Ep 64 – Haley Adams: A CrossFit Games Teen with Talent

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“Keep your eyes on the prize. Don’t get distracted. That’s pretty much what I think about every day.” – Haley Adams

Haley Adams is a 16-year-old Reebok CrossFit Games athlete from College Hill CrossFit in Greensboro, North Carolina. Haley has a strong gymnastics background and first found CrossFit in 2014. She qualified for and competed in the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games where she placed 2nd in the 14-15 Teenage Girls division. Following this early success, Haley decided to begin homeschooling so she could commit herself to her training this year. Thus far in the 2017 season, she won the 16-17 Teenage Girl division in the Open and also qualifyed to the Atlantic Regional where she competed and finished in 14th. We caught up recently at Power Monkey Fitness Camp to discuss her approach to training and her goals for the 2017 season.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Haley’s background in gymnastics, cross country, and swimming
  • Finding CrossFit and the inspiration to compete
  • Haley’s 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games experience
  • Her decision to start homeschooling and working with her coach Jason Leydon
  • Haley’s daily routine including school, training, and nutrition
  • Haley’s goals for the 2017 season in the 16-17 Teenage Girl age division
  • Three things Haley does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Haley’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Haley on Instagram.

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Related Episodes:

Ep 14 – Camille Leblanc-Bazinet on moving forward, engineering, and body image

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

Ep 52A – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 52B – Tia-Clair Toomey on Realizing her CrossFit and Olympic Dreams and Finding Confidence

Ep 56 – Katrín Davíðsdóttir and Ben Bergeron on the Process of Creating a Champion

Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir and Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance

 

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.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

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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 #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: What qualities of a CrossFit Games Teenage athlete do you think will serve them well in their future competitive career and life in general?


Ep 63 – Sara Sigmundsdottir on finding her happy place

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‘[A healthy life looks like} being happy. I think that’s just what matters the most. People often think that healthy is being skinny and looking good. It’s so not true. So many people look really good but are so unhappy. I think when you find the things that make you happy, then you’re living a healthy life.” – Sara Sigmundsdottir

Sara Sigmundsdottir is a 24-year old Icelandic athlete who has finished in third place at the Reebok CrossFit Games for the past 2 years. Heading into the 2017 Games, she’s taken the title for both the Reebok CrossFit Games Open and the Central Regional this season. She has also competed in several weightlifting competitions and broke several Icelandic national records at the 2017 WOW Reykjavik Games Olympic Weightlifting Championships.

Sara started CrossFit in 2012 with very little competitive athletic background, growing up with a passion for music and art. After finding her way from bootcamp training to CrossFit, Sara made her competitive debut in 2013 and eventually made her way to the top of the podium at the Meridian Regional in 2015 and 2016. We caught up recently at CrossFit Mayhem, where she has been living and training this season for the 2017 CrossFit Games.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up the youngest of five kids, both in the US and in Iceland
  • Sara’s passion for art, music, sports and her competitive spirit
  • Finding CrossFit at 17 through bootcamp classes and figure competitions
  • Sara’s first local CrossFit competition
  • The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Open and the beginning of her competitive CrossFit career
  • Training in Iceland and the influence of other Icelandic athletes
  • Adding training into her normal day
  • Working on weaknesses regularly
  • The 2015 Reebok CrossFit season and the year she broke through
  • The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games and the mental feat
  • Sara’s mental approach and the importance of a positive training environment
  • Her decision to move to Cookeville, TN to train at CrossFit Mayhem and how her training has changed
  • A typical day and week of training for Sara
  • Sara’s approach to nutrition
  • Three things Sara does on a regular basis that has the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Sara’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Sara on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

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Related Episodes:

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

Ep 08 – Chris Hinshaw on Regaining Functionality and Endurance Coaching and Programming for the CrossFit Community

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

Ep 25 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games, and the Future

Ep 57 – Annie Thorisdottir & Fred Aegidius on Team Work and Individual Performance

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.

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

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: Have you ever made a change in your environment that had a positive impact on your motivation, happiness, and overall well-being? Tell me about it below!


