Jelle Hoste was born on 24/06/1995 in Roeselare, Belgium. He is a full-time IT consultant with Delaware and a parttime CrossFit athlete. Sports have been a big part of his life. It started with soccer, fitness and running, but judo was the first sport he really fell in love with. For more than 14 years he practiced judo, was part of the national team during his studies and managed to win some national titles.
In 2016 Jelle got to know CrossFit for the first time. A new box “CrossFit Kortrijk” came into town and a friend told him it might be a good sport in addition to his current training routine. One month later he was already competing for the first time. The result was not what he wanted it to be, but it made him very hungry to get better, stronger, faster, and fitter.
Starting CrossFit at the age of 21 is pretty late, but how hard can it be throwing around with things that don’t fight back… Jelle was used to train hard and loads of volume at the time he started CrossFit. In the beginning his focus was mastering every movement and working on his mobility.
Competing is in his blood. After winning some competitions in the Benelux, he signed up for the French Throwdown and took 2nd place in the RX category. From this moment he dedicated his life to the sport. He won his first national title, qualified himself for the CrossFit Games in 2020, but then the covid-19 pandemic engulfed the world.
The was no competition, no gym to train, no community, nothing… But the grind continued in his attic. After almost two years without competition his first peak moment was the Marseille Throwdown. As he took home the silver medal, he was convinced that he was on the right track. Two months later he participated in the Madrid Championships. This was his biggest competition so far and he participated with no expectations at all. After three days of war, he managed to take third place in a field of professional athletes.
Now he is excited to see what next season will bring and is still looking for ways to optimize his training environment.