Rebecka Vitesson is a professional CrossFit Athlete that joined The Progrm in 2016.
Where are you living: Denmark, Copenhagen.
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Profession: Full Time CrossFit Athlete
CrossFit Affiliate: Butcher’s Lab
I have two sisters, one at 33 and the other one at 9 years and a little brother at 19 years. My little sister is the most fascinated about what I am doing and always wants to “join me at work”, as she says, when I am visiting my family.
Literally grew up in the gymnastic hall because of my older sister at that point was a Swedish Champion in gymnastics and my mother was the coach.
A lot of hours spent there playing around and trying to be like my sister. I always got told I was too clumsy for gymnastics so at around 10 years old I tried to find my own sport.
I’ve been trying all kind of sports but ended up doing football for around 3 years and basketball for about 5 years total.
When I tried Crossfit for the first time I’ve spent a lot of hours in the fitness center before and attended classes like Bodypump, which had similar movements as in crossfit.
I don’t remember first time, but I remember I was good at it quickly so the made me do Fran RX (one of my first workouts). I remember this so well because it was one of the most horrible things I’ve tried and I got around 9 minutes, HAH!
Max Clean and Jerk: 100 kg
Max Snatch: 83kg, but I’ve got 85kg both from blocks and from hang..
Max unbroken RMU: 10
Quickest 5km Run or Row: I don’t know
Reserve in Team Fabriken 2017 (regionals and Games)
Team Butcher’s lab 2018 (regionals and Games)
Team in Dubai Crossfit Championship 2018
Qualified for Games 2020 (team) in China, Pandaland 2019
Individual sanctionals: French Throwdown 2019, Norwegian Championship 2020 (5th place, one of my best individual competitions).
Hardest workout you have ever done?
There is a few of them, but the one I keep thinking about is the final Team workout at the Games 2018. We did it on the grass and the heat from it made it feel like a sauna. Imagine doing burpees in a sauna when you’re already taxed from the heaviest thrusters in the world.
36-24-12 reps of:
*Lunging with the Worm when advancing.
Choose/Design 1 workout to beat anyone in the World:
It should consist of Ring Muscle-ups, a lot of them, and heavy cleans (anyhow).
Who do you wish was watching you perform at every competition?
Who is your favourite sports hero?
How does being an athlete make you a better person?
It has strengthened my confidence a lot, I am more comfortable with myself. Also learned a lot of mental skills, it has also strengthened my mentality.
Favorite song or playlist:
At the moment it is: Vex Oh (feat. Eight9FLY) with Kaytranada.
Shutter Island, Fight club or Save the last dance.
Best moment in your CrossFit career:
When standing at the European Meridian Regionals floor, listening to which teams being called out for earning their spot to Crossfit Games, and we had no clue how the last event went and what placement we were standing on. Suddenly we can hear, the last and fifth place is… BUTCHER’S LAB. That is the most surrealistic and crazy moment I’ve been part of! But achievements in sport as hitting an unexpected PR or reaching a goal you’ve been fighting for are top moments for me, it’s all something special.
Tips for someone who wants to become a professional CrossFit Athlete:
Search for good support, ask people for help and start following a program that you are 100% dedicated to. Start with some small competitions where you can learn your strength and weaknesses and where you build confident and mental skills. Trust the progress!
What do you tell yourself on days when you feel unmotivated/tired?
“The will to win compares little with the will to prepare to win” is my motto. Every practise count and it’s important to know that not every training can be great, with PR’s or crazy times on the workouts. That makes it able for me to fight through a training session even though I am tired and unmotivated.
What goes through your head before entering the competition floor?
Focusing on the workout and going through how the movements should be done. Trying to calm myself and remind me it’s okay if it is going to hurt, it should.
What are your goals in the close future (6 months – 1 year)?
I want to see how good I can be as an individual athlete. In the near future I want to participate and qualify to several sanctionals and hopefully reach my biggest goal, Crossfit Games.
In the distant future I could see myself build a strong team and compete in some big competitions. Even though I now want to compete as an individual, to find my own fully potential, I love competing in a team.