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Colten Mertens

Colten Mertens Age

26

Colten Mertens Height

64 in

Colten Mertens Weight

180 lb

Colten Mertens Country

United States

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Introduction to Colten Mertens

Colten Mertens is not just an extraordinary CrossFit athlete; he is a true testament to resilience, strength, and dedication. Despite facing significant health challenges, Mertens has showcased exceptional performances in the CrossFit arena, making him a standout figure in the community.

Early Life and Background of Colten Mertens

Colten Mertens’ journey into the world of CrossFit is rooted in his early life’s experiences with sports and farming. Having engaged in wrestling and football during his high school years, Mertens developed a profound appreciation for physical fitness and discipline. His transition to CrossFit was a natural progression, fueled by his competitive spirit and a desire to push his physical limits.

Colten Mertens’ CrossFit Journey

Mertens’ CrossFit journey is a compelling narrative of determination and passion. After earning a finance degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2020, he returned to his family’s farm. However, his commitment to CrossFit did not waver, as he continued to train rigorously, often for five hours a day in his garage gym. This dedication paid off as Mertens made his mark in competitions such as the Granite Games and the CrossFit Games, rapidly ascending the ranks from a team competitor to an individual contender.

Competitive Achievements of Colten Mertens

Mertens’ competitive record is impressive, with notable performances across several CrossFit Games seasons. His resilience was particularly evident in 2023, when, despite being diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease that attacks tissues around the eyes, brain, and spine, he made an astonishing recovery. Just three weeks after his hospital discharge, Mertens was back competing and even clinched a first-place finish at the CF Circus partner competition. His journey through the 2023 CrossFit Open to the Games underscored his incredible capacity for recovery and his unwavering commitment to fitness and health.

Personal Life and Resilience

Colten Mertens’ personal life, especially his battle with a rare autoimmune disease, highlights his extraordinary resilience. Diagnosed with MOG antibody disease, which causes inflammation in the optic nerve, spinal cord, and/or brain, Mertens faced an uncertain future in CrossFit. Yet, his spirit remained unbroken. Returning to basics and listening to his body, Mertens made a remarkable comeback, adapting his training to ensure he remained at peak performance without exacerbating his condition. His story is not just about athletic achievement but about overcoming adversity through sheer determination and strength of will.

Colten Mertens embodies the spirit of CrossFit – a relentless pursuit of personal excellence, resilience in the face of adversity, and an unwavering commitment to health and fitness. His journey from the farm to the CrossFit Games, his battle with autoimmune disease, and his competitive successes make him an inspirational figure in the CrossFit community and beyond.

Colten Mertens benchmarks

Squat: 555 lb
Clean: 335 lb
Snatch: 275 lb
Deadlift: 545 lb

Colten Mertens stats

CompetitionRankPercentileEntrantsDivision
Games 20231855%40Men
North America West Semifinal 2023886%60Men
Individual Quarterfinal 20235899%7963Men
Open 2023399%169449Men
CrossFit Games 20223219%40Men
Granite Games 2022486%30Men
Individual Quarterfinals 20227299%7274Men
Open 2022499%154815Men
Games 20213122%40Men
Granite Games 2021583%30Men
Individual Quarterfinals 20213299%8011Men
Open 20211899%137461Men
Open 202010899%133874Men
Open 201940399%195562Men
Open 201843499%227562Men
Open 2017592397%214519Men

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