Imagine yourself as this angry young woman, barely out of your teens, out living your life on the edge with heavy drinking, smoking and doing drugs until one fine day mortar stars landing all around you smack in the middle of an Iraq war-zone. That is the day when you admit to your scared self that the one life you have been given is actually worth living for. That, ladies and gentleman, is the beginning of a second life for Christmas Abbott, fitness enthusiast, author and athlete extraordinaire. This 22-year-old girl from Virginia has come a long way to establish herself as this inspiration to hundreds of women across the globe and spreading fitness enthusiasm to men and women alike. From being a nationally ranked Weightlifter to authoring fitness books, right now it seems that there’s no stopping Christmas! Her resilience, endurance and perseverance added up with her rebellious streak to turn out one impossible feat after another. It’s like the message she herself wants to convey to women in general; it is never too late to start taking care of your body and there really isn’t any limit to what you can achieve if you really put your mind into it.
The Meteoric Rise to Stardom
As a teenager, Christmas developed this rebellious streak where she started defying expectations that society had of her. She would often sneak away from home and get into parties in search of a good time. More often than not she would get into trouble for that. After enduring a life-threatening accident at 13, Christmas really went all the way into leading a disastrous life of incessant drinking, smoking and even doing heavy drugs.
At 18, after barely graduating High School, Christmas tried to enroll into the Army but got rejected. She confessed later that she was in really bad shape and could barely run a mile without collapsing. She joined the US base at Iraq as an independent civilian laundry attendant at 22 and this is when her life changed forever. It is at the army base that she realized the value of human life and how she was wasting away her own. She was introduced to fitness training by one of her fellow soldiers and did not look back since. She quit smoking and started following a strict and disciplined fitness regime. She came across the CrossFit regime when a fellow soldier showed her a video of women taking on intensive challenges. Competitive by nature, Christmas was instantly drawn to it and she started achieving one milestone after the other until she destroyed every milestone in the renowned CrossFit Challenge.
She came back to the US after four years in Iraq and started her own CrossFit coaching class in Raleigh. In 2010, she opened her own gym, CrossFit Evoke and focused on developing her own brand. Her success in CrossFit led her to take up competitive Weightlifting and within a short period of time she has secured national ranking and is eyeing competing at the next Olympics.
She also paved way for more girl-power when she was invited to become the first female Pit Crew member in the famed NASCAR in 2013. That was a monumental feat considering the profession till then was entirely male-dominated and testosterone-ruled. Since then she has continued doing what she loves best, working out, getting tattoos, breaking the glass ceiling of female stereotypes.
She has graced the front covers of many famous publications like Sports Illustrated and Harper Collins flaunting her chiseled body and ‘Badass’ persona. She has penned down all her tips and tricks on getting into shape and achieving that desirable body in her first book titled ‘The Badass Body Diet: The Breakthrough Diet and Workout for a Tight Booty, Sexy Abs, and Lean Legs’ in May, 2015.
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What Makes Christmas Abbott So Special
By the time she hit 30, Christmas had developed a ripped body that will put any serious male powerlifter to shame. Her sculpted quads, biceps and rock-hard six-pack ab is the result of immense hard work and a can-do attitude that is surely not common.Her perseverance and single-minded approach to achieving her goal is something that is one of the many truly inspirational things about her. Another positive impact point that Christmas upholds is talking about her past with a commendable frankness.
It is not easy owning up about one’s sordid past, especially when one has reached the peaks of success. But Christmas has never shied away from her past as a rebellious and self-destructive teenager. On the contrary, she has embraced it as an inseparable part of who she is, setting it off as an example to tell the world that it is never too late to turn your life around the right way.
Behind The Curtains
Christmas Abbott was born on December 20, 1981 at Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she owns her own gym Crossfit Invoke. Her father, Ed Abbott, was an avid biker and gave Christmas her love for tattoos. She admits that it came natural to her after spending much time around burly, tattooed biker boys during her childhood.
Her mother Barbara is an American Army Vet. Barbara was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2014 and throughout her chemo she remained an inspiration, not just to her daughters, but to other women as well. Christmas admits that her mother is her hero and biggest source of inspiration.
When Christmas was 13, she experienced a horrific car accident where her sister Kole was grievously injured and went into a coma. Kole eventually recovered but the incident left a deep impact on Christmas’ mind and it drove her into even more rebellious mode. Christmas got engaged to Geoff Kercher on October 10, 2015 and the couple plan to get married on September 3, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Christmas was previously in a relationship with and subsequently engaged to photographer Josh Holmes till 2014 but they split up before their trip down the aisle.