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Gitm ambassador kirsty oliver and BR 3

We are thrilled that cross fitter Kirsty Stroud is one of our awesome Coffee Ambassadors and big fan of Brilliant Raccoon coffee- please do check out her page :)

She talks to us about why couldn't live without CrossFit in her life, the buzz she gets and the way she feels that she can tackle anything!

So let's learn a little more ...

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

5 years

What has been your greatest achievement in that field to date?

In my first year of competing I won the 2016 French Throwdown - that was awesome as you can imagine!

What have you achieved that you were not expecting?

Coming first in the Battle of Britain, and gaining my first sponsor HydrateM8.

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What are your goals?

To continually improve, gain greater skills

How much time do you dedicate to your sport?

I train 3 sessions a day, 5 days a week, cardio, strength and skill work, plus a couple of WODS (workouts of the day).

What does it give you?

A great buzz! Makes me feel good and I feel it's a great framework for life – I feel like there is nothing I can’t attack. Yes, I feel I am mentally and physically ready for anything - bring it on!

What are you most proud of?

Being independent and progressing, developing as a person

Do many of your friends do this too?

None of my close friends – they think I am slightly nuts and call me their ‘hench’ friend!

Top tips for anyone wanting to get involved or already involved?

Get up, get dressed even if you don’t feel like it. Just start!

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What else do you enjoy?

I love spending time with friends, being with my husband Ben and walking the dogs. The simple good things!

What's your greatest vice?

Definitely Doritos and Dips ha ha!

Who inspires you - Professionally and personally?

My husband Ben, and the top CrossFit girls like Sara Sigmundsdottir and Tia-Clair Toomey.

What makes you laugh?

A good funny film like The Hangover, and comedians like Michael McIntyre

What is the most annoying thing about people?

When they moan about not being able to do something but they don't even try. Expecting something for nothing.

What would make you talk to someone at a party?

If they looked athletic - I'd be over like a shot to see what they did!

How do you motivate people?

I try to be positive. Sometimes I struggle and might have a good cry, before I pick myself up - I share that sort of stuff with others so they can see that its okay.

Do you have pets ?

Yes 2 French bulldogs called Fleur and Orio, and Norman (check out his video!) - I'm training them to guard biscuits at the moment!

What is your mood generally?

Happy and positive, except in the mornings when I am a dragon (before the Disney Princess emerges haha!)

What do you listen to when training?

Motivational podcasts, like Fearless Motivation, on Spotify at the moment I have Tokio Myers, classical music like violin – anything that builds in tempo.

What do you read/watch?

I tend to listen rather than read.

Don't forget you can read more about Kirsty on her Ambassador Page!

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Get up, bring it, have fun, rest, repeat!