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- Q: Can you tell us about your book, How I Became The Fittest Woman On Earth: My Story So Far, why you wrote it and what people can expect from it?
- You’re now the “Fittest Women on Earth” twice over. Do you ever stop and go, “Wow, this is a bit crazy”? Is it a term you’ve become comfortable with now?
- It’s been interesting to watch the last two Netflix documentaries on the CrossFit Games. You really went through a huge mental shift from start to finish. Where is your mental game at now? Anything you do on a daily basis to stay mentally strong and sharp?
- There’s going to be a lot of people who will want to beat you this year at the Games. What are your thoughts heading into the competition? Anything different from last year?
- What are your thoughts on CrossFit’s various rule changes (doing away with regionals and focusing on health and wellness)?
- Your relationship with your partner Shane Orr obviously comes into the spotlight given he is also your coach. How do you guys navigate your professional and personal lives, do you have any rules with him or things you follow to make sure things stay smooth?
- Anything interesting about your diet or workout regime these days?
- When they make a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
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- The Interview with Katrín
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Tia-Clair Toomey: CrossFit’s ‘Fittest Woman on Earth’ talks training and being a two-time champion
At the age of 24, Nambour, Queensland-native Tia-Clair Toomey won the 2017 CrossFit Games, capping an extraordinary run that saw her finish runner-up twice in a row in heartbreaking fashion.
She followed that up by winning last year as well, cementing herself as the premier female CrossFitter. She recently won the Wodapalooza CrossFit Sanctional, booking her ticket to this year’s Games, and currently sits ninth in the 2019 CrossFit Open after the 19.4 workout.
CrossFit Open 19.5: Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey face-off for the first time in epic showdown
Toomey’s story to world champion is one of redemption, as she finished second at both the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. Her story and personal transformation was featured heavily in both of Netflix’s CrossFit documentaries – 2017’s Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness and The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth, as Toomey went from recurring bouts of self-doubt to a champion’s mentality.
Toomey is also a Commonwealth gold medallist in weightlifting, and is currently in Miami, Florida along with men’s four-time defending champion Mat Fraser for the 2019 CrossFit Open 19.5 live workout announcement, which is on March 21.
CrossFit Open 2019: What is Workout 19.5?
In a sport filled with larger than life characters, Toomey, now 25, is known for her down to earth personality and somewhat quiet demeanour. As she gears up for Madison, Wisconsin and another title defence, she took some time to chat with South China Morning Post about her book, training and mental game:
My book is exactly what the title reads; it shares with the readers the journey that I had taken to get to the top. The main reason why I wrote the book was to inform the readers that, with consistency and strong desire you are capable of anything.
The first year was such a crazy buzz! Though, I have come to certainly embrace the title and I am very proud to be the fittest women on earth. The ladies competition is so fierce at present and that makes the title even more meaningful.
What I believe is that experience trumps confidence. The more I competed and gained experience, the more confident I became and the more I understood my abilities.
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Everyone is competing for the title and I respect them all and will never underestimate them as a competitor. However, I can only control what I do so this year’s goal is to be fitter and better than I was last year.
I really believe with all the changes the sport will grow bigger and better, it will just need some time to iron out the creases. That said, I don’t want to get caught up in all of the likes or dislikes because that will not do me any favours. As long as they are searching or testing to find the fittest on earth, I’ll certainly partake in the events.
CrossFit Open 2019: What is Workout 19.5?
Shane and I are so blessed that we get to “work” and travel the world together. From the very beginning of our relationship, Shane has helped me with my training: track and field, triathlons, weightlifting and CrossFit. He enjoys helping me and I certainly enjoy him by my side.
Anything interesting about your diet or workout regime these days?
The biggest change this year with training is that Mat Fraser and I train together, he has been a tremendous teammate and I am absolutely pumped for the year ahead.
When they make a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
That made me laugh, great question. I just did a quick search on a few actresses to see … I am not sure, who do you think? They may need to add some muscle though.
Secrets of the Fittest Woman in the World
At age 26, Katrín Davíðsdóttir is an Icelandic CrossFit athlete who’s best known for her gritty appearances at the CrossFit Games. She is the women’s champion of the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games, making her one of two women who can claim the title of two-time Fittest Woman on Earth. So when it comes to picking the brain of someone who knows how to win, Katrín is the obvious choice. I just had to invite her on the podcast.
Her book, Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion hit the bookshelves (physical and virtual) in August 2019 and, in all honesty, I was blown away by it. I started reading the book out of sheer curiosity but I kept reading it out of compulsion. Like watching the CrossFit games themselves, I needed to find one what happened next! This isn’t just a book about CrossFit it is a book about mental and physical strength, goal setting, struggle, mindset, motivation, heartbreak and compassion.
In our conversation, I asked Katrín to elaborate on these topics:
- Why they call her the Sled Dog
- How she stays so highly motivated, not only in competition but in her everyday training
- How planning for disaster helps her succeed
- What lessons she can share with us mere mortals who are just beginning our fitness journey.
The Interview with Katrín
Below is a transcript of the conversation. But, as always, I encourage you to listen to the audio podcast version of the interview by pressing the play button at the top of this page.
We began the conversation discussing how odd it is having written a memoir when you are still active in the sport.
Katrín: Now, when people I meet have read the book, they might know something about me that I haven’t told them and they always wonder if they should say that they know it. Should they ask me about it? And I am always like, “Don’t worry about it.”
Brock: Yes. It’s like the way that social media has taken us to a certain level of knowing things about each other’s lives without actually having talked to them.
Katrín: And you might not even have met a person and you feel like you just completely know them.
Brock: Yeah. I feel like I know you because I read the book and you do reveal a lot of very personal details. And, I have to admit, when I started reading the book, I did it because it passed across my desk, and I like CrossFit, and you’re a formidable athlete, of course. So, I read it really out of curiosity. But then I got totally sucked in! Because it really is such a powerful story. And you’re so honest in it too. Was that hard for you?
