This is what it looks like to be the world’s fittest woman.
Tia-Clair Toomey has taken the gold at this year’s CrossFit Games, ascending the podium to be crowned the world’s greatest exercise defeating warrior in 2017.
It’s clear just at a glance that Toomey is no stranger to physical exertion, but the interest in competitive fitness sports goes beyond CrossFit. She competed in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio as a weightlifter for her native Australia where she came in 14th overall.
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Simply getting to the Olympics was award enough in 2016, but this year she had her sights set on CrossFit gold.
For those not in the know, the CrossFit Games are an annual event hosted by CrossFit Inc and Reebok since 2007. Competitors from around the globe compete in a series of CrossFit inspired workouts, such as burpees, kettlebell lunges, run swim runs, muscle-ups, and more. In keeping with the CrossFit ethos, the exact exercises are unknown to competitors until days before the event, preventing anyone from being able to focus their efforts on a particular workout routine.
The games are capped off with elaborate obstacle courses requiring athletes to do long distance ocean swims, repeated softball throws, or ascend an enormous pegboard. Competitors must be “ready for anything” according to official marketing, with the winner being crowned as the fittest man or woman on Earth.
It’s not limited to professional athletes either – anyone can sign up to compete in the CrossFit games if they think they’re up to it. Getting to the actual games is a bit more difficult though. There’s a five-week open qualifier held first where the top scorers then move on to the regional qualifiers. The winners of the regional qualifiers then go to compete at the actual games themselves.
This year’s events read like a couch potato’s worst nightmare, the games starting with a 1.2 km run, followed by 12 rounds of 4 push-ups, 8 bar pull-ups, and 12 squats – all while wearing a 20 lb vest for men or a 14 lb vest for women.
After achieving her ultimate victory, edging out the nearest competitor by a mere 2 points, Tomey thanked her friends and trainers on Instagram. “I am still trying to wrap my head around the last 24 hours!!!” she wrote. “What an incredible weekend it has been competing at the 2017 Crossfit Games alongside the most incredible bunch of athletes. I love you girls. Congratulations!”
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