Haley Adams

Haley Adams went from CrossFit up-and-comer to competing with the sport's elite.

In a matter of two years his trajectory was meteoric. He participated in the finals of the Games 2019, where only 10 athletes made it. In 2020, he again qualified for the Games finals, where only 5 athletes in total participated.

The American CrossFit athlete won the 2018 CrossFit Games in the teen category.

Age: 23 17/12/2000
Height: 1,70 m
Nationality: American
Place of birth: Lexington, North Carolina
Weight: 63.5 kg
Instagram: haleyadamssss
Affiliate: CrossFit Mayhem

who is haley adams

Adams is part of the first generation of athletes known as CrossFit natives. This is the name given to those CrossFitters who have not had a professional career in another sport.

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CrossFit was officially founded in 2000, just one year before Adams was born. CrossFit competitions were first established in 2007 and athletes such as Mat Fraser or Tia-Clair Toomey came from other disciplines such as weightlifting or running. However, Adams has grown as an athlete by dedicating himself exclusively to CrossFit.


New trainers

Haley Adams met Josh and Hayley Murillo at Semifinals 2023 and from that point on they began corresponding and Adams traveled to Malibu, California, where her new coaches reside. They invited her to lunch and asked her many questions. If she wanted to compete again, what weaknesses she had been training lately, most of Adams' answers were, "I don't know."

One of the things Adams was clear about was that he did not want a training camp with other PRO athletes.

Adams asked his new coaches how they would plan his training, and they assured him that they would focus primarily on strength work, bodybuilding and strongman. In addition, Josh sent him a very detailed 12-week outline of his training and progressions, Adams confessed that he had never had anyone share anything like this with him before.

Adams trains at 460 Fitness (CrossFit) in Virginia combined with a bodybuilding gym 3 times a week to gain strength.

Josh and Hayley train actors, directors and singers in the Los Angeles area, but moved to Virginia to train Adams. Hayley Murillo has competed in CrossFit making it to Regionals several times.

Adams admits that if it weren't for his new coaches he probably would have given up CrossFit. They have given him back his confidence and ability to believe in his possibilities.

His goal for 2024 is to reach Games and be happy competing.

Leaves Mayhem and returns to Virginia

Despite her departure from Mayhem, we saw Haley train again in Cookeville. It seemed that the two sides had found peace, but finally the athlete announces her return "home" to Virginia, the place she left at age 17.

"There came a time when training with other Elite athletes stopped being fun. I'm very competitive and at all times it felt like I was competing, something that ends up affecting your mind."

Haley explains that she met Josh and Haley, her new coaches, and they are the reason she has regained her desire to compete.


Announces its return

In December he uploads a photo to Instagram in which he appears on the CrossFit Games track and uses some watches in the message, hinting that his comeback was approaching.

haley adams 2024

Not participating this season

The athlete has announced on her Instagram account that she will not participate this 2023 season.

"I will be stepping away from competing this season and, as sad and difficult as it is to make this decision, I am equally excited to find out who Haley is again. I will use this time to work on myself, both mentally and physically, so that I no longer hold myself back. This isn't just a new chapter, it's a new book. The return of 2024 is going to be big."

Leaves Mayhem

Leakage of athletes in Mayhem. After Andrea Nisler and Taylor Williamson announced their departure from Mayhem, we have learned that other athletes such as Argentina's Sasha Nievas and Haley Adams are leaving Cookeville.

Haley has shared a story on Instagram which reads:

"Being alone is better than being with people who don't value you."

Other signs of this outcome:

  • Mayhem has released a video from Games 2022 and Haley does not appear.
  • Mayhem is deleting comments asking about Haley.
  • Haley has unfollowed Mayhem on Instagram.


Strength work

Adams has decided not to participate in any off-season competitions (ROGUE Invitational and Wodapalooza 2023) to improve one of his major weaknesses, weightlifting.

CrossFit Games 2022

Despite a good start to the competition, in which it won the first wod She was 9th on the bike and put on the leader's jersey, her final result was 9th.

Syndicate Crown

She won the first edition of this Semifinal, which earned her a ticket to the CrossFit Games. She did not get off to a good start with a 23rd place in the barbell complex, but was in the top 3 in the other 5 events.


She started the year competing on a women's team with CrossFit Mayhem teammates Andrea Nisler and Taylor Williamson at Wodapalooza 2022. They finished second with 3 event wins and top 4 finishes.

