Ben Smith's journey to becoming the "Fittest Man on Earth" began with workouts in a storage room at his family's home. Appropriately modest surroundings for someone who would rather extol the virtues of his sport than receive individual praise for becoming the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games champion in California late last month. "I just want to bring it to as many people as I possibly can," Smith said of CrossFit training. The 25-year-old earned the CrossFit title on his seventh try. His quest started while he was playing baseball at Great Bridge High School and looking for ways to reach the majors. One of his early workouts is called "Cindy" - continuous rounds of five pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats for 20 minutes. Afterward, he dripped with sweat as he lay on the floor exhausted. He loved it.
"Nothing I'd found to that day was that hard," he said.
Smith graduated from Great Bridge in 2008.