Katrín: Yeah, I think it’s always hard to be vulnerable. You’re exposing yourself. But that was the only way that I was ever going to do this book. And it’s been such a long process. From, like, 2015 when the opportunity first came. It was so crazy. I was like, “I don’t know who writes books. It’s other people, it’s grown-up people, it’s people who know how to write books.” But it never really occurred to me that it could be me until other people’s stories and journeys and things that they’ve gone through. are probably the things that have helped me the most. And if there’s anything I can ever resonate with in anybody else’s story, or if someone can do something, I believe “so can I.” So, that was kind of like the first thing that was like, you know what? I want to share my story.
Ultimately, it just came down to telling my story. And this is my journey. So far.
And then it was really hard. It’s really hard to decide. What do I want to put in there? What do I want my message to be? And ultimately, it just came down to telling my story. And this is my journey. So far. And I wanted to be open and honest. And there are things in there that, you know, I’m not necessarily proud of. Or, you know, thoughts or actions. But I tried to always learn from them and hopefully someone can learn from that and not have to go through it themselves. But yeah, ultimately it was the only way that I was going to do it. And of course it is nerve-wracking, but I’m very proud of it.
Katrín: I didn’t know how to end! And my story doesn’t have an ending.
Brock: Exactly. Yeah. You’re nowhere near the end of your career.
Katrín: Yes, I’m not done. And I was like, there shouldn’t be an ending to the book. I needed it to be like a dot dot dot.
Brock: Yes. I fully expect there to be a part two.
But before we get to get too far—I’ve seen in a few different places that you refer to yourself as “sled dog.”
Brock: And that didn’t come up in the book. I’m curious, why do you refer to yourself as that?
Katrín: It’s actually my coach, Ben Bergeron, who came up with that first. Ever since I was a kid, I just loved doing work and conditioning. And you know, if I wasn’t in gymnastics, I would make up my own conditioning sets. When I was in summer vacation and when I started CrossFit, I always wanted more—I wanted more events, I wanted more workouts in a day. I just wanted to spend all my time in the gym. And you know, there’s only so much you can train that’s going to benefit you because you have to recover. And once you’ve done so much, there comes a point where you’re actually just working against yourself. I just love the work so much and it makes me feel so happy and so accomplished at the end of the day. So whenever I was at training camps, I was always the one would finish whatever Ben had put up on the board for us.
He said that sled dogs love doing the work. And they just put their head down and they do the work and when they’re tied up, they’re howling.
And I was always begging him for more. And you know, some days I’d ask and ask more and he’d be like, “You know what? Okay.” And he’d always see how happy he made me. And then some days I wanted to do something more and he’d just say no, because it’s not the right thing to do today, and I’d get so upset. It actually put me in a worse mood and then I’d be upset about not getting to do more work or more workouts. And so he started calling me the sled dog. He said that sled dogs love doing the work. And they just put their head down and they do the work and when they’re tied up, they’re howling. They’re so unhappy. Because they want to be running and they want to be doing the work. And he said that’s what sled dogs do. So they started calling me the sled dog.
Brock: I love it. And I love that the idea that you have this drive, that you believe in doing the work and you’re dedicated to doing the work. And I think that sort of mindset is something that I think a lot of people kind of miss in their, not necessarily even just in their athletic career, but in their every day to day life. They look at work as being oppressive. Rather than “I get to do the work,” they think “I have to do the work.”
Katrín: That’s a huge part of how I want to live my life and that is we get to do the things that we do. We don’t have to do anything. You can choose what you want to do. You get to do the things that you do. And I think that’s a good, like, change in perspective of things, like, you know, you have to drive your kids to practice. No, like, you have kids and you get to drive them to practice. Like they get to do the sport that they love. You know, it’s always like it’s the same situation and whatever we’re doing, but it’s just a change in perspective. And the same – like if you’re tired and you don’t want to be doing your lift, it’s like don’t think about it as, “oh, I have to go smash later tonight.” It’s like, no, I get to go smash later today! And I have this opportunity to go smash and get better at it today.
Brock: And do you think that that’s a big part of how you stay motivated to not only perform in competition but also just in everyday training, just showing up at the gym every day?
Katrín: Yeah, I think is. I think it’s that kind of changing of perspective and changing thought patterns is something that I think can easily shift your mood and shift what you’re thinking instead of being tired and thinking that I have to do this. Like, change it into “you get to do this” and about why you’re doing something—and that you’re going to get better at it. Then you can start getting excited about it.
tired and thinking, ‘I have to do this,’ change it into you get to do this. Then you can start getting excited about it.
Brock: That’s awesome. I completely buy that. And I’m going to write that on a sticky note and hang it in my office here so I remember to do that ’cause it really is powerful. Do you have any other sort of, not necessarily tricks, ’cause I don’t want to call that a trick, but any techniques you have to stay motivated?
Katrín: I think it’s something that has derailed me in the past in that I think it’s just a hard way to live. But I think most of us do this to some extent … is compare yourself to others, and you’re always thinking what someone else is doing or you see, like, on Instagram everyone’s posting their highlights. Like, if they hit a great lift today, like they’re gonna post it and suddenly we’re like, oh my gosh, like, she hit this number and why am I not there? Or, you know, I’m working on my muscle ups a lot and I keep thinking, you know how she’s so good at these muscle-ups? Like, I’m not even nearly there. Instead, like, try and shift that and try and think about, like, how good can I get? Like “How good can my muscle ups get today?” And if I work on them today, they’re going to get better. So be happy with all the steps that you’re taking forward instead of looking ahead and seeing how many steps you feel like are left.
So I think it’s really just like be here, be now, and focus on what you can do to make yourself better. And once you’re in that kind of mindset, like, you can have … there are all these little wins every single day, and if you take those wins, like, you’re going to keep stepping forward every day. Little tiny, like, not even one percent better every day, like a teeny bit percent better. Every day is great because at the end of the year, like, at the end of the year or a couple of years or a couple of months, like, it’s gonna add up to a lot of things even though you don’t see it on the day-to-day.
Be here, be now, and focus on what you can do to make yourself better.
Brock: I feel like things such as Instagram and Twitter and Facebook (and stuff) even contribute more to that comparison thing.
Katrín: Yeah, absolutely. I can’t imagine being a teenager today. Yeah.
