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Training / June 2021
Danielle Rines, Reebok Editorial

Get to Know American Weightlifter CJ Cummings

Cummings shares his pre-competition mantra, most embarrassing memory and the sport he’d play if he wasn’t a lifter.

When you first meet CJ Cummings, you instantly recognize a sense of calm about him. He’s cool, collected and somewhat soft-spoken at times; not quite what you might expect from a global champion weightlifter. Cummings may not be the loudest in the room or the gym, but he doesn’t need to be – his achievements speak for themselves. At just 21 years old, Cummings has accomplished more than most athletes achieve in their entire careers. He is an international champion, a six-time world champion and record setter and he’s headed to compete in Japan this summer. 
 
Weightlifting is something that runs in the family. Cummings is the youngest of five and it was one of his older sisters that introduced him to lifting at 10 years old.  He and his current coach started training in a middle school gym in his hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina. Before he turned 13 he says he lifted double his body weight and was the youngest to ever do it. That moment was a pretty clear indication that lifting was in his blood and he had a big career ahead of him. For Cummings, weightlifting is a true passion. He says that if you love something you just keep showing up, keep learning and getting better.

 

As a globally renowned weightlifter, Cummings produces a lot of notable stats. But what about the man and athlete himself? Well, he’s just as impressive as you’d expect. His “just another day in the gym” mantra and clear head is what sets him apart, allowing him to surpass his opponents. He also likes action movies, is a French fry fan on cheat days, his favorite color is gold, and while he may have a no-stress demeanor about him, he still sometimes feels the pressure during competitions. (Nice to know he’s not a total superhero.) 
 
In the video above, Cummings shared more of his favorite things and played a game of “This or That”. Spoiler alert: he’s a slides guy. Click play to get to know him more.
Training / June 2021
Danielle Rines, Reebok Editorial