Female Canadian rugby player born without arms and legs becomes a CrossFit sensation
- Lindsay Hilton, 30, of Halifax, has played rugby since high school
- She joined CrossFit in September after winning a burpee contest
- A video of her doing a workout has received more than 6 million views
- In it, Hilton uses hooks and velcro straps to lift barbells and do pull-ups
A Canadian rugby player born without arms and legs has become a CrossFit sensation after a video of her working out went viral.
Lindsay Hilton, 30, of Halifax, joined a CrossFit gym in September after winning a burpee contest.
Hilton, who has played rugby since high school, won a free membership by completing 34 burpees in just one minute, the Washington Post reported.
Since then, she has figured out how to adapt CrossFit’s mix of Olympic weightlifting, cardio and bodyweight exercises to her body.
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Lindsay Hilton (pictured), 30, of Halifax, was born without arms and legs and has been active most of her life. She began playing soccer in middle school and later tried hockey and rugby, which she still practices
Hilton joined CrossFit in September after winning a burpee contest and earning a free membership. A video of one of her workouts (pictured) has gone viral, receiving more than 6 480 000 views in less than a month
A recent video of one of Hilton’s workouts shows her using hooks and velcro straps to lift a barbell.
She carries it on her shoulders and takes a few steps.
Then, Hilton’s partner helps her get rid of the hooks and straps, and Hilton completes a series of burpees, jumping over her barbell each time.
Later on, she uses another pair of hooks to tackle a set of pull-ups.
One of Hilton’s friends filmed the video at Hilton’s request because Hilton wanted to check her form.
Hilton, who told the Washington Post she didn’t set out to be inspirational and was just doing ‘everyday activities’, didn’t expect the footage to go viral.
‘Because I’ve been the same way my whole life, I don’t see myself as different than anybody else,’ she told the newspaper.
In the video (pictured), Hilton uses hooks and velcro straps to lift a barbell. She then takes a few steps around the room with the barbell on her shoulders before setting it on the ground
Hilton (pictured during her workout) says she figured out how to adapt CrossFit’s proposed workouts through a phase of trial and error and tells herself she can make it all work
Later on, Hilton uses another pair of hooks to complete a series of pull-ups (pictured). The video has received more than 5,600 comments, most of them raving about her performance
But CrossFit posted the video on its Facebook page, where it has gathered more than 6 480 000 views in less than a month.
The footage has also received 5,700 comments, most of them raving about Hilton’s prowess.
‘It’s kind of crazy… I definitely was not expecting that many people to see me do that workout,’ she told Metro Canada.
Hilton has been active her entire life and played soccer in middle school as well as hockey in high school.
That’s also when she found rugby, which she still practices as part of a team in Halifax.
‘I had a great childhood,’ she told the Washington Post. ‘I had great coaches and teachers who were always willing to make things work for me and encouraged me to take risks. Adaptive athletes — especially young ones — need people who say, “Let’s figure it out!” versus “No, it’s too scary.”
‘I’ve had more of the “Let’s figure it out” type people in my life and that video is proof.’
Hilton (pictured) says she doesn’t see herself as different and didn’t set out to be inspirational. Growing up, her coaches and teachers encouraged her to see what she could do as an adaptive athlete
Hilton has taken advantage of CrossFit’s philosophy, which encourages all members to adapt the proposed workouts to their physical abilities.
A budding athlete, for example, might use an elastic band to do assisted pull-ups before graduating to the real thing.
Hilton has gone through a similar process, finding her own way through the routines.
‘There is no blueprint,’ she told the Washington Post. ‘Basically, everything I have accomplished with CrossFit has been trial and error. I may not be able to do every movement, but my attitude is I’ll just figure out a way to make it all work.’