Adrian Conway has always been self-driven to succeed. His early passion for training and dedication to team sports brought him all the way to college football, where he was a running back at Weber State University. In 2008, Conway’s focus on athletic training became a full-time job, and he took on a variety of athletes from 9-year-old tennis stars to those at the collegiate level. In 2013, Conway was hired as a member of the CrossFit HQ L1 training staff and began traveling to different training sites to spread his knowledge and help develop coaches nationwide.
What’s the origin of your nickname, AC Smooth?
I’m not sure the exact origin, but it was from a group of girls in the 7th grade. I guess I was just a smooth 13-year-old.
So we hear you’re tied for the most Games Team victories, how did you become “that” man?
It definitely helped to play team sports growing up, plus understanding human dynamics. Training hard is really important, so I guess you could say being fit is important too.
Mostly, I’m blessed to have fit friends who have always inspired me to be a better version of myself, and somehow, we ended up capitalizing on our time competing together.
What’s the difference in training and experience between competing in the CrossFit Games as an individual and as a team?
On a team, you’re there as a family. You rely on each other. You spend a whole year of training in that same way, and you build memories and experiences.
As an individual, it’s a sort of sweet glory qualifying for the Games. That feeling of knowing you are about to compete against the other 39 fittest men in the world cannot be replaced. It pushes you to see what you’re made of. However, training as an individual can be lonely, and the memories don’t stick quite the same. It’s a different experience when you have those other people to relate to what you’re going through. As an individual, you genuinely have to love that side of the competition. It’s not about ability, but patience and a love for the process.
What motivates you?
When things motivate me, that’s short-lived. I’ve never thrived on motivation; instead I make sure I love what I do. It makes me passionate about the things I pursue, and I find that’s the only reason I’m successful when I do them. Some people need to search for motivation. I’ve never needed it.