CrossFit Games Champion Tia-Clair Toomey Breaks Down Her Daily Cardio Routine

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Photo credit: Tia-Clair Toomey - YouTube
Photo credit: Tia-Clair Toomey - YouTube

As the reigning champion of the CrossFit Games, Tia-Clair Toomey is described by many within the sport as the "Fittest Woman on Earth." Now that she's only a matter of weeks away from having to defend this title at the 2021 competition, Toomey is training hard and working on that essential cardiovascular endurance, with three structured workouts per week that are dedicated entirely to running, totalling as much as 27km (more than 16 miles) in volume each week.

In a new video on her YouTube channel, Toomey shares a look at what a typical day of cardio looks like, starting out with a series of runs at different paces, covering distances of 100, 200, 400 and 800 meters. "It was all about making sure that I put my ego aside, and stayed true to my paces," she says after completing her morning session.

"It's a little easy to go too hard at the start and then sell yourself too early, where in the back end that lactic acid buildup starts to affect your paces and essentially make the workout a lot harder, so making sure I didn't go out too fast or too slow, and hitting some solid speeds, and then finishing off with some faster paces. I actually ended up trying to push the rest periods so I was recovering better, and that definitely got the heart rate up." (continued below)

The running is followed by a conditioning workout in the evening, comprising of sets on the RowErg, SkiErg and Assault Bike. "Today we're specifically focusing on just being consistent through the efforts," she explains. "We're not looking to go out too hard, purely because it's going to be a very long endurance piece, and we're just wanting to find that consistency across all machines, and also be able to back that up."

She adds that at this point in her Games prep, she regularly switches up her cardio training in order to stay adaptable and ready for whatever the competition might end up throwing at her. "We don't know what we're training for, we don't know what's to come," she says. "So I really just have to be prepared for anything."

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