52b – Tia-Clair Toomey on realizing her CrossFit and Olympic dreams and finding confidence

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“It was still so hard to admit that I wanted to win, because I was scared of failure. I was so scared to say I want to win the CrossFit Games and I don’t do it. It’s just a horrible feeling. It makes you very vulnerable.” – Tia-Clair Toomey

At 23 years of age, Tia-Clair Toomey (Tia) is quite the accomplished athlete. Hailing from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, Tia burst on the CrossFit Games scene earning the title of 2nd Fittest Woman on Earth in both 2015 and 2016. She also quickly established herself as one of Australia’s best Olympic Weightlifters, earning the country’s only female weightlifting spot to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. This also makes her the only athlete to compete in both the CrossFit Games and the Olympics in the same year. She currently resides in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia where she owns and runs CrossFit Gladstone alongside her coach and fiancé, Shane Orr. We caught up recently at Chris Hinshaw’s annual training camp in Cookeville, TN to discuss her background and the whirlwind that has been the past few years of her life.

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In Cookeville, TN

In Part B of this episode, we discuss:

  • Training and qualifying for both the 2016 CrossFit Games the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Losing her grandfather just before her engagement and qualifying for the Rio Olympics
  • The difference in her reaction to placing 2nd in 2015 and placing 2nd in 2016 at the CrossFit Games
  • Learning about herself through competition
  • Her plans for the 2017 CrossFit Games season
  • Future Olympic Weightlifting plans including the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Three things Tia does on a regular basis that have the biggest impact on her health
  • One thing Tia struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Tia at her website, on InstagramTwitterFacebook and at her affiliate CrossFit Gladstone.

Links:

Related Episodes:

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48 – Jen Widerstrom: Health, Habits and Why You Are Enough

28 – James Hobart on Teaching, Competing, and the Real Purpose of CrossFit

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: When has a fear of failure held you back in your own life? Has there been a time when allowing yourself to be vulnerable has paid off for you?


52a – Tia-Clair Toomey on realizing her CrossFit and Olympic dreams and finding confidence

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“If it wasn’t for CrossFit I would have never picked up on the weight training. At the time I thought, why not do both? What if one thing doesn’t work out? I would have another thing to fall back on. If it wasn’t for weightlifting I would have never gotten to Regionals or performed what I needed to in the [CrossFit Games] Open.” – Tia-Clair Toomey

At 23 years of age, Tia-Clair Toomey (Tia) is quite the accomplished athlete. Hailing from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, Tia burst on the CrossFit Games scene earning the title of 2nd Fittest Woman on Earth in both 2015 and 2016. She also quickly established herself as one of Australia’s best Olympic Weightlifters, earning the country’s only female weightlifting spot to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. This also makes her the only athlete to compete in both the CrossFit Games and the Olympics in the same year. She currently resides in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia where she owns and runs CrossFit Gladstone alongside her coach and fiancé, Shane Orr. We caught up recently at Chris Hinshaw’s annual training camp in Cookeville, TN to discuss her background and the whirlwind that has been the past few years of her life.

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Recording with Tia in Cookeville, TN

In Part A of this episode, we discuss:

  • Tia’s background growing up on a sugar cane farm
  • Participating in sports including running, swimming, and netball in her youth
  • Her passion for competing in the Olympics from a young age
  • The beginning of her motivation and study to become a midwife
  • Letting go of her Olympic Track and Field dreams
  • Moving with her boyfriend Shane to a new city where she would eventually find CrossFit
  • Her rocky start with CrossFit and using it to train for running again
  • Being asked to join her gym’s team for a local competition and igniting her desire to compete
  • Competing in her first CrossFit Games Open in 2013 shortly after starting CrossFit
  • Her first experience competing as an individual at the 2014 CrossFit Games Regionals
  • Finding an Olympic Weightlifting coach and setting the goal of competing in both the CrossFit Games and the Rio Olympics in 2016
  • Spectating at the 2014 CrossFit Games
  • Qualifying for and competing in the 2015 CrossFit Games where she placed 2nd in her rookie year

You can follow Tia at her website, on InstagramTwitterFacebook and at her affiliate CrossFit Gladstone.

Links:

Related Episodes:

01 – Rich Froning on Competition, Shifting Priorities and Discovering His Purpose

06 – 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team – Christy Adkins, Jennifer Smith, and Talayna Fortunato

14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on Moving Forward, Engineering and Body Image

47 – Coffee Talk with Katrin, Jen and Kelley at the Reebok Athlete Summit

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: When did you set a goal for yourself that seemed just out of reach? How did you get there?


51 – Dick Costolo on Taking Risks and Finding Fitness

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“Every time in my life, every time I have taken a risk – a big risk that wouldn’t make any sense for what you would do if you wanted to go and be the CEO of a big company –  every time I had done that, it paid off. It ended up being immensely helpful.” – Dick Costolo

Dick is currently the CEO of Chorus, a digital platform that is coming soon to re-imagine the path to personal fitness. He served previously as CEO of Twitter from 2010-2015, during which time the company grew from roughly 300 to 4,000 employees and revenue grew from nothing to $2B per year. Before his time at Twitter, Dick was CEO of FeedBurner which sold to Google in June of 2007. He was also an advisor on Season 3 of HBO’s Silicon Valley. Today, Dick lives with his family in Marin, California. We caught up for a quick workout at CrossFit Marin before sitting down to record this podcast.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up in Michigan
  • His decision to pursue stand-up comedy after completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science.
  • Dick’s exercise background from couch to the Chicago Marathon and finally discovering CrossFit
  • Introducing CrossFit to employees at Twitter
  • How the resiliency and camaraderie of CrossFit translates to the corporate world
  • Dick’s 2013 commencement speech at the University of Michigan
  • His decision to leave Twitter and spend more time with his daughter and family
  • What led him to start his current company, Chorus
  • Digital fitness platforms and accountability
  • How his day-to-day life has changed going from the corporate to start-up
  • Dick’s daily schedule
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Three things Dick does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Dick’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Dick at chorus.fitInstagram and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

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07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the Future and Community

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

QUESTION: What is one risk you’ve taken that has paid off in unexpected ways in your own life? Let me know in the comments below!


50 – A Healthy Life

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Well here we are – I can’t believe we’ve already made it to the 50th episode of Pursuing Health! First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for listening. We are only getting started, and I can’t wait to see how the podcast evolves over the next 50 episodes.

To celebrate, I’ve put together a compilation of some of my favorite answers to the last question I typically ask my guests on the podcast, which is “What does a healthy life look like to you?”

We’ve heard such a wide range of amazing answers to this question and I unfortunately could only share a few of them here. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy listening and thinking about your own answer to this question.

On this episode, we’ll feature answers to this question from a number of Pursuing Health guests including:

If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #JFHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

QUESTION: What does a healthy life look like to YOU? Let me know in the comments below.