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Meet Népra Team Athlete Iiro Sissonen


Birthday: 1989

Where are you from: Tampere, Finland

Sport: CrossFit

When did you start: 2013

Instagram: @iiroakseli

How & why did you start:

I used to play ice hockey, and I did various other sports too in my youth. Before starting with CrossFit, I went to the gym with my friends for a year and a half. I also went to kettlebell and spinning classes, but I started to feel I want to get a bit more out of the workouts. In the beginning, the diversity of movement got me interested in CrossFit. Soon, I noticed I wasn’t in as good shape as I thought, and it took some time to learn all the movements and right techniques such as snatch, kipping pull-ups, and double unders. As soon as I gained confidence with the techniques, I got interested in competing. I competed in a team competition in 2014 for the first time.

Your coolest sport memory:

One of the best memories is the Winter War in 2018, where I won two heats and ended up in the top 5 in those events. Last year, we won silver in European Championships in indoor rowing team relay.

Your biggest goal:

I want to do my best with fatherhood and be the best possible dad for my daughter. I love to train, but I don’t have specific competitive goals. I want to stay healthy and, when possible, try to qualify for competitions.


I don’t have a motto.

  1. My profession is sports massagist.
  2. Runeberg cakes are my passion. I compare and rate them every year.
  3. My daughter called me Tito when she was 1-2 years old.
  4. I’m originally from Suomussalmi.
  5. I used to play ice hockey for 17 years.
  6. My first occupation is from cooking.
  7. I cycle 4500-5000km per year, and I even bring my daughter to the daycare by bike.
  8. My military rank is reserve lieutenant.
  9. Every evening I read 15-30min before I go to sleep.
  10. I have a smoothie for breakfast every morning.
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