Richard John Buzzard is an athlete from Nottingham who hopes to compete in the CrossFit Games. His interest in sport started at a young age and through his schooling in Los Angeles, US, he played hockey. He started to get interested in CrossFit 18 months ago. The CrossFit Games are the world’s premier test to find the fittest people on Earth. They involve a grueling test for the world’s toughest athletes and, since its inception in 2007, have become one of the fastest growing sports in America.
Richard says he enjoys the challenge because CrossFit is not about specializing in one sport or discipline. It’s about being good at everything. In 2013 he took part in the qualifiers for the CrossFit Games but didn’t get through. This has made him all the more determined to succeed.
What have been the proudest moments of your career history to date?
Recently I performed in a competition in Manchester and was placed 22nd out of 50 competitors which was pretty good.
What are your fitness plans for this next year?
Currently I’m placing a huge focus on the strength aspect of my training because that is where I need to make the most improvements.
This is combination of gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting and body weights like push-ups and pull ups.
Do you have you heart set on any particular goal for the future?
CrossFit Games are the Olympics of the sport and obviously the dream is to win it.
But in the near future, my next competition will be the qualifiers for “The Athlete Games” in 2015 in Manchester which is setting the bar pretty high.
This competition will see athletes from across Europe and even the USA, all competing for a $40,000 prize. After everything I’ve learned this year and how much I’ve improved in every area of my training I am extremely excited for next years competition season.
Which Deluxe product would you recommend to others and why?
I use everything – protein, casein, whey, CLAs, Glutamine, you name it. Without a doubt I couldn’t have made it through the season without all these incredible supplements.
The way I take them is slightly different to other athletes I know. I set them all out and mix them all together into one shake.
This power shake has definitely made a big difference especially with my recovery. It’s given me an ability to train more.
What do you value above anything else and why?
My family. My parents gave me life and made me who I am. They are very supportive of all my decisions.
Which person has influenced you most in your life?
My mum. She has fought cancer a few times and is still beating it.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
My head coach once sent me an email and used a word that was absent from my vocabulary. I had to look it up. It was “virtuosity”. He told me to pursue my training with virtuosity. He meant for me to display mastery, craftsmanship and aptitude in all I do. This was advice I try to use in all my training.
What is on your bucket list that you haven’t got round to doing yet?
I am not one of those people who just has a dream and never attempts to live it. I actively pursue my bucket list. I’ve swum with sharks, been to see the pyramids in Egypt and now I want to attempt skydiving.
I also plan to see the Northern Lights.
What is your perfect way to unwind on a weekend?
I like to do some kind of active recovery exercise. In summer that’s wakeboarding and now its mountain biking.
Not many people know this about me but….
I was born in England. I sound American and I lived there for quite sometime but I am British by birth.