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Meet the Top Female Competitors in CrossFit

See how Katrin Davidsdottir, Tia Clair Toomey, and Kari Pearce train for the CrossFit Games.

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Katrin Davidsdottir

  • 2-time “Fittest Woman on Earth” Reebok CrossFit Games champ (2015/2016)
  • 4 appearances at the CrossFit Games (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • Country of Origin: Reykjavik, Iceland, now based in Boston
  • Reebok Athlete
  • @katrintanja

Calm, collected, and bubbly despite the grueling workout schedule she maintains, Katrin Davidsdottir, 23, makes you want to lean in to hear her secret. Her coach, Ben Bergeron, has set the bar high, but it’s her consistency and mental training that have helped her garner wins at the past two CrossFit Games. “I read a lot of sports psychology about elite athletes, their approach to training and competition, and what they’ve had to overcome.” But she doesn’t do it alone: “Ben is definitely the one who gets my mindset straight on a daily basis. He makes sure I’m focusing on the right things and constantly developing my character.”

GRIND AT THE GYM

Improvement doesn’t come easy, so you have to love it. “I love training and the daily grind at the gym.” In other words, she has found her niche. “My favorite part is right after a workout, when I’ve worked hard and just know I’ve gotten better. I leave the gym better than when I walked into it.” But she’s sure to listen to her body. If she’s especially tired or sore in a particular area, she works with her coach to switch it up before her next workout to avoid injury. “I definitely do have a plan, but I am constantly checking in and asking myself, “Am I working hard enough?”
I want to make sure that every workout I do I give 100%.”

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NO TRAIN, NO GAIN

After her big win at the 2016 CrossFit Games in July, her volume isn’t high. “It is important to take some time to give both body and mind a break. But by September I was back at full speed. I couldn't wait!” she says. Yet what about when the stakes are at their peak, just before the CrossFit Games? “My training was at its all-time high before the [2016] Games. I worked out two to three times a day, five days a week.” Days 6 and 7 were lighter days, reserved for swimming. “Games training is my absolute favorite time of year! I love working hard toward something. It’s also when my coach tries to get me out of my comfort zone, so training is full of surprises and overcoming things I thought I couldn’t do.”

MIND OF A WINNER

Any competition is a surreal scene, but the CrossFit Games is a unique spectacle all its own. “In competition I want to make sure I stay focused on myself and give my best effort every time. My goal is to come out of it with no regrets, to know thatI left nothing in the tank. In training it’s easy to focus on yourself and run your own race. That’s when I’m in my comfort zone and not racing anyone. So when it comes competition time it’s important to not get caught up in running someone else’s race or comparing yourself with other girls. I want to be the absolute best version of myself.”

103,000: Number of individual women Davidsdottir had to best in 2016--over five weeks of Opens and Regionals (the worldwide matches they compete in to secure one of 40 slots in their category in the Games)--to keep the title of "Fittest Woman on Earth."

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