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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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

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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.

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