You follow people on Instagram for a multitude of different reasons. It could be inspirational quotes, the daily workouts, or the simple fact that you love the way someone's butt fits in their corduroys. Whatever your reasons may be, we've all got them. But to dig on a deeper level maybe it's because you love the way someone carries themselves and you aspire to be like them. Or maybe it's their positive mindset and consistent drive that you’d love to model your own work ethic and behavior after. CrossFit is much more than just a sport. It’s built around positivity, achieving your goals, inspiration, ambition and believing in yourself. That’s why we’ve chosen The 8 Most Inspiring and Influential CrossFit Athletes for you to wake up to every morning and help you achieve your dreams!
At nearly 40 years old, this tatted up French blonde Crossfit Queen shows that age is simply a number. Competing all over Europe, if you want a heavy dose of hallelujah that will get you out of bed in the morning, put the coffee away, all you need is a Venti of Virginie. Dedicated, strong and fierce, if you feel like you’re too old to get back in shape, think again. Virginie will prove you wrong.
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From Sán Paulo, Brazil and one of our own Elivate Athlete’s Joyce Rodrigues brings everyone’s work ethic into question. From ballet dancer to professional CrossFit Athlete, Joyce has competed in numerous competitions all over South America, owns her own Box CrossFit Mitra, and has an Instagram loaded with inspiration. She’ll be making her debut in the U.S. at the Wodapalooza in Miami, FL this January. Not to mention she’s a complete knockout! Your welcome.
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If you’ve ever dreamed of having the perfect six-pack, then you were probably dreaming of Patricia’s Lara’s. The chiseled masterpiece from Brazil is fighting her way to the top out in the NorthEast Region, built full of fierce endurance and pure athleticism. Oh! Did we mention, she’s also an Elivate Athlete? With a blissfully exuberant and positive attitude, her IG is full of smiles, and the sexy body shots we all dream of waking up to. If that’s not inspiring then what the hell is.
Out of the Mid-Atlantic Region, ranked 24th overall and 1st in the swim, Jordan Troyan is what we would call the Perfect All-American Man. Sitting at the optimal height of 5”10 and 180lbs Jordan is an all-around stacked statue of studliness. He’s also the owner of his own box CrossFit Rage. If you like having BAE (bacon and eggs) in the morning, then Jordan is the perfect compliment. Wake up and double tap it.
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The stacked spitfire from Magnolia, Texas, coaching at RedSide Crossfit, Rachel Campbell is the living definition of CrossFit. Athletic and brutally strong, If you think you’re in shape, think again. Rachel is equivalent to a modern day Viking and will not stop short of crushing whoever is in her way. With Ham Hawks that will put your boyfriend to shame, she’ll load more weight and kill your 'for time' every time. Oh! She is an Elivate Athlete... BOOM!
With a Back Squat of 330lbs and her Deadlift at 395lb, Quiana Welch, exemplifies beauty in strength personifying what a woman should look like. Recently teaming up with Krissy Mae Cagney at Black Iron Gym, Quiana provokes a profound sense of Ultimate Badass. If you don’t love Quiana you don’t love CrossFit. Did we mention that she’s a former LFL football player?
Aptly named the CrossFit Cowboy, Sean Sweeney is out for blood after placing 30th overall and 4th in the SouthWest Region in only his rookie season. A Navy Veteran, and already owning his own box, CrossFit Powerstroke in Fallon, NV at the age of 25, Sean is nothing but all heart, hard work, and relentless ambition.
Inspiration can be very subjective when trying to define it in an all-encompassing way, however, Krissy Mae Cagney is what we would all consider as inspiring. If this list were numbered, she would without a doubt be at the top. From humble beginnings, to overcoming personal animosity and adversity, Krissy has overcome her biggest challenges to now, being a tatted CrossFit powerhouse, published author, owning her own CrossFit Box Black Iron Gym (which includes top tier CrossFit coaches) and she’s the creator of one of the most influential lifestyle brands in the CrossFit world, Doughnuts & Deadlifts.
Our CEO Walter Hinchman had this to say
“I can remember when Krissy and I were sixteen years old, running around town causing havoc, having a great time, doing what teenagers do. In college, we still didn’t know what would become of us, and how we were going to achieve our dreams. I can still remember the day, she told me she just finished her NASM certification, and that she wanted to move to Los Angeles. Not only did she do that, she changed the entire CrossFit Community along the way! It’s amazing to remember this skinny blonde, girl turn into an absolute beast and incredible inspiration to millions of people. She’s been featured in dozens of publications, and has transcended every goal she’s set her mind to. She’s created her own destiny, and that’s what everyone craves and desires to have.”
If you’re looking for ambition, dedication, gumption and fortitude to overcome obstacles and crush your dreams, Krissy is the answer.