Lucas Parker AKA “Teen Wolf” is a Canadian athlete known for his CrossFit and weightlifting career. He’s a six-time CrossFit Games competitor hailing from British Columbia.
Throughout his career, Lucas has won four contests at the West Regionals and Canada West, continually finishing among the top 30 competitors in the CrossFit Games. His career-best finish was 14th in 2015.
A CrossFit competitor since 2009, Lucas also took first place at the 2012 and 2013 British Columbia Weightlifting Championships.
This is his story:
“I’ve always been physically active, and I’ve always competed with intensity in some form or another. As a child, I loved to go adventuring with my friends, riding mountain bikes or climbing trees. Through high school I got into rugby, soccer, and karate.”
|Full Name: Lucas Parker|
|185 – 195lbs (83.9 – 88.5kg)||5’8″ (172.5cm)||Canadian||CrossFit and Fitness Athlete|
|Weight||185 – 195lbs (83.9 – 88.5kg)|
|Profession||CrossFit and Fitness Athlete|
- Barbell Back Squat – 490 lbs
- Clean and Jerk – 345 lbs
- Snatch – 291 lbs
CrossFit Contest Stats
|YEAR||DIVISION||OVERALL RANK WORLDWIDE||RANK BY REGION||OVERALL RANK BY STATE||OVERALL RANK BY COUNTRY|
|2017||Men||126th||8th Canada East||—||10th Canada|
|2016||Individual Men||114th||4th Canada West||4th British Columbia||11th Canada|
|2015||Individual Men||216th||6th Canada West||5th British Columbia||18th Canada|
|2014||Individual Men||324th||8th Canada West||—||—|
|2013||Individual Men||408th||6th Canada West||—||—|
|2012||Individual Men||186th||5th Canada West||—||—|
|YEAR||OVERALL RANK||DIVISION||REGIONAL NAME|
|2016||3rd||Individual Men||West Regional|
|2015||1st||Individual Men||West Regional|
|2014||1st||Individual Men||Canada West|
|2013||1st||Individual Men||Canada West|
|2012||2nd||Individual Men||Canada West|
“Since the start of my career in 2011, I believe I’ve been one of the only athletes who consistently takes extended breaks each season (I usually took the entire month after the Games off from training) and I credit this approach for my longevity in the sport.”
Early Youth of Lucas Parker
Lucas was born in Montreal and spent his first few years of life in Spain with his family. He grew up in Victoria, British Columbia, where he “climbed trees, rode bikes, and scraped knees.”
Lucas’ parents exposed him to different stimuli, from intellectual, musical, to physical and contact sports. As a result, Lucas developed both a strong body and mind from a young age.
Throughout his education, Lucas met teachers and coaches who pushed him to reach his goals in different areas of his life. As Lucas said himself, “I met a handful of amazing teachers, coaches, and mentors that pushed me to pursue excellence in every avenue of my life.”
Professional Weightlifting and CrossFit
As Lucas grew older, he developed several passions that he wanted to pursue – among them were weightlifting and CrossFit.
Only a few CrossFit training sessions were enough to convince Lucas to start a career in the sport. In 2009, he set about on becoming a professional CrossFit athlete and weightlifting competitor.
Two years later, Lucas took part in his first CrossFit Games competition. From there, he consistently placed among the top 30 competitors, reaching his peak in 2015 with a 14th-place finish.
Lucas also took part in the British Colombia Weightlifting Championships in 2012 and 2013, where he took 1st place on both occasions.
Lucas trains 2-3 hours per day, split into two workouts. In his first workout, Lucas focuses on muscle stretching, warm-up, joint preparation, and core activation.
“I’ll focus on different exercises or reps, but my warmup always takes 40-60 minutes, with lots of joint prep and core activation thrown in to guard against injury.”
Lucas’ second workout is much more intense than the first one. This is where he does a lot of high-intensity cardio and weightlifting, such as swimming, sprinting, barbell squats, and deadlifts.
Lucas is extremely strict about how he eats. His diet is based on calorie-dense foods which not only give him the energy to push through his ‘grueling’ workouts, they also fuel his body with vitamins and minerals that maintain his overall health.
However, eating a ‘strict’ diet doesn’t always equate to calorie restriction in Lucas’ eyes. As he says; “I am very strict about how I eat – just not in the way most people think. Generally, folks associate nutrition with restriction; avoid this, avoid that.
You can be eating all the kale and free-range chicken in the world, but if you are not putting enough energy in your body, you will not see the gains you want as an athlete. So, what I’m saying is, I’m not afraid of a cheeseburger or a bagel every now and then.” – Lucas Parker
What we can learn from Lucas Parker
Lucas Parker always had an interest in keeping healthy and fit, but it wasn’t until he discovered CrossFit in 2009 when he found his true passion.
Learning from other coaches and mentors, he managed to feed his ‘hunger’ for personal growth and success. Over the years, he became a renowned CrossFit Games athlete and weightlifting competitor.
With a lifelong approach to physical exercise and healthy lifestyle, Lucas serves as an example for everyone who wants to look better and improve their lives through weight training.