The following script is from "The King of CrossFit" which aired on May 10, 2015, and was rebroadcast on September 13, 2015. Sharyn Alfonsi is the correspondent. Keith Sharman, producer. There are more gyms in America than ever before but we're more overweight than we've ever been.
CrossFit Phenom Annie Thorisdottir: The Fittest Woman on the Planet?
For Annie Thorisdottir, the fittest woman on the planet, working out means pushing her body to the outer limits of performance-and crushing it. If you were to search a collection of stock images for the words women and exercise, you'd end up staring at a lot of willowy young moms standing in tree pose and skinny aerobics instructors brandishing pastel-colored dumbbells.
The first time I tried CrossFit, I didn't really get it. I had been going to conventional gyms regularly since high school and had dabbled in some bodybuilding. To me, working out was about routine. A set number of exercises, performed in a set order, for a set amount of time.
CrossFit, Inc. is a fitness company founded by Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai in 2000. Promoted as both a physical exercise philosophy and also as a competitive fitness sport, CrossFit workouts incorporate elements from high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises.