A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One

Spoiler: Julie Foucher picked me as her teammate for a WOD at Reebok Crossfit One.

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
The Sport of Fitness has arrived.

I arrived a bit later than everyone on Thursday night thanks to a later flight, but I managed to locate my towncar at the airport and make it to our hotel sans any problems. After launching my luggage in my room, I quickly caught a cab and headed over to The Stadium where everyone was meeting for dinner. Not only was I excited to finally meet some of my favorite bloggers, but I was also starving! I hadn’t really thought my day through (surprised much?! I also forgot my boarding pass!) and didn’t eat lunch before boarding my noon flight. I destroyed one of those snack boxes on the plane, but I was pretty famished.

Naturally, I was more preoccupied with chit chat and swordfish than I was with photography, so I stole the following from Kelly.

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
Jess and me at dinner

We all spent a couple of hours getting to know each other but retired to our hotel rooms early. After all, we had a big day ahead!

Friday came bright and early and we all geared up in our Reebok apparel and caught the shuttle to Reebok HQ.

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
Top Row: Ericka, Steve and Bonnie
Bottom Row: Jeremy, me, Jess, Lala, Alfonso, and Ashleigh

After a quick breakfast, the FitFluential crowd enjoyed a brief presentation in the FitHub. We were also surprised with a fun bag o’ Reebok goodness. I LOVE PRESENTS! However, more on that manana….I’ve got something different to share.

The key bullet on the morning’s schedule? A WOD at Reebok Crossfit One!

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
It’s a beauty of a box!

I watched the 2012 Crossfit Games and was fascinated with the competitors. Not only are they amazing athletes but the sportsmanship I observed on-screen really hit home. They cheered, encouraged, and supported each other, regardless of the competition. And guess what? A bunch of these athletes were at Crossfit One to workout with us!

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
This crew packs a punch!

Spencer Hendel, Austin Malleolo, James Hobart, Jared Davis, Christy Phillips and JULIE FOUCHER were all there. Y’all, that’s Julie Foucher, the Second Fittest Woman in the World! And guess what else? I got to be on her team for the WOD!

Each athlete/coach chose two bloggers to be on his/her team for the WOD. Ericka and I were psyched to get chosen by Julie and I literally could not stop marveling at how easy she made every skill seem. The kicker? She is incredibly nice and very smart. In addition to being a badass beast in the gym, she is also smoking her second year of med school. Yeah, seriously. Let’s just go ahead and call Julie my idol right now.

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
Julie and me, hanging out. You know.

Anyway, the workout was as follows:

Run 200 meters each (relay format)
150 Dumbbell Thrusters (45#/30#)
100 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups
50 Box Jumps (30″/24″)
Run 200 meters each (relay format)

After the running portion, one person would start knocking out the thrusters, one person would hold a 115# bar in a static position, and the third person would rest. We rotated through these three positions until all 150 thrusters were completed. Then, we followed the same system to complete the pull-ups followed by the box jumps.

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
Steve, post-WOD. I kinda felt like puking too!

Dear, sweet Ericka actually ran the Philly Marathon yesterday, so we decided to take it a bit easier on the weight since she was only two days out from the race. She and I both used 10# dumbbells for the thrusters and subbed in ring rows instead of pull-ups. She and I also used a lighter bar for the static hold which was clutch. I seriously don’t know how she pulled off a marathon yesterday!

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
Julie demonstrating ring rows

Y’all, Julie could have completed this entire workout solo. Seriously, that girl is so impressive! When I was in my resting phase, I couldn’t help but watch her knock out her sets. I even laughed as I watched her bang out 35 box jumps (on the highest position) without breaking a sweat. She paused, looked at me, hopped off the box, and as an afterthought goes, “You can finish the last 10.” I think she was just trying to be generous and share the workout because she most definitely was not tired!

A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
Christy Phillips, Ashleigh, Jess, me, and Ericka after the WOD.
A WOD with Julie Foucher at Reebok Crossfit One
Julie, Tina, Courtney, and me

One of my favorite parts of the WOD was meeting Annemarie McKay. She is a 74-year-old Reebok employee who began doing Crossfit and now participates in the sport twice each week. She definitely scales the majority of the moves, but she completed the entire team WOD! Check out my video of her finishing the final run (and sorry about the line of sight; there were some big, muscular men in my way!)

Seriously, I don’t use the word “inspirational” too often, but I found Annemarie to be sincerely amazing. Would you look at that smile as she finishes the run?!

Who is the coolest athlete you’ve ever met?
How was your weekend?!


  • Reply Joanna Broadbent at

    How awesome and exciting!!!!

  • Reply Mo at

    I have had such a fun time reading all the recap posts! Julie Foucher is a BEAST!! And Annemarie should be a Fitfluential Ambassador….she is amazing!

  • Reply Ericka @ The Sweet Life at

    ha ha, you are too kind my dear!!!! So fun, a whirl wind and I felt so lucky to attend! SO wish I could have given it my all in that WOD though!

  • Reply Katie at

    So amazing that you got to have this experience! I can’t wait to hear more about the stuff you got, and am SO EXCITED that you love CrossFit so much 🙂

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    This experience sounds super awesome. Absolutely love the part about Annemarie. I want to meet her!

  • Reply Angie at

    You are the second person I have seen a post from on this experience and sounds amazing! That older lady: she was rockin’ it!

  • Reply Suz and Allan at

    Annemarie is one amazing lady! I’d love to meet her.

  • Reply Carli Alice at

    It is so great to workout with someone who motivates just by their doing. I can’t believe she’s in her second year of med school. Where does she find the time.

    I need to go workout now because Annmarie could totally kick my butt!

  • Reply Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life at

    Looks like you had an amazing time! I would love to workout out at Crossfit One..it looks like my box on crack..but in a good way! 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa at

    So glad you are having such a good time! I don’t know that I’ve ever met a famous athlete – in Napa my friend randomly ran into an old friend of her who competed in the London Olympics….does that count? Oh and my mom met OJ Simpson! Pre-bronco chase days. My weekend involved running 50 miles and then refusing to move…so….pretty freaking sweet!

  • Reply Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie at

    It looks like you had an amazing time girl! Way to rock that workout!

  • Reply Kayla Carruth @ kpLoving It at

    Very cool, and motivating!!

  • Reply lgsmash.com at

    OMG Annemarie is too aweseome!! I love it!

  • Reply Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife at

    what a great opportunity! this seems like such a blast!

  • Reply Kovas Palubinskas at

    Looks like so much fun – and so much inspiration!

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