Brock: Now your coach … you mentioned Ben Bergeron in the book. He really plays this role of a mentor and almost like a zen master. He’s got some really great ways to keep you grounded. And one of them was that he made you, and sort of turned your mind around, to plan for what you’re going to do when it all goes wrong. Sort of planning for disaster. Can you fill the listeners in on how that works for you?
Katrín: The funny story is that something that I have to learn—and something like visualization I used to do that when I was a gymnast—but I used to visualize the perfect routine. I used to visualize myself, you know, getting up on the beam and doing the perfect routine. I used to do that before a competition and then the same when I started CrossFit, it just transferred over. And you think about how do I want this workout to go? And then—that’s not life.
You know, like okay, let’s say it might go really well and great, but there are so many things that could possibly go wrong. So when they did go wrong, I didn’t have a plan because my plan was for it to go perfectly. So it would always catch me off guard, and it either takes you longer to react well to it or it takes you longer to, like, adjust what’s happening. And it didn’t go as well.
When did go wrong, I didn’t have a plan because my plan was for it to go perfectly.
So I remember this one time before regionals, Ben said, “All right, what’s our plan?” And then he goes, okay, what if this happens? And I couldn’t figure out why he was saying that. Like, no, like, we have a plan. And he’s like, no, but what about if this happened? What are you then going to do? And I was kind of upset with him because I felt like he was being so negative. I was like, why are you saying this? I’m already nervous. Why are you making me think about that? It could go wrong. And then, sure enough, things do go wrong. And I did not react very well and I didn’t make the games. And after that, like, I started working so much more with him and I started working on my mindset and I started reading sports psychology books.
At the same time that I started working with them and he kind of helped me every day—like, what should I be focusing on? And those that are like “you should be focusing on things that you can control” and “if they’re outside of your control you shouldn’t be focusing on them because that’s just wasted energy.” So, therefore, the next year’s games before the 2015 games, he said, “Tell me everything that could go wrong at the games.” Like, everything. And we sat down and we wrote a list, a whiteboard, and we wrote down 101 things that could go wrong. And it was anything from getting a no-rep from a judge, or forgetting my goggles on the way to the venue, or the shark attack, or having a headache, or a tear in my hands, or like, anything that. My shoelace coming undone.
After we wrote down everything that could go wrong and then we went back to number one and we were like, all right, can we control this? Let’s say it’s your shoelaces. My shoelace came undone. Can we control it? Absolutely. All right, what should we do? Like what can we do to prevent that? I’m going to double tie my shoelaces, and let’s say they still come undone, what am I going to do? If it happens while I am running, I probably should stop, stay calm, and that will help me tie them faster. But the number one thing would always to be like, can I prevent it? You know? And the same with the hand tear, it’s like, all right, how are we gonna prevent that? All right. We’re going to remember using our grips all the time. Or getting a no-rep. You can’t get that rep back and you can’t fight with your judge. It’s way better to, number two, try and do a better rep. And if you can’t understand why I’d be having a no-rep, then you stop and you ask your judge, “All right, what can I do to do better?” And then you’d carry on.
So, it’s all these little things that, when they go wrong, because it always is going to go wrong, then you have a plan B and a plan C and a plan D and you’re so quick at just going to the next plan. But it’s almost as if nothing has gone wrong because you were already expecting it.
Brock: It’s that calmness that really defines it, isn’t it? Like, that the ability to stay calm and in the moment, not waste a bunch of energy freaking out.
Katrín: I always like when people ask me what the differences between me in 2014, of not making the gains and kind of like freaking out on the competition floor, or 2015 winning the CrossFit games. The thing that I want to describe it is that it was like someone took a windshield wiper and cleaned my brain out. It was just so much more clear and calm and it was just a huge game-changer.
It was like someone took a windshield wiper and cleaned my brain out. It was just so much more clear and calm and it was just a huge game-changer.
Brock: Now, I know a lot of the listeners out there are going to be wanting to get some actionable things that they can take away. And you’ve given us a few really good nuggets here, but can you give some advice to somebody who may be just starting their fitness journey and they may be struggling to either get to the gym or stay motivated, or maybe they’re recovering from injury or something like that?
Katrín: I think the number one thing is to find something that you enjoy. And it’s not going to be the same for everyone. I think CrossFit is for most people, and I think most people really do enjoy it because you get to show up at a certain time, you know all your, your so many friends there, you’re always in a big group of people, so you have someone to go through the suffering of the workout wit. Or you have someone to high five when you accomplish something. And someone to back you and keep you going, if the workout is hard. And you have a coach, which is like something.
The number one thing is to find something that you enjoy. And it’s not going to be the same for everyone.
For me, when I joined a gym, I never knew what I wanted to do and I would always show up and be like, all right, what should I do today? And kind of just walking around playing a guessing game, But at CrossFit, you have someone that gives you a program and it’s going to be so diverse every single day. So we’re always doing new things and you’re always challenging yourself. But I’ve also seen that it’s not for everyone. And some people like dancing and some people like spending more time outside and doing running or biking. And I think it’s just getting to find something that you really enjoy.
Then I think it’s, it’s finding workout partners and having someone to go on the journey with and then doing what’s right for you. You know, I think about my mom, it took her so long to get started because number one, she was always like, I can’t do what you do. And I was like, you don’t have to do what I do. You know, you don’t have to do muscle-ups or pull-ups or the same way, as it’s your workout. So if there are pull-ups, you can do banded pull-ups, and if there are muscle-ups, you can change the movement. Or if it’s a barbell, you can lower the weight. So, just make it for you, focus on doing your best and have fun with it. I think that’s, that’s the biggest thing.
Brock: That is fantastic. I love that message. Now, it has been great to have you on and I hate to let you go already. But can you let everybody know where they can find you? I know you’ve got a great online presence, really wonderful motivational videos and stuff. So where can they find you?
Katrín: Thank you. I’m mostly on Instagram. I’ve tried out Facebook and Twitter and all of that, but it’s a lot. So Instagram is the one where you can find all of my stuff and it’s just my first and middle name. It’s @KatrinTanja.
Brock: I’ll make sure to put that in the show notes so people can just click it and find you really easily. And your book is available—well, everywhere pretty much, isn’t it?
