I’m an avid sportswoman and adventurous traveler. I’ve visited more than 100 countries. I’ve climbed eight out of the nine Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent), but my most recent challenge has been conquering the world of CrossFit.
Four years ago, I found myself in a former auto-body shop that was repurposed as a gym. There were no rows of elliptical machines or treadmills, just a raw space filled with gym equipment: Pull-up racks, stacks of weights, rubber bands, jump ropes and gymnastic rings and ropes hanging from the ceiling.
Other people might find this kind of setting intimidating, but it reminded me of a former gymnastics trainer I had once worked with in New York City. He was referred to as the “toughest trainer in town” and only used old-school equipment like barbells, kettlebells and pig-iron pull-ups — all of which I saw staring in front of me at Paradisso CrossFit.
In that moment, I felt ready to embark on this new adventure. Now, four years later, I am preparing to compete in the CrossFit Games. It’s such an honor and I am beyond excited. Here are three CrossFit moves I’ve mastered — I hope they inspire you to keep pushing yourself to try new challenges:
This is me practicing an Olympic weightlifting move called the "Clean" at Waxman’s Gym. My weights are at and above 45k, which is not the most weight I can clean, but here I'm doing multiple repetitions, so the weights are lower.
2. Sled Pull
Here I am learning to efficiently pull and push a sled weighing more than 100 pounds. Pulling uses mostly upper body strength in the shoulders and arms, coupled with a strong, tight core. Pushing is all glutes and hamstring strength.
3. Toes To Bar
This is me practicing a move called "Toes To Bar." It is often seen in CrossFit competitions and requires grip strength, engagement of the lats and abs and coordination to link them for speed.
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