The New CrossFit Games – What About the Dottirs?
Dottir’s sister is a runner and she won the women’s division at the 2010 world championships. She was also a champion in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Her name is Anna. Anna had been training since her childhood days when she would go to crossfit classes with her father. She started competing in 2009 and now she is one of the top female competitors in the world. She competed at worlds last year but lost to another woman from Norway named Kjartan Kristoffersson. They both have won several national titles and they are two of only three women from their country (Norway) to win world championship medals.
Anna is also a member of Team Sweden. Anna has been training for years while her brother has not even begun to train seriously yet. Anna has been working out every day since she was little and she trains harder than her brother. Anna is very motivated to compete in the world championships because it will give her the opportunity to meet other like minded athletes.
She wants to show them that there are many ways of being fit and that they don’t need to follow a specific workout routine or diet plan.
Anna’s brother is also interested in competing at worlds. He has been training for a few years but he doesn’t think it is enough. He doesn’t think he can win at worlds this year but he would like to compete at the regional qualifier so that he can get a feel for what the competition is like.
One of the things that set the Dottirs apart from other siblings in the sport is that they are both coached by their father. Their father has been a huge influence on both of their athletic careers. The father’s name is Michael and he has been a strength and conditioning coach for more than 20 years. He owns his own fitness center in Stockholm, Sweden.
The center is called the Dynamax Training Center. The Dottirs train at their father’s fitness center three to four days a week.
The father knows that his son wants to compete as a crossfitter but he doesn’t think his son is ready yet. The father has trained his son in the lifts and the basic mechanics of the olympic lifts, but his son just is not strong enough to be competitive at that level. The father is still working with him to improve his strength and technique on the olympic lifts.
The father is more willing to let his daughter compete because he knows she can do it. He is confident that she will be able to handle the stress of competing on such a high level. The father and daughter will prepare for the competition together. They will train hard six days a week and they will follow a strict diet plan to make sure that they are in top physical condition.
The father has been coaching his daughter all her life so he knows what it takes to get her ready.
The Training Center
The Dynamax Training Center is located in Stockholm, Sweden. It was opened in the late 1980’s and it provides several different types of training for its clients. The training center is owned and run by Michael Dottir, a former competitive bodybuilder.
The center offers personal training for people who want one-on-one instruction. Michael’s son, Andreas, works as a personal trainer at the center. Most of his clients are middle-aged women who want to lose weight and tone up. He designs programs for them that mainly consist of weight training three days a week.
He usually helps them design a diet plan as well. He gets along well with most of his clients and he feels like he is making a difference in their lives.
The center also offers group classes three times a day for people who prefer to workout with friends. There is a class in the early morning, another around noon, and the last one in the evening. The classes are all conducted in Swedish but the timetable and the exercise instructions are written in English as well. Most of the people who attend the classes are in their twenties.
Most of them probably go to school and have part-time jobs. The classes are a way for them to relieve some stress after a long day at school or work and it’s also a good way for them to keep up their physical fitness.
There is also a section dedicated to weight training. It’s open 24 hours a day and it is extremely popular. People come from all over the city to lift weights there. Most of them are men in their twenties and thirties.
Some of them are serious about weight training and come to the center to train for strength. Others are like college students and come to the center to socialize and build “character.” Every now and then the police have to intervene at the center due to people getting into fights.
The final section of the training center is a cardio room. It has treadmills, bikes, and stairmasters. It is open 24 hours a day like the weight room but it is more peaceful.
You have a membership at the center but you don’t go there very often. The weight room is too crowded and you feel uncomfortable working out in a place with so many people around. You usually work out at home or you go running outside. You sign into the computer and start to read the message board on the center’s website.
Someone has started a thread on the Swedish Olympic weightlifting team and you join the conversation.
After an hour of online chatting, you decide to get to work. You’re feeling a little tired so you start off light, doing sets of bench presses with 135 pounds. You do four sets and then increase the weight to 175 pounds. Even though you’re using more weight, your technique is atrocious.
You struggle to lock out your arms and you rack the bar with every rep.
Afterwards, you move on to shoulder presses. You haven’t been doing these consistently and you can tell because you only lift half of the weight that you should be lifting. Still, it’s better than the bench press so you stick with it for now.
You have 2.5 hours of training time left.
What do you want to do?
Return to the message board and keep chatting with everyone?
Go work on the heavy bag?
Go for a run outside?
Go lift some weights?
Quit training and go home?
(Remember, you can only do ONE of these things. Pick the one you want and if there are restrictions, follow those. If you’re able to do something else instead, then please list what you do in the comment section when you submit this. Trying different options to see what works is part of the game! 🙂 )
Sources & references used in this article:
Gender Bias in Sports Commentary: the CrossFit Games by J Carlsson – 2019 – diva-portal.org
She’s a Beast: A Critical Analysis of the “Ideal” Woman CrossFitter in Fittest on Earth and Road to the Games by S Neufeld – 2019 – opus.uleth.ca
CrossFit á samfélagsmiðlum by JS Kjartansdóttir – 2019 – skemman.is