“The image we have of this sport is of American bodybuilders running fast, jumping high and lifting heavy weights, but that only represents 1% of those who practice. There are 13,000 clubs in the world and 200,000 members in France ”, notes Maxime Guyon, 43, with impressive build and crowned with a title of World Crossfit Master 40-44 champion won at the end of July in Madison, in Wisconsin.
It is the first time that a Frenchman has won this title individually and it was also his first participation in this final of the world championship. “I had won the biggest European competitions without being able to qualify for this final, partly because I did not have the equipment to train in traditional gyms”, specifies the athlete of Rennes origin, who has just moved with his family to Pont-l’Abbé (29), for the quality of life.
It is a sport that involves different sporting and mental qualities: endurance, strength, explosiveness, balance, surpassing oneself and resilience
He discovered the discipline five years ago and now trains in Quimper Crossfit club. “It is a sport that involves different sporting and mental qualities: endurance, strength, explosiveness, balance, surpassing oneself and resilience. The goal is to be better than yourself, you don’t compare yourself to others, ”he describes.
Adapt to the unexpected
This sport originated in the 1970s in the United States. It is on the program for the preparation of soldiers and even top athletes, but has also been developed to increase physical performance useful in daily life. During the three days of competition, from July 27 to 29, there were three events per day. “The advantage is that they are given at the last moment and it is up to us to adapt to the unforeseen”, appreciates Maxime Guyon.
In its category, out of 20,000 candidates, 20 were selected, the majority of whom were Americans. “I kept good contacts with some of them, because when the barriers fall after the effort, it creates strong bonds. It’s ultra-complete and we end up rinsed, ”says the man who made a professional turn after 21 years in the gendarmerie.
Values to be transmitted
If his ambition is to defend his title next year, Maxime Guyon has also set himself the goal of participating in a great mid-season competition in January in Miami and is looking for partners to support him. He also strives to transmit the values of solidarity, mutual aid and surpassing oneself that he finds in this sport. “I am helping a friend to set up a second chance school in the Lorient region for young people with academic and societal disruption. It should open at the beginning of November with twelve young people and we are in the process of going through recruitment interviews, ”describes Maxime Guyon.
A project in which he invests himself by bringing his skills, the idea being to run bootcamps using a natural training method created by Georges Hébert, a former naval officer. “My interventions will be occasional for the moment but it is important to make these young people understand that alone we go quickly, but that together we go further”, explains the one who is also a trainer at the national sailing school of Quiberon ( 56).