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Sponsored Post: Profiles in Greatness: Wes Piatt, CrossFit Athlete Fights Fire With Fire

Firefighter, Military Airman, and CrossFit warrior Wes Piatt achieves greatness through fitness.


In the spirit of the renowned historical series Profiles in Courage, Quest Nutrition presents “Profiles in Greatness,” a series highlighting individuals whose dedication to fitness influences their quests to be their best. The mission is to discover and share stories that defy statistics of rampant unhealthiness, celebrate physical achievements, and motivate others to live our motto: “Pursue Greatness.” Prepare to be inspired.


AGE: 27

RESIDENCE: Gilroy, California

OCCUPATION: Pismo Beach Firefighter, Owner of Coast Range CrossFit

GREATNESS: Fights Fire with Fire

When the heat is on, the tough get going. Case in point: Heat-blasting firefighter and CrossFit warrior Wes Piatt is a natural-born athlete who got going early with traditional sports. He recalls, “I've always been active, I grew up playing football and baseball, surfing, snowboarding, and rock climbing, but never was into the gym scene.”

Piatt eventually marched his way into the gym in military boots when duty called in 2006. “I joined the military with hopes of giving back a sliver to the country that gives us so much, and I began doing the ‘normal gym thing.’” While serving two overseas tours, Piatt crossed paths with CrossFit, and lit his passion for functional training in 2009. “The crew that my crew relieved [from deployment duty] had posted papers explaining CrossFit workouts at the gym on base. My friend Rambo and I tried the ‘Filthy Fifty’ workout. I’ve never looked back.”

Looking forward, the former member of the U.S. Air Force was driven by a burning desire for two new passions— fighting fires and battling in CrossFit competitions. “When I began my transition from military life to firefighting, I took CrossFit with me. At any moment, I could be in a situation where my fitness could save my fellow brothers and sisters, a civilian, or myself. It not only prepared me physically, but I am more mentally tough than I have ever been. I can hold my composure in the worst situations and continue to work when others would fail or quit.”

While heroism is often ascribed to his past and present occupations, Piatt remains grounded— family fans his flames of motivation into an inferno as he blazes his trail toward greatness.

Meet Wes Piatt.

Define “greatness.”

“I want to be a positive role model for my three nieces and three nephews. I want them to see someone who serves others, is never satisfied and is always striving to be better. I have the ability to not only impact them, but they will impact the next generation. It’s greatness!”

Your fitness/sports motivation?

“I am extremely competitive. To find my limits and to see if I can continue to push that wall further and further back.”

Your weekly training routine?

“I do CrossFit training six days per week: push jerks, deadlifts, box jumps, sprints. I also do one workout dressed in full firefighter’s gear: dragging a dummy up a flight of stairs; carrying a fellow firefighter through a building; or slamming a sledge hammer on a tire for 30 minutes to simulate cutting a hole in a roof.”

Your mental picture while you train?

“At CrossFit Games, I have to compete with some of the fittest men on earth, like Bill Grundler and Adam Peterson. With that in mind, I stay pretty motivated to keep pushing. When I am doing firefighter workouts, I focus on whatever situation I am simulating. I make my training as real as possible, so my mind knows what to do in those situations.”