019 edition is fast approaching. There are an estimated 500,000 athletes who will be competing from around the world, ranging from teenagers to seniors and from beginners to world champions.

Strength in Depth UK: What You Need to Know

All of the attention in the CrossFit community over the last week or so has been on the upcoming 2019 Open which kicks off on Feb. 21. And for good reason because the Open will play a huge factor in determining who will make the trip to Madison this summer.

Fittest In Cape Town Recap: Davidsdottir, Sweeney Qualify For Games

First it was Dubai followed by Miami and Australia. Then the eyes of the CrossFit community were focused on Cape Town, South Africa. Fittest in Cape Town delivered yet another great event for the 2019 season, and we now have two more names added to the list of CrossFit Games qualified athletes.

Samantha Briggs, James Newbury Win in Australia, Cape Town Next

This series of events that has become known as the “sanctionals” has taken fans around the world as we find out who will compete in the 2019 CrossFit Games. We started in Dubai, then turned our attention to Miami, Florida, and the Australian CrossFit Championships just concluded in Broadbeach, Queensland. Next up would be Cape Town in South Africa but before we look ahead, let’s recap what happened down under.

Patrick Vellner, Tia-Clair Toomey Win WZA & Qualify For CrossFit Games

Wodapalooza 2019 is in the books, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Outside of the weather being a small issue on Sunday morning, the entire weekend was filled with intensity, energy and good competition for all involved. 

Marquan Jones: From The Gridiron To The Weight Iron

There’s a chance you have already seen Marquan Jones show off his athletic prowess on TV. Before he was competing among the world’s elite at the 2018 CrossFit Games, he was catching passes against the best of the ACC as a wide receiver from Clemson.

A Day In The Life Of Wodapalooza Competitor Travis Mayer

While training or watching their favorite athletes compete at an event like the CrossFit Games, many CrossFit fans have had this thought: “What would it be like to train like those athletes?” “What is a day in the life of such an athlete like?” 

2019 Wodapalooza Update: Ohlsen, Mayer Are In, Gauntlet Announced

Here’s the summary of the latest news about the big event in Miami.

CrossFit Games Teen Champion Gabriela Migala: From Krakow To WZA In Miami

The former teen CrossFit Games contender will compete at Wodapalooza.

Chatting With Tia-Clair Toomey About CrossFit, Tennessee, & Her New App

The Fittest Woman on Earth talks about traveling, moving to Tennessee, her new app and CrossFit Changes.