Katrin: Yeah! It’s on Amazon and it’s in bookstores and on audible, which I am super happy with that. I decided to read it myself. I both had a lot of fun with it and it’s in my voice and I kind of got to relive it all again. So I’m super excited about that too.
Brock: I am too. That’s perfect for people who listen to podcasts, tend to love audiobooks. So that’s perfect for this audience.
Katrín: Yeah. And the audiobook is kind of funny, though, because my dad is English and he can’t stand my accent. So, when I speak to my dad, I actually speak with a British accent. I don’t know if you’ll know that, but the audio version drives him crazy. So he’s told me that he not listening to that and he’s just going to use the book. But for the rest of the listeners, they can make their own decision.
Brock: Come on, Dad!
Well thank you again, Katrín, for coming on the Get-Fit Guy podcast. I really appreciate it and I encourage all of the listeners out there to pick up the book. I’m not just blowing smoke; I really enjoyed it and devoured it. In fact, I’m one of those slow readers usually, but I finished it in about three days.
Brock: You did a wonderful job and I really enjoyed your relationship with all your family and stuff too. Not just the competition stuff—although that was the sort of edge-of-your-seat kind of things. I won’t spoil it for everybody. Go ahead and pick up the book. I’ll put a link in the show notes and thank you once again.
Katrín: Thank you so much for having me on.
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CrossFit Games 2019: Tia-Clair Toomey wins record third ‘Fittest on Earth’ title
Tia-Clair Toomey made history when she won her third consecutive “Fittest on Earth” title at the CrossFit Games 2019. No other women has won as many, let alone consecutively.
“It’s pretty surreal, but it definitely wouldn’t have been manageable without all your guys,” she said, pointing to the crowd.
The commentators began to speculate if she was the fittest women in history.
Toomey said the secret to her success was her company.
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“Honestly, surrounding myself with good people,” Toomey said. “I wouldn’t be here without my team and all my supporters. If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be going to the gym everyday and trying to better myself.”
Toomey, 26, came second in 2015 and 2016. The Australian seemed to struggle with the pressure, but she put her issues to bed by winning the next two Games. In 2018, she fought tooth and nail for the title, and it wasn’t in the bag until the final event.
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But this year, she moved up a gear again and the result was never in doubt. She had five event wins out of 11. The rest of the field were fighting for second. In one event, the Swim Paddle, she even beat all the men. In the final event, The Standard, which consisted of 30 clean and jerks, 30 muscle-ups and 30 snatches, she finished way ahead of the other athletes, and seemed not to break a sweat.
This was the first year the Games had cuts, starting from around 150 competitors, there was just 10 in the last event.
“We would have loved to have all the athletes be a part of it,” Toomey said. “That said, it doesn’t take any credit away from all the females standing here on the floor today. We’ve all fought to the end, and had the chance to show of all our hard work.
Mat Fraser won a record equaling fourth ‘Fittest on Earth’ title too, matching Rich Froning’s feat.
Event 10 and 11, recap
Two-time winner of the CrossFit Games Katrin Davidsdottir made an impressive push for the podium with Ringer One and Two. The Icelander won both events that featured an air bike, toes-to-rings, burpees and overhead squats. Davidsdottir led virtually the entire two events.
Davidsdottir took 200 points, moving into third place and said she did so well in this event because she does a lot of similar type of training back home.
“We take a lot of pride working in the gym and we do a lot of interval stuff. And I trust that I can recover and trust that we can do it all over again.”
Davidsdottir, who barely squeaked into the final 10, now sits looking like she could win bronze or even challenge Kirsten Holte of Norway for second. Tia-Clair Toomey still appears like she will cruise to a victory, but Davidsdottir said she’s still going 100 per cent right until the end.
“I have nothing to lose, I’m here to fight.”
Event nine recap
Tia-Clair Toomey took one step closer to her third consecutive ‘Fittest on Earth’ title during the opening event of the CrossFit Games final day. The remaining 10 athletes had to swim 1,000m then complete the same 1,000m on a paddle board.
Toomey took an early lead and matched the men’s leader, Mat McLeod, stroke for stroke as both genders completed the course at the same time.
Her victory is all the more impressive as she beat the likes of Amanda Barnhart, who was a collegiate swimmer before she started CrossFit.
As Toomey got on the paddle board for the second leg, she opted to paddle from the kneeling position, while others paddled as they lay on their stomachs. Barnhart finished the swimming one minute, 40 seconds after Toomey but tired during the paddling and finished outside the top four.
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Watch the CrossFit Games 2019 final day as Ohlsen and Toomey sit top
Toomey benefited as she drafted behind McLeod on the boards. “Work smarter, not harder,” the commentators noted.
Toomey said: “We are competitors, but not racing against each other, so when it came to the board lap we helped each other. I drafted off him, and he drafted off me.”
The pair were so far ahead they appeared to be chatting while the rest of the athletes languished behind. Even though they weren’t competing with each other, the two Australians sprinted for the finish line in a mock race. Toomey finished in a time of 25:12.25.
““We realised how far ahead we were, so there was really no point in wasting energy and exerting ourselves,” Toomey said.
Day three recap
The final event of the day proved to be a crowd favourite, as two women battled it out during the Clean and went above the initial max weight set out in the competition.
The one rep clean event started at 215 pounds, and three women didn’t even make it past the first weight.
Toomey, Amanda Barnhart, Anna Fragkou and Katrin Davidsdottir made it to 235 pounds, and then it became a two women race between Toomey and Barnhart.
Toomey took the win at 265 pounds, edging out the American in clinical fashion. Toomey said the best way to take on the event was to treat it like a solo competition.
“Amanda is really strong, every lift you have to do you and not worry about what other people are doing,” she said.
Toomey said she is ready for tomorrow, and baring a miracle, will cruise to her third straight title. She gave a shout out to the crowd in Madison as she wrapped up day three.
“It’s already been so great, thank you so much for the supporters, you guys have been amazing.”
Day three, event seven recap
While Mat Fraser’s title defence looks like it’s in serious trouble, Australian Tia-Clair Toomey looks like she’s now gone into cruise control and will take her third straight women’s title tomorrow. Toomey won the Split Triplet (14:07.10) event as the both the men and women were cut down to only 10 athlete for the remainder of the Games.
The event featured five rounds of one pegboard ascent, 100 double-unders, 10 dumbbell hang split snatches and 10 dumbbell hang clean and jerks with a 20 minute time cap. Toomey fell off the pegboard right at the start but still won in convincing fashion.
“I just slipped out of the hull, nothing biggie, I’ve fallen from higher.”
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Toomey said she felt comfortable going through the various disciplines in the Split Triplet.
“Well I mean dumbbells always come up in training and you really have to focus on those movements,” she said.
She also commented on the fact that the field has now been cut down to the final 10 women for the rest of the weekend, a brand new part of the CrossFit Games that she is still wrapping her head around.
“Those girls that have been cut so far they are my friends and they deserve to be here. So it’s emotional to even think about it, and I hope they know they can walk out of here with their heads held high.”
Day three, event one recap
Norway’s Kirsten Holte crushed the sprint in convincing fashion, picking up the event win, the first of the competition for her, and her third top three finish. Holte won the Asia CrossFit Championship earlier this year in Shanghai and qualified for the Games via the Open as the fittest woman in Norway.
After the event she said it was great to finish on top given the field will be cut to 10 after this event, and hopes to remain at that level for the rest of the weekend.
“You always want to be on the top and it’s super fun to be in the final and I just tried to run as fast as I can.”
She said the sprint event, which saw athletes go through multiple heats in succession, is a great testament to what it means to be a CrossFit athlete.
“This is what we train for to be able to repeat time after time and the atmosphere is super amazing,” she said.
One of the pre-tournament favourites Sara Sigmundsdottir, who did not make it out of her first heat, has been eliminated from competition.
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Day two recap
Tia-Clair Toomey was top of the CrossFit Games 2019 leader board at the end of day two, despite not taking an outright win in any of the day’s events. She finished second in the opening workout, the Ruck, and outside of the top 10 in the Sprint Couplet and third in the final event, the Mary.
The competitors were put through their paces on the final event with five handstand push-ups, 10 single leg pistol squats and 15 pull-ups, non-stop, over and over, for 20 minutes. The athletes with the most rounds of the three exercises at the end of the time period won.
Karissa Pearce won the event completing 23 rounds, with energy to spare. She said she considered slowing down because her lead was so big, but the atmosphere of the crowd pushed her on.
“My quad and calf started to cramp – ‘don’t wuss out, just do them unbroken, as that’s one less jump,” Pearce said.
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“There are just so many talented girls that are such great athletes, you hope to win and when you do you just have to take advantage of it,” Pearce said.
Bethany Shadburne overtook veteran Sam Briggs in the dying seconds of the first heat to win by just a couple of reps. She completed 20 rounds, finishing in the top 10 in the event. She ripped the skin on her hand in the process. But Shadburne barely looked out of breath as she walked around showing off the wound as soon as the event had finished.
Event four, recap
Amanda Barnhart overtook Jamie Greene on the final push of the Sprint Couplet to claim first place in event four. Athletes had to push a 90lb sled 172ft, complete 15 muscle-ups, then push the sled back 172ft to the finish line.
Barnhart finished in one minute, 29 seconds and 8 milliseconds, winning her heat and the overall event.
“Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that. I just didn’t know what to expect at all,” Barnhart said. “The sled was pretty light, so I just went hard. I’ve got good leg power, so it’s kinda my jam.”
A further 10 athletes were cut after event four, reducing the field to 30, however Barnhart said she’s trying not to think of the frequent cuts.
Watch the CrossFit Games 2019 day two live as Fraser and Pearce defend their leads
“It’s in the back of your mind, but I’m really trying not to think about it. I’m just trying to do my best and then I’ll end up where I belong,” she said.
Two milliseconds separated Colleen Fotsch and Meg Reardon in the other heat. It was impossible to tell who had won until the official times showed 1:34:07 for Fotsch and 1:34.09 for Reardon. They were second and third overall.
Australian Matt McLeod won the second event on day two
“Just seeing the heat for the guys, I knew it was going to be a really tough race,” Fotsche said. “I had to lay it all out there. I’m hoping for something heavy, some lifting maybe . There is honestly nothing now I’m not looking forward to, I’m just having fun.”
Toomey remains atop of the overall leader board.
Event three, recap
Canadian Emily Rolfe fought off three of the top competitors in the world as the women’s first event of day two came down to a thrilling finish between four athletes carrying 50 pounds on their backs.
Rolfe finished the gruelling 6km Ruck run first with a time of 27 minutes, nine seconds and 16 milliseconds, fighting off Toomey, Samantha Briggs and Kirsten Holte. The event saw competitors complete 1.5km loops, but with each loop they added more weight to a backpack.
Rolfe said her game plan going into the event was simple, stick with the two-time defending champion.
“So I just tried to stick up to Tia and stay on her back the whole race and see if I had a better kick at the end,” she said.
Rolfe, who is competing in her first Games, said she likes the uncertainty of the competition and not knowing what she will be tackling until moments before each event kicks off.
“It’s awesome, I’d rather not know. I’d rather go in blind. You don’t need to stress about it were all doing it otherwise,” she said.
Peace held the overall lead at the end of day one, but Toomey’s second place means she now sits in first heading into the second event of day two.
Day one recap
Karissa Pearce was the top woman at the CrossFit Games as the sun set on day one. The American came second and third respectively in the day’s two events, giving her the most points overall despite not winning either.
In the second event, the athletes had to complete an 800m row, 66 kettlebell shoulder-to-overheads (with two 15 kilogram KBs) and a 132-foot handstand walk.
Rookie Danielle Brandon won event two and put it down to her “shoulder stamina, especially being able to go straight into handstand walks. My shoulders were destroyed but I knew I could do it.
“It’s my first year here, so I was excited to get through the first event,” she said at the end of the second heat of the second event.
Mat Fraser leads the 2019 CrossFit Games after the first day
The competition was cut down to 50 athletes after day one.
Sara Sigmundsdottir looked set to win the first heat of event two, but with just a few feet to go on the handstand walk, she fell and had to start the last section again. She slipped down to fifth in the heat. She smiled and shrugged it off.
