This month I would like to talk about heroes. Heroes are important to me as they show me what I should be doing to become the person I want to be, a CrossFit and Olympic champion. But I don’t just follow CrossFit athletes and Olympians, I follow a wide variety of people.
Here are some of my heroes:
In CrossFit I love the Dottirs, they were the first people I saw on a YouTube video that I thought were really cool and wanted to be like. Annie Thorisdottir, Sara Sigmundsdottir and Katrin Davidsdottir were all so strong and athletic and pretty that I just started working out straight away.
After that I started following the current CrossFit champions like Tia-Claire Toomey, Matt Fraser and one of the best ever Rich Froning to see what they do. I also follow younger CrossFit athletes now, like former Teen CrossFit champion Haley Adams and two of the top ten this year Sophie Shaft and Emma Lawson. Following them I have learned about nutrition and dedication, working out every morning and afternoon after school.
One of my best friends is Emily Bott. She’s a cheerleader in America and a National Tumbling Champion who I talk to every day. She’s so cool, she’s come back from a lot of injuries and surgeries but shows me how to be a real champion and inspires me. She also helps me because we do virtual workouts together, following workouts on YouTube or coming up with workouts together. It’s so much fun to have a hero as a friend. She’s like a big sister. I just love her so much.
Someone else I really love is The Rock. I love his movies but whenever I feel like I don’t want to work out I remember things he says or watch a YouTube video of his. “Blood sweat and respect, the first two you give the last one you earn” and “be the hardest worker in the room” are things we say all the time in our house. Other movie heroes include Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman. I love that they are so strong. The actress who played Captain Marvel pushed a car in her training for that film so I decided I had to do that. I can push a car easy now.
Another person I don’t talk to as much as I’d like but is a huge inspiration to me is a local personal trainer called Elishah Crutchley “The Fitness Princess”. She invited me onto the stage once to help her warm-up the crowd before a charity run and gave me a “Fitness Princess in Training” t-shirt which I just love. I wear it all the time. I’m not sure I’d want to be a personal trainer when I grow up after I win the CrossFit games and Olympics but I’d like to be a strength and conditioning coach.
Another of my heroes is Sarah Davies, one of the best girl weightlifters in the UK. She’s pretty and strong and cool. She’s asked if I will go train with her one day but her gym is a long way away but I’d really love to go and learn from her.
When a strongman show came to Telford I really started to enjoy strongman stuff, so I love Eddie Hall. I met him once and he was really nice and fun and said I should keep lifting heavy when I told him about my deadlifts. I really like strongman workouts, farmers walk being by favourite so one day I’d really like to take part in a strongman event but daddy says I might be too small to go very far in it.
Your heroes are important. They can help motivate you and keep you disciplined. But I think it’s more important to be your own hero. Be the best version of you.
Monthly Check In
Weight – 26.8Kg
Personal Bests this month
Deadlift – 45Kg – increase of 2.4Kg
Back Squat – 32.2Kg – increase of 5.4Kg
Bench Press – 17.5Kg – increase of 2.5Kg
5 Lift Challenge (max Bench Press, Deadlift, Chest Press, Snatch and Clean and Jerk in 60-minutes) – 124.7Kg Unofficial World Record! – Beats old world record of 93.6Kg in Under 10, Under 30Kg Female division
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