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5 times CrossFit Games Champion Tia-Clair Toomey regularly shares content on her YouTube channel to provide insight into how she physical and morale prepare for competitions. In a recent video, “Strongest Woman on Earth” invites her camera crew to tag in a full day of workouts, which equates to more than 13 hours of intense physical activity. This, she explains, is “pretty standard” for the time leading up to the Olympics — which starts at 5:30 a.m.
“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like getting up early, but I feel really good afterwards.” Toomey said. “I know that for me, the feeling afterwards is quite gratifying.”
Toomey started the day with a swim, completing 1 x 100m, 2 x 200m, 3 x 300m, 2 x 200m and 1 x 100m laps. “It’s one of those things where it catches you,” she said. “If you slow down, you’ll find yourself playing catch-up throughout the session… My laggards hurt doing that. They’re screaming.”
Followed by breakfast, Toomey’s husband and trainer Shane Orr do their best to make sure she eats enough calories to fuel her epic workouts. “I tend to forget to eat because I’m too busy or I don’t have enough time,” she says. “I definitely eat throughout the day, but I think he’s very conscious of making sure I’m actually overeating instead of just eating a certain amount.”
She also explained that she tries her best to limit her social life during her Games prep, so as not to over-schedule these already packed days and end up being ” too thin”.
By 11 a.m., Toomey arrived at the track to do some sprinting. “We work with an agility coach, and he helps us move our legs, go around the hat and just touch the sport,” she said. “I think that skill is super important, and can be transferred to a lot of different things… We were a bit weak compared to last year, so over the next few weeks we’ll get better and better, and it will feel more natural.”
The final workout of the day was an extended weight training session in which Toomey performed cleans and loops, loops, deadlifts, shoulder presses, weight swings, arm walks, pull-ups, and SkiErg, before finishing. Soak in an ice bath to support muscle recovery. time for her next training day.
“Everything we are doing is moving us to the next stage,” she said.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the UK on popular culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared on GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.
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