Ep 62 – Becca Voigt: The Woman, The Myth, The Legend

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“When I was introduced to CrossFit, it was one of those things where I fell in love – and as many people have probably already heard – I fell in love with the community. And that was that team aspect that I was craving for again. And I fell in love with it – and to to this day community is the biggest piece of importance for me.” – Becca Voigt

Since 2008, Becca Voigt has competed in the CrossFit Games every single year, an accomplishment no other athlete can claim. As a true veteran of the sport, Becca has grown and adapted to the ever-changing demands of competition over the past decade. She’s consistently finished in the top half of the field, and earned a spot on the podium with a 3rd place finish in 2011. Becca was awarded the 2014 Spirit of the Games Award for her positive attitude and sportsmanship through competition. Becca resides in Toluca Lake, California where she trains and runs her affiliate, CrossFit Training Yard.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Becca’s childhood and influence of her mother, a professional soccer player
  • How basketball developed Becca’s passion for team sports
  • Finding CrossFit and how the community drew her in
  • What Becca does to establish the culture and community at her affiliate
  • How Becca’s CrossFit competition career began
  • The evolution of the CrossFit Games and Becca’s approach to training
  • Becca’s current goals and focus
  • Becca’s experience opening and running her own affiliate
  • Three things Becca does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on her health
  • One thing she struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Becca’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Becca

You can follow Becca on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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Related Episodes:

Ep 03 – Lindsey Smith on Competitive Drive and Finding Balance

Ep 06 – Women of the 2015 CrossFit Games Demo Team

Ep 22 – Christy Adkins on Overcoming Injury, Training for the 2016 CrossFit Games, and the Future

Ep 23 – Lindsey Valenzuela on Pregnancy, Affiliate Ownership, and Competition

Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

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: It was the community that drew Becca into CrossFit and has propelled her to great success in her competitive career and affiliate. What about CrossFit was most intriguing to you when you first started?


Ep 61 – Ron Ortiz on fighting fires and raising the bar with age

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“I think the sad thing is, our society has accepted the fact that with age, you are going to be a certain way. That is one thing that CrossFit has allowed me is to not be so accepting of that. I can make the bar. I can change the bar and make it a little bit higher. I can push myself to levels to where most 50-year-old guys are going ‘I can’t even do a handstand.’ And I say, yeah you can. You just have to take time to do it.” – Ron Ortiz

Ron Ortiz is a 6-time CrossFit Games Masters Athlete and two-time Champion (2013 Masters Men 45-49, 2016 Masters Men 50-54). At 51 years of age, he is currently competing in the 50-54 year-old category. A firefighter for the past 18 years, Ron discovered CrossFit in 2009. He has become a staple in the CrossFit Games Masters community, and he has also taken his training to the fire station, inspiring other first responders to change their lifestyle. He is husband of 24+ years and a father of three.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Growing up in an athletically talented family
  • What led Ron to become a firefighter and why he loves his job
  • How Ron got started in CrossFit
  • The impact of CrossFit on Masters athletes and longevity
  • How his approach to training has evolved as a Masters competitor
  • The benefits he’s found from individual coaching and working with specialists
  • Ron’s approach to nutrition
  • Ron’s words of wisdom
  • How Ron hopes to influence his children by demonstrating what hard work
  • Three things Ron 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 Ron’s health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him

You can follow Ron on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Links:

Related Episodes:

Ep 31 – Robert Porter and his Coach Patrick Flannery on Losing 90 Pounds with CrossFit and Finding the Right Community for You

Ep 35 – Coach Greg Glassman on CrossFit, Chronic Disease and the ‘5 Buckets of Death’

Ep 54 – Neal Maddox: From Football to Forty

Ep 59 – Annie Sakamoto on the evolution of CrossFit and setting an example for future generations

Ep 60 – Chris Spealler on training for longevity and becoming a Master

This episode is brought to you by MobilityWOD. Do you struggle to get into good positions in your training and workouts? Are your movement compensations causing you undue pain and grief?  M|WOD’s belief is that every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves and they’ve been the go-to resource the world’s best athletes and teams for nearly 10 years.

Visit https://www.mobilitywod.com/subscribe/pro-yearly/ and use code JULIEFOUCHER for 20% off your annual membership as a Pursuing Health listener.

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: What are some of the preconceived notions you have about aging? How has CrossFit helped you to redefine what your life will look like as you get older?