“Get Fit for the Pit” with Christmas Abbott

On Sunday morning at the CrossFit Games, I had the opportunity to change tires, workout, and chat with Christmas Abbott. No big deal.

Never heard of Christmas Abbott? Well, you’re missing out! She’s super cool. Christmas is an amazing Reebok CrossFit athlete (she’s qualified for the CrossFit Games twice now).

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And she also changes tires for NASCAR pit crews. How cool is that?!?

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Our workout with Christmas started with her teaching us how to change a tire on a race car.

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For real.

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I can honestly say changing a race car tire is something I never thought I’d do in my life! It’s actually not as hard as it looks, but in NASCAR races you have to do it really fast. Christmas said she can change two tires in 14 seconds!

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Once we learned how to remove the lug nuts from the tire, it was time for a little competition””and, of course, it was CrossFit-inspired!

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Here’s the WOD we did:

10 Burpees
5 Tire Flips
1 Burpee
Remove tire from car

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It was awesome!

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Once Christmas demonstrated the workout, we all had a chance to try it for ourselves.

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The Burpees and Tire Flips were no problem for me.

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But getting the tire off the car was stressful!

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I sort of panicked and struggled with a few of the lug nuts, but, man, it was fun grabbing that tire off the car!

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The group with Christmas!

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Fitfluential bloggers with Christmas!

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And here’s a short interview that Ericka, Anne, Gina, and I did with Christmas. We each asked her one question, including what she eats (I love what she says about fat), how she changed her unhealthy lifestyle, how she got into changing tires for NASCAR pit crews, and what’s happening with her new CrossFit box.

Questions of the Day

Have you ever changed a tire?

How knowledgeable/skilled are you when it comes to car repairs/maintenance or do you just go to your local mechanic and hand them your credit card like I do?

63 Comments

  1. Can’t say I have ever had to change a tire on my own — THANKFULLY I’ve always had someone (Thanks, Dad!) to change them for me. Considering I manage to go all out when I mess up tires (think bending the chassy, yikes), I’m very lucky I’ve always had help!

  2. Aah, I love Christmas! A friend of mine (Claire from the Girls Gone WOD podcast & The Ascent Blog) did that WOD with Christmas too! I’m infinitely jealous. 5’3″ Crossfit ladies, represent! 🙂

    And per your question, yes, I can change a tire! I just started getting into amateur autocrossing (driving around a cone-indicated course, no tire-to-tire racing for me!) and love doing my own oil changes and routine maintenance when I have the time. Fun stuff!

  3. Hey Crew!not much to say about this morning, eepxct HOLY SH*&!!!!!!!!! I hope everyone who came out had a great time .it was awesome watching all of you perform! Who didn’t set a PR today in the Total??Great job everyone! I will get the official pics up online as soon as possible. If you took pictures make sure to post them to the Facebook Fan Page!Truly inspiring! Looking forward to the next one!

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