STRONG Woman to Watch: CrossFit Athlete Kate Gordon

CrossFit Athlete and Founder of CFK Programming, Kate Gordon, interviews exactly how she speaks on social media: honestly, openly and to the point. 

Renowned for her huge lifts and ability to entertain a crowd, the two-time CrossFit Games competitor put both on display at the recent Torian Pro semifinal, hitting an 111kg clean and jerk with relative ease

SFMA sat down with her to find out how.

Image credit @benywatson

ON HOW I FOUND CROSSFIT

I enjoyed going to the gym but wanted to try something different, so I did a drop in at my local CrossFit affiliate. It was a complete departure from anything I had done before. The friendly environment alone was a far cry from my experiences at your average ‘globo gym’.

ON MY ‘SECRET’ TO LIFTING HEAVY ON THE BIG STAGES

No secrets! I’ve always had muscle, having enjoyed gymnastics and martial arts as a kid. I’ve also always been confident in front of crowds thanks to years and years spent as a dancer.  I’m not unique – I’ve just been lifting consistently for a decade!

ON MY BIGGEST LESSONS FROM THE CROSSFIT GAMES 

I sprained my ankle really badly on day one of the 2019 CrossFit Games and so had to compete for rest of the weekend with an injury. One of the events included a six kilometre ruck run with my team. That experience taught me the true meaning of mental toughness!

ON THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FOR FEMALE CROSSFIT GAMES ATHLETES

You need money and you need time. But I would argue that there is no one single challenge for anyone who competing in CrossFit at a higher level – it’s a lot of little challenges and obstructions that happen along the way.

ON MY TOP PIECE ADVICE FOR YOUNG ASPIRING ATHLETE

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. 

ON MY GREATEST CHALLENGE

There’s no one single challenge that I have had to face – the reality is that I had to face challenges every day. But deciding to go to the gym every day is probably one of the hardest. There’s always a voice in your head trying to talk you out of it. The secret is to consistently do the hard things that you just don’t want to do; slowly, it gets easier. 

ON MY DEFINITION OF STRONG

Being strong means you do not criticise yourself or beat yourself up for what you can’t do today – you just try again tomorrow. And the day after that, and the day after that… 

ON MY DAY ON A PLATE

I rotate between chicken, red meat and fatty fish (mostly salmon) each week, and then I load up on colourful veggies #eattherainbow. I also eat a ton of carbs in the form of rice, potato, pasta and bread. I listen to my cravings and have treats almost daily.

I eat intuitively for 70 per cent of the year and track my macros roughly twice a year.

ON MY SUPPLEMENTS

ATP’s Venus E-Tox, chasteberry, hydrolyzed beef liver, magnesium, turmeric and vitamin D.

image credit @rossfortephotography

ON MY TRAINING

I train one to two hours per day, four to five days per week. When I’m competing, I train at least 10 hours per week. During my offseason, it’s usually more like five. 

ON MY FAVOURITE LIFTs

Snatch and deadlift. 

ON MY FAVOURITE BENCHMARK WORKOUT

Nasty Girls: three rounds for time of 50 air squats, seven muscle ups and 10 hang power cleans.

ON MY MOST HATED TRAINING

There is nothing I hate to train specifically, but I do hate training alone. Your training environment is one of the most important things, whether you are a recreational exerciser or a competitive athlete. 

ON WHAT’S NEXT FOR ME IN 2021

I’m aiming to complete a half Ironman in November. 

Kate Gordon hitting a remarkable 111kg Clean and Jerk at the recent Torian Pro

Keto super powder
About Katelyn Swallow 36 Articles
Katelyn Swallow is a journalist, editor and communications professional based in Perth. She is the Editor-in-Chief of STRONG Fitness Magazine Australia, the previous editor of Women's Health and Fitness magazine, and a regular contributor to STRONG in the US.