Kari Pearce: America’s Fittest Woman Discusses The CrossFit Games

Kari Pearce is a 5-time CrossFit Games athlete and earned the title of “America’s Fittest Woman” in 2016, 2018, and 2019. She’s a former Division 1 gymnast who’s well known for her incredible capacity on bodyweight movements. We talk to Kari about training around injury, attacking weaknesses, and what most CrossFitters get wrong about core strength. 

In this episode of The BarBend Podcast, guest Kari Pearce and host David Thomas Tao discuss:

  • What a CrossFit Games athlete’s “offseason” looks like (2:05)
  • Battling injuries this year (3:20)
  • Passing CrossFit Open standards and waiting on CrossFit HQ to give out qualifying spots (7:00)
  • Attacking athletic weaknesses and building leg strength (8:44)
  • Transitioning from gymnastics to CrossFit, and the most challenging movements to learn (12:25)
  • Hitting a wall in the “Double Ringer” CrossFit Games event (14:55)
  • What happens when even top CrossFit athletes go to complete exhaustion (18:25)
  • The feeling after the final CrossFit Games workout (21:50)
  • Kari’s emphasis on core-specific training above and beyond what most CrossFit athletes do (26:45)
  • Kari’s thoughts on the current CrossFit Games qualification system (31:20)
  • Predictions for the 2020 CrossFit Games (33:32)

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