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Tia-Clair Toomey showed why she was the 2017 and 2018 CrossFit Games Champion as the Australian smashed the opening event of the 2019 edition. Event One, called First Cut, was so tough that not a single woman finished it in heat one or two, but Toomey set off at an unbelievable pace and maintained it to the end.
Athletes had 20 minutes to complete four rounds of a 400m run, three legless rope climbs and seven 130-pound squat snatches. Toomey finished in 16 minutes, 56 seconds and 63 milliseconds. Only three others finished, Pearce (18:16:35), Jamie Greene (19:00:67) and Haley Adams (19:00:73).
“She is off to an incredibly aggressive pace,” the commentator said as Toomey left for her second 400m run. But she kept it up. As she went around for her second lap, she was checking over her shoulder for other competitors but she need not have bothered. No one was within sight.
“Shane (her coach) and I were talking about a game plan, three, two, one and it went out the window,” Toomey said.
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As Toomey ran back to the ropes, she did not pause for a rest but went straight back onto the rope.
“I’m really happy with that performance but we don’t know what’s coming, you just have to take advantage,” Toomey said.
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The qualification process has changed this year, so there numerous national champions who would have struggled to make the cut in the pass.
“It’s awesome, it brings me back to my first day,” Toomey said. “Seeing their faces, and excitement, it’s rewarding and an honour to be part of.”
After the first round, the field was cut to 75 athletes, which is close to half the competitors who started out this morning.
Watch the CrossFit Games 2019 live here as Fraser and Toomey defend their titles
One of the competition’s strongest athletes, Sigmundsdottir, looked disgruntled as she failed to finish. The Icelander did enough to make it to the next round, but her facial expression suggested angst. The commentators speculated about her mental strength, or that perhaps she had exchanged words with one of the volunteer judges who count reps.
Meet the CrossFit Games 2019 Winner and Fittest Woman On Earth, Tia-Clair Toomey
You don’t need to WOD on the regular to enjoy the annual Reebok CrossFit Games. Athletes show up from all around the world for a chance at becoming the Fittest Man or Woman on Earth, putting on a show that’s impressive even to those who’ve never set foot in a box. (One year, there was even a CrossFit Games wedding!)
The 2019 CrossFit Games were no exception. Australian athlete Tia-Clair Toomey just claimed her place as the Fittest Woman on Earth for the third year in a row (!!!), setting a record as the first woman to win three titles—and consecutively, at that. If she continues her domination next year, that’ll put her on par with the “Fittest Man In History,” Roch Froning, who won four back-to-back individual CrossFit Games championships from 2011 to 2014.
There’s no questioning that she could do it again. Toomey’s resumé is crazy impressive: Even before she snagged the top spots in 2017 and 2018, she finished as runner-up in 2016 and 2015, both years behind Katrín Tanja Davíðsdóttir of Iceland. She also made her Olympic debut in 2016, representing Australia at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, taking fifth in her group for the sport of Olympic weightlifting (a staple in CrossFit workouts, ICYDK). (These benefits of Olympic weightlifting might convince you to give it a try yourself.) That made her the first-ever athlete to compete at both the Games and the Olympics in the same year.
But just because Toomey consistently puts on a show doesn’t mean this year was any less remarkable: She demolished the competition during the Split Triplet (five rounds of a pegboard ascent, 100 double-unders, 10 hang split snatches, and 10 hang clean and jerks, all in 20 minutes) and The Standard (30 clean and jerks, 30 muscle-ups, and 30 snatches with 135 lbs), nabbing first place for each workout.
That’s not all. She was also the first finisher of the Swim Paddle (a 1,000-m swim and 1,000-m paddle), even beating the top male finisher Matt McLeod and collegiate swimmer Amanda Barnhart. Her weightlifting skills came in handy when the athletes were tasked with performing heavy one-rep cleans (part of the clean and jerk, one of the two lifts used in Olympic weightlifting). Female athletes began at a whopping 215 lbs and worked all the way up to 265 lbs—where Toomey, again, snagged first place, edging out runner-up Barnhart who failed at 265 lbs.
And every year, Toomey widens the gap between her and her opponents; in 2017, she edged out second-place finisher, Kara Webb, by just two points, and in 2018, she beat Laura Horvath by 64 points. This year, however, there were a whopping 195 points between her and second-place Kristin Holte. (Pssst: You’ll never guess what Toomey eats for breakfast on a competition day.)
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Australia is home to a number of top class CrossFit athletes, from the first woman to win the Fittest on Earth title three times to unstoppable CrossFit mums and impressive young talents.
People around the world travel south to compete against Australia’s fittest for its Sanctioned competitions, the Australia CrossFit Championship and the Down Under Championship and the Australian women have definitely cemented a stronghold in the competition at the CrossFit Games.
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Tia-Clair Toomey achieved what no other woman has achieved during the 2019 CrossFit Games by winning the competition and being crowned Fittest on Earth for the third time. The tree-times consecutive CrossFit women’s champion also won the 2018 and 2017 Games and was the runner-up in 2015 and 2016.
Tia is an impressive athlete, having won gold in the 58kg event of the 2018 Commonwealth Games and competing in the women’s 58kg event at the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio, where she came 14th.
She seems to have no weaknesses; at the 2019 CrossFit Games she won the Clean event and swept the entire field of final athletes in the Swim Paddle event, beating all women and all men in the process.
“I would say Tia is the one that is good at everything, I don’t think she has a weakness, I think she’s a robot actually,” Sara Sigmundsdottir once half-joked during an interview.
It’s been proven time and time again that bodybuilders sometimes struggle through workouts that test conditioning and require stamina. And so do powerlifters and strongmen like former World’s Strongest Man winner Hafthor Bjornsson, aka The Mountain. Bjornsson just shared his latest workout video, a cardio-heavy session with CrossFit’s twice-crowned Fittest Woman on Earth, Annie Mist Thorisdottir.
“I’m not looking forward to it,” he says before the challenge. “Shit! What have I done?”
Bjornsson and Thorisdottir start with a classic CrossFit killer: clean and jerks. Bjornsson has worked through mechanics like this before (think: log clean and jerk), but he’s never done them with CrossFit-type volume.
“People might say I’m a pussy,” Bjornsson says, referring to the vastly reduced weight on the barbell compared to his usual lifts (he knocked out a couple of mind-blowing 805 kg deadlifts while preparing for World’s Strongest Man 2019). “I don’t care, guys. I want to live.”
The advised weight for a clean and jerk for women is 65 kgs, but Thorisdottir keeps up with Bjornsson, adding extra weight until she’s lifting the male equivalent of 95 kgs. Then they keep adding more like the gluttons for punishment they are. They take it up to 100 kgs, then both finish by managing 105 kgs. (The heaviest clean and jerk weight ever programmed at the CrossFit Open is just over 140 kgs.)
“That was close to my max,” says Thorisdottir, making sure to add: “I’m in my off season right now.” She recommends Bjornsson enter the next CrossFit competition with her, joking that he might be able to keep up in the female category. He’s less certain. “If I’m able to finish this session,” he says, “I think I should get a trophy.”
Next up is the really cardio-centric portion of the challenge, starting with 500 meters on the Concept 2 bike. Thorisdottir has a whole strategy and technique planned out to optimize her performance. Bjornsson’s approach, meanwhile: “I’m just gonna meathead it.”
The bike is followed 10 wall balls, and Bjornsson is in the lead until it comes to the 15 meter sled push; his is loaded up with around 8 times the weights of Thorisdottir’s, and they finish evenly.
Bjornsson bows out of the last interval, but is pleased with the overall experience. “I pushed myself,” he says. “I’m sweating, I’m tired, and let’s face it, I’m no Annie Mist. She is the champion.” Thorisdottir congratulates him on coming so far out of his comfort zone, especially considering he also has his own training session that same day, saying: “He always impresses me.”
And Bjornsson’s feelings about the workout can be summed up by the comment he leaves on the video: “I at least didn’t die! I’m happy!”
Philip Ellis Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues.
Meet the Fittest Woman on the Planet
If you’ve seen the woman breaking rock-climbing records all over the world, you know women are reaching new heights in the world of fitness.
One of those women is Tia-Clair Toomey, 24, who has just added yet another gold medal to her long list of accomplishments as a a weightlifter.
The Australian champion previously came in 14th at the women’s 58 kg event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. An established CrossFit Games competitor, she was crowned the winner of the 2017 Crossfit Games, officially earning the title of the “Fittest Woman on Earth.”
Over the weekend, Toomey lifted 114kg (251 pounds) in the clean-and-jerk at the Commonwealth Games, grabbing a gold medal in the 58kg division.
Her achievement is particularly inspirational given the recent loss of a beloved family member. On March 27, her cousin, Jade Dixson, died after a car that she was a passenger in crashed into a tree.
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Knowing that his wife was still grappling with the tragedy, her husband, Shane Orr, asked if she wanted to withdraw from the competition. But Toomey would have none of it.
“The night before we spoke, we reflected on the loss in her family,” Orr told The Australian. “We were just reflecting on that — I am not sure how it came up — she was saying if there was a positive side to it, it really puts things in perspective that you can’t take any moment for granted, such as with sporting moments like this when you only have a small window to show your stuff….The phrase she used, which caught my attention, was lift like it was your last. That was how she was going to approach the competition. Not taking anything for granted.”
And that’s precisely what she did, lifting twice her body weight in order to take home the gold.
Toomey dedicated the medal to her late cousin, telling reporters, “I just really hope that she’s proud of me.” And if you’re in the market for some great fitness advice, yourself, don’t miss the 40 Best Ways to Get a Great Beach Body After 40.
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Here’s How Much Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser Made for Winning the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games
The 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games wrapped up over the weekend, and Tia-Clair Toomey and Mat Fraser were crowned the Fittest Athletes on Earth. Toomey claimed her third title as Reebok CrossFit Games champion, and became the first woman to ever win the Reebok CrossFit Games three times. Fraser also made history when he claimed his fourth title, a feat only ever accomplished by CrossFit Games veteran, Rich Froning. The two now tie for the most Games wins ever.
After four days of grueling workouts, brutal cuts, and all kinds of leaderboard shake-ups, what did these athletes earn for winning the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games?
Fraser and Toomey each earned $300,000 for finishing first overall, the CrossFit Games rulebook states.
Winning events also earned the individual athletes some decent prize money. The individual athlete that finished in first place in any given event at the Reebok Games earned $3,000, second place earned $2,000, and third place earned $1,000.
So, really, with several event wins on top of the $300,000 overall prize, Fraser and Toomey earned:
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2019 Reebok CrossFit Games Prize Money
Here’s a breakdown of the top three men and women finishers from the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games, and their prize money for placing in the top three overall:
- First place: Mat Fraser ($300,000)
- Second place: Noah Ohlsen ($115,000)
- Third place: Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson ($75,000)
- First place: Tia-Clair Toomey ($300,000)
- Second place: Kristin Holte ($115,000)
- Third place: Jamie Greene ($75,000)
The individual prize purse is almost exactly the same as what was awarded at the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games, however the only difference is a $15,000 increase given to the second place overall finishers. In 2018, the second place finishers got $100,000.
Additional cash prizes were rewarded for overall placing through 20th place.
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Mayhem Freedom were crowned this year’s Fittest Team on Earth, and earned $100,000. The breakdown of prize money for the team results are:
- First place: Mayhem Freedom ($100,000)
- Second place: CrossFit Krypton ($70,000)
- Third place: Invictus ($40,000)
In 2018, the first place team also earned $100,000. This year, however, the team prize money did increase by $10,000 for both the second and third place teams, respectively.
While the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games season is over, the 2019-2020 Open is just a few short months away. The first workout of the 2019-2020 Open will be announced on October 10th.
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Crossfit Games: Australian Tia-Clair Toomey named ‘fittest woman on earth’
Australian athlete Tia-Clair Toomey has been crowned ‘the fittest woman on earth’ for the third consecutive year, crushing her competition at the World Crossfit Games in the United States.
Toomey, an Olympic weightlifter, amassed a whopping 1071 points after five days of competition, 195 points clear of her nearest rival in Norway’s Kristin Holte.
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Her dominating performance stunned commentators, who dubbed the Queenslander a “beast” of a competitor.
“What makes her so scary is that she appears to have no Achilles’ heel,” commentators Patrick Blennerhassett and Mark Agnew wrote in the South China Morning Post.
“This year, many of the Icelandic women got exposed for having holes in their game, but when it comes to Toomey, it seems there is no mountain she cannot climb and no event she will not dominate.”
Queensland’s Tia-Clair Toomey has been named the fittest woman on earth. Credit: CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games events test a broad range of high-intensity movements including gymnastics, powerlifting, running and rowing.
Toomey is known to deadlift 178kg, back-squat 150kg, clean-and-jerk 111kg and snatch 87kg.
After her victory, she paid tribute to her team, family and supporters.
“It’s pretty surreal but it definitely wouldn’t have been manageable without all you guys, so thank you very much,” she said at Madison, in the state of Wisconsin.
Tia-Clair Toomey competing in the 2019 CrossFit Games. Credit: CrossFit Games
“If it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t be going into the gym every day trying to better myself.”
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Toomey, from Gladstone, downplayed changes to the games’ format that sharply culled the number of weaker competitors.
“We would have loved to have all the athletes be part of it but, that said, it doesn’t take away any credit away from all the females standing here and sitting here on the floor today,” Toomey said.
“It definitely wasn’t easy but we’ve all fought to the very end and it’s just been another great year.”
Toomey compares abs with male champion Mat Fraser Credit: tiaclair1/Instagram
American Mathew Fraser, 29, won the men’s contest with 984 points.
A four-time winner, Fraser was kept out of first place for much of the competition, having been penalised for dropping a weight.
Mat Fraser won his fourth consecutive CrossFit Games. Credit: CrossFit Games
However, his 35-point lead over compatriot Noah Ohlsen was his smallest ever margin of victory, but now ties Rich Froning for most consecutive victories.
Toomey was awarded US$300,000 ($440,000) in prize money.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — At the conclusion of the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games Open in October, CrossFit, Inc. will find the fittest man and woman in every eligible country participating in the worldwide CrossFit Open and crown them national champions. National champions automatically qualify for the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games, held in August in Madison, Wisconsin. There, national champions will have the chance to compete with other Games athletes for $1.6M and the title of Fittest on Earth.
The @CrossFitGames are in search of the fittest man and woman in each country during the 2020 CrossFit Open — kicking off Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.
What Are the CrossFit Games?
The CrossFit Games are a grueling, multi-day competition in which elite athletes, ages 14 to 60+, and teams from around the world compete in the ultimate test of fitness. The CrossFit Games are the Sport of Fitness, and well-rounded athletes train to be prepared for unknown events announced just before the competition. CrossFit movements are selected from gymnastics, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, running, rowing, and beyond.
Athletes arrive in Madison, Wisconsin, with almost no knowledge of the actual events, so their training has to cover a wider range of activities than any other professional sport. They are ranked during competition with their peers, and the winners are crowned Fittest on Earth after proving their fitness in a series of diverse events over the course of several days. The 2020 event will be the 13th annual edition of the CrossFit Games and the largest field of individual athletes ever. The total purse this year is more than $2.3M.
What Is the CrossFit Games Open?
The CrossFit Games Open is the largest fitness competition on Earth and the first of three competitions that form the CrossFit Games season: the Open, the Age Group Online Qualifier, and the Games. In the Open, hundreds of thousands of athletes from more than 15,000 CrossFit affiliates worldwide compete in a five-week test of fitness. This online competition is open to anyone in the world. Every week, from Oct. 10, 2019, to Nov. 11, 2019, athletes will complete a workout designed by CrossFit, Inc. to test cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy.
Upon completion of the Open, the top 20 athletes worldwide, as well as the first-place male and female competitors from each eligible country, will earn invitations to compete at the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. Following the Open, top age group athletes from 14-17 and 35-60+ have a second online qualifier to earn an Age Group spot in the finals. Beyond these two online qualifiers, the only way for an athlete to guarantee a spot in the finals is to win one of the 28 Sanctionals™ (CrossFit competitions that are individually owned and operated).
CrossFit Games Open National Champions
The 2020 season will mark the second year in which CrossFit, Inc. awards the first-place man and woman in every eligible nation worldwide the opportunity to compete at the CrossFit Games.
In 2019, CrossFit crowned a total of 232 national champions hailing from 123 different countries. On Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, the first day of competition in Madison, Wisconsin, 143 men and 117 women representing 114 countries took the field, becoming the most diverse field of athletes the CrossFit Games had ever seen.
From Afghanistan to Belgium, Egypt to Estonia, Kosovo to Kuwait — the National Champion Open qualifier gives athletes from nations where CrossFit is in its infancy the opportunity to evolve the sport and represent their countries on a worldwide stage.
There are virtually no barriers to entry for any athlete who wishes to represent their country at the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games. No professional status or allegiance to a sport federation is required or even preferred. Athletes need only do the following:
- Register for the Open.
- Complete and video record all five Open workouts as prescribed over the course of the Open. Submit scores to games.crossfit.com.
Champions will be notified after the Leaderboard is set upon completion of the Open and after citizenship is verified.
About CrossFit, Inc.
CrossFit, Inc. is the developer and provider of the CrossFit® fitness program and a recognized worldwide leader in functional fitness. Founded by Greg Glassman and built on the foundations of constantly varied, high-intensity functional movements, education and collaborative competition, CrossFit-brand workouts develop strength and fitness while cultivating community and camaraderie in each of the more than 15,000 affiliated gyms in CrossFit’s global network. CrossFit, Inc. is a leading accredited certificate issuer for physical-training professionals worldwide and offers specialty certificate programs in addition to its core curriculum. CrossFit, Inc.’s health initiatives pursue an investigation into the ills of modern medicine and the willful abuse of the public’s trust in science. CrossFit, Inc. created and operates the CrossFit Games, an annual competition where elite athletes compete to be named the Fittest on Earth™. To learn more, visit www.CrossFit.com, Games.CrossFit.com, or http://www.youtube.com/CrossFitHQ.
CrossFit, Forging Elite Fitness, The Sport of Fitness and Fittest on Earth are registered trademarks or trademarks of CrossFit, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
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