Lindsay Hilton might just be the most badass woman we’ve ever seen!
The 31-year-old from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was born without limbs but hasn’t let that stop her from achieving her sporting dreams.
After joining her local gym, Lindsay discovered a love of CrossFit and is now competing in the world’s most grueling fitness competitions. But luckily, overcoming challenges is something Lindsay has been doing throughout her entire life.
She explains, ‘I can’t wallow in the fact that I don’t have arms and legs because there’s nothing that I could ever do to change the outcome.’
‘I have two older siblings and I can remember playing outside in the backyard or we have a cottage in Chester and we swim there, we boated – we did all sorts of stuff.’
‘I’m sure it maybe looked unique to people but for me it was normal and the way I always did things.’
‘When I was really young I wore prosthetic arms and prosthetic legs. I no longer wear prosthetic arms for everyday use. I stopped wearing them because I had a pair once that kept breaking and I realised that I could do a lot of things faster or easier so I just kind of got used to it.’
CrossFit is a high intensity exercise that is made up of elements from all different disciplines that would push even the toughest of athletes to their very limits. But that hasn’t stopped Lindsay! She now competes in both adaptive and non-adaptive CrossFit competitions and has even taken part in Miami’s world famous Wodapalooza fitness competition.
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Lindsay’s coach, Jenny Jeffrey says, ‘I think it takes a lot of guts. Lindsay’s achievements have been really, really great so far. She’s started CrossFit just over a year ago and over this last year she’s gone from not even having a way to do pull ups to now busting out pull ups one after the other.’
‘In terms of her attitude, it’s the same as every other athlete. She comes in and whines and complains about whatever her workout is up on the board. She mopes around a little bit, doesn’t want to get into the warm up, just like anyone else!’
Despite not having any limbs, tough Lindsay is adamant that she doesn’t need to be treated differently or consider safety more than anyone else.
She says, ‘I don’t think I take extra precautions. I think I would take the same precautions as anybody else.’
‘There’s no sense being scared. If I had been scared or thought, ‘it’s not for me, there’s no way I can do this’ my life would be so different.’
‘It’s not weird that I go to the gym. That’s what I’m trying to do, to show people this is normal.’
Earlier this year, CrossFit headquarters posted a video of one of Lindsay’s workouts online and it went viral, racking up an impressive 7 million views.
Thanks to the positive reaction she received, Lindsay is hoping to make more videos to help inspire people to never be afraid and always follow their dreams.
She says, ‘I guess my main message that I’m trying to share with people is to just try.’
‘I just think that you shouldn’t let the fear of the unknown hold you back.’
‘I always say, ‘just try’.’