170-lb. bench presses, 13 reps
Then, complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
7 chest-to-bar pull-ups
77 double-unders
170-lb. squat clean thrusters, 2 reps
28 sit-ups

Beauty Beyond Strength

Stacie Tovar has been a fixture in the CrossFit community since she qualified for her first CrossFit Games in 2009.  I competed with her in the final heat in 2009, and then again in 2010, at regionals.  As her CrossFit resume has grown, I’ve come to admire her.  I don’t really know her, but I know that she is always smiling, that she has some of the most incredible composure as an athlete in competition, and that her ability to ascend to and then remain at the top year after year – as the sport has grown – speaks volumes about the athlete she is.

After qualifying in 2009, she went on to qualify for five CrossFit Games and currently sits in the top 100 in the world in the 2015 CrossFit Open.

Oftentimes, we look at Games athletes, or athletes of any high caliber, and think that all they must do is train, but in the video above, you’ll see there’s a lot more to Stacie Tovar than bootie shorts and CrossFit training.

What struck a chord with me in this video is that we could make a video like this about each of you – the athletes at Roots.  Outside the hour of your CrossFit workout you have talents, careers, hobbies, and stories that the coaches are wowed to learn about.  We even share them at our coaches meetings sometimes.

For many of us, CrossFit is a part of our lives, but it is not the single element of our life that defines us.  Vital?  Absolutely.  Something that pushes us to focus, drive, and be better at our talents, career, and personal life?  For certain.  

Some days being in the gym is about pushing yourself to new fitness heights.  Sometimes, it’s about remembering that there is beauty beyond strength and that your CrossFit workout is just one part of the journey.

What is your talent or hobby outside the shop?  Post to comments.