Two-time CrossFit champ Annie Thorisdottir credits a low carb Paleo diet and a rigorous six-day-a-week workout schedule for her rippling six-pack abs and her dominance of her sport. Thorisdottir, who won the CrossFit Games in 2011 and 2012, is also a CrossFit coach who says the sport has improved her life in various ways.
“I met my boyfriend through CrossFit,” Annie told the Telegraph Dec. 28. “My family is doing CrossFit. I own a CrossFit box in Iceland. It’s changed my life in so many different ways.”
The 5-foot-7 Thorisdottir, who weighs 148 pounds, can lift 363 pounds and bikes and swims on her non-training days. Annie’s days are typically centered around CrossFit, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“CrossFit is about living a healthy life and finding new ways to challenge myself,” said Thorisdottir. “How can I push myself to find out what my body’s capable of?”
While most people find working out a chore, Annie loves to exercise and push her body to the limit. Her CrossFit training schedule is grueling: Thorisdotti works out 90 to 120 minutes a day, twice a day, six days a week, combining heavy weightlifting with mobility training and metabolic conditioning. She also coaches at the gym she co-owns in Iceland, CrossFit Reykjavík.
Thorisdottir fuels her rigorous workouts with a low carb Paleo diet, an alcohol-free diet that emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, and processed foods. Annie’s diet is heavy on meat, chicken, fish, and vegetables, and avoids rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, and sugar.
Thorisdottir said her diet isn’t 100% Paleo, as she supplements her workouts with dairy (which is non-Paleo) to ensure she gets enough calories. “I try to eat as clean as possible, so I try to make my own food, and eat as little processed food as I can,” said Annie. “That means a lot of veggies, eggs, and I eat chicken probably once a day.
“When I’m in Iceland I also eat a lot of dairy because we have good, high-quality dairy there. I don’t eat a lot of bread or pasta — not because I’m against it — but I feel better and less bloated without it, so I keep it out of my diet.”
Thorisdottir often trains with her boyfriend, Frederik Aegidius, a 27-year-old Danish biotechnology and business student who is Europe’s top-ranked male CrossFit athlete. Annie did not compete at the 2013 CrossFit Games due to injury and placed second at the 2014 CrossFit Games.
Thorisdottir is hoping to win her third title at the 2015 CrossFit Games and close in on the record four titles won by four-time CrossFit king Rich Froning, who was crowned the “Fittest Man on Earth” in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
CrossFit has become extremely popular among celebrities such as Tim McGraw, who credits CrossFit and Paleo for his jaw-dropping 40-pound weight loss, and Joe Manganiello, who stays ripped with CrossFit and Paleo, Celebrity Health reported.