Born in Târgoviște in 1988 and raised in the humble surroundings of Văcărești village, Dâmbovița County, Severin Irimia’s story is one of unwavering determination and exceptional achievement. Despite his modest upbringing, Severin’s passion for sports was evident from a young age. It was at 18, during his final year of high school, that he began to take his fitness journey seriously, stepping into the world of bodybuilding.
For six years, Severin dedicated himself to bodybuilding, laying a solid foundation of strength and discipline. His encounter with the intense ‘Insanity’ workout around 2009-2010 ignited a love for high-energy training, leading him to explore new horizons in fitness. In 2011, a chance viewing of a CrossFit advertisement on Eurosport sparked his curiosity and marked the beginning of a new chapter in his athletic career.
Balancing bodybuilding and CrossFit training for about a year, Severin soon found himself gravitating more towards the dynamic and challenging world of CrossFit. His dedication paid off in 2012 when he won ‘Strongest Man in the City,’ a competition that celebrates the CrossFit training style. This victory was a turning point, as he then shifted his focus entirely to CrossFit.
Severin’s journey in CrossFit has been nothing short of remarkable. He is a six-time National CrossFit Champion (2017-2022) and holds the honor of being the first and only Romanian to compete in the CrossFit Regionals in 2016. His crowning achievement came in 2019 when he became the sole representative of Romania at the CrossFit Games. His relentless pursuit of excellence continued as he claimed titles in the 2022 Balkan Fitness Challenge, the 2022 European Mixed Championship, and the 2023 European Pairs Championship, alongside a second-place finish in the 2022 World Championship.
Most recently, Severin showcased his enduring skill and passion at the 2023 German Throwdown, where he impressively secured second place. Severin Irimia’s journey from a small village in Romania to the global stage of CrossFit is a testament to the power of dedication, hard work, and the unyielding pursuit of one’s dreams.