Robbie Perovich: Never Satisfied
Second place in the world sounds pretty good, right?
For most people, yes, but it's not good enough for Rob Perovich, who was second behind Shawn Ramirez at the recent CrossFit Games in the men’s 40-44-year-old division.
Not even two weeks have gone by since Madison and Perovich is already thinking about 2018. And he's not shy about his intentions.
“I hope to win the Games and get redemption for what happened this year,” Perovich said.
A love for winning, coupled with a hatred for losing, is something he said has always been in him.
“Ever since I can remember. I always wanted to win. Why? I don't know. My parents never pushed me. I just had the instinct, and if I sucked in a sport I would practice for hours on hours a day to be better,” he said.
“If someone was better than me I would just train and train until I was better. At 6 years old, I was doing this.”
Though Perovich is probably best known for being part of the CrossFit Fraser Valley team—a team who competed at multiple CrossFit Games in recent years—he started the sport with individual Games dreams back in 2011.
During the first ever CrossFit Open workout 11.1—a 10-minute AMRAP of double-unders and snatches—Perovich turned some heads when he posted the fifth best score in the world and the best score in his region. His moment in the sun came to a devastating end the following week during 11.2, though, when he tore his Achilles on a box jump, knocking him out the rest of the season.
After his Achilles injury healed, Perovich turned his attention to his team, who he competed with until the 2015 season. The following year—2016—he competed at the West regional as an individual for the first time.
The second thing Perovich is known for is his huge training volume. He packs into two hours what others pack into an entire week. Though it’s always high volume, he explained his training has changed over the years.
“Like all competitive CrossFitters, we had to get strong in 2012, 2013 and 2014 to be good, which took a big toll on my body," he said about the strength-biased training regime he followed for four years.
"I’ve always been a cardio guy, but (that) took a back seat to (strength training in) the last four years,” he added. More recently, Perovich decided to switch it up a bit because he realized his conditioning is what made him so good in the first place, so he shifted away from strength-biased training in the last six months, which he said has really helped his fitness.
“I feel lighter and faster and my joints don’t hurt as much."
Another training change Perovich is thinking of making moving forward is giving his programming over to a coach.
“I’ve always programmed my own training, but have researched a lot and I’m thinking of hiring a coach this year to help me and just ease my mind of always thinking 24/7 about programming,” he said.
Despite his obsession and the many years he has logged on his body already, Perovich insists he’s still fresh and excited about the sport.
“I don't burnout because I love competition and always have. It’s just in me,” he said.