20215th in the CF Games

Finished 5th in the 2021 ROGUE Invitational.

Finished 5th at the NOBULL CrossFit Games 2021. She continues to show notable weaknesses in weightlifting, which penalizes her in the final score.

Her second place finish at Mid Atlantic CrossFit 2021 earned her a pass to the CrossFit Games 2021. She was the closest competitor to the "unbeatable" Tia Clair Toomey.

In this competition he improved his record of snatch PR and his new PR is 84 kg. His previous PR was 82 kg.

2020 – participates in the most exclusive Games in history

After the on-site phase of the Games at the Ranch becomes the 4th fittest woman in the world.

She participated with an ankle injury to which she added an intestinal virus after the first day of competition. She spent a very difficult first night without eating or getting enough sleep.

We learned all this after the competition and the athlete never used it as an excuse. She continued to fight and give 100% in every event. We saw her bleed a lot after hands open on the pull-ups of the last WOD, Atalanta.

Seeing her in the games with those bloody hands and all she accomplished. She's a psycho.

Rich Froning - Haley's coach

Injury before Games 2020

2 weeks before the CrossFit Games, Mayhem held a fundraiser and Haley participated in the trail run, knowing it might be a little risky.

Unfortunately, Haley tore ligaments in her ankle and thought she would not be able to compete in the CrossFit Games.

injury haley adams

Adams competed in the online phase of the CrossFit Games 2020 and qualified for the in-person finals, where only 5 spots were available.

2019Made it through the final cut

Adams finished 6th overall at the CrossFit Games in her first year competing as an individual elite athlete.

One of his weak points is weightlifting. We were able to see it on event 8, a clean ladder, of the Games 2019. The first weight presented to the athletes was 97.5kg.

Adams did not even attempt the lift, convinced that she could not lift the weight and probably preferring not to risk the rest of the competition.

2018 – Fittest Teen on Earth

In October 2018, her coaches recommend a move to Cookeville, Tennesse, to join the CrossFit Mayhem team owned by CrossFit legend Rich Froning.

The 2 reigning champions of the Games, Mat Fraser, Tia Clair Toomey, and other top athletes from around the world were also living and training there.

In 2018, at the age of 17, she becomes The Fittest Teen on Earth after winning 9 out of 11 CrossFit Games events in the youth category. Then he dared to assure that in 5 years he would win the adult CrossFit Games. His prediction did not come true and he did not participate in the CrossFit Games 2023.

haley adams age

2016 – 2017

Adams finished second in both years in the Teens category of the CrossFit Games.


He started practicing CrossFit.

Adams Stats

Movement / WODStats
Back Squat115 Kg
Front Squat104 Kg
Clean & Jerk93 Kg
Snatch79 Kg
Deadlift136 Kg
5k run20:04


YearCrossFit GamesCompetitionsOpen

1st Syndicate Crown
2º Wodapalooza (Team)

20215th2nd Mid-Atlantic CrossFit10ª
20205th Wodapalooza32ª
20192nd Reykjavik
7th Strength in Depth
20181st (Teen)11th Regionals2nd (Teen)
20172nd (Teen)14th Regionals1st (Teen)
20162nd (Teen)1st (Teen)


Haley drives a Porsche Macan because her grandparents have always owned Porsche Macan cars and she has grown up with them.

Who coaches Hayley Adams?

The American athlete has worked with several coaches:

Tasia Percevesz

Within Rich Froning's Mayhem factory, Tasia was the person in charge of following up with Adams.

We have seen her accompany the athlete to all competitions and she is the person who carried her programming.

tasia percevecz haley adams

Chris Hinshaw is another of her coaches. We know him for specializing in aerobic capacity and coaching athletes such as Fraser, Khrennikov, Froning and many more.

Hinshaw comments, "Haley is a very well-rounded athlete because of the way she has trained over the years and this makes it easy for her to see her progress. She is able to follow programs at the level of the greatest athletes and her attitude makes her one of the best athletes in the world. Adams wants to train, loves to train and is not afraid of getting hurt."

haley adams crossfit games

Bullying at school

Adams had to drop out of school because of derogatory comments from boys about her muscularity. According to the athlete's account at school they would grab her biceps and tell her that girls shouldn't have muscles. "I didn't want to be in that environment for another minute, so I left."

It was then that she decided to continue her studies online.

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