The world’s fittest woman is not a triathlete, cyclist or runner. She is not a professional footballer either. She is Tia Toomey, a Reebok sponsored CrossFit athlete from Australia.
The 24-year-old Brisbane native was crowned the Fittest Woman on Earth at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Wisconsin back in August after a gruelling four days of competition.
Toomey, a weightlifter who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, was put through a series of events including standard aerobic, weightlifting and gymnastics movements to become the overall victor.
The CrossFit games is an annual event held to determine the fittest man and woman on earth. Athletes have to qualify through regional events and face exercises from hill sprints to sandbag carries to open water swims and endurance events. The athlete with the most points after the four-day competition is deemed the winner.
What is remarkable about Toomey’s story is that she only took up CrossFit seven years ago after practicing the sport to help increase her power and strength for the 400 metre hurdles.
With the aim of expanding knowledge of calisthenics and the growth of discipline within the region, Battle of the Bars (BOTB) announced on Wednesday the return of its 4th installment at Gravity Calisthenics Gym, Al Quoz in Dubai.
The event will take place on November 17 and 18 at La Mer, Jumeirah 1.
Battle of the Bars, created by the World Calisthenics Organisation, is the world’s first calisthenics competition based on individual battles. Competitors go head-to-head, where they are judged based on strength, endurance, agility, creativity and technique.
Battles are held in different countries throughout the world. Winners of these different battles qualify and get a chance to compete in the main battle that takes place every year in Los Angeles.
The format consists of a 16-man competition where contestants go head-to-head in three-minute battles, with an elimination scheme.
“The message we are communicating is the foundation of calisthenics as well as its influence on individuals, competition and contribution to the fitness landscape in the region,” explains Yousuf Al Gurg, a key figure behind BOTB and co-founder of Gravity Calisthenics Gym.
“The introduction of calisthenics to the region will help bring regulation and progression to the platform.”
Targeting UAE and GCC youth aged 15 – 30, the event will showcase a range of calisthenic-trained athletes and their skills, highlighting the importance of the discipline.
The du Tough Mudder challenge returns to the UAE next month and with the help of Volvic and their brand ambassador Marcus Smith we’ve been giving you some top tips.
Step one was goal setting, followed by advice on what is the right nutrition and hydration with making sure to utilise the best stretches, to getting yourself in tip top shape.
Running will of course be a key element, but so will your determination, mental strength and team work as you tackle the du Tough Mudder challenge on December 8 and 9.
Naturally, there is going to be challenging times through any race, times when you want to give up and stop.
But remember where you started and all the hard work you put in to make the goal possible of getting over the finish line at Hamdan Sports Complex for du Tough Mudder.
There’s no point in making the sacrifice to compete if you are not going to give 100% to get the best out of yourself on race day.
Du Tough Mudder is all about team work so make you are thinking about others around you during the gruelling military style course.
So, check out Marcus’ handy hint above and don’t forget, for your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture or video on social media of you completing a run and hashtag #FindYourVolcano.