Katrin Davidsdottir is a two-time Fittest Woman on Earth. This doesn’t come from genetics, or luck, or from doing a bit of exercise here and there. It comes from strategic training, eating, and sleeping, and a strong network around you, supporting you whatever happens.
I know that already. You know that. But thinking you know what somebody’s life is like and actually experiencing it are two very different things. I was lucky enough to spend some time with the champ – to find out what she really eats (a lot at breakfast, for one), how she trains, and how her network operates around her – and I was amazed by her quiet determination and focus.
Here, I’ve documented a workout I did with her – which for her was just a warmup, and one that keeps her ticking over on active rest day – so you can hear for yourself what kind of athlete she really is. Maybe you could even give the workout a go yourself..!
Katrin is in London for the launch of the Reebok CrossFit Nano 7, and I was lucky enough to be one of her chaperones around the city which included joining in on a training session with the two-time CrossFit Games champion.
I say training session – but actually, this day was a rest day for Katrin, so she’s going to take it easy. I’m disappointed that I won’t get to WOD with her, until I’m told Team Reebok UK and I will be doing Katrin’s warm-up with her, which she’ll do on rest days to keep moving and retain blood volume.
After she’s written the warm-up on the board, I go over to suss it out – and am pretty horrified to see that it’s more intense than one of my full training sessions. I consider quietly doing my own thing in the corner of the gym, until I give myself a pep talk and join in just before the clock begins its countdown.
This pep talk theme carries on throughout the entire 30 minutes of the workout, which involves me considering stopping or at the very least having a sit-down break between movements, then reminding myself that it’s this attitude and mindset that separates me from athletes like Team Reebok and Katrin. I admit, I scaled down some of the movements – like swapping 15 wall balls for 10 – but I made it right through the 30 minutes without stopping and fared reasonably in a group of elite athletes! I’ll take that as a small win.
Take a look at the photos below, featuring me on the front seat of the struggle bus and Katrin looking serene. I’ve also written up the rest day workout below for you to try out some time – I’ll definitely let you off if you use it as a full workout!
|EMOM 30 minutes|
|15/12||calorie ski erg|