How A 52-Year-Old Went From Not Being Able To Do A Push-Up To Winning The CrossFit Games

Shellie Edington CrossFit Games Master

It all began on a hot August day in 2010. Shellie Edington, then 46, was attempting to peel her sweaty, sticky body off of a black exercise mat that was curling up at the corners­ and causing other gym goers to trip over the edges. “I’m going to die here,” she thought, as she struggled to push off the ground. The former competitive gymnast, who once trained with Olympic gold medalist Mary Lou Retton, could no longer do a single push-up. An extremely humbled Edington looked around the abandoned warehouse. It was a bare-boned CrossFit gym, the newly opened Fit […]

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Developing a Strong False Grip

The false grip is awkward and painful, but don’t be scared! With a few simple steps, you can drastically limit abrasions. You should always use whatever you need to, to get the work in. Personally, I don’t like grips for the rings, and you really shouldn’t need grips when just doing hanging drills. Instead, I prefer the Crossfit gloves for when I require hand protection on ring work, and that may work for you too, but experiment to see. The following steps will help you develop a strong false grip: Warm Up and Tape Up It is so important to […]

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Balancing Act: Fitness, Work and Family

As parents, and especially as moms balancing family and work is often exhausting, then add in fitness and it feels like the scale will just tip right over and dump everything off. Luckily for me, the balancing act is slightly easier when you’re an athlete in your 50’s. I’m no longer in the weeds of child rearing, my girls are young adults, and for me carving out time for fitness comes easier in this stage of life. My biggest obstacle is balancing work and fitness, but fitness is a hedge against injury, illness and disease, so even if I weren’t

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Preparing for the Crossfit Masters Qualifier 2015

SMILE & BREATHE After surviving the emotional and physical aspects of the 2015 Crossfit Open I felt relief mixed with the sure knowledge that it is time to get to work!  The Open tends to up end even the best programming schedules as movements/lifts/loads come in second to having a healthy, recovered master athlete. PREP My Master Qualifier prep was waylaid by a nasty upper respiratory bug that hit me upon completion on my 15.5 redo. Thankful the Open is past I am anxious to move forward in my training. I have found that when your body wants to rest […]

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