The Hustle Collection centers around the motivation, dedication, and sacrifice required for athletic competition. In May, RARR will showcase two exceptional athletes, Adam McAdams and Anton Foss, as they compete in the CrossFit West Coast Semifinals in Pasadena, California. These hard working athletes will put their fitness to the test to secure a spot to the CrossFit Games.
Tell us about your athletic background?
Anton: I’ve been active my whole life. I started early in both Wrestling and Football early on, but I was always the small guy, and never really loved either. I then moved on to at home fitness programs for a while like P90X before I found CrossFit. I started CrossFit back in January 2014 when I was in high school, and became obsessed. My whole life revolved around it the last 9 years.
Adam (Mac): I have been involved in sports for as long as I can remember. My parents coached little league baseball when I was younger, which allowed me to play even before meeting the age requirement. Throughout middle school, I played two sports - baseball and football. When I got to high school, I added a third sport to my repertoire. I alternated between wrestling, running track, and engaging in off-season training. Staying active in these activities kept me busy and helped me achieve my ultimate goal of playing college football. I played for the Western Oregon Wolves with a partial scholarship and completed my sports career there, except for one year of playing rugby for the college after my football days were over.
What inspires you?
Anton: I’m inspired by progress. It doesn’t have to be just about the gym and training. I seek to improve in all aspects of my life. Seeing the bigger picture and knowing where I want to be inspires me to improve and level up along the way. Another big one for me is those around me. I’ve had so many people along the way push me, encourage, and support me throughout my journey, and without them it wouldn’t have been possible to get to where I am.
Mac: My motivation to become a top athlete stemmed from those who doubted me. Although I had a passion for sports, coaches often placed me in positions that they believed suited me, rather than what I desired. I was always considered too small or not fast enough, but my determination pushed me to work harder than anyone else. I persevered until I became the best fit for the position. This mindset prepared me for success in college, where I knew obstacles would arise, but I had been trained to overcome anything.
During high school, I had a mentor who never questioned my abilities. His unwavering belief in me made all the difference. To this day, we still communicate, and I'm proud to say he's one of the biggest influencers in my journey to becoming a top CrossFit athlete in the sport.
What does hustle mean to you?
Anton: Hustle is all about moving with a purpose. It’s about doing what’s necessary even when you don’t have the motivation. That purpose is what drives you. Hustle is about giving everything you have to that one goal. Whatever it takes.
Adam (Mac): The term "hustle" encompasses a lot - persevering even when you're exhausted, having faith in the process and staying focused. When circumstances don't align with your desires, you push yourself harder, working into the wee hours, waking up before dawn, and foregoing leisure activities with friends. It's all about visualizing your goals and putting forth the necessary effort without any excuses. Keep hustling until you achieve the precise outcome you're aiming for.