Once boldly described by Dave Castro as “the future of CrossFit,” 22 year-old Rogue athlete Justin Medeiros is now your reigning “Fittest Man on Earth,” completing one of the fastest rises in CrossFit history.
Coming off an impressive podium finish at his lockdown-delayed Games debut in 2020, Medeiros didn’t buckle under the much higher expectations that followed him into 2021, nor was he intimidated by the larger field of competitors looking to claim Mat Fraser’s position atop the sport. Instead, the energetic kid from Lodi, California—first recognized for his world class mullet—is now officially recognized as a CrossFit Games champion. Overall, Justin tallied 1234 points across the 15 events in Madison, finishing in the Top 5 in seven of them, and surpassing the best efforts of Canadians Patrick Vellner (1152 points) and Brent Fikowski (1028). Three months later, Medeiros outdueled Vellner again in Austin, Texas, to claim his first Rogue Invitational title, capping an incredible year.
Medeiros was a wrestler and a football player in high school, but he’s also part of a new generation that found CrossFit at a very young age, taking on his first WODs before turning 13. At 18, he was already good enough to finish 15th at the California Regional, and he managed a spot better in the expanded 2018 West Regionals a year later; training in-between classes at Boise State University, where he was majoring in kinesiology. In 2020, with those college courses moving online, Justin opted to relocate to Washington (the state) to workout daily with his coach Adam Neiffer at CrossFit Fort Vancouver. As no coincidence, Medeiros made significant leaps in every category, which ultimately helped the rookie beat a seasoned pro in Noah Ohlsen (560 pts to 540 pts) for a podium spot at the 2020 Games.
Justin’s combination of youthful energy and serious dedication (in other words, “business in the front, party in the back”) give him an almost limitless ceiling on what he can achieve in the years ahead.