Entries Tagged 'CrossFit' ↓

world’s fittest women

In celebration of Festivus, I link to a click grabbing post from CNN which selected Gabby Douglas 1st and 5th — using no criteria at all — on a list of the world’s fittest women 2012.

I’ve little doubt that #2 Annie Thorisdottir, former gymnast and two time World CrossFit champion, could best any woman alive today at feats of strength.

CrossFit Games History: 2007-2013


Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Mike.

Let Me Tell You About CrossFit

Byers owner/coach Debbie Broderick Rodriguez is pretty crazy about CrossFit. She linked to the best promo video I’ve seen yet introducing the sport to newbies.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

People walk in the door and ask:

… “Hey, where are the machines?”

… We’re the machines.

CrossFit is great and getting better. Getting safer.

Still, I’d rate regular gymnastics bodyweight training as superior. And much safer.

Where CrossFit succeeds best is in the psychological domain. The team approach, very well explained in that video. We should emulate that.

Iceland Annie CrossFit Champ

The former gymnast from CrossFit Reykjavik wins again.

2012 Reebok CrossFit Games

1. Annie Thorisdottir (1062)
2. Julie Foucher (977)
3. Talayna Fortunato (973)

Annie’s Got Game – First Repeat Reebok Crossfit Games Champion

“Thor’s daughter” takes home $250,000, the same prize money as is awarded to the top male.

Height:170 cm
Weight:67 kg

Annie Thorisdottir on Facebook

Reebok CrossFit ad

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(via Hard Body)

Comedian tries CrossFit

Did you happen to catch the CrossFit Games Show Marathon on TV?

Defending champion, former gymnast Annie Thorisdottir is one awesome fitness machine.

This year’s edition will go in Carson, Calif. July 13-15.

Comedian Jason Auer:

… prepares for the 2011 Reebok Crossfit Games. Problem is, that he hasn’t qualified. That won’t stop the Auer of Power

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

via Marcus Harlin on Facebook

Gymnastics Bodies – Miami

Strength guru Chris Sommer of Gymnastics Bodies is offering his popular introductory course in the Sunshine State.

Building the Gymnastic Body” (see right hand navigation) is the reference text.

Sun Jan 22nd, 2012
Carlson Gracie Jujitsu
Miami, Florida

… for all those who wish to obtain the benefits of gymnastics strength training including fitness enthusiasts, MMA, crossfit, parkour, free running, yoga, climbing and gymnastics professionals. Beginners are absolutely welcome …

details and registration

Click PLAY or watch one of his 9yr-old demonstrators on YouTube.

More Gymnastic Bodies videos on YouTube.

Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength

Here’s more information on the intriguing new book by Steven Low, of the gymnastics performance troupe, Gymkana.

This article by Steven will give you a good idea of what’s included:

Eat Move Improve – The Fundamentals of Bodyweight Strength Training

Table of Contents

Don’t be overwhelmed. It’s actually oriented for beginner and intermediate athletes of all kinds. The emphasis is on upper body strength training using your own body weight. CrossFit and Gymnastics.

It’s $49.95 on Amazon. Unfortunately there’s no Kindle edition, as yet.

Gymnastics Cross Training = mobile fitness

Jason Edward MacDonald of Gymnastike linked to this unusual video. It includes gymnasts from Temple and Springfield College.

GXT – Gymnastics Cross Training combines the most contemporary training modalities of P90X, TRX Suspension Training, Crossfit, and functional training all while emphasizing gymnastics strength movements, drills, and progressions. Gymnastics movements lay the foundation for all sport movements and skills. Getting stronger with the weight of your own body through all planes of motion is what GXT will help you do.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The “truck trainer” drives to you. Condition where you wish.

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With that rig I could go on a long road trip, and get in wicked shape en route.

Annie Mist – CrossFit champ

Update: Annie was a gymnast at Gerpla until age-16. Why am I not surprised. Thanks for the info, Gummi Brynjólfsson.

Annie Mist Thorisdottir from Iceland won the CrossFit world championships over the weekend in Los Angeles and has now been personally congratulated by President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson. …

Annie Mist won the CrossFit world title at the weekend, including ISK 30 million in prize money. She won three out of ten events and came third in four events; putting her on 842 points — 43 points ahead of Kristan Clever from the USA who came in second. …

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Next Annie heard from the taxman. She owes the Icelandic supertax. They want about $111,000, nearly half the prize money.

Annie is welcome to move to Canada. Any time.

… I’m still not convinced CrossFit is a healthy competitive sport, however. Watch Annie at an earlier competition this season (VIDEO) and you’ll see what I mean.

kip on 2 ropes

via BeastSkills on Facebook

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Jim of BeastSkills.com, inspired, tried the same thing on one rope. Is this a kip? Or a fast muscle-up?

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Women’s CrossFit

It’s worth watching the introduction to this video. Good question:

Why do women’s Health and Fitness magazines put skinny models on the cover?

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Personally, the only magazine cover I check out is Oxygen. Those covergirl athletes are extraordinarily fit.

I’m still concerned about safety at CrossFit clubs, though the best are very safe.

CrossFit for ex-gymnasts

Formerly I said that Artistic gymnasts were the fittest female athletes.

No more. In 2010 the top CrossFit women are more “fit” than the best Artistic girls.

That’s quite new.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning fitness methodology that promotes broad and general overall physical fitness. CrossFit combines weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics. CrossFit says that proficiency is required in each of ten fitness domains: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. …

Gymnastics coach and judge Jeff MacRae took me to a regular CrossFit workout at his gym in Charlottetown, PEI.

Jeff MacRae - Crossfit, Charlottetown, PEI

Conveniently, CrossFit PEI is located right beside his gymnastics club.

Jeff’s only recently taken up the sport yet qualified to National Championships for the first time in 2010. (Inconveniently Crossfit Nationals conflicted with Artistic Gymnastics Nationals.)

Jeff is certified as a “gymnastics expert” in Crossfit. Indeed he’s scheduled to teach several “gymnastics” workshops across Atlantic Canada.

Crossfit is booming. If you’ve not yet checked it out yourself, stop by your local club. My preconceptions that it would be dangerous, participants using bad technique, turned out to be unfounded. Jeff cannot recall a serious injury at his program over the past